Roasted Asparagus and Poached Egg Canapè Recipe

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Helllloooooooo! (Said in my best Julia Child voice). Do you know what today is? Why, it’s Julia Child’s birthday, of course! Let’s celebrate with roasted asparagus and poached eggs!

[photo via PBS]

She would have been 100 years old today, can you believe it? Like every other food blogger and lover in the world, Julia is sort of a heroine for me. She cooked because she loved it and she loved to eat. Simple enough, right? I think we lose sight of why we cook and why we love food as bloggers and it’s important to step back and gain a little perspective. Cook to love or don’t cook at all. You know? Well, happy birthday dear Julia! To commemorate, I made something kind of French.

I was thinking “oh I’ll make one of her recipes!” and then I remembered I leave for Vegas in 2 days, have 16,000 things to make for work and have about 4 articles due. So instead, I made something kind of French, a roasted asparagus and a poached egg open face sandwich, or as the fancy French say, a canapè.

Open face sandwiches are the bomb. Yes, I’m bringing that back. You get all of the incredible flavors of your sandwich fillings without all the bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love regular American sandwiches, but sometimes, I just don’t need or want that much bread. Plus, with thicker, crusty bread like this (Ciabatta), you really don’t need a top and a bottom. Besides the lower carb aspect, what really makes this recipe SING is the poached egg. I’m a sucker for runny yolk.

COME TO MAMA. This was my second time ever poaching an egg (well, fourth if you count my first string of mess-ups) and I’m happy to say this poaching process only took the life of 4 EGGS (as many as the recipe calls for)! No more were sacrificed to the water gods b/c I can’t poach.

We got these beautiful eggs at the farmers market and I couldn’t wait to use them. E, of course, was like “we have a bunch of eggs from Costco, is there even a   difference?” Is there even a difference. HA! Silly man, of course there is. But I digress. Each bite of this perfect breakfast sandwich is filled with runny egg on crispy bread perfection.

I mean, that’s a thing of beauty, right? But that’s not all. You also get the bursting flavors of the slow roasted asparagus paired with the fabulous shavings of champagne white cheddar cheese. It’s truly an orchestra of the best flavors ever. And I’ll be honest. I needed a break from goat cheese. I’m fearful I’ll fall dead at 27 with a heart attack due to goat cheese blockage.

Roasted Asparagus and Poached Egg Canapè


Yields 4.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 pound of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 slices of thick bread (I used ciabatta)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated white cheddar champagne cheese
  • Liberal dashes of salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut ends off asparagus and disgard. Place asparagus side by side on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast for 8 minutes. Flip the asparagus and roast another 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  2. Meanwhile, poach your eggs. Bring a full pot of water to a rapid simmer (DO NOT BOIL). Add rice vinegar. Crack your eggs, one at a time, into shallow bowls. Carefully pour the egg into the simmering water. Using a slated spoon, gently move the egg whites over the egg yolk. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit about 4 minutes, or until the egg whites are fully cooked. Using the same slated spoon, very carefully remove the egg from the pan onto a plate. Repeat until all your eggs are poached.
  3. Place about 5 asparagus spears on the bread. Sprinkle with about 1 tablespoon of grated cheese. Carefully put the egg over the cheese and asparagus. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutritional information per canapè:

Calories: 300
Fat: 10
Carbohydrates: 30
Fiber: 4
Protein: 16
Weight Watchers Points:  7

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  1. Posted by Grubarazzi on
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    Gorgeous photos, and a gorgeously poached egg. I could gobble this up. Julia would be proud!
    • Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
      That's such a compliment, thank you! I'm always so critical of my darn photos!
  2. Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    GOR-GEOUS. I want these for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!
  3. Posted by domesticfits on
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    I heart Julia. And this Schmancy breakfast. She would totally approve.
  4. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    Perfect poached egg! I'm a big fan of the open-faced sandwiches!
  5. Posted by christina on
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    Julia would love this recipe! :)
  6. Posted by Jennifer Drummond on
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    I have to admit, I have never made poached eggs before. Yours look beautiful and delicious!!
  7. Posted by Michelle on
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    No more lazy mornings if this is my breakfast.

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  8. Posted by Gina on
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    Teach me your ways with that perfect runny yolk, poached egg picture! Seriously...I can't tell you how many eggs I've wasted trying to get that shot. I give up!
  9. Posted by Kelly Hunt on
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    Fabulous job poaching an egg! That is one feat I still haven't attempted, but really need to try! Looks amazing! :)
  10. Posted by Kristina on
    Friday, August 17th, 2012
    I can barely fry a pretty egg so I am very jealous your gorgeous poach! And you just totally won me over with this on.. I can never resist a runny egg.... plus the asparagus and ciabatta.. yumm!
  11. Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
    Love it! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the wonderful photos! :) ;)
  12. Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this; I’m so excited to do this recipe! :)