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.
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.
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.
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."
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)???
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
*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
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.
You might also like:
- Asian-inspired Grilled Asparagus
- Asparagus with Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans & Bacon
- Lemon Aioli, Roasted Beets, Asparagus & Oven Fries
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