PURPLE ASPARAGUS WITH CHOPPED HARD-BOILED EGGS AND BACON

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I subscribe to Bon Appetit (BA) magazine, and this month's issue featured Hotel Saint Cecilia. A boutique hotel situated on a secluded estate near South Congress in Austin. I've got to check this place out!

BA shared some of the hotel's recipes, one of which inspired me to make as a side dish to go along with a couple grilled New York strips. Again, here's another recipe where I used my favorite vinaigrette at the moment, lemon-garlic from Central Market. If you like asparagus, dress it up with these additional ingredients. Enjoy!

PURPLE ASPARAGUS WITH CHOPPED HARD-BOILED EGGS & BACON

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, chopped

  • 2 large eggs, chopped

  • 1 bunch purple or green asparagus (about 1 pound), tough ends trimmed, cut stalk into 4 pieces

  • Salt

  • 3 tablespoons bottled lemon-garlic vinaigrette (I used Central Market's)

  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

<frying the bacon>

  • Lay the bacon in a saute pan over medium heat.

  • Fry until crispy.

  • Line a plate with paper towels, and drain bacon.

  • Let cool, then chop.

<boiling the eggs>

  • Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan.

  • Cover eggs with cold water an inch over the top of the eggs (about 3 inches of water).

  • Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.

  • Boil for about a minute.

  • Remove pan from heat.

  • Cover pan and rest for 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Drain and add cold water and ice cubes.

  • Let cool, at least 10 minutes; then peel and chop.

<cooking the asparagus>

  • Cook asparagus in a medium-sized pot of boiling salted water, about 3 minutes.

  • Drain; rinse with cold water to cool, drain again.

  • Pat dry.

<assembling the dish>

  • Toss together the asparagus, vinaigrette and freshly cracked black pepper. (salt optional)

  • Transfer to a serving dish.

  • Top with chopped eggs and bacon; and serve.

Notes

  • Eggs and asparagus can be cooked 1 day ahead.

  • Asparagus will turn green when cooked. I was a newbie to purple asparagus.

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