Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Grilling up Asparagus
Growing up in the Central Valley, I learned to love asparagus. This stalky plant grows as individual steams off a crown of roots underground and each crown can yielf stalks for 20 years! Pickled, fried, and steamed are all treatments that I enjoy. However in the hot summer months, there is nothing I love more as a side dish than asparagus prepared on the grill.
I prepare my asparagus in foil packets where I put the spears and the seasoning. My friends love it when I just drizzle a delicious balsamic over the spears:
However when I have a french fry craving, I sprinkle a little sea salt and chili powder over them:
Fold up the packets and grill. Depending on the heat of the grill and how firm you like your asparagus, you are looking at three to twenty minutes on the barbie.
Easy? Yup. Delicious? Yup. So delicious I ate them all before remembering to take a final product picture :o)
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Yummy, I love asparagus!!! I put a little olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper and broil mine.
balsamic makes everything good! i always put it on my asparagus. i just made a lasagna recipe with fig balsamic and omg it was perfect. i just blogged out it!
damn the funny pee smell! that looks amazing!
I love grilled asparagus, too. Never thought about the chili powder addition. But that sounds mighty tasty! ;)
FYI: we just planted an asparagus bed in the garden...going to build a garden box around it. I've had store-bought and packing shed fresh and also snapped right out in the field and the latter is best!
Also FYI: the unique odor passed through your body waste appears with seconds of eating a spear. Now there's a topic to research.
As far as I'm concerned, there is no better way to cook asparagus. It comes out so perfectly crisp-tender. :)
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