Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce

by Rebecca Franklin
Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients

Hollandaise sauce:
3 egg yolks, from large eggs
250g unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Salt, to taste
Roasted asparagus:
500g fresh asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
3 tablespoons light olive oil
salt & pepper
4 large eggs

Directions

Hollandaise sauce: In a small saucepan set over low heat, whisk 2 egg yolks into a 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Continue whisking the butter into the egg mixture, 2 teaspoons at a time, until all the butter is thoroughly incorporated into the sauce. The sauce will be thick, smooth, and glossy. Whisk the lemon juice and salt into the hollandaise sauce, and then continue stirring it for 1 minute. Remove the sauce from the heat, place a cover over it, and then serve it over the roasted asparagus and poached eggs once it is done cooking. Roasted asparagus: Preheat an oven to 220°. Line a large baking sheet with foil and arrange the asparagus in a single layer on the tray. Drizzle the olive oil over the asparagus, toss it gently, and then roast it in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until it turns tender and lightly browned. Transfer the asparagus to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm while you poach the eggs. Poached eggs: Fill a large pan with water and bring it to a full, rolling boil. Reduce the heat until the water is just simmering, very slowly. Crack 1 egg into a small, heatproof ramekin (custard cup). Hold the ramekin just above the surface of the water and tip it so the egg gently slides into the simmering water. Repeat this process with the remaining 3 eggs. Cook the eggs for approximately 3 minutes until the whites are fully set, but the yolks are still soft. Very carefully drain the eggs with a slotted spoon and set them atop a double layer of paper towels to drain for 30 seconds. Divide the asparagus between 4 plates. Sprinkle the roasted asparagus with the salt and pepper, pour a bit of fresh, hot hollandaise sauce over each serving, and then place a single poached egg over each serving. Serve the asparagus with poached eggs and hollandaise immediately.

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