Jamie Oliver

Boiled eggs & asparagus soldiers

With crispy pancetta & grilled toast soldiers

Boiled eggs & asparagus soldiers

Serves 4
Cooks In20 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Healthy
Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    240
    12%
  • Fat
    10.6g
    15%
  • Saturates
    2.9g
    15%
  • Protein
    15.7g
    31%
  • Carbs
    22.8g
    9%
  • Sugars
    3.1g
    3%
  • Salt
    1g
    17%
  • Fibre
    3.6g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake

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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of asparagus , (16 spears)
  • 8 slices of higher-welfare pancetta
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 4 slices of wholemeal bread , (50g each)
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Method

  1. Place a griddle pan over a high heat to heat up.
  2. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and discard.
  3. Fill a medium saucepan three-quarters of the way up with water, add a pinch of sea salt, then place over a high heat and bring to a fast boil.
  4. On a chopping board, slice the pancetta in half across the middle, so you end up with 16 pieces, then gently stretch out each one.
  5. Wrap each asparagus spear in a piece of pancetta, then place onto the hot griddle and cook for 5 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender and the pancetta is crisp, turning occasionally.
  6. One at a time, place the eggs onto a spoon, then carefully dip in and out of the boiling water a few times – dipping will reduce the temperature shock and stop them from cracking – then gently lower into the pan.
  7. Cook the eggs for 5½ minutes so that they’re runny for dunking – set a timer.
  8. Carefully remove the eggs from the water and place into egg cups set on a plate, then divide up the asparagus.
  9. Meanwhile, quickly toast the bread on the griddle for 30 seconds on each side. Remove from the pan, slice into soldiers on a clean board and divide between your plates.
  10. Lightly tap and remove the top of each egg, season with black pepper, then tuck in.

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Nutrition per serving
  • Calories
    240
    12%
  • Fat
    10.6g
    15%
  • Saturates
    2.9g
    15%
  • Protein
    15.7g
    31%
  • Carbs
    22.8g
    9%
  • Sugars
    3.1g
    3%
  • Salt
    1g
    17%
  • Fibre
    3.6g
    -

Of an adult's reference intake