Open-Faced Fried Egg, Asparagus and Guanciale Sandwiches

  • Servings: 4


  • 20 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 16 to 20 stalks large or jumbo asparagus, tough ends broken off
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 24 slices of guanciale or 8 thin slices of pancetta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
  • 4 slices La Brea bakery Pain Rustic
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 4 to 8 extra-large eggs
  • Fleur de sel, for sprinkling
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Scatter thyme sprigs on a baking sheet. Lay the asparagus over the thyme sprigs, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes.

  2. Turn the oven down to 400° F. Spread the guanciale in a single layer in a sheet pan and cook until lightly crisp, 8 to 10 minutes for guanciale or 12 to 15 minutes for pancetta.

  3. In a small saucepan, cook the butter over medium-high heat until the bubbles subside and the butter is browned with a nutty aroma.

  4. Toast the bread in a toaster, or grill it in a sandwich press, making sure that both sides are brushed with extra-virgin olive oil or softened unsalted butter first. Rub one side of the toast with the garlic. Lay the toasts on plates and top with the roasted asparagus.

  5. In a 4-inch cast-iron or heavy-duty skillet, heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil until very hot but not smoking. Crack an egg (or 2 eggs) and add to the hot oil. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and cook for about 1 minute, until the whites are bubbly and the outer edges become brown and crisp. Just before the eggs are done, spoon a little of the oil onto the yolks to create an opaque film over them. Remove the eggs and place over the asparagus. Spoon about a tablespoon of brown butter over the asparagus and egg, arrange the guanciale or pancetta on either side and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Contributed By Published February 2014

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