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Asparagus with poached eggs, lemon butter sauce and crushed potatoes Recipe

Asparagus and poached eggs served on a bed of crushed potatoes with spring onion and pancetta finished with a lemon butter sauce.

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  • Preparation  15mins
  • Cooking time  15mins
  • Rest time  0mn
Ingredients ( for people)
  • Green asparagus : 1 bunch
  • Whole egg(s) : 6 whole
  • Pancetta slice(s) : 6 whole
  • Water : 100 ml
  • White wine vinegar : 10 ml
  • Spring onion(s) : 1 bunch
  • Unsalted butter : 250 g
  • New potato(es) : 300 g
  • Lemon(s) : 0.5 whole

  • 1Preheat the oven to 180'C.
  • 2To prepare: thinly slice the spring onions. Zest the lemon. If the asparagus are very thick, peel the bottom 3 centimetres. Break off the tough end of the stem.
  • 3For the pancetta: lie the pancetta slices on a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven until crisp. Once cool, break into small pieces.
  • 4For the potatoes: boil the potatoes in lightly salted water until tender. Whilst the potatoes are cooking, lightly wilt the sliced spring onion in a hot pan. Drain and then crush the potatoes with a fork. Mix the spring onions and pancetta into the crushed potatoes.
  • 5Cook the asparagus in a pan of lightly salted boiling water until tender.
  • 6For the poached eggs: bring a large pot of water to the boil, reduce to a simmer and add the vinegar. Crack the eggs into the pan one at a time. Cook for 4 minutes.
  • 7For the lemon butter sauce: add the lemon zest to 100ml of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce by half and then lower the heat. Whisk in the butter a little at a time until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper and then add a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • 8Plate the potatoes and lay the asparagus on top. Add a poached egg and drizzle with the lemon butter sauce to finish.

Chef's tip

« Leave out the potatoes to serve this seasonal dish as a starter. »

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