Asparagus with coddled eggs

NB. For this recipe you will need an egg coddling pan.


For the dressing
For the asparagus and coddled eggs
  • 12 British asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed, bottom ends peeled if necessary

  • 50ml/1¾oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing

  • 4 free-range eggs

To serve
  • 2 ready-made bagels, cut in half, toasted until pale golden-brown

  • 4 tbsp parmesan shavings, or similar vegetarian hard cheese shavings

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method

  1. For the dressing, place the egg yolks into a food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. With the motor running, gradually add the lemon juice in a thin stream until it has been fully incorporated into the egg yolks. Do the same with the olive oil. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Add the parsley and truffle oil and pulse until combined.

  4. For the asparagus and coddled eggs, blanch the asparagus spears in boiling water for 10 seconds, then remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and transfer to a bowl. Add the butter and shake the asparagus spears to coat them in the melted butter.

  5. Grease four coddler trays with butter and arrange them in the coddler pan. Add enough boiling water to just reach the base of the coddler trays, then add one egg to each coddler tray. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.

  6. To serve, place one toasted bagel into the centre of each of four serving plates. Place one coddled egg on top of each. Divide the asparagus equally among the plates and place alongside the bagel. Drizzle over the dressing. Sprinkle over the parmesan shavings and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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