Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FNCCC Week 5 - Anne Burrell

This week's chef was Anne Burrell who didn't have a ton of recipes but some pretty interesting sounding ones! I'm not sure why I have a hard time trying recipes that don't have pictures along side them, which this one did not. I guess I'm a visual kind of person.
I got pretty far out of my comfort zone with Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg, Parmigiano and Lemon Zest. I like all the components of this recipe but have not had them all together. The reason I picked this is that I have never poached an egg before and wanted to try. I survived. So did the eggs. And here is a picture to prove it :)

Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg, Parmigiano and Lemon Zest
Recipe courtesy Anne Burrell

1 bunch asparagus
High quality extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
4 slices rustic Italian bread (I am bread in the bread machine for this)
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons white vinegar
4 large organic eggs
2 cups baby washed arugula (couldn't find it so used another kind)
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 lemon, zested
Preheat grill or grill pan.
Holding the tip and stem of each asparagus spear snap the asparagus where it will naturally break. Discard the ends. Toss the asparagus with oil and salt, to taste. Grill the asparagus until slightly charred and pliable on all sides. Remove to a platter and reserve at room temperature. Grill each slice of bread until crispy and slightly charred on both sides. Rub each piece of bread vigorously with the raw garlic clove. Reserve with the asparagus.

Fill a bowl with cold tap water and 4 to 5 ice cubes. This will be the holding area for the eggs after they have been poached. Keep the bowl near the stove.

Fill a medium saucepan 2/3 of the way with water. Add the white vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat on the burner until the bubbles in the water have subsided. Gently crack and drop each egg into the water. Cook the eggs for 3 to 4 minutes. When done the whites will be cooked through and the yolks will be warm but still liquid. Using a slotted spoon remove the eggs from the saucepan and place in the bowl of cold water. Reserve.

To assemble the salad: Toss the arugula with half of the lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Gently toss the salad until coated with the lemon and olive oil. Add more lemon juice and oil if needed. TASTE IT! The salad should be dressed and flavorful but not soggy. Divide the arugula between 4 individual plates. Arrange the asparagus on top of the arugula on each plate.

While dressing the salad bring the saucepan of poaching water to a simmer. Gently return the eggs to the saucepan until heated through, about 1 to 2 minutes. When the eggs are hot, remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and gently blot on a tea towel to remove any excess water. Immediately place 1 egg on top of the asparagus on each plate. Sprinkle each with salt, Parmigiano and lemon zest. Drizzle each piece of grilled bread generously with olive oil and cut in half on the bias, lean the toast halves against each egg.

Verdict: I loved it. I never would have guess that all of that mixed together would create such a nice flavor. Eggs, salad and asparagus. Who would have thought? I especially liked the grilled asparagus and will prepare it this way every time (every time that dear husband is willing to do it). I didn't attempt to feed this to the kids.

What did YOU cook this week?? Can't wait to see! Next week we will be cooking something from Bobby Flay (one of my favorites!).


  1. That does look yummy!! I would have tried it but asparagus is so expensive here. I will put that in the back of my mind for spring when they are dirt cheap:-)

  2. I love asparagus! I've never had a poached egg either -- but this does look tasty.

  3. Looks delicious, I love poached eggs! I love how pretty and fancy this dish is.

  4. Sigh, I don't get to participate this week because we're traveling. WAAAAHHHHHH!

  5. I looked at this one and was drooling all over myself, but green asparagus is a rather pricey commodity here *L* Yours looks delicious!

  6. That looks great! I've never grilled asparagus before, I'm definitely going to try it that way next time!

  7. From my mom:

    We tried the pork chops with apples and onions. It also called for
    fresh rosemary. Was this ever good and very easy.

  8. I know I am always late in adding my FNCCC creations to my blog, I am sorry about that! On October 11, I made Anne Burrell's "Herb Roasted Potatoes." They were one of the best potatoes I have had, so head to Mr. Linky to see how they look!