Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Not Husband Approved

It occurred to me how often I describe the worthiness of what is On My Plate by telling you how much Hubs liked/loved it and how many servings he ate. Not this time. Hubs didn't sample this recipe at all. I couldn't even guess if he would have liked it. French toast and roasted asparagus are definitely things he would dig into, but Orange Butter Sauce probably would have made him wrinkle up his nose...until his first taste of the lightly citrused cream...maybe? Even after all these years of marriage, he does sometimes surprise me by absolutely loving or hating something that I was sure would force him into the opposite camp.

Today, however, I am all alone and only seeking my own approval. I thought that French Toast with Roasted Asparagus and Orange Butter Sauce would be delicious. I adapted a recipe torn from Martha Stewart Living to use ingredients that I had on hand and was sure that *I* (not Hubs) would enjoy. It was divine and would be a perfect breakfast or brunch for guests, but I can assure you that you don't have to save this enticing meal for guests. Go ahead. Whip it up. You don't need anyone's approval.

Orange Butter Sauce:
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 small shallots, thinly sliced
1/2 cup heavy cream
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon orange zest
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
French Toast:
4 large eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices hearty bread (I used Honey-Wheat, but brioche, sour dough, or your favorite would work.)

Orange Butter Sauce:
Bring wine, orange juice and shallots to a boil in a large sauce pan.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until until reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 10 minutes.
Whisk in cream, cook and reduce by half, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat to low.
Add butter, 1 piece at a time, whisking after each addition.
Strain into a heatproof bowl (to remove shallots).
Add orange zest; season with salt and pepper.
Keep warm.
Preheat the oven to 475.
Toss asparagus with oil on a baking sheet.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast until golden, about 8 minutes.
French Toast:
Whisk together eggs, cream, zest, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.
Pour mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and add bread.
Soak 2 minutes per side.
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling.
Add the bread and cook on 1 side until golden brown.
Flip and cook other side until golden brown.
Top each slice of French toast with asparagus and drizzle with orange butter sauce.
Serve additional sauce on the side. (Serves 4)

1 comment:

  1. What a great brunch idea! Perfect for a bunch of girls.


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