Anyway, I thought I would make a green dish for St Patrick's Day. When I think green, I think vegetables! So here is my Brussel Sprout and Asparagus salad in all it's green glory.
- 300g baby brussel sprouts, ends cut off
- 1 bunch of asparagus, ends cut off, and cut into three
- about 100g of green beans, ends cut off, and halved
- 1 leek, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 50g diced panchetta
- 2-3tbs of olive oil
- Toasted pine nuts
- Lemon slices
After preparing the vegetables, I put the brussel sprouts, asparagus and green beans on the stove to steam for about 10 minutes. You want them to still have a little crunch.
I drained them, and let them sit while I heated the olive oil in a pan. It sounds like a lot, but it is also like a dressing for the salad. Once the oil was hot, I added the panchetta and minced garlic to brown slightly.
Then I added the leek, and tossed them until soft.
Once the leek was soft, I added the steamed greens, and tossed through the mix. They just need to be coated - the vegetables are already cooked, so this won't take long.
To serve, I put them in a pretty bowl, sprinkled some toasted pine nuts on top, and cut some lemon wedges to be squeezed over it.
You could use this as a side dish, which is what we did, or add some beans or chickpeas to bulk it out a bit. It would also be nice with some seared beef sliced on top.
What is your favourite St Patrick's Day activity or event?