(Updated April 2008) I'm starting to notice asparagus going on sale around here, and this grilled asparagus that I first made a few years ago is something that definitely deserves to be nominated as one of my Recipe Favorites. I love just about everything cooked on the grill, but fresh asparagus grilled and then sprinkled with some freshly-grated parmesan cheese is about as good as it gets.
This is my very favorite grill pan that I used to cook the asparagus. It's kind of like a wok with holes that sits on top of the grill slats, and it's ultra handy for grilling veggies. I have several of these, but I greatly prefer this type over the ones that have a long handle which makes it so you can't close the lid of your grill. If asparagus is starting to be in season where you live, I guarantee you'll love this way of cooking it.
Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan
(3-4 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
1 pound asparagus
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
about 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Preheat charcoal or gas grill to medium high (you can only hold your hand over it for a few seconds at that heat.)
Place grill pan on top of grill and heat while you prepare asparagus. Break one piece of asparagus to see where the tough part of the stem starts, then trim ends of asparagus all to that length. Cut asparagus on the diagonal into pieces about 3-4 inches long and place in ziploc bag. Put olive oil into bag and sprinkle in a little salt and pepper, then mix asparagus around in the bag until it's well coated with olive oil.
Pour asparagus into grill pan and grill, turning every 2 minutes, until asparagus is getting browned edges and is barely tender-crisp. Cooking time will vary depending on your grill, but I cooked mine about 10 minutes. Serve asparagus hot with freshly grated parmesan sprinkled over.
South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect vegetable for any phase of The South Beach Diet. Serve it with something else cooked on the grill, like Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce, Grilled Lime and Chile Chicken with Mango and Red Bell Pepper Salsa, or Lamb Souvlaki.
More Grilled Vegetables to Savor:
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Grilled Eggplant with Garlic-Cumin Vinaigrette, Feta, and Herbs
Summer Vegetable Skewers from Karina's Kitchen - Recipes From a Gluten-Free Goddess
Grilled Asparagus ala Sutherland from Stephen Cooks
Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Goat Cheese Vinaigrette from Mighty Foods
Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Mint from Marisa at Slashfood
Grilled Pepper Salads from Kitchen Parade
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