Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Asparagus Sandwich Vienna Style

The theme for this month's Recipe Redux is "most memorable vacation meal". We were to take an unforgettable meal that we had on a vacation or trip somewhere and re-create it, but with an added healthy twist.

I recently was able to go back to Vienna. The night before we left to return back home, I had my favorite dinner from that entire trip. I was in heaven with a sandwich that looked incomplete to me. It only had one slice of bread, but I realized I didn't miss the other slice. The flavor of the "salad" on top of the sandwich intertwined with the delicious, mouthwatering taste of the grilled white asparagus wrapped with an omelet on top of a tasty slice of bread. I could not stop commenting on how scrumptious it was while eating...neither could be my friend who had the same thing. Unfortunately, I did not write down the name of this wonderful entree, BUT...I did take a picture of the meal I had. Now, I also had a side salad and topped the meal with...oh yes...sacher torte!  Can't leave Vienna without having that amazing dessert.  However, for now, I will focus on the asparagus sandwich I absolutely delighted my taste buds in.

This is the actual sandwich I had in Vienna with white asparagus.

The changes I made were in the eggs and bread.  I used an egg substitute, which allowed for decreasing the saturated fat content, to make the omelet. Then I made sure the ingredient list of the bread I bought started off with 100% whole wheat flour to bump up the fiber content.


4 spears of regular size asparagus or about 8-10 spears of small asparagus
1/2 cup of egg substitute
1 Tbsp chopped white onions
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 cup of spring mix lettuce leaves
3 tsp of Annie's Roasted Garlic dressing (or dressing of your choice)
Just enough olive oil to drizzle on asparagus
1/2 Tbsp of Canola Oil
Pinch of salt and black pepper
Green onions and cherry tomatoes for garnish

Grill the asparagus for a few minutes.  (I used my panini maker and grilled it on there.  I laid down the asparagus in a row, drizzled olived oil on top of the asparagus and put a slight pinch of salt and black on top).

On a frying pan or skillet, pour the canola oil and pour the egg substitute. Sprinkle the white onions and garlic on top of the egg substitute.  Add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook egg on one side for a few minutes.  Flip over and cook other side for a few minutes.

In a small bowl, place spring lettuce in a bowl and saturate with dressing.

Bread may be toasted ahead of time if desired.  However, place bread on plate. Then place omelet on top of bread and insert asparagus inside and fold over omelet.  On top of omelet, place lettuce. Garnish plate with green onions and cherry tomatoes.

I couldn't find white asparagus, but this certainly did the job for me!

Hope you enjoy this dish! Please take a look at the other wonderful recipes by fellow Recipe Reduxers.

If you have ever been to Vienna, what was your favorite food item over there?

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Sarah said...

I am loving this recipe! Delicious!

EA-The Spicy RD said...

This sounds like a delicious sandwich! Perfect for lunch or for a savory breakfast. When I first read the title of your post, I thought it was going to be about a sandwich with those little Vienna sausages :-). I used to love those as a kid, but scary to think what's in them now! Would love to go back to Vienna-was there once as a teenager with my parents, but don't remember much abut it. An Austrian ski vacation would be fun :-)

Min said...

Hi Jeje! Nice to "meet" you! Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog as it led me to your lovely blog! Your love and passion for God is clearly evident, and I'm so excited to meet a fellow sister in Christ! I've never been to Vienna. let alone anywhere in Europe. I bet food's amazing there! Great recipe! I look forward to following you ;)

Kat @ Eating the Week said...

I love open-faced sandwiches like this. Next time I have some asparagus kicking around, I'll give this a try!

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Sarah--Thank you! We have a lot of the same interests.:) Wishing you well on your journey on becoming an RD.

EA--Thank you for always stopping by. Oh yes, I would highly recommend going back and visiting gorgeous Vienna and taking the Austrian ski trip!:)

Min--Thank you and I'm also happy to meet you who is also another sister in Christ as well. I loved looking and reading through your blog. Keep up the great job! Let's be in touch.:)

Kat--Thank you so much for "dropping by". I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week!:)