I feel almost guilty for posting this recipe. It's so easy! But it's so good. And I know there are people out there who are still a little afraid of asparagus. There's no need to be!
I love grilling vegetables. The preparation (and cooking skill) needed is minimal, and the end product always smells so appealing. If you're planning on introducing someone to a new vegetable, I would highly recommend grilling! And this is my favorite way to serve asparagus.
Rinse the asparagus under some cold water if it looks particularly dirty--and be sure to dry it well afterward.
And you'll probably also use two hands to do the snapping! It's hard to take pictures of things that require two hands!
Set the asparagus in a large Ziploc bag. Now we can start on the marinade!
When you're ready, preheat your grill on high. Grill the asparagus for a few minutes per side, or until cooked to the done-ness you prefer (I know some people like it to retain some crunch, while others just love floppy asparagus.)
Serve with a nice piece of grilled meat or cut it up and toss with other grilled veggies and some cous cous, rice pilaf, or polenta for a healthy and delicious vegetarian dinner!
Recipe: Balsamic Grilled Asparagus
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
3 cloves garlic, roughly minced
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
salt and pepper, to taste
Clean asparagus and trim rough ends.
In a large Ziploc bag, combine garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper. Add asparagus. Toss bag around to combine ingredients and let asparagus marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
Grill over high heat until asparagus is cooked to your liking.