Asparagus with Parmesan Crumbles

asparagus with parmesan crumbleLooking for a way to dress up some roasted asparagus?  This is a nice little ditty. It has all of those important components:  delicious, pretty, local seasonal asparagus.  This dish started with some good luck:  I got the last two bunches of the good stuff from the Arata farm stand, leaving the tub empty.

Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger on The Food Network.Arata empty aspargus tub


  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread, crusts removed
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
  • 1/2-ounce (1/4 cup) freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 pounds asparagus, washed, ends snapped off


1.  Pulse the bread in the bowl of a food processor until it becomes fine crumbs. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat pan over medium-high heat until hot. Lower heat to medium, add bread crumbs to the skillet and toast, tossing often, until crumbs are golden brown and toasted, about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

2.  Grate eggs medium microplane grater, omitting one of the yolks. Combine the egg, bread crumbs, parsley, cheese, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl and toss to combine.

3.  Grill the asparagus until firm, but tender, about 4 to 6 minutes, turning once.

4.  Arrange asparagus on a serving platter and top with Parmesan-Egg Crumb Topping.


  • The original recipe called for just one egg, but the yolk to whites ratio just didn’t work for me, hence the whites from a second egg.
  • We only used about half of the topping on our asparagus, and it was plenty.
  • I’d make this again for guests, but for our family dinners, simply grilling that lovely asparagus with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt still rules the day!

3 responses to “Asparagus with Parmesan Crumbles

  1. What a beautiful way to serve it…great idea.

  2. What is it about the combination of asparagus and Parmesan? I love it!

  3. I am SOOOO envious of your local asparagus crops! Our, as usual, crop allows you to snap off the bottom HALF (too tough for even a soup-which I have tried) and then you get to save and cook the top half!! What a deal! We are getting some really good CA strawberries in our stores now. Our local berries do not appear until about middle June.

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