asparagus with maltaise sauce

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

This side dish tastes so wonderful! The combination of this flavorful orange sauce over asparagus is simply perfect!

serves 4 servings
prep time 5 Min
cook time 3 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For asparagus with maltaise sauce

  • 1 bunch
    asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 3 lg
    free-run egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    orange zest
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2/3 to 1 c
    butter, melted

How To Make asparagus with maltaise sauce

  • 1
    While the asparagus is steaming, make the sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine egg yolks and whisk vigorously until they get thick, about 1 minute. While whisking, add lemon and orange juice with the zest.
  • 2
    Move saucepan over medium heat and keep moving it off the heat, whisking constantly. The trick here is to not shock the yolks and gradually heat them up.
  • 3
    When the sauce gets thick, move the saucepan away from the heat and start adding the melted butter by pouring a few drops at first (don’t shock the yolks), whisking continuously. Gradually add more until the sauce is nice and smooth (never stop whisking).
  • 4
    Spoon over steamed asparagus, if not needed yet, move to the back burner, keeping warm on very low temperature. Makes 1 ¼ cups
  • 5
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