Following my recent conversion to the world of asparagus, I have been keen to eat as much of it as I can while it is in season and at its best, and now that new potatoes are cheap as chips I thought why not slap the two of them together in a super easy meal? Grilling brings out the woody asparagus flavour, and keeps a nice crunchy texture (provided you don’t overcook of course!).
They grow fantastic Jersey Bennies in Oamaru, which is about 120kms north of Dunedin. I am a big fan of using potatoes with the skins on as you get great texture with no waste and less prep time. They are a waxy potato, so won’t make a creamy mash, but smashed into the bacon render they sure are good! You could go for any of the other varieties of new potato – Draga, Nadine, Frisia – or a good all rounder like Desiree will work as well. Great for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner.