Shaved Asparagus and Green Garlic Pastry Nest

A Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course post written by on April 8, 2013

Asparagus Nest

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I was walking to my car one day in my teens when I heard some frantic chirping – the kind that comes from small hungry little birdies. I was a bit more than shocked to find a nest on the ground where it had fallen from the tree above. I tried saving those chicks. I’m no mother bird.

I was told to always leave little birds alone because mother birds will not come back to the nest if you disturb them… Is this true? My favorite nests to find are always empty because somewhere some little birds are all grown up. Spring is beautiful.

A few weeks ago right before Easter, I was making a lovely pizza with garlic thread – thinly sliced green garlic green garlic. I love charred green garlic. This pizza uses green garlic pesto, peas, asparagus, and eggs – all the great things that you should eat this time of year… This photo depicts a pastry version that is overly decadent dinner, but I’m sure it will also make a great brunch dish.

Asparagus and Green Onion Nest

To build a nest

Gather: 1 Dufour Puff Pastry, 1 cup of shaved asparagus, 1 cup of green garlic thread, green garlic pesto, 1/4 c blanched fresh peas, grated mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan cheese, soft boiled eggs.

Assemble: Using a large bowl and pizza cutter, cut a round pastry circle – cut strips out of the discards (the puff pastry is square) and layer them around the edges to resemble a bird nest. I was very loose with my design… Then, evenly spread 1/4 cup pesto with fresh blanched peas on top of the nest surface. Sprinkle some parmesan and mozzarella on top. Lastly, weave a bird’s nest out of layers of cheese, asparagus, and green garlic (you can also do this on a chopping board and then slide it onto the pastry when done). You will have to re-chill your pastry for 30 minutes before baking.

Bake: Preheat oven to 375 and bake until golden brown. Serve immediately with soft boiled eggs.


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4 Responses to “Shaved Asparagus and Green Garlic Pastry Nest”

  1. Kitchen_Door says:

    This is so creative! I love the presentation and it sounds delicious as well

  2. Jessica says:

    Hi, do you use studio lights to achieve your photos. Big big fan of your shots.

    • phi says:

      Hi there – Thank you so so much! As per your question:

      I do not use studio lights for 99.99% of photos. I have used them on this blog once for the stuffed pumpkin photos, but I didn’t try very hard. I currently use them for my green screen photos for 1 client. Otherwise, it is all day-lit with bouncers, diffusers, or black boards/duvetyne to remove light. I’m lazy so I try not to do too much of that and just shoot whatever I see during Golden Hour.

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