Just stopping by quickly today to share this super tasty and equally simple recipe with you all in the lead up to Christmas! I've finally got a little bit of an idea as to what I'll be cooking for Christmas lunch, and this is most definitely one of the dishes. Enjoy x
Orange-roasted asparagus with halloumi + mint
My great-aunt used to always make asparagus with orange every Christmas when I was a kid. I’ve taken that memory of Christmases long past as inspiration for this dish, deciding instead to roast the asparagus in the dressing (rather than steaming) and I’ve served them topped with crispy, salty halloumi and mint for an updated version of this much loved classic.
2 bunches of asparagus, trimmed
The zest of 1 small orange
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
200g packet halloumi, sliced thinly
Handful of mint leaves
Preheat oven to 200C. Place trimmed asparagus into an oven-proof dish. Combine orange zest, juice, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over asparagus and place in the oven to roast 15-20 minutes (depending on how small or large your asparagus is), until tender. When the asparagus is almost cooked, heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a splash of olive oil and cook the halloumi 1 minute either side, or until golden. To serve, transfer asparagus and all its lovely orange dressing to a serving dish, top with halloumi and scatter with mint. Serve immediately.
This recipe was first created for and featured in Taste Magazine, NZ,