Egg in a Basket Grilled Cheese with Asparagus



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I try to eat healthy, I swear. I been a vegetarian for 23 years and, well, while I eat a lot of veggies…cheese is my weakness. You know what else is my weakness, fried eggs! So enter this sandwich. The perfect way to indulge if there ever was one. Fresh asparagus covered in gooey Gruyere cheese and then topped off with a fried egg. Um, I am salivating just typing it out.

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Egg in a Basket

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 slice of bread
  • ½ Tablespoon Butter

Grilled Cheese

  • 1 Egg in a Basket
  • ⅓ Cup Gruyere
  • 5 asparagus spears, blanched
  • ½ Tablespoon Butter


Egg in a Basket

  • This is probably the most important part of making this dish–the size of your bread's hole. You want the hole big enough to hold the egg and fry it in the bread but not sobig that it doesn't fill the hole. Making the hole too small has the opposite affect, and the egg overruns. Add the butter to your frying pan and melt it over a medium-high heat. I add in the bread and toast both sides before adding the egg, but this isn’t required. It is just a preference. If you do this, you might need a bit more butter for frying the egg itself. Crack the egg into the “basket” and let it cook until the white are set. Or you can flip it.

Step 2

  • So, just to make this thing not a total dairy bomb…I added some fresh asparagus. Besides, it is no secret how well the veggie goes with Gruyere or egg, right? In fact, I would say it pulls the whole sandwich together, adding a richness and freshness to it. You want to use blanched asparagus, make sure to watch my video on How to Blanch Fresh Asparagus!

Step 3

  • Once it is blanched, you need to make the asparagus half of the sandwich. Because this recipe has a few moving parts, I find it easier to do this in the broiler than say the frying pan. Take your slice of bread, pile on the 5 spears of asparagus and the 1/3 cup of Gruyere–more if you want a heart attack. I kinda wanted one! Place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put it in the broiler til the cheese fully melts. This should take about 2 minutes or so.

Step 4

  • Now you need to make the egg in a basket. I would do this while the asparagus is in the broiler but make sure to keep an eye on it. You don’t want to burn it.

Step 5

  • When the cheese is melted and the Egg in the Basket is made, transfer the bottom half of the sandwich to the frying pan, melting the butter in the pan first.

Step 6

  • Fry it all up, carefully flipping it to melt the cheese into the Egg in a Basket.