Soft-boiled duck egg with bacon & asparagus soldiers

Soft-boiled duck egg with bacon & asparagus soldiers

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Boiled egg and soldiers goes grown up, with pancetta and asparagus sourdough fingers and creamy duck eggs

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal306
  • fat19g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein20g
  • salt2g
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  • 8 asparagus spears (about 300g), woody ends discarded



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 4 long thin slices rustic bread (preferably sourdough)
  • 8 rashers smoked streaky bacon or pancetta
  • 4 duck eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Heat your grill to high. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus spears and discard. Cut the bread into 12 soldiers, a little shorter than the asparagus.

  2. Place a spear onto each soldier and wrap tightly with a rasher of bacon. Place on a baking tray, season and grill for 15 mins or until the bacon is crisp.

  3. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and simmer the duck eggs for about 7 mins, to get a runny yolk and a cooked white. Serve immediately with the warm soldiers for dipping.

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25th Jan, 2015
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and can buy jumbo organic duck eggs locally but had no idea how long they should be cooked in order to soft-boil them. To complicate matters, the apartment we are renting has an electric stove (ceramic top) and electric heat is always too hot for a simmer. After bringing the eggs back to a boil I turned it to "Melt" while having the pot halfway on the burner, whereupon it gradually stopped simmering at all. I turned the heat back up to a 2 and then a 4 setting. Still, the 7 minutes produced a perfect jumbo soft-boiled duck egg. My bacon was frozen and I wanted to heat some French bread in the oven so boiled the asparagus, kept it warm in the oven vacated by the bread, and served jambon iberico di bellota on the side, to wrap around the spears or not. It was wonderful.
21st Apr, 2014
Excellent choice for brunch! Made them without the bread but loved the combination of the asparagus, pancetta, and eggs.
8th May, 2013
This was so easy to make and made a really delicious breakfast. I didn't use duck eggs but simply had regular poached eggs instead. I also added a good spoonful of hollandaise sauce drizzled over the bacon at the end. It looked amazing and was so tasty, also working incredibly well with the eggs. I turned them over halfway through the grilling and it's important to add that the bread needs to be shorter then the bacon or it will burn under the grill. Will definitely make again.
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