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  • Asparagus Cazuelito

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    Ingredients

    • 32 med Asparagus spears - (abt 1 1/2 lbs) (white asparagus is excellent, too)
    • 2 Tbsp. Salt
    • 6 Tbsp. Extra-virgin extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 slc Baguette or possibly French bread - (1" thick)
    • 4 x Garlic cloves thinly sliced
    • 1/2 med Red onion finely minced
    • 1 Tbsp. Warm paprika
    • 1 tsp Sweet paprika
    • 2 Tbsp. Sherry vinegar
    • 4 x Large eggs - (jumbo) Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste
    • 4 Tbsp. Finely-minced parsley for garnish

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
    2. Bring 4 qts water to a boil and add in 2 Tbsp. salt. Trim asparagus by snapping off butt ends. Drop asparagus into boiling water and cook 1 1/2 min or possibly till just tender. Remove and refresh in an ice water bath. Drain and set aside.
    3. Heat oil in an 8- to 10-inch saute/fry pan over medium heat. Add in bread and cook till dark golden, about 1 minute. Remove bread and add in garlic and onion and cook till softened and light golden, about 2 min. Add in both paprikas and cook 30 seconds. Remove and allow to cold.
    4. Place toasted bread, onion, oil and spice mix into a food processor and blend to crumbs. Place 8 asparagus spears into each of 4 ramekins. Divide bread crumbs over asparagus, drizzle with vinegar and crack 1 egg into each ramekin. Season with salt and pepper and place into oven and cook till egg is just set, about 3 to 5 min. Remove and serve at once.
    5. This recipe yields 4 servings.

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