We live in an area that gets great asparagus this time of year, so we’re regularly dropping in to the local produce places and stocking up five pounds at a time. As a result, we tend to look for inventive ways to serve up this tasty treat. This evening I came up with a winner, so I’m sharing it with you! To serve two.
2 smokies (smoked sausages about 3 cm in diameter and 15 cm long) I microwaved mine 2 mins to thaw them.
500 grams/1 lb of asparagus. (snapped and washed).
1 tbsp fancy European mustard- I used a coarse Dutch mustard.
1 tbsp of granulated sugar.
In a large pan with a lid, steam asparagus with the lid on for 4 mins, while you slice the smokie into long strips (In half lengthways, then slicing each half into thirds lengthways). When the asparagus is bright green, toss in the sliced smokie pieces and remove the lid to let any remaining moisture escape. Mix a tbsp of mustard and the sugar with a tbsp of water, sprinkle over the asparagus and smokies, toss gently to cover. Turn off the heat and top with a lid while you make a salad, cook other veggies, or whatever. (2 or 3 mins). Serve!
The juices and fat from the smokie and the mustard provide a really nice counterpoint to the asparagus and the colour contrast is also quite attractive. Very yummy!