*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                         Asparagus Flan (July 1997)
 
 Recipe By     : Miriam Podcameni Posvolsky
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : First Courses
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      lb            fresh asparagus -- peeled
    1                    shallot -- chopped
    2      tablespoons   butter
    6                    eggs
    6      tablespoons   fresh cream
                         salt and white pepper -- to  taste
    1      teaspoon      tarragon
                         SAUCE (optional)
    1                    shallot -- finely chopped
    1      cup           dry white wine
    1      teaspoon      tarragon
      1/2  lb            butter
                         salt and white pepper -- to  taste
 
 1 Separate asparagus tips ( about 2')
 2. Cook asparagus tips and rest of stalks in a little  salted water for a
 few minutes. They should be still firm. Drain tips.
 3, Cook the rest 5 minutes longer. Drain. Let cool. Slice half of the stalks.
 4. Cook shallots in 1 T butter until wilted. Let cool
 5. Process the rest of the. stalks ( not tips) along with the cooked
 shallots until they become a paste. Add tarragon, eggs, pepper salt and
 process to blend.
 6. Add cream to food processor and process 1/2 a minute.
 7. Butter 6 ramekins and divide the sliced stalks among them.
 8. Pour the egg  mixture into the ramekins. Place the ramekins in a pan
 with water and bake at 300 F for 40 minutes or until firm.
 9. meanwhile prepare the sauce:
 10. Reduce the wine, with 1  t. tarragon and white pepper to 1 T. Slowly
 start adding butter a t. at a time whisking, over very low heat, until all
 the butter has been incorporated. Check salt.
 11. Unmold the flans on individual plates, decorate with the  tips and pour
 the sauce over the tips.
 
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 NOTES : Great first course.
 May be served on puff pastry crusts.
 If asparagus were not so expansive in my country I'd probably use more
 asparagus in this recipe.