Sorry for the pause since the last quick weeknight meals post. My parents came to visit, we had a nice quick getaway to an island in the North Sea, then we all got sick. This past week I’ve been playing catch-up to try to test a few more recipes for you. Before the pause I tested a complete dud, so I am happy to report the next few recipes all come from the same source and seem to be foolproof!
This recipe comes from Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food. I’ll share a couple of recipes, but I highly recommend you purchase the book because there are so many healthy, fast, and tasty recipes.
Now for today’s recipe. The great thing about this recipe is you can substitute a bit if you’re short on time or can’t find an ingredient. In Germany, for example, it is hard to find asparagus out of season so I used jarred white asparagus! It was still delicious. The only sub you can’t really make here is the fresh tarragon. I love fresh tarragon, especially with mustard (I always bring back tubes of tarragon mustard when we go to Austria), but its somewhat licorice-y taste isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like tarragon, you’ll probably want to skip this recipe. If you like it then here you go!
Asparagus, Eggs, and Dijon Vinaigrette
* The UK version of the cookbook calls this French dressing, which is technically true, but I didn’t want any of my American readers to picture the sickly sweet bottled “French Dressing” before explanation.
Time: 15-20 minutes
- 1 small red onion
- 4 large eggs (good quality)
- Asparagus for two (cookbook says 350g, but you know how hungry you are). Fresh is best, but jarred if you’re in a pinch. Leftover asparagus works great, too!
- 1/2 bunch fresh tarragon, leaves picked
- 2 heaping teaspoons Dijon mustard (I used Maille)
- 4 Tablespoons red or white wine vinegar
- 6 Tablespoons olive oil
- Peel and thinly chop the red onion. Place in bowl and cover with the wine vinegar and a good pinch of salt.
- Boil the eggs to your desired consistency. Slightly runny or just firm would be perfect. Mine were too runny.
- You can steam the asparagus in a colander above the eggs, or you can take an additional step to steam them separately. If you use leftovers (or jarred) you can just skip this step.
- Whisk the mustard and 6 Tablespoons olive oil then slowly add in the onion soaking vinegar (use a sieve to save the onions). It will form a nice emulsion. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the asparagus on the two plates. Run the eggs under cool water until you can hold them to peel them and slice them in half.
- Sprinkle the tarragon leaves and onion on top of the asparagus and eggs.
- Drizzle each plate with dressing to taste (you can save the rest if you have leftovers) and add pepper to taste.
This is one of my new favorite dishes and I will probably make it every other week- it is such an easy dish that feels very special. Enjoy!
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