Bagels with Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Pistou

Bagels with Asparagus
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Bagels make a perfect breakfast whether you fancy something sweet or savoury first thing in the morning! Today we are sharing one of our favourite breakfast combinations. We served lightly toasted bagels, with some cream cheese and asparagus fried in salted butter. We then topped it with a lovely poached egg and basil Pistou – a French cousin of Italian Pesto. It’s delicious!

We make bagels at home quite a lot these days. They are Sourdough Bagels – recipe here – and we constantly have some of them leftover in the freezer (they freeze beautifully). One of the best ways to eat bagels for us is at breakfast time. The lovely chewy crust of a good bagel, topped with all the lovely breakfast things is just what is needed to start the day right.

I never used to cook asparagus for breakfast, until one of my best friends treated me to her signature creamy scrambled eggs and asparagus breakfast. The secret to amazing buttered asparagus is simple. It’s seasoning! I love sauteeing it in salted butter, but you can simply sprinkle some salt if using unsalted.

Two things that really make this dish stand out are parmesan shavings and, of course, Basil Pistou. Pistou is a cold green sauce from Provance. It is similar to Pesto, but is typically made without any nuts and is thinner in consistency. Our breakfast version is a simple combination of fresh basil, a little bit of garlic and olive oil. Bagels, asparagus and poached egg come alive drizzled with this delicious sauce.

Bagels with Asparagus

How to Make Our Bagels with Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Pistou?

Start by preparing pistou. Place finely chopped garlic and basil in a pestle and mortar (or a food processor) and bash (blitz) into a paste. Add olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Cut the bagel in half and toast lightly in a toaster or under the grill. Then spread 1/2 tbsp of cream cheese on each of the halves.

Melt the salted butter in a large frying pan. Add the asparagus tips and fry on medium heat for about 4 minutes, shaking the pan once in a while. Your asparagus should soften but still retain lots of crunch.

In the meantime, poach two eggs. If unsure, have a look at our article on How to Poach a Perfect Egg?.

To serve, top the bagel with cream cheese with asparagus and a poached egg, scatter parmesan shavings and drizzle with basil pistou. Use the other half of the bagel to mop up runny yolk and pistou afterwards!


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Bagels with Asparagus

Bagels with Asparagus, Poached Eggs and Pistou

Bagels make a perfect breakfast whether you fancy something sweet or savoury first thing in the morning! Today we are sharing one of our favourite breakfast combinations. We served lightly toasted bagels, with some cream cheese and asparagus fried in salted butter. We then topped it with a lovely poached egg and basil Pistou – a French cousin of Italian Pesto. It's Delicious!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, British
Servings 2 portions
Calories 473 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 bagels
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 180 g asparagus tips
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 g parmesan sliced into thin shavings

For Pistou:

  • 20 g fresh basil leaves
  • ½ garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions
 

  • Start by preparing pistou. Place finely chopped garlic and basil in a pestle and mortar (or a food processor) and bash (blitz) into a paste. Add olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cut the bagel in half and toast lightly in a toaster or under the grill.
  • Spread 1/2 tbsp of cream cheese on each of the halves.
  • Melt the salted butter in a large frying pan. Add the asparagus tips and fry on medium heat for about 4 minutes, shaking the pan once in a while. Your asparagus should soften but still retain lots of the crunch.
  • In the meantime, poach two eggs. If unsure, there's a link to the method in the notes below.
  • To serve, top the bagel with cream cheese with asparagus and a poached egg, scatter parmesan shavings and drizzle with basil pistou. Use the other half of the bagel to mop up runny yolk and pistou afterwords!

Notes

Here’re our tips on How to Poach a Perfect Egg?

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 22gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 190mgSodium: 826mgPotassium: 424mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1742IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 167mgIron: 5mg
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