Asparagus Sformato With Fondata
- 1 pound fresh medium asparagus rough ends removed
- 2 cups Bechamel Sauce (see recipe)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
- 2 whole eggs plus
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs lightly toasted
- 2 ounces butter
- 4 ounces Fontina cheese
- 6 ounces heavy cream
- Salt to taste
- Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
Place 4 quarts water to boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Blanch asparagus until just tender (1 minute) and remove to ice bath and refresh. Slice into 1/2-inch pieces retaining top half aside and mixing bottom halves in a food processor to fine mush. Mix processed asparagus, Bechamel Sauce, salt, nutmeg, parmesan, eggs and yolks thoroughly. Add top half pieces and gently fold through.
Butter an 8-inch bundt pan and coat with crumbs. Place asparagus mixture in bundt pan and place in 8- to 12-inch brownie pan 2/3 filled with hot water. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and a dipped toothpick comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool 15 minutes.
Mix grated fontina, heavy cream and salt and pepper in small sauce pan and heat gently until smooth and creamy.
Turn sformato out onto plate and slice into 2-inch slices and plate, spooning fondata over. Serve.
This recipe yields 4 servings.