Over the past few years we have visited family in Germany during asparagus season. Europe is known as the capital in the world for white asparagus. As long as I can remember our neighbor always brought us fresh green asparagus from his garden. What is the difference? The green asparagus has a more veggie/grassy taste and sprouts through the dirt. White asparagus is deprived of light, thus one must keep mounding dirt around the stalks. The white asparagus is milder and tender in flavor but also needs to be peeled and cooked a bit longer. I was excited to find the white asparagus at our local market, but truly, it is double the price as the green asparagus. So this year we thought it was time to try something new and we planted our first batch of white asparagus.
- 1/2 pound bacon, cut into small pieces
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup grated Italiano cheeses
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 pounds trimmed asparagus
- Brown bacon over high heat. Set aside and drain on paper towels.
- Whisk together egg yolks, water and Italian cheeses.
- Place bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler effect) and whisk constantly (7-9 minutes) until mixture is thick and creamy.
- Add seasonings and keep the sauce warm.
- Cook asparagus in water until tender. Don't over-cook, keeping it nice and green. Drain and pat dry.
- Then place the asparagus on a serving platter and garnish it with bacon, Parmesan cheese and sauce.