Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lemon Balsamic Grilled Asparagus

What's your favorite springtime food?  Mine is asparagus.  Did you know asparagus is a member of the lily family?  When I was growing up we used to go to local asparagus farm and "pick" asparagus.  If you've never done it, picking asparagus requires a knife and lots of bending and stooping.  You cut it at the base of the stem with a knife.  Be sure to wash it well, sand or dirt can be hiding in the tips.

Normally we grill our asparagus with just olive oil salt and pepper.  For a change, we tried this recipe.  It's a keeper, the tang of the lemon and balsamic vinegar add to the flavor of the asparagus.






Lemon Balsamic Grilled Asparagus
Recipe Courtesy of Amee's Savory Dish 

2 bunches medium size asparagus (large enough stalks to place on grill without falling through, plus the thicker asparagus hold up better when grilling)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp Lowcountry gourmet's lemon white balsamic vinegar (or your favorite white balsamic)
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp lime frost sea salt (or regular sea salt)
1 tsp fresh lemon or lime zest
fresh ground pepper to taste
Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl with a whisk.  Set aside.  

Wash asparagus and trim about 1" off the thick end.  Place into a 9x13 dish and pour marinade on top.  Refrigerate for at least an hour to mingle flavors.

Preheat grill and turn heat to medium.  Place asparagus directly onto the grill rack.  Reserve marinade.

Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, checking frequently so you don't overcook them.  They should be tender but still have a slight crunch.  Pour leftover marinade through a fine strainer to remove bits of raw garlic and drizzle over asparagus before serving. 

I am linking this to Tasty Tuesday, Miz Helen's Full Plate ThursdayFoodie Friday and Seasonal Potluck.

13 comments:

  1. Definitely will be making this! I usually grill too, or roast, and that marinade sounds so good.

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  2. My favorite springtime vegetable is asparagus too-and there is no better way to eat it, than grilled, maybe roasted too. Delicious!

    Velva

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  3. I know these are good! I made someting very similar last night; fantastic way of serving asparagus.
    Rita

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  4. Sounds like something great to try! Lovin' your fun curvy dish too:@)

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  5. I had no idea that asparagus was actually a lily! What a fun tidbit of information. This sounds like a delicious way to prepare them!

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  6. We love asparagus and this sounds very good.

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  7. I love asparagus so much, I have a hard time serving it any way but plain. But these flavors sound so terrific, I might just make an exception!

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  8. We eat all the asparagus we can during asparagus time. There is nothing like fresh seasonal asparagus! And we like it simple as well -- store asparagus can have "things" added -- but simple for spring asparagus!

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  9. Hi Julie,
    This is a fabulous recipe for Asparagus, we will just love it. Hope you have a very special week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. I can't wait to try this. I love asparagus on the grill! The marinade sounds delicious.

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  11. I'm a big fan of asparagus and grilling and have never put two & two together! Your marinade is composed of all of my favorite things. Have a great holiday Julie.

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  12. Only recently have I become a fan of asparagus. This is a lovely way to prepare them!

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  13. This looks so yummy! We love asparagus! We don't usually grill lit so I will have to give this a try!

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