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Author Notes: There's something about spring. Maybe it's the sunshine, the emergence from winter, the blooming flowers... or maybe it's the asparagus. I get giddy when these little guys arrive (US-grown & organic) on the produce shelves. I use them any which way I can, but this is definitely a crowd-pleaser, perfect for weekend brunch, or even an elegant weekday breakfast. Easy to double or even triple for entertaining. —alliemarie
- 1/2 pound organic asparagus, washed and trimmed
- 2 eggs (or more if you're hungry)
- one pinch Flower of the Ocean sea salt
- one pinch red pepper flakes
- one splash extra virgin olive oil (a lemon or pepper-infused oil makes a great addition, too)
- 2 slices of crusty bread (if you're in SF, reach for Acme Olive Bread- the saltiness is a perfect pairing)
- Fill a medium saucepan to the rim with water and set on high
- Heat olive oil in a pan at medium heat. Add asparagus and sautée, tossing regularly, for about 10 minutes (or until tender)
- When water is at a rolling boil, crack and add eggs right at the surface so they tumble into the water in one piece. Cover and remove from heat. Set a timer for 3-4 minutes (depending on how runny you like the yolk)
- Toast bread slices
- Check doneness of asparagus with a fork. If they pierce easily, asparagus are done. Arrange 4-5 stems per plate
- When done, remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon. Set atop asparagus, season with pepper flakes and salt. Serve with toast
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