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Asparagus, Alsatian-Style Recipe
Asparagus, Alsatian-Style
Christian Willer (1941-2015), anc. chef à La Palme d'Or, Cannes
Christian Willer (1941-2015), anc. chef à La Palme d'Or, Cannes
Flavors of Alsace
Total time: 1hr to 2hr
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: Under an hour
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

Originally from Alsace, Christian Willer arrived in Cannes in 1985. He was won over by Mediterranean cuisine, although he remains firmly rooted in his native region and occasionally his cooking reveals the influence of childhood memories.

"Served whole, green asparagus are delicious with a vinaigrette. There's nothing like picking them up with your fingers and dipping them in the dressing."

Ingredients for 4 servings
- 2 bunches of green Asparagus
- 6 slices of cooked ham
- 6 very thin slices of country (cured) ham
- A few lettuce leaves
- Oil and vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- A few sprigs of parsley
  1. Peel the asparagus and cut off the earthy ends; tie it in bundles;
  2. heat the water in a large pot so that the asparagus can stand upright; salt the water once it begins to boil and add the asparagus bundles; cook for 20 to 25 minutes;
  3. meanwhile, pick over, wash and drain a few salad greens;
  4. prepare the vinaigrette with the oil and vinegar;
  5. when the asparagus is cooked, drain it and transfer to a large platter with some slices of cooked and raw ham; arrange the salad greens around attractively and serve with the bowl of vinaigrette.
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