Asparagus with yoghurt cheese and basil pesto

Asparagus with yoghurt cheese and basil pesto

Spoil your guests with homemade yoghurt cheese, made by tying Bulgarian yoghurt in a milk cloth and hanging it in your fridge for 48 hours.

Ingredients (serves 4 people)

  • 1 litre Bulgarian yoghurt
  • 10ml salt
  • 125g basil pesto (bought from the shops)
  • 15ml butter
  • 3 sprigs of thyme, finely chopped
  • 400g asparagus
  • 40g wild rocket
  • 60ml olive oil
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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  1. Mix yoghurt, salt, black pepper and thyme.

  2. Place a piece of milk cloth in a mixing bowl and lave the edge of the cloth to hang over the bowl. Pour yoghurt into the cloth. Bring the ends of the cloth together, tie into a tight ball and tie together. Leave to hang in the fridge above the mixing bowl for 2 days so that the whey can drip away.

  3. Bring pot with water to the boil and add asparagus. Boil for 3 minutes and drain.

  4. Heat olive oil and butter till warm in a large frying pan. Add asparagus and fry quickly for 1 minute. Season well with salt and black pepper.

  5. Place yoghurt cheese in a serving bowl and flatten with the back of a spoon. Place rocket on top followed by the fried asparagus. Spoon basil pesto over and serve.

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