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Asian-Flavored Aioli, Perfect For Young Veggies

Young and tender asparagus is a sure sign that spring is here. Enjoy tender stalks with this rich aioli enhanced with Japanese flavor.

Asparagus

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Drizzle this Asian-inspired aioli over some young, early-spring asparagus.

When I think of the early days of spring, pale green hued vegetables come to mind. Sweet peas, artichokes, arugula, fennel and asparagus. I enjoy simply blanched asparagus served with a luxurious aioli.

My pantry is always full of various condiments, and lately the array of Asian ingredients has taken over. This recipe is a spin on the classic aioli enhanced with an intensified dose of Japanese spice and tangy rice vinegar.

Shichimi Togarashi Aioli

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (use a squeeze bottle if possible)
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sushi rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon shichimi togarashi
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method:

  1. Whisk together yolk and lime juice in a bowl. Add oil a few drops at a time to yolk mixture, whisking constantly, until all oil is incorporated and mixture is emulsified. (If mixture separates, stop adding oil and continue whisking until mixture comes together. Then resume adding oil.)
  2. Whisk in garlic, vinegar, togarashi and salt. If aioli is too thick, whisk in 1 or 2 drops of water.
  3. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Alex Lopez

Alex Lopez , aka The Food Diva, has spiced up the culinary scene in San Francisco, Florida, Chicago, and now Austin. Alex works as a natural foods chef teaching cooking classes and developing recipes. Alex has appeared on The Food Network, Cooking Channel and various local TV spots doing live cooking segments.

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