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April 24, 2012

It’s Asparagus Season !!!!


Oven temperature:

200.C oven on, top and bottom

Oven shelf near top

Special equipment: Oven proof ramekins


2 eggs per person as fresh as possible!

5 asparagus per person

Enough cream to cover each dish

Parmesan to generously sprinkle on top

Butter for buttering dishes

salt and freshly ground pepper

Parsley sprigs for decoration


Turn Oven on 200.C.Place  shelf near top of oven.

1. Butter oven proof individual ramekin dishes.

2. Wash and trim asparagus to size of ramekin.

3. Plunge asparagus into boiling salted water and simmer,  with out lid, until just tender, 5-8 mins. Do not over cook! Test with sharp knife.

4. Butter ramekin dishes.

5. Lift out carefully with large cooking tweezers onto large plate covered with kitchen paper. Leave to drain one minute. Divide between  ramekins, which you have previously buttered.

6. Break two eggs, over asparagus,in each ramekin, taking care not to let any egg shell fall in!

7. Salt and pepper and place in oven, until the whites just begin to go opaque.

8. Remove, cover with cream and finely grated parmesan cheese.

9. Switch oven to grill and grill until just going brown. Don’t over cook, as one aims to cook the eggs, but keep the yolks runny. This takes a few times to get just right.

10. Remove from oven and serve immediately, so that eggs don’t over cook.

11. Decorate with a sprig of parsley.

This is one of my favorite recipes, the eggs really compliment the Asparagus and it makes a delicious light dinner.

Another favorite with my children!

Place asparagus in salted boiling water. ( No lid, or they will discolor. )

Butter ramekin dishes.

Place asparagus in buttered ramekin.

Break two eggs carefully over asparagus, taking care not to break the yolks. really fresh eggs are ideal!

Place in pre-heated oven and cook until egg whites are just going opaque. Remove from oven.

Grate parmesan finely.

Sprinkle over parmesan cheese, turn grill on and place in oven.

Cook under grill, watching carefully to brown just enough. In this picture they need a little more….

Final result ! Decorate with parsley. Serve on a second plate, warn guests ‘take care very hot !’

Just delicious !

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    April 24, 2012 9:07 am

    Sounds DELISH!!!


  2. Anna permalink
    April 24, 2012 9:08 am

    When adding the cream, are there any precautions to take?


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