Cooking The Magazines: Parmesan Asparagus With Poached Eggs

Natalie McLaury considers herself a bit of a hoarder when it comes to magazines. Never one to pass up a good deal on a subscription, it’s to the point where she now finds herself receiving a magazine in the mail several times a week. Most of the time, she rips out pages of recipes but fails to actually create the recipe in her kitchen. Not anymore! Join Natalie as she cooks the magazines.
By Natalie McLaury


I have very distinct memories of my friend Ryan (not husband Ryan) and I instant messaging one Friday in high school. We had off of school for the day and I mentioned to him that I was craving scrambled eggs. I then fessed up that I had no idea how to make scrambled eggs.

You think I’m kidding or exaggerating about my previous inexperience in the kitchen but I am absolutely not!

A little dismayed, Ryan graciously talked (or rather, typed) me through each step of the process. I managed to follow along and ended up with a plate of scrambled eggs. Success! Since then, I’ve scrambled many a egg, and have actually discovered that I prefer them with a runny yolk (esp with sweet potato hash or Latin nacho bowls). Despite my increased comfort level with eggs, I had yet to poach them. When I came across the recipe for Parmesan Asparagus with Poached Eggs in an article about Gwyneth Paltrow in my April issue of Food and Wine magazine, I decided to branch out and give it a go.

This time I was without a friend to talk me through the process. I instead relied on the recipe instructions, following them to a T. The result? Perfectly poached eggs–just as easy as the scrambled eggs so many years ago! Served with toast (and baked sweet potatoes, in our case), this recipe makes for a lighter meal…perfect when you’re saving room for dessert!

Parmesan Asparagus with Poached Eggs
 
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A light meal of fresh asparagus topped with poached eggs and served with toast
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Recipe Type: Main Course
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb thick asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) white wine vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • toast, for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler. Blanch the asparagus in a large, deep skillet of boiling water until crisp-tender (approximately 3 minutes). Remove asparagus with a slotted spoon, place on a plate, and pat dry with paper towels. Reserve the liquid in the skillet.
  2. Place the asparagus in an oven-safe dish, brush with butter and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and broil until golden, 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and divide asparagus among plates.
  3. Add the vinegar to the asparagus water and return to a simmer. Crack the eggs into the simmering water, leaving plenty of space between them. Poach until the whites are set but the yolks are runny (about 3 minutes). Remove eggs carefully with a slotted spoon and set on the asparagus. Serve with toast.
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From Food and Wine Magazine April 2011

Natalie McLaury

Natalie McLaury is a St Louis based food writer with a passion for real food and experimenting in the kitchen. Her cooking ranges from healthy three course meals to decadent desserts, and she shares many of her food tips and recipes on her successful The Sweets Life blog . As an avid runner and fitness expert, she also gives the occasional tips on how to combine a serious interest in health with a sweet tooth.

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