Ingredients

  • Lemon mousseline :
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of butter
  • 1 French shallot
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) of white wine
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) of cooking cream
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of salt
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of pepper
  • Asparagus creamy soup :
  • 45 ml (3 tablespoons) of butter
  • 1 trimmed and sliced into rings leek (white part or pale green part only)
  • 2 liters (8 cups) of homemade or commercial chicken broth
  • 500 gr (1 pound) of washed trimmed asparagus
  • 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) of cooking cream
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) of finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of salt
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of pepper
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Preparation

  • Lemon mousseline preparation :
  • In a small casserole with a thick bottom, melt 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of butter at medium heat. Add French shallot and cook, while stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or till it softens. Add white wine. Rise heat at high heat and cook for 1 minute till wine reduces of halfs. Add cream and mix. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes or till preparation reduces of about 125 ml (1/2 cup). Add lemon, salt, pepper and what's left of butter.
  • In the blender or mixer, mix the preparation till it's light and foamy. Reserves at warm. (You can prepare the lemon mousse beforehand and put in a sealed glass container. It can be kept until 4 hours in the refrigerator. Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before use. Foam again with a blender or mixer before serving and warm lightly at low heat.)
  • Creamy asparagus soup preparation :
  • In a casserole melt butter at medium-high heat. Add leek and cook, while stirring form time to time, for 3 minutes or till it soften. Add1,75 liter (7 cups) of chicken broth, asparagus and parsley. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 6 minutes or till asparagus gets tender. Set aside some tops for garnishing.
  • With a blender or mixer, reduce asparagus preparation into soft puree, many times if needed. With a fine strainer set over a large bowl, filter the mixture pressing with a wooden spoon to eliminate all filaments. Set again in a casserole. (You can prepare creamy asparagus soup, until this step, let cool down and set in a sealed container. Will keeps till the next day in the refrigerator. Preheat at low heat before carry on with the recipe.)
  • While stirring, slowly add cream and enough chicken broth to obtain desired consistancy. Add lemon zest, salt and pepper, and mix.
  • When serving, divide asparagus cream into 8 soup bowls. with a spoon garnish each portion with lemon mousseline and asparagus tops.

Chef's notes

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