Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with a Fried Egg

Fresh asparagus wrapped in thick cut apple wood smoked bacon with a little chunk of smoked gouda tucked in. Topped with a creamy fried egg. If I had enough mimosas in me, I could have licked the plate. It was that good.

I'd love to go back to this Sunday morning, really any Sunday morning will do. Over the last year or so Sunday's have easily become my favorite day of the week. There is something so somber about them that puts you in such a lovely mood for Monday. I think brunch / breakfast food has something to do with it or it could be sleeping in till noon. Either way I'm in bed, and I've got something delicious in front of me on a breakfast tray. For as long as I can remember Sunday mornings were spent around the kitchen table usually with homemade breakfast or a delicious takeout omelette and pancakes. Now that I'm on my own in my apartment I'm always brewing up a steamy french press full of snickerdoodle flavored coffee and some type of delicious brunch food. This week I happened to have a huge bunch of asparagus that needed to be used up. Bacon wrapped asparagus is one of my favorite things to grill. Pack a little smoked gouda in there and top with a  runny fried egg: 

savory breakfast magic.

It is now Monday night and despite a humongous-long-never-ending day, I'm feeling pretty good. The weather is getting warmer, summer is only four weeks away, and I'm going skiing for the first time tomorrow. I'm super nervous but super excited! A little Sunday lovin' goes a long way for the other six days. 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with a Fried Egg

5 Slices of bacon
20 Stalks of uncooked asparagus
5 1x2 inch sliced chunks of smoked gouda (or your favorite cheese)
5  Eggs
    Olive oil, fresh herbs, salt & pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Trim the bottom 2 inches of your asparagus stalk, wash and pat dry. Divide asparagus into bunches of 4 pieces. Aline your asparagus bunches horizontally on a baking sheet and rub a light coat of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and wrap with one piece of bacon. Tuck your chunk of cheese underneath your bacon. Like a little bacon blanket, if you will. Place in the middle of your oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until bacon is cooked through and asparagus is tender. 

In a small saute pan heat up a tablespoon of oil on medium-high heat . Crack open your egg and cook for 4-5 minutes to your liking. Top each asparagus with a fried egg. Sprinkle a few pinches of your favorite fresh herbs (I used rosemary and thyme). 

Serve with a thick slice of toasty-buttered sour dough and don't forget endless mimosas ;)

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