If you've never fried an egg in lots of olive oil, you're missing out on some major crisp, puffy, runny action. But be warned, it's hard to go back to the more modest fried egg once you've tried this version. This type of egg cookery is not for the faint of heart—when you drop the egg into the oil it splatters quite a bit. So please be careful if you're trying this out for the first time.
If you're having people over for brunch, roast your asparagus before they arrive. It'll save you time and energy, and they're wonderful served at room temperature. Once company arrives, just fry up your eggs and brunch is ready to serve.
- Yield:Serves 4
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:30 minutes
- 1 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 eggs
Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 500 [°]. Alternatively, preheat a toaster oven to high. Line a sheet try with tin foil and toss asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper then place in the oven. Roast until asparagus is tender and beginning to brown in places, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and tent with foil.
Break each egg into a small saucer, then heat oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Carefully add one egg to the skillet. The egg will begin to puff immediately. Cook until egg whites are set, spooning hot fat over the top, about 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining eggs.
Divide asparagus between four plates and top each with 1 egg. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.