Herbed Asparagus W/Shiitakes & Parmesan Recipe

Step 1

Add asparagus to boiling pan of salted water. Simmer until tender, about 1 minute. . Drain; pat dry. Meanwhile, remove and discard mushroom stems; Cut mushrooms into 1/4 inch strips.

Step 2

Melt butter in large heavy skillet, add shallots; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden brown. Add asparagus and mushrooms; cook 2 minutes, add herbs, salt and pepper; cook an additional minute.

Step 3

Transfer asparagus to oven-proof individual serving platters or gratin or to a large oven-proof platter, keeping stalks in an even row so they can be served easily; sprinkle with shiitakes. Top with Parmesan; place platter under hot broiler until cheese is slightly melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

From Chef John Shirk, Bella Luna Restaurant, Moreland Hills, Ohio

Things You'll Need

  • 2lb ASPARAGUS pencil-thin
  • 8oz Shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4c (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/4c Minced shallots
  • 1tb Finely chopped parsley
  • 1tb Chopped basil
  • 1dr Salt to taste
  • 1ts Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 5oz Parmesan cheese shaved thin

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