Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi tops lightly grilled asparagus with perfectly cooked eggs that are poached in Meyer lemon juice and water.
Slideshow: Asparagus Recipes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling the grate
1 pound thin asparagus
4 large eggs
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh Meyer lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely grated Meyer lemon zest (see Note)
1/2 cup freshly grated Locatelli Pecorino cheese
Freshly ground pepper
How to Make It
Light a grill and oil the grate. On a baking sheet, toss the asparagus with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt. Grill over moderate heat, turning, until the asparagus are lightly charred and crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to plates and keep warm.
Crack the eggs into 4 small bowls. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a simmer. Add the 1/4 cup of lemon juice and season with salt. Stir the water to create a vortex. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring gently in the same direction so they do not settle. Poach over moderate heat until the whites are set and the yolks are runny, 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to paper towels to drain briefly.
Set the eggs on the asparagus. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and sprinkle the lemon zest and cheese on top. Season generously with pepper and serve.
If fragrant Meyer lemons are unavailable, use regular lemons instead.
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