Tiny New York Kitchen: White Asparagus With Tarragon Cream Sauce

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 8.30.31 AMBy Victoria Hart Glavin of Tiny New York Kitchen

Unlike its green-skinned counterpart, white asparagus has a tough, bitter peel that must be removed before cooking. Using a vegetable peeler works very well for this task.


1 Pound White Asparagus (Peeled)

1 Shallot (Minced)

3 Tablespoons Butter

3 Ounces Fresh Mushrooms

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Garlic Clove (Minced)

2 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour

2/3 Cup Vegetable Or Chicken Stock

1/3 Cup Heavy Cream

1 Tablespoon Dried Tarragon

1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Add butter to skillet over a medium-high heat. Add shallots, mushrooms, and lemon juice. Sauté for 5 minutes until tender. Add tarragon and flour. Cook for 1 minute. Add vegetable or chicken stock. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and add cream, nutmeg, kosher salt, and pepper. Cook 3 minutes.  Remove from heat. Transfer to serving platter. Serve immediately. Serves 4

See also: Tiny New York Kitchen: Oven Roasted Asparagus

Victoria Hart Glavin has been cooking and writing recipes since she was a teenager. Originally from Nebraska, her appreciation for culinary technique took off when she moved to Lyon, France.

While living in France, Victoria studied French cooking from an expert Lyonnais chef. Victoria learned to love the local culture of preparing and enjoying fresh, seasonal foods. While in France, Victoria experienced the joys of shopping for local produce at the market and preparing fresh foods simply and beautifully in order to enhance the experience of the table. During her time in France, she says she “learned how to squeeze tomatoes at the local market” and “took everything in by osmosis.”

Currently, Victoria creates tasty treats in her tiny kitchen, in New York City, for all to enjoy and on weekends she explores Fairfield County where has a second home. Victoria has shared her recipes with others and now you can enjoy the Tiny New York Kitchen recipe collection, too!  Victoria is a member of Culinary Historians of New York and a member of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.