Perfectly Fresh, Grilled and Delicious!
You may have notice Asparagus is readily available in your local supermarkets this time of the year. It's usually harvested as early as February and their season can last until May. I've even found Asparagus occasionally in an off season at a specialty store. It's considered one of the worlds healthiest foods and is loaded with nutrients like Vitamin K and Folate, which are great for our blood and bones.
Asparagus is one of those veggies that appeal to a certain group of people. Some don't like it because of it's texture on the pallet. With other it's all about the taste,,,and then there are individuals who will not consider eating or tasting anything green that's good for the body. Well I fall into the category of people who love to eat delicious food period...especially if it's good for you.
Don't let the Asparagus intimidate you. They are perfect served raw in a salad or as a crunchy snack to have throughout your busy day. With just a few extra minutes to spare you can blanche them after boiling and still get a crispy crunchy snack with Asparagus. Today I decided to grill Asparagus and serve as a side. Here's all you'll need to do...and it's really simple, easy and will take all of about 10 minutes or less from start to finish.
First you'll need to find the snapping point. Why do you have to snap your asparagus? Really you don't necessarily have to snap the asparagus. Snapping your asparagus allows you to separate the woodsy part from the more tender part of the spear. Holding the top part of the asparagus spear in one hand and the bottom in your other hand with a gentle bend, will cause it to snap, separating the tender top from the more woodsy bottom...I used one hand in order to take this amazing photo for demonstrating :-) Once you've found that snapping point, line your spear up against the other spears and cut the bottoms off, all at the same time.
This would be a good to to pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat. Next place your asparagus into a large bowl and sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Use a non stick spray on your grill if necessary to prevent sticking. Spread your asparagus onto the grill for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side...You should notice a few grill marks once you flip them. Remove from the grill and enjoy as Perfectly Fresh Grilled Asparagus on the side or by itself....Yummy!
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon of Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
2 Pounds of Fresh Asparagus Spears
1. Pre-Heat your grill to a medium high heat.
2. Snap asparagus spear to separate the tender top from the woodsy bottom. Cut the bottom parts of the remaining spears off in the same location.
3. Place your asparagus in a large bowl or pan and toss with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
4. Spread the asparagus on your hot grill and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side.
5. Remove from grill and serve as a side or by itself....Enjoy!
Try my recipe then come back to share your experience with us...Enjoy!