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Playing How to Make Roasted Asparagus Toasts with Poached Eggs and Shortcut Bearnaise | BLD Meal | Sara Moulton

Sara Moulton, star of "Sara's Weeknight Meals," shares a fabulous twist on eggs Benedict that is as delicious and impressive as it is quick and easy. It includes roasted asparagus and a poached egg on toast topped with a genius foolproof Bearnaise sauce. She uses cream cheese instead of the traditional butter and egg yolks for a creamy, no-curdle, effortless sauce every time. Mic drop! 

Sara also shares two other tips to get the best results:

  1. For more tender asparagus, peel and roast it.
  2. To avoid straggly whites on the poached eggs, first crack the raw eggs into a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl and let any loose whites fall into the bowl.  

You can watch her on "Sara's Weeknight Meals" on Public Television.  

For another recipe and more tips from Sara, check out her Tomato Avocado Salad with Gingered Tomato Vinaigrette


For the Asparagus:
  • 16 thick asparagus, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices artisanal bread, toasted and brushed with extra-virgin olive oil
For the Bearnaise:
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper
For the Eggs:
  • 4 large eggs
  • Distilled white vinegar and table salt, for poaching


Serves: 4


For the asparagus, preheat the oven to 425°F, with a rack in the top third. 

On a sheet pan, toss the asparagus with the oil and salt and pepper to taste and roast until just tender, but not browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and set it aside. Reduce the oven to 350°F.  

For the bearnaise, in a small saucepan, combine the shallots, vinegar, wine, dried tarragon and a hefty pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer 3 to 4 minutes until the liquid is reduced to about 1 tablespoon. Add the cream cheese, a tablespoon at a time, and whisk until it has been incorporated. Whisk in the milk, fresh tarragon and salt and pepper to taste and keep the sauce warm while you prepare the eggs. 

For the eggs, in a deep, straight-sided skillet, add 2 inches of water and 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt for every 6 cups of water, then bring it to a boil. Break an egg into a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. Tilt the egg around in the strainer and bang the strainer a few times on top of the bowl to let all the loose egg white fall through the strainer. (That ensures that the poached egg has no straggly whites; if you don't mind straggly whites, skip this step.) Repeat with the remaining eggs, transferring the drained eggs to individual ramekins or small bowls. Discard the loose whites. 

When the water is at a boil, turn off the burner, very gently slide the eggs into the water and cover the pan. Cook the eggs in the hot water for 2 to 3 minutes or until they have reached the desired degree of doneness (the residual heat will cook them). Transfer them with a slotted spoon to a kitchen towel to get rid of excess water before plating.  

While the eggs are poaching, return the asparagus to the oven to reheat it.  

To serve, place a piece of toast on each of 4 plates and top each piece with four stalks of asparagus and an egg. Spoon some of the bearnaise on top and serve right away.