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    White Asparagus with Ibérico Ham and Hazelnut Migas

    • Serves 4 people
    • Complexity Easy
    Prep time
    10 mins
    Cook time
    16 mins
    Total time
    26 mins
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    • 1 bunch of white asparagus
    • 50g ibérico ham, finely sliced into strips
    • Olive oil
    • Salt to taste
    • For the hazelnut migas:
    • 1 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
    • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme, finely chopped
    • 100g breadcrumbs
    • 50g roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • For the hazelnut vinaigrette:
    • 2 tbsp hazelnut oil
    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper to taste


    This is a great tapas dish or potential starter for a dinner party. Spain’s favourite white asparagus served with crispy strips of jamón ibérico and served on a bed of migas, which are fried breadcrumbs with chopped hazelnuts and dressed with a hazelnut vinaigrette.


    1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and mustard, then add the oils in a very slow, thin, steady stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is emulsified. Season with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
    2. For the migas, heat the butter and oil in a medium size frying pan. Add the chopped garlic and thyme and fry gently for 1 minute without colouring. Add the breadcrumbs a fry gently for 3 minutes until lightly toasted, add the chopped hazelnuts and season with salt and pepper.
    3. Trim the asparagus, then peel the stems with a potato peeler. Boil in salted water for 10 minutes until the spears are tender. Drain well. For the ham, fry gently in a touch of oil until crispy, drain and set aside. Pan fry the asparagus in the same oil for 2 minutes.
    4. To serve, spoon the hazelnut migas in the centre of the plate, top with the white asparagus, sprinkle the crispy ham and drizzle with the hazelnut vinaigrette.

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