For me, two things really herald the beginning of Summer: Grilling and Asparagus! And when you combine the two? Heaven! Add a little fresh lemon and a toss a smidge of finely grated quality cheese over at the end and you’ll have a fun, “dressed” up Asparagus with little to no effort at all.
I’ve found the perfect answer to grilling Asparagus and having a lovely stalk that’s perfectly done and perfectly edible and a gorgeous head: I par cook it. Perfectly. Ha – just had to say perfect one more time, lol!
Just enough to soften it a hair. Then it’s ready to roll around on those grill grates (or spend a minute or two in a grill pan) to absorb all that subtle smokiness with little bother at all. I used the same method for one of my fave late Spring/early Summer salads, too, this grilled Asparagus & Quinoa Salad.
To par cook, pop your Asparagus in the microwave for three to four minutes – you’ll want to see my post on Asparagus Standing in the Microwave. It’s my fave way to do Asparagus and it turns out beautifully every single time. No mushy, mangled heads, no hard stalks. It’s a beautiful thing.
Then you’ll want to lay that asparagus out on an absorbent towel until dry (so this is a great do ahead thing.) When you’re ready to take whatever else you’re grilling off, put the asparagus on a dish, sprinkle with a little olive oil and salt and roll them right out onto the grill for a minute or two, perpendicular to the racks, of course. Nudge them around a bit for gorgeous grill marks.
When finished, dress them with a good squeeze of lemon and a generous sprinkle of Parmesan. It’s heavenly. And so easy.
Asparagus can be pricey – I tend to think, “Oh, look, asparagus is on sale” and buy it rather than think, “I’d like some asparagus tonight.” It’s often half price on sale in my area. If you need just a bit of lemon juice, “fork” it. Stab it and squeeze the juice out of the small holes and use it for something else, later.
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan
- 1 bunch of asparagus
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 to 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- salt and pepper to taste
Wash asparagus and snap off stems. Place stem end down in a microwave safe container and add water to about two inches. Microwave on high for three to four minutes until just par-cooked. Softening but not completely done.
Remove and lay on an absorbent towel to dry.
When ready to cook, place on a plate, drizzle with a little olive oil and place on a medium to medium high grill for three or four minutes, turning or rolling as necessary.
Remove and squeeze lemon juice over the stalks, sprinkle with the cheese and use salt and pepper as desired.
from the kitchen of www.frugalhausfrau.com
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