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White Asparagus Pie with Warm Smoked Salmon

18 April 2021

I love cooking white asparagus the classic way with boiled baby potatoes, parsley, ham and melted butter, but sometimes a new twist on an old classic is great as well.

The base is puff pastry, the sauce is crème fraîche with dill and parsley and the filling of course is white asparagus (blanched for 5 minutes) with soft boiled eggs and warm smoked salmon. Baked in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the base is nice and crisp (the salmon I only added the last 5 minutes). Welcome spring!

Recipe inspired by Uit Paulines Keuken.

White Asparagus Pie with Warm Smoked Salmon

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Dinner, lunch Dutch
By Saffron Serves: 3-4
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 30 Minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large roll puff pastry (see notes)
  • 800 g white asparagus (or green)
  • 200 g crème fraîche
  • Bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • Bunch of dill, roughly chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g warm smoked salmon (see notes)
  • Pepper & Salt

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 200°C and remove the puff pastry from the fridge so it can come to room temperature..

2

Peel the asparagus and chop off ±3 cm of the stem. (Tip: save the peels and stem to make asparagus soup!).

3

Boil them in slated water for 5 minutes, then drain them and blot dry with a paper towel.

4

Chop the parsley and the dill and mix this with the crème fraîche, taste and season with pepper and salt.

5

Roll out the puff pastry and lay it out on a lined baking tray.

6

With the back of a knife partially and carefully cut a rim, ± 1 cm from the edge, without cutting all the way through. This will make the rim puff up making a nice frame for your pie.

7

Prick a few holes in the base of the pastry with a fork, this will prevent the middle from puffing up.

8

Spread out the crème fraîche over the pastry, making sure to leave the rim free. Leave ± 2 tbsp aside to serve after cooking.

9

Lay the asparagus on top and bake in the oven for ± 20-25 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown.

10

In the meantime boil the eggs for 7 minutes. Peel and halve them.

11

5 minutes before the pie is done, remove from the oven and flake the salmon over the top. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes (see notes).

12

Remove from the oven, divide the eggs over the top, a few dollops of the crème fraîche sauce and some fresh sprigs of dill.

13

Serve while hot.

Notes

  • If you can't find the large roll of puff pastry, then you can use the smaller squares from the freezer. Defrost 8 of the sheets and stick them together using a brush of water along the edges.
  • I like to use warm smoked salmon for this, I love the flakey and oily texture and taste. But you can also use regular smoked salmon, if you do, then you don't need to bake it in the oven, just add it to the top when ready to serve.

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