Monday, October 4, 2010

Meatless Monday: Roasted Asparagus with Sous Vide Egg

Roasted Asparagus with Sous Vide Egg
Our Meatless Monday journey continues...

My favorite way to prepare asparagus is to roast it in the oven, and finish it with a little lemon juice and parmesan reggiano. To kick it up a notch and make it more of a complete dish, I decided to whip out my Sous Vide Surpreme and use it to make the perfect egg, a dish that challenges even the greatest chef.

The cool thing about a sous vide egg, as opposed to a regular poached egg, is that the texture of the egg becomes like a custard that is cooked evenly throughout. So instead of the yolk being runny and the white firm, it's all a nice even texture. And believe me, few things in the world taste better than egg yolk.

The other great thing about making sous vide eggs is that you don't even have to mess with the vacuum sealer. Eggs are already naturally sealed in their shells. All you have to do is drop those puppies in the water bath and let them cook. The recipe for the perfect egg? 148 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to one hour.

If you don't have a Sous Vide Supreme (yet), then you can simply poach the eggs and serve them with this dish. That's also delicious.

Roasted Asparagus with Sous Vide Egg
Serves 2 people
Cooking time: 45-60 minutes 
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2 eggs (organic farm fresh if possible)
1 bunch of asparagus, tips snapped off
2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
parmesan reggiano
salt and pepper

Preheat the Sous Vide Surpreme to 148 degrees. Also, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Once the Sous Vide Supreme reaches temperature, carefully place the eggs in the water bath. Cover and allow to cook for 45-60 minutes. Once they're finished cooking, remove from the water bath.

Meanwhile, place the asparagus in a roasting pan and top with the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the asparagus is lightly caramelized and tender, but not overcooked.

Remove that asparagus from the oven and spread on a serving platter. Carefully, take the eggs out of their shells and place on the platter with the asparagus. Top with the lemon juice and shave some parmesan reggiano over the dish. Finish with a little fresh cracked black pepper and good extra virgin olive oil if desired. Enjoy!

Source for Ingredients
organic eggs, asparagus, and lemons from West Hollywood Farmers Market

parmesan reggiano from Whole Foods

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