Asparagus With Tomato Basil Coulis

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

An appetizing first course from the flavor center of the universe, Louisiana. This recipe strikes a perfect balance between very plain and very fancy asparagus dishes. Courtesy of Joel de Bourgonnier of Honfleur, featured in The Louisiana New Garde television series.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a skillet, saute the shallots and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for about two minutes or so.
  2. Quarter 3 of the tomatoes and add to the saute pan along with the juice, parsley and basil.
  3. Season to taste and cook for about five minutes or until heated through.
  4. Whirl in food processor or blender.
  5. Pour wine into saute pan and stir over medium heat to deglaze.
  6. Add this liquid to the blender and whirl.
  7. Add the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil slowly and process for two minutes.
  8. In a large saute pan, saute the asparagus in butter until tender crisp.
  9. To serve, cover the bottom of four salad plates with pureed mixture; arrange five asparagus in a fan shape over the top.
  10. Mince the remaining tomatoes and arrange equal portions at the base of the asparagus.
  11. Garnish as desired with chives, scallions and basil leaves.