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Categories: Breakfasts, Main courses, Quick and easy, Vegetarian

Asparagus with bread crumb-fried eggs

Asparagus with bread crumb-fried eggs
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 2
Note: This is based on a recipe from Judy Rodgers' "The Zuni Cafe Cookbook.".
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • A few leaves fresh thyme
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon red wine or sherry vinegar

Step 1Prepare the asparagus: If it is thin, simply cut off the bases. If it is thicker than a No. 2 pencil, cut off the bases and peel, starting at the tips with light pressure and gradually increasing the pressure as you work your way down the stalk until you're pressing quite firmly at the base.

Step 2In a tightly sealed pot over rapidly boiling water, steam the asparagus until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes for thin asparagus, 4 to 5 minutes for thick. Drain, pat dry, dress lightly with 1 tablespoon oil, season with a pinch of salt and keep warm.

Step 3Place the bread crumbs in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and thyme leaves and then add enough oil to generously coat, about 1 tablespoon.

Step 4Transfer the bread crumbs to a small nonstick skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to darken. When they have fried enough that they feel dry when you stir them and make a dry, static-y sound, 2 to 3 minutes, divide them into 2 equal batches and pat to make a thin layer.

Step 5Crack the eggs over the bread crumbs. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, cover tightly and cook the eggs until they're as done as you like (they are best with the yolks left runny; if you prefer over-easy, you can flip them).

Step 6Divide the asparagus in half and arrange it on 2 warm plates. When the eggs are done, drape one egg over each asparagus bundle. Add the vinegar to the empty pan and let it sizzle for a moment before drizzling it over the eggs. Serve immediately.

Each serving:
175 calories; 10 grams protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 12 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 186 mg cholesterol; 2 grams sugar; 118 mg sodium.
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