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Monday, April 13, 2009
Asparagus Souffléed Omelet
Although Spring is officially here in North eastern Ohio, the trees are still shy of green leaves and vibrant blossoms.But the signs of budding in the trees and singsong birdies positively assure me,spring will be in full bloom soon.Speaking of which, the succulent asparagus blooming in the stores are also a sure sign of coming of spring.
These tender spears are rich in folate,essential for heart health and to prevent birth defects during pregnancy.Its also rich in potassium ,vitamins and is considered a natural diuretic[a diuretic increases the production and flow of urine from the body, used to remove excess fluid from the body].
Asparagus come in varying thickness,from pencil-thin to nearly an inch.Can be purple ,white or green.For freshest asparagus pick the ones with tight and closed stalk with completely smooth and firm stalk.The bottom woody inch or two of any asparagus should be trimmed and discarded.To keep asparagus for longer,cut off the woody base and let the bunch stand in an inch of water in a container in the refrigerator.Tastes best when steamed or lightly sautéed.
The low-carb Asparagus Souffléed Omelet recipe comes from Sara's Moulton Quick and Easy weeknight meals.Souffléed Omelet is a cross between an omelet and a Soufflé.Make sure you beat the egg whites just to soft peaks;otherwise they won't fold properly in to the egg yolk base.Any left over vegetable such as broccoli or spinach will make a fine filling for this Souffléed Omelet,so consider this a clean-out-the-fridge dish.Serve for any meal of the day with salad greens or toast with fruit spread.
6-8 asparagus,washed and trimmed
1/2 a medium onion,sliced
1 clove garlic,chopped
1/2 teaspoon each of black pepper and salt
1 tablespoon Extra virgin Olive oil
4 large Organic eggs,White and yolk separated
1 tablespoon fresh herbs(parsley,cilantro ,tarragon or dill)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 375F.
Cut the asparagus cross wise in to 1/4-inch pieces.
Heat a pan with teaspoon of olive oil,add the onions,saute until lightly caramalized about 3-4 minutes,then add the garlic and asparagus.Cover and cook on low flame until asparagus is crisp-tender.Season with salt and pepper.
In another non-stick pan with heat proof handle or cast-iron pan ,heat the oil just until warm and remove from heat.Whisk egg yolks with flour,1/2 teaspoon salt,and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until mixture is fluffy,about 3 minutes.Beat the egg whites using an electric mixer or a whisk until they hold soft peaks;fold them in to the yolk mixture gently but thoroughly ,and pour the egg mixture in to the skillet,spreading it evenly.
Bake the Omelet in the center of the oven for 10 minutes,or until it is puffed and cooked through.Remove from oven,place the filling in the center and fold using a spatula or for an attractive presentation,cut rounds using cookie cutter and place the filling between them.Sprinkle the herbs.I served it with drizzle of hot and sweet maggi tomato sauce alongside toast and home made mango jam.
Asparagus Souffléed Omelet is my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging,hosting this week is Prof. Kitty from The Cabinet of Prof. Kitty.