Grilled asparagus with soft poached egg, balsamic and parmesan

Grilled asparagus with soft poached egg, balsamic and parmesan

Grilled asparagus with soft poached egg, balsamic and parmesan

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1
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, adding enough vinegar so it tastes mildly vinegary, then break each egg carefully into a small coffee cup or ramekin
  • 1 drop of malt vinegar
  • 4 eggs
2
When the water is at a rapid boil, swirl it with a spoon then quickly lower each cup into the centre of the water, releasing the eggs
3
Adding the cold eggs should lower the temperature of the water to a level where the surface of the water is just trembling. If necessary, adjust the heat under the pan so the water stays at this level. If bubbles break the surface of the water the eggs will cook too rapidly
4
Poach the eggs for three minutes so the white is just set and the yolk is soft and runny, then lift them out gently with a slotted spoon and place them in ice-cold water to stop them cooking. Discard the poaching water and replace with a fresh pan of salted water
  • salt
5
Trim the woody base from each spear of asparagus. Heat a wide frying pan on a medium to high heat and add some olive oil, then, when hot, add half of the asparagus
  • 7 asparagus spears, per person
  • olive oil
6
Cook it for three or four minutes until light brown all over, then lift the spears out on to a baking sheet
7
Repeat until all of the asparagus spears are cooked. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • black pepper
8
Set the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4 and make sure the pan of water is gently simmering
9
Place the tray of asparagus into the oven to warm and place the eggs in the salted water for a minute or two, taking care not to overcook them
10
Once warm, take the grilled asparagus out of the oven and transfer to serving plates. Place a poached egg in the middle of each dish and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • salt
  • black pepper
11
Grate some Parmesan over the plates then, shave a few pieces of Parmesan over them
  • 150g of Parmesan, for grating and shaving
12
Finish each dish with a few salad leaves then sprinkle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and eat at once
  • 2 2/3 handfuls of salad leaves
  • olive oil
  • 1 dash of balsamic vinegar

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