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Griddled asparagus & soft egg bruschetta

Jenny Chandler

A simple way to make the most of seasonal English asparagus

Recipe Meta

Prep

5 mins

Cook

10 mins

Serves

4

Difficulty

Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of sourdough bread
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 450g-500g asparagus, trimmed of tough stalks
  • 4 really good hen’s eggs
  • About 75g parmesan cheese, shaved with a potato peeler

Method

Heat up a heavy griddle pan. Rub the bread with the cut side of the garlic and place on the pan to toast. Turn after a couple of minutes, then place on four plates and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Meanwhile, heat up the water for your eggs. Once boiling, add the eggs and boil for 5 mins, then plunge straight into cold water. Place the asparagus on the griddle, turning once the spears begin to char and turn a vivid green. Cook until tender.

Peel the eggs – a very delicate task since they are still soft in the middle. Take your time (a task for careful children). Now pile the asparagus on the bruschetta and place an egg on top. Sprinkle over the salt and pepper and allow everyone to cut into their egg at the table.

ALTERNATIVE: add a thick slice of ham to the bruschetta before you start piling on the asparagus.

Image: Kim Lightbody

Where to buy these ingredients

Borough Market Online

If you can’t make it to the Market, Borough Market Online offers a wide selection of traders’ produce, delivered direct to your door.