About This Recipe
This could be an easy breakfast for two, or a 10-minute lunch or dinner. Make it in the springtime when the asparagus spears are fat. These start on the stove just to get the skillet hot and the cooking process started. Before transferring the whole pan to the oven, mix in sliced shallots and crack in a couple of eggs. In a few minutes, the eggs will be just set and the asparagus will be a perfect balance of roasty and snappy.
Asparagus is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. One of those vitamins, folate, is essential to healthy pregnancies. And not many foods can hold a candle to eggs when it comes to nutrition. Protein comes from the whites, while yolks hold the nutrients. Regarding the latter, eggs contain choline, which is essential to brain function.
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 10 stalks of asparagus, ends trimmed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 shallot, cut into thin rings
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tbsp (7 g) finely grated parmesan
- 1 Tbsp (15 ml) chile sauce (your favorite purchased brand)
- Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
Step 1Heat the oven to 425°F / 220°C.
Step 2Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium-high heat until hot and shimmering. Add the smashed garlic clove, asparagus, salt, and several grinds of black pepper and sauté until the asparagus is vibrant green and the garlic is just starting to color, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Step 3Toss in the shallot rings and mix. Using a spatula, move the asparagus so that there is space in the pan for two eggs; you want to create two “nooks” for the eggs. Add an egg to each “nook.” Transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the eggs are just set and the asparagus are slightly browned, 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Step 4Sprinkle the grated parmesan, chile sauce, and lemon zest on top. Squeeze a little lemon juice too, if desired. Serve immediately.
Level Up: Homemade Preserved Lemon would be a delicious garnish, too.
Zero Waste: Asparagus trimmings for compost.
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