About my dad's cooking: it's excellent. Always delicious, creative, and interesting. I was so lucky to grow up in a house where we sat down to his tasty dinners every night. No matter where my parents live, "home" will always be the smell of his cooking, the sound of pots and pans clattering together, and the bits of conversation drifting from the kitchen.
I was at my parents' house this weekend (Will got to meet his great grandfather, great aunt, & great uncle) and my dad served up this delicious and simple appetizer - asparagus puff pastry. I hadn't been home to Larchmont since the baby was born and it felt comforting and homey as ever to eat my dad's cooking and sit around a table with my whole family.
Since I want to replicate this when I have guests over, I had my dad teach me how to make these. He used:
good, fresh parmesan cheese
He parboiled the asparagus and then shocked them in cold water to stop the cooking. He rolled out the puff pastry, placed on a cookie sheet, popped the asparagus on top, then finished with a small amount of shallots & parmesan cheese. Pop the pastry into the oven according to the package instructions (around 15 minutes). Allow to cool, then slice up and serve!
Enjoy & stay hungry!