Few things transport you to Spain like the aromas of Asparagus with Smoked Alioli. Smoked paprika is a flavour so indicative of Spanish cuisine and we make perfect use of it in this beautifully simple side dish.
I love Alioli any time of day on anything and everything! My favourite is smothered over a Tortilla Española (potato & tuna omelette) or drizzled over a 'straight off the grill' Spanish chicken skewer.
This alioli takes on all the smoky loveliness of paprika while still shouting "garlic!" which is the important thing! It marries beautifully with the aromatic earthiness of the simply cooked asparagus.
I wanted a more umami flavour with this sauce, so to really pack a whack of flavour I added anchovy paste AND mustard. Anchovy paste is a great way to create depth and complexity of flavour and the mustard adds even more layers in the background.
To round everything off, I added a sweet and sour taste of Spain, some sherry vinegar. This acidic element lifts the flavour from great to GLORIOUS!
When you try it, I'm sure you'll agree my Asparagus with Smoked Alioli, is an earthy, punchy, creamy delight!