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Tapas and Paella for a Milestone Birthday Party

By on Jun 29, 2010, 10:39 am in Celebrations, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory | 1 comment

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Grilled Asparagus with Truffle Mayonnaise

2 pounds asparagus, trimmed

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Coat asparagus with olive oil and grilled over hot coals. Remove form the grill, and sprinkle liberally with the salt and pepper.

Truffle Mayonnaise

1 egg

1 egg yolk

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 cup vegetable oil

3-4 tablespoons Black Truffle Oil

2 teaspoons champagne vinegar

Kosher or sea salt, and freshly cracked white pepper.

Place egg and yolk in a food processor. Pour the lemon juice over it and let sit for 5 minutes or so. Drizzle the olive oil, then the truffle oil through the feed tube in a slow steady stream as you run the processor. Stir in the champagne vinegar. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 6-8


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