Still have a hard-boiled egg or two cluttering up your refrigerator post-Easter? Try using it in a Sauce Gribiche. It is one of those dishes that seems incredibly fancy just by virtue of having a French name. It’s an added bonus that, like so many French dishes, it’s delightfully simple and very very tasty.
The first time I had this sauce—which is really a chunky, lemony vinaigrette full of bits of crunchy cornichons, capers, fresh herbs, and hard-boiled egg—it was made for me by my friend Anthony Tassinello, who was once a chef at Chez Panisse.
There is another interpretation that’s more akin to mayonnaise, but the version Anthony served was similar to one found in Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Café Cookbook.
Be warned, this recipe makes a lot of sauce, but to halve it would require using just half an egg, which is, well, silly.
It keeps well, covered, in the fridge overnight, so my advice is use half on roasted asparagus, as in the recipe below, and save the other half to mix into cooked, diced potatoes for a French-style potato salad, or toss with Frisee or other greens topped with crispy bits of bacon or pancetta.
The original Chez Panisse recipe recommends serving it over grilled endive, which I’m sure is lovely, too, if you can find nice endives in the market.
- 1 pound asparagus, woody ends snapped off and discarded
- Olive oil or olive oil spray for coating the asparagus
- 1 large hard-boiled egg, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (from about 1 large lemon), or to taste
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- 1 heaping tablespoon capers, rinsed and finely chopped
- 4 cornichons, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
- Lay the asparagus on the baking sheet and toss or spray with olive oil to coat well.
- Spread the asparagus out into a single layer and roast in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until tender.
- While the asparagus is roasting, combine the egg, shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, chives, capers, and cornichons in a small bowl. Stir to mix well.
- Add the 1/2 cup of olive oil and whisk or stir with a fork until well combined.
- Add salt and pepper, taste, and adjust seasoning if needed.
- When asparagus is finished roasting, transfer it to a serving platter and allow to cool for a few minutes. Top with the sauce, including several spoonfuls of the chunky bits.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Amount Per Serving Calories 371Total Fat 36gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 29gCholesterol 47mgSodium 251mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 4gSugar 5gProtein 6g
Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.