Miss Johnson’s Ham And Asparagus Tips

Miss Johnson’s Ham And Asparagus Tips

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Ham and Asparagus are perfect for each other.  Add a little white sauce and some toast and you’ve got a tasty lunch.  Today’s recipe comes from Miss Gertrude Moore Johnson from Alameda.  It is so simple to toss together, because as always I take any short cuts I can.

This recipe starts with making a basic white sauce, but adding chopped hard boiled eggs.  Then the layering begins….toast, ham, asparagus, sauce and lunch is ready!

My husband made fun of me for being so excited to make this.  He said he grandmother used to make something like this and I had to laugh because….the recipe is almost 100 years old, so chances are his grandma did make him something similar.  This recipe does have an old time feeling to it for sure.

The recipe cost about $5.25 to make, so each serving is about $1.31.  This meal hit all the ticks on the list: tasty, cheap and filling.

Miss Johnson's Ham And Asparagus Tips


Original Recipe

Ham And Asparagus Tips

One can asparagus tips, 4 slices bread, 2 hardboiled eggs, 4 slices cold boiled ham.  Cream gravy – 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons flour, 1 cup milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper.  Melt butter, stir in flour, add milk gradually, stir until it boils.  Salt and pepper.  Let asparagus heat thoroughly; toast bread well; fry ham and then turn over toasted bread in fry pan in ham grease.  Place on individual plates.  Lay slices of fried ham on toast, cover with asparagus, pour over cream gravy, into which hardboiled eggs have been chopped.  Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. – G. M. Johnson, 1552 Santa Clara avenue, Aladmeda

Source: San Francisco Chronicle – July 4, 1920

Miss Johnson's Ham And Asparagus Tips Recipe

Miss Johnson's Ham And Asparagus Tips

Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Asparagus, Ham
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 can asparagus tips 14.5 oz can
  • 4 slices bread toasted
  • 2 large eggs hard boiled
  • 4 slices ham
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat and add butter. Cook for a couple minutes and whisk in the milk. Cook until thickened. Add chopped hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper.

  2. While the sauce is cooking, toast the bread and heat the cooked ham.

  3. On a plate, layer: toast, ham, asparagus, white sauce.

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