Asparagus and fried egg, light lunch or primo

We are in the middle of the asparagus season so prices are low and the crop is at its best.  Here’s a quick but actually quite elegant dish to serve as a light lunch or as a primo piatto.

Cook some asparagus using your favorite method, I cook mine in boiling water in a frying pan, so the asparagus can lay flat, but do steam them if you prefer.  When are nearly cooked begin frying your eggs, the yolk needs to remain runny to form a ‘sauce’ for the asparagus.  Place the cooked asparagus on the plates, top with the fried eggs (you can use quail’s eggs if you want to be very elegant), shave a little Parmigiano Reggiano over the top and a little balsamic vinegar.  Serve with some good bread to soak up the juices.

2 responses to “Asparagus and fried egg, light lunch or primo

  1. Sounds delicious! We’ll try it.

    We’ve recently seen wild asparagus on the menus in restaurants and being sold in markets. Are people harvesting and selling wild asparagus in large quantities?

    • Yes, many people go out specially to collect the wild asparagus for sale, as you will have seen from the very high price in comparrison with cultivated asparagus it is a very lucerative occupation. But the price is justified if you remember how long it took us to collect enough to make one omlette.

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