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Asparagus is my favourite Spring vegetable.  They are so tender and sweet at this time of the year.  The sauce is made simple using store bought hummus.  No fuss and a lot of taste.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of Sourdough bread cut diagonally.
  • 2 garlic cloves, cut in half
  • Olive oil for brushing.
  • 250 grams asparagus trimmed
  • Lemon zest to serve
  • Lemon juice to serve
  • 1 tablespoon fresh finely chopped coriander

Ingredients for the Hummus Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons prepared hummus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • A handful of fresh coriander
  • Salt to taste

Method for the Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Using a bread knife, slice the Sourdough bread diagonally making half inch thick slices.
  • Brush both sides of each slice of bread with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet or roasting pan.
  • Place the slices in the oven and toast for 5 minutes,  or until they are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Rub one side of the toasted bread with half of a garlic clove.

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Method for the Asparagus

  • Preheat the oven 180C.
  • Toss to coat the asparagus with olive oil and salt.  Arrange a single layer of asparagus on a baking tray.
  • Roast the asparagus until tender, approximately 10 minutes.  Set aside until ready to use.

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Method for the Hummus and Coriander Sauce

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  • In the bowl of a food processor or a blender combine the store-bought hummus, olive oil, sour cream, lemon juice, coriander and salt to taste and process for a few minutes.  Make sure the hummus is creamy and smooth and all the ingredients are well combine.

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To Serve the Bruschetta

  • Use a spoon and gently spoon the hummus sauce on top of each toasted bread slice.
  • Top the hummus with 3 to 4 asparagus stems, drizzle with olive oil, a sprinkle of lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice and salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately, you do not want the bread to go soggy.

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Tips

  • Home made hummus is very simple to make.  Use a tin of chickpeas (drain and rinse). Tip them in a food processor, add Tahini, crushed garlic, salt, lemon juice and slowly pour olive oil while it runs.  The hummus should be smooth.

 

 

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