One of my favorite things to listen to on long drives are the NPR Splendid Table podcasts on iTunes. They are about 50 minutes long…just the right length to get me to and from Covington/Mandeville/Nola and Baton Rouge.
The week before I left for NYC, I was listening and heard the recipe for Midnight Asparagus and Creamy Eggs. It went straight on my “to make” list that I have saved as a note on my phone. Usually these recipes sit on the list for a long time…but I had to make this one asap.
The recipe is so easy, so quick, and so good. Three ingredients – asparagus, eggs, and lemon (salt, pepper, and oil don’t count!). You broil chopped asparagus, then add the eggs, and then finish with a squeeze of lemon. How can this go wrong?? (Actually the second time I made it I overcooked the yolks…it’s definitely not as good without the runny yolks!)
So here I am in NYC, cooking for myself in a tiny, but cute apartment. And what am I making? Asparagus and Eggs two nights in a row. (Don’t worry, I ate out plenty the first week I was here…now I’m saving money…and calories…by cooking). I eat mine with toast to sop up the yolk-lemon sauce…it reminds me of hollandaise!
Don’t be scared of eating the yolks either! Low-fat diets are an old way of thinking. Fat doesn’t make you fat! To many calories does. And a little fat in each meal can help keep you full longer. I love nuts, avocados, cheese…all in moderation.
The original recipe included chopped onion, but I omitted it. I also altered the recipe for one. My apartment in NYC doesn’t have a broiler so I cooked it on the stove instead. Just as good! I use the entire bunch of asparagus just for me…I don’t think it would be as filling if I didn’t.
Midnight Asparagus and Creamy Eggs
adapted from Splendid Table
1 bunch of asparagus (the thinner the better), trimmed of tough stems
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 (or 3) large eggs
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Cut the asparagus into 1 inch pieces.
Put the oven rack in the center of the oven, about 5 inches below the heat source, and preheat the broiler.
Add the olive oil to a straight-sided (broiler safe*) 12-inch sauté pan. Set the oiled pan beneath the broiler to heat for 2 minutes.
Pull the oven rack out. Then, taking care not to touch the hot handle, add the asparagus, salt, and pepper into the pan. With a wooden spatula, turn the asparagus to coat with the oil, spread them out, and let them cook under the broiler for 3 minutes, stirring them once. You want them to brown slightly, but not become mushy.
Again, being careful not to touch the pan's handle, use the spatula to make 2 (or 3) empty spaces among the asparagus. Carefully break the eggs into the spaces. Broil 1 more minute, until whites are set and yolk is still runny. Immediately, and carefully, remove the pan from the oven.
Squeeze the lemon juice over everything. Give the pan another sprinkle of salt.
Here’s the tricky part…serving! You could eat right from the pan or slid a rubber spatula under the eggs/asparagus to loosen and then slide out onto a plate (or bowl). Not the prettiest presentation, but still delish!
* Broiler safe pans are usually entirely metal. If you don’t own one with a metal handle, wrap the handle in double thickness of foil…it will be fine for such a short amount of time under the broiler.
Per serving (with 2 eggs) – 251 calories, 15 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 15 g fat (4 g saturated), 20 g protein (exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 fat, 3 protein); remember, I eat this with whole wheat toast which adds another 100+ calories per slice and sometime I’ll do three eggs…depends on how hungry I am!