Old-Time Asparagus Omelet Recipe

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I have a short list of brunch dishes that I regularly make. I recently found a recipe in a hundred-year-old issue of Good Housekeeping  for Asparagus Omelet that I’m adding to my repertoire of go-to brunch recipes. It makes a stunning presentation, and has a wonderful texture and taste.

Often omelets are a little heavy, but Asparagus Omelet is not like the typical modern omelet. The recipe calls for beating egg whites into stiff peaks, and then folding the remainder of the ingredients into them.  This omelet incredibly light and airy with embedded pieces of asparagus.

The omelet was so thick that I didn’t even try to fold it over like the typical omelet, and instead just turned the unfolded omelet onto a plate (actually I turned it onto a baking sheet) and cut into wedges.

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Here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:

Asparagus Omelet

  • Servings: 3-5
  • Time: 1/2 hour
  • Difficulty: moderate
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2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup milk

6 eggs, separated

3/4 cup cooked  asparagus (1-inch pieces)

cooked asparagus tips for garnishing

Preheat oven to 350° F. Make a white sauce by melting the butter in small saucepan, then stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Add a small amount of milk and make a paste. Gradually add remaining milk while stirring rapidly and continuing to heat. Continue stirring until thickens. Then remove from heat and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In another bowl, beat the egg yolks until lemon colored. Stir in the white sauce and asparagus pieces; then fold into the beaten egg whites.

Heat a large oven-proof skillet on the top of the stove using medium-low heat. (If needed to prevent sticking, liberally grease the skillet before heating.) Pour the egg and asparagus mixture into the hot skillet, and gently cook for 1 minute. Move the skillet to the oven, and bake for about 10 minutes or until the egg mixture is set.

Remove from oven, and loosen the edges of the omelet from the skillet with a knife or spatula, then turn onto a plate. Garnish with asparagus tips and cut into wedges.

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Here’s the original recipe:

Source: Good Housekeeping (April, 1916)
Source: Good Housekeeping (April, 1916)

48 thoughts on “Old-Time Asparagus Omelet Recipe

    1. My old cast iron skillet is one of my very favorite pans. It heats so evenly, browns foods nicely, works well on the stove top and in the oven, is easy to clean, etc.

  1. As a kid I didn’t like asparagus, I know that tastes sometime change when you get older. My husband and I were talking about trying asparagus. Your recipe looks good! Nice and fluffy omelette! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. I like many vegetables, including asparagus, much more now than I did when I was a kid. This would be a nice recipe to try to see if you like asparagus–since the eggs are the predominate flavor with the asparagus adding its delicious subtle flavor and texture.

    1. I know how that goes. There are some foods I seldom make because I know that I am the only person in the family who likes it. That said, this might be a good recipe to get them to try asparagus. The eggs and asparagus blend together wonderfully to create a very nice taste sensation.

    1. It’s amazing how much difference beating the whites separately makes. This is the first time I’ve ever done it when making an omelet, and I was very pleased with the outcome.

  2. What a find! The recipe sounds delicious. I laughed at my first thought, though, when I read the title and looked at the picture. I wondered why you’d use old asparagus, yet the photo looked so fresh. I know — “old” referred to the recipe, not the asparagus. I won’t forget next time that you are sharing recipes from the past. I look forward to many more.

    1. LOL- I’ll never make it as a headline writer. Your comment made me realize that maybe I should tweak the title. I just changed the “Old” to “Old-Time.” 🙂

    1. I enjoy the seasonal recipes in magazines from a hundred years ago. By necessity, the foods people ate were so much more closely linked to the seasons back then.

  3. Vintage recipes are great – we like to try them as well. I was just thinking of the whipping of egg white and folding – a lot of people nowadays have probably never even attempted such a thing!

    1. I find it interesting that old recipes seem to call for beating egg whites more frequently than more modern ones–yet it would have been much more difficult to beat eggs back then. Most people would have either beaten them by hand or used a hand mixer.

      1. I think nowadays getting the hand mixer out to whip egg whites can be considered an
        inconvenience – because we are so accustomed to convenience!

  4. I used to live near a restaurant that made the BEST omelets and I never knew what the secret was! I can see now that they were definitely making them the way you describe here!

  5. Sheryl, it’s been too long since I’ve found a moment to visit, and I’m so glad that I did. This looks and sounds yummy! Printing and saving!

    1. It’s yummy! It’s nice to hear that you enjoy the recipes on this blog. I have a lot of fun testing and updating the hundred-year-old recipes.

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