Red Pepper Bavarois with Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 20 asparagus spears
  • a little olive oil
  • salt and black pepper

For the Bavarois

  • 3 large red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon caster (granulated) sugar
  • 6 drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 250g (9 oz/1 heaping cup) mascarpone cheese

Method

First make the bavarois. Peel the bell peppers. Cut one into very fine dice. Place in a small bowl with half the lemon juice, plus the sugar and 2 drops of Tabasco sauce. Leave to marinate.

Cut the other two bell peppers into chunks. Purée them in a blender with the remaining lemon juice, 4 drops of Tabasco sauce, the olive oil and some black pepper.

Add the mascarpone to the blender and process again. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and add the finely chopped bell pepper and its marinade. Leave in the fridge until set.

Drop the asparagus into a pan of salted boiling water to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the spears. Drain and refresh in cold water.

Dry the asparagus, season with salt and pepper then brush with olive oil. Use 2 tablespoons dipped in warm water to shape the bavarois mixture into quenelles and lay the aparagus alongside.

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