Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

July 2016

Shaker Asparagus

1 pound asparagus stalks 2 tablespoons butter
1 cup boiling water 1/4 cup light cream
1/2 teaspoon salt 2 egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon sugar 4 slices toasted bread, buttered
1 sprig mint 1/16 teaspoon nutmeg

With a vegetable peeler, peel the tough skin from each stalk of asparagus to about 1/3 from top. Break off tops and break remainder of stalk into one-inch lengths. Place all but tops into boiling salted water and simmer 15 minutes, or steam in a steamer basket over simmering water 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Replace asparagus to sauce pan and add seasonings, reserved cooking liquid, butter, cream, mint and asparagus tops. Simmer gently 10 minutes. Beat egg yolk and stir into cream mixture. Simmer 1 minute to heat. Turn out on buttered toast and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serves 4.

This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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