With the early arrival of spring, here is a simple recipe that marries the fresh clean flavors of locally caught trout with shaved asaparagus and asparagus tips. Trout can be poached in minutes and is delicious perched on a bed of buttered asparagus with a drizzle of miso butter sauce. Look for local asparagus at Greig Farm, the Berry Farm, the Chatham Co-op and the Carrot Barn in Schoharie.
Bend the asparagus until the woody ends snap off. Remove the tips. Shave the stalks into strips with a peeler. Heat a sauté pan over high heat. Add the shaved asparagus and tips, reserved poaching liquid (or water), butter, and a dash of salt and cracked black pepper. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and steam the asparagus for one minute.
Heat a sauté pan over high heat. Add the wine and reduce until it has almost completely evaporated and only a few tablespoons remain. Add the cream and continue simmering until the reduction is thick and bubbly. Add the sugar, soy, a dash of white pepper and a few cubes of butter. Whisk the sauce over very low heat until the butter has just melted. Continue whisking the butter a few cubes at a time into the sauce until it has all been incorporated. Keep the sauce in a warm place until you are ready to serve.
As you make the sauce it may be necessary to intermittently remove the pan from the heat to prevent the sauce from becoming too hot. The goal is to heat the sauce just enough to melt the butter. If the sauce gets too hot the butter will separate from the cream/wine reduction.
By Noah Published: August 28, 2016
Poaching is a simple and healthy way to preserve the clean flavors of locally caught trout