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Monday, June 17, 2013

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus

Hallo again! Sorry for the radio silence of late. Long story short, we've moved. Into our new house. That we bought (can we hear it for first-time home owners?) and renovated half of.

But we ended up having to move a couple weeks earlier than we'd thought we would (I'm still working out my anger about that...) And it was really down to the wire in terms of having a livable space to move into. And the baby was cutting not one, but FOUR new teeth (he's gone from just two chompers to eight pearly whites in the last month and a half). So, needless to say, there was not much time for cooking or photographing or writing about it all. And not nearly enough time for sleeping, either.

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

But we're in now (photos coming soon - I want to wait until we get things just a tad more unpacked before I document it in any kind of public way) and I have been meaning to post this delightful asparagus for about a month now. So I figure I need to get this out to you before asparagus season is well and truly over.

Grilled asparagus has been one of my go-to veggies for years now. It's easy, it's tasty, it's good for you.

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

Just toss with some garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and throw it on the grill. Unless you really char the crap out of them, you can't go wrong.

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

My friend, Lynn, suggested the addition of Parmesan (thank you, Facebook!) so I gave it a shot and, as you might have guessed, it's even better this way. You've got the partly sweet, partly savory, nearly impossible to define but very tasty (unless you're Japanese and then you apparently call it "umami") asparagus flavor and the garlic plus a little bit of salty, rich, melty cheese. As John Hodgman says, "You're Welcome."

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

And don't forget that it's super easy. At this point in our lives, it has to be super easy or I can't make it. Can you tell that I'm longing to have hours to spend cooking in a spotless kitchen in blissful silence, without my beloved but incredibly demanding, messy, noisy boys at my feet (or on my back as is often the case during these times of teething)???

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

Anyway, hope you like it :) A side note, can you believe that I've become one of those people who uses those cheesy little smiley and frowny face "emoticons" in my writing? I cringe a little every time I do it but I just can't seem to stop:(

Grilled Asparagus With Garlic & Parmesan Cheese
Serves 4 as a side dish

Ingredients

*1 bunch asparagus
* 2 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed or minced
* 3 Tbsps grated Parmesan cheese (you can also use Romano, locatelli, etc., any salty, hard cheese would work)
* 2-3 Tbsps olive oil
* Sea salt to taste
* Black pepper to taste

Directions

1. Wash the asparagus and snap the woody ends off (you'll feel where you should snap when you bend them a bit) and place them in a large bowl. Preheat the grill and give it a good scrape to clean it.

2. While the grill is heating up, toss the asparagus with all the other ingredients until well-coated.

3. Lower the flame to medium and lay the asparagus spears crosswise to avoid dropping any through the grill. Cover and grill for about 5 minutes, turning often to prevent them from burning. Grilling times will depend somewhat on how powerful your grill is and also on the size of the asparagus.

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2 comments:

Andrea Mynard said...

I love asparagus cooked like this, so simple but it really brings out the flavour doesn't it. Good luck with the new house!

Shannon Marie said...

For us, large amounts of sea salt is necessary for grilled asparagus. So delicious grilled!