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Steamed Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Pecorino

News: Before we get into the actual post and recipe, I wanted to share that The Boys Club, the cocktail blog that I am the Managing Editor for, has been nominated in the Best Cocktail Blog category in the 2013 Saveur Food Blog Awards.  We are so thrilled and proud of all of our incredibly talented contributors.  Voting is taking place over on the Saveur site until midnight on Friday, April 19th.

While flipping through the latest Bon Appetit I was struck by a page filled with simple, single-line recipes utilizing asparagus.  These dishes, the ones that require little fuss but magically transform into beautiful, rustic plates, are why I fell in love with cooking.  This recipe for steamed asparagus topped with a fried egg and shaved parmesan (modified here by switching it out with pecorino) stood out and I immediately marked it. I sat down and treated this as a light lunch, paired with a glass of wine (nothing wrong with a little lunchtime vino).  Even though we’ve had some fickle weather, a meal like this reminds me of how much I look forward to summer afternoons.  The way this year has been flying by, I expect them to be here before I know it.

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  • JennApril 15, 2013 - 2:36 am

    So jealous of your fried egg skills! I cannot fry an egg to save my life. Poached, soft boiled, omelette, scrambled, hard boiled, no problems. But fried? Can never get the heat setting right and so they always stick and become a mushy mess when I try to remove them from the pan. Nice simple recipe idea, I think we will make this this week :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ BAKEApril 15, 2013 - 9:11 am

    congratulations! that’s such a huge achievement! I love this dish it’s so simple but so full of flavour!ReplyCancel

  • MalgosiaApril 15, 2013 - 9:16 am

    I picked up the same mag this last week. I want to recreate the cover sandwich… But this is simple and beautiful. And who doesn’t love a fried egg on everything?ReplyCancel

  • Cassie | Bake Your DayApril 15, 2013 - 9:41 am

    This looks mouthwatering, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksApril 15, 2013 - 10:07 am

    Favorite thing in liiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeefffffffaaaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • ShainaApril 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

    I’d like to think it was my glowing nomination that pushed you into the Saveur finalists, but I know it was probably the sheer number of nominations and your absolute brilliance that stood out on its own. I adore what you are doing over at The Boy’s Club.

    I am a fan of simplicity. So often the meals I enjoy the most are the simplest. They’re unpretentious, easy to prepare, and made from basic ingredients. There’s comfort in knowing that good food doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s hoping you’re right about summer, too. I’d take spring showing up, though.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveApril 15, 2013 - 11:28 am

    So simple and elegant and GONE once I get my hands on it!ReplyCancel

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of CookingApril 15, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Wow, what a wonderful achievement. Congratulations! This asparagus dish looks delicious and full of simple spring flavors. Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having!ReplyCancel

  • Diane {Created by Diane}April 15, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Oh hello breakfast and I just happen to have asparagus in the fridge, love this. Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla SugarApril 15, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    BOOM! Breakfast in a second…or lunch…or dinner! What a lovely recipe :)ReplyCancel

  • ElApril 15, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    Beautiful breakfast idea and phenomenal photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessApril 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Thrilled for you and the nomination:))Hope you boys win! This is fantastic and what I want for dinner tonight. xxReplyCancel

  • StaceyApril 15, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    This to me is a perfect dish and love the gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Michael LewickiApril 15, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    This is a beautiful breakfast idea Brian! Can almost taste the salty cheese, crisp asparagus and that gorgeous yolk. This is something I need in my life. Simple and delicious!ReplyCancel

  • marlaApril 15, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    SO gorgeous I had to pin to 2 Pinterest boards!ReplyCancel

  • A SPICY PERSPECTIVEApril 16, 2013 - 12:19 am

    I love the simplicity of this dish. And those pecorino shavings look simply delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenApril 16, 2013 - 12:47 am

    This is pretty much my idea of perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Rosie NguyenApril 16, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Simple and beautiful. Great photography! The asparagus look bright and vibrant. Great job!ReplyCancel

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  • CarolynApril 16, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Veggies and eggs…that is my kind of breakfast!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneApril 16, 2013 - 7:24 am

    Already voted for you guys Brian!

    And yes I love simple meals like this also. There is something so wonderfully magical about asparagus and runny egg yolk together!ReplyCancel

  • Shea @ Dixie Chik CooksApril 16, 2013 - 9:11 am

    Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanApril 16, 2013 - 10:10 am

    Mmmmnnn… I loves me some pecorino, especially when it’s eggs.

    Una manzana mañana pero asparagos hoy.ReplyCancel

  • kulsum@journeykitchen.comApril 16, 2013 - 10:29 am

    OH WOW. This is exactly I want to dinner today. I have a new found love for asparagus. Yes, I’m late!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy DayApril 16, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    I sometimes forget that the simplest recipes can be the most satisfying. This looks lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey BrownApril 16, 2013 - 7:01 pm

    Thinking of you and your kin in Boston today, Brian. Love and light from Denver.ReplyCancel

  • BABU LAL TAMANGApril 17, 2013 - 6:41 am

    I love food like vegetable . I have to much vegetable around my home .ReplyCancel

  • MonetApril 17, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Hi friend. I’ve been thinking of you and your city this week. My thoughts and prayers have been sent your direction. This is a lovely, simple recipe. Perfect for a spring brunch or dinner. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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  • kitaApril 19, 2013 - 3:51 pm

    You are going to make me actually open my Bon Appetit (I never do, guilty) but I have just discovered that I like asparagus and want to give it a go in my kitchen.ReplyCancel

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  • AmyMay 8, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    I literally ate this exact dish for dinner last night (and I just happened to stumble upon your blog today for the first time). Creeeepy. Also, it was delicious. Also, also, I roasted the asparagus instead. Score! Wait, one more also: love the blog! Must try the Caesar Salad with Avocado Dressing mmm …ReplyCancel

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