SOFT POACHED EGG WITH ASPARAGUS AND TRUFFLE OIL
By Apicius International School of Hospitality
20 min 2/5 4 pp 5 min
1 bunch of asparagus (woody stalks removed)
4 slices of crusty bread
White wine vinegar
This is a sexy dish that is simple and easy to prepare, like most dishes it requires only the best quality ingredients to really get the full effect being only 3 main elements. Egg, asparagus and truffle oil.
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- Bring a pot of water to the boil, season with salt then place in the asparagus, standing up right and the tips just above the water line. Once the tips are soft, remove and place is ice water bath to stop the cooking process and maintain colour and flavour.
- Bring a pot of water to boil and then turn down to medium heat, then add a splash of vinegar (the vinegar helps the egg whites to set and firm up).
- Crack each egg into a small cup, stir the water to form a whirlpool then drop your egg in (the whirlpool helps to create a round shape). After a few minutes with the egg yolk still soft, remove your egg.
- Toast the bread until golden place you’re Asparagus first then your soft poached egg, season with fresh ground black pepper, sea salt and finish with a little truffle oil.