Serves:4 as a starter
1 slice rustic white bread, crusts removed
450g pack asparagus, woody ends trimmed
100g blanched almonds, plus extra, toasted, to serve
1 garlic clove, crushed
60ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sherry vinegar
25g pack mint, leaves finely chopped
1. Soak the bread in 150ml cold water. Meanwhile, steam the asparagus for 3-5 minutes, until just tender, then plunge into cold water; drain.
2. Blitz the almonds in a blender to a fine powder; whizz in the garlic. Add the oil, vinegar and bread (reserve the soaking water); blend until smooth. Whizz in the soaking water and most of the mint, reserving a few leaves; season.
3. Divide the asparagus between plates, adding a puddle of the sauce to each. Scatter over the reserved mint and extra toasted almonds before serving.
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