Asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano



White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano: an easy and fresh appetizer

Carlos Arguiñano teaches us how to cook fresh white asparagus and offers us a special sauce as an accompaniment: txakoli sabayon. Very easy and quick seasonal recipe (spring) to prepare.

Sabayon is a very interesting sauce from Italian cuisine. Originally it was a sweet cream made with egg, sugar and white wine (Italians use Marsala wine, but it can be made with any white wine, cava, even beer!). But sabayon also has its salty version! As in this recipe of Carlos Arguiñano, in which he prepares sabayon with butter, egg yolks mounted in the marinade and cut txakoli.

Ingredients (4 people):

  • 16 white asparagus (fresh)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 100g butter
  • 150 ml only
  • Sol
  • sugar
  • saffron
  • chives (with their flowers)

Preparation of the recipe for asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano:

Heat water in a large saucepan and add a teaspoon of salt and other sugar (to remove the bitterness of the asparagus). Remove the bottom of the asparagus and peel them. Put them in the casserole and cook them during 15 minutes. Book them.

White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano - step 1

Heat a little oil in a saucepan, peel and chop clove garlic fine and turn it on. Chop shallots in the same way and add it. Stew the vegetables during 3-4 minutes on low heat. Add txakoli and saffron threads. Let’s cut for 10 minutes on low heat. Strain and save.

White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano - step 2

Put the butter in a saucepan and put it to melt.

White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano - step 3

Heat the yolks in a pile Bain-Marie (ie inside a pot of water). Add a tablespoon of water and mount them with an electric mixing wire. Pour the txakoli reduction little by little and continue beating them. Add the butter melted, season and continue driving.

White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano - step 4

Serve 4 asparagus in each dish and season them with txakoli sabayon (if you have over sabayon, put it in a boat with sauce).

Chop the threads chives and sprinkle the dishes. Decorate with onion flowers.

White asparagus with txakoli sabayon by Karlos Arguiñano - step 5


When choosing asparagus, keep in mind that they are straight and the edges are closed. Once at home, it is best to place them in a spring, cover them with a damp cloth and store them in the refrigerator.

Other sauces accompanying white asparagus

Take advantage of fresh white asparagus during the season! Although you can eat canned or canned asparagus all year round, in the spring they find their best time (from April to June) and just then you can take advantage of all its properties. Vegetable, which stands out with its content in natural fiber, vitamins (A, B and C) and minerals (phosphorus, potassium), and its caloric intake is very low!

The most common way to prepare fresh white asparagus is cooked, but you can also make them roasted, papillotes, sauteed, grilled. They are one of the key ingredients in traditional recipes such as the popular mixed salad or vegetable stew. But they can also be the absolute hero of the dish and become the perfect appetizer to open any menu! The special touch is achieved by adding various dressings, sauces and ingredients. From the classic mayonnaise, aioli recipe or pink sauce to more original options such as those we offer below.

1. White asparagus with raspberry vinaigrette

Making this fruit vinaigrette is so easy! You just need to heat a pan with a little oil, add the raspberries (crush them a little), vinegar and lemon juice. Let it simmer for a few minutes, season, strain and it’s ready to put on your asparagus!

fresh white asparagus with raspberry vinaigrette

2. White asparagus with garlic cream and onion

To prepare this cream, mix chopped onion and grated garlic in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the cream with a few sticks until thickened. Sprinkle with white pepper, season and mix with onion and grated garlic. You are ready cream! Ideal to accompany some asparagus with papillote.

recipe for fresh asparagus with garlic cream and onions

3. White asparagus with coriander mayonnaise and chippola chili water

We offer you different mayonnaise! And very easily, you just need to put an egg in the blender cup and add a few drops of lemon, chopped coriander and sunflower oil. Season, pass well and voila! You can also accompany the asparagus with chipotle water (cook the chipotli chili in a pot of water, cook, strain and spray).

white asparagus with coriander mayonnaise and chipotle chila water

4. Marinated white asparagus

The marinade is made by making asparagus covered with butter and vinegar, sugar, whole and peeled garlic cloves, bay leaves, white peppercorns and a pinch of salt. After cooking for 15-20 minutes, drain the juice and save the asparagus sauce for later.

sour white asparagus

And how do you like to make white asparagus?

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