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Asparagus Benedict

Poached asparagus and eggs topped with a velvety hollandaise sauce!

Ingredients:
 
8 large asparagus stalks, about 12-ounces
4 large organic eggs
2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar
chives for garnishing
 
Hollandaise Sauce:
 
2 large organic egg yolks
¼ cup melted organic butter or ghee 
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon sea salt
 
Instructions:
 
Break each egg into a separate small bowl or ramekin.
Trim the bottom ½-inch of the asparagus stalks, then slice them thinly lengthwise.
Bring a deep skillet of water to a boil.
Cook the asparagus in the boiling water for 5 minutes, until bright green and tender.
Remove with a slotted spoon, then add the apple cider vinegar and reduce the heat to a low simmer.
Carefully slide in each egg, one at a time. I use these cool egg poaching molds to help keep mine a perfect oval shape, but you can free-form it too.
Cover the pan, remove from the heat, and allow the eggs to cook for 7-9 minutes, until the whites are set and the yolks are still soft.
Drain on a paper towel.
 
Make the Sauce
Pour boiling water into a blender, then cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Dump out the water and dry the container thoroughly.
Blend the egg yolks with the lemon juice, salt, and paprika.
With the blender running on low, slowly pour in the hot melted butter.
Blend for about 30 seconds until the sauce has thickened and the butter is well incorporated. An immersion blender works really well for this as well. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
Serve each egg over a plate of asparagus stalks and topped with hollandaise and chives.


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