I have a secret. It’s actually not much of a secret so much as a disclosure. A brutally honest disclosure. But we’ll get to that in a moment.
First, let me talk a bit about asparagus. Asparagus is a good source of vitamins A and C, both antioxidants. It’s also a great source of folate and vitamin K. It’s been a highly appreciated veggie since ancient times. And did you know that it’s a member of the lily family?
I’m a big fan of asparagus. Last summer I made grilled herbed parmesan asparagus and used white asparagus to create a savory ham napoleon. But it’s winter, the white asparagus hasn’t made it’s way into my local grocery store yet and hell! I have a new grill pan . . . so this is what I created:
What is it? Garlicky pan grilled asparagus with romano. Long name, I know. But it was worth it. I got the idea from a grill pan cookbook I received for Christmas. Except that recipe called for orange rind, no garlic, no romano and something else . . . maybe ginger? I don’t remember and frankly it’s important to this discussion. Really.
Making this was really easy and simple and the cleanup was a breeze. What more can you ask for from a tasty dish?
Garlicky Pan-Grilled Asparagus with Romano Cheese
- 1 bunch asparagus
- olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- fresh romano, grated
- sea salt
- First, soak the asparagus in cold water for 15 minutes or so. This will revitalize the asparagus and any leftover dirt will float to the top (hey! easy cleaning!).
- Meanwhile, heat your grill pan over medium until very hot (I did it for maybe 10-15 minutes).
- Now, remove the asparagus from the water, rinse briefly and then dry with paper towels.
- Drizzle asparagus with olive oil and toss into the grill pan. Cook, shaking (or stirring) frequently, for 5 minutes.
- Add minced garlic to the pan. Continue cooking for an addition 5 minutes.
- Remove asparagus from pan and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle with romano and sea salt.
- Serve warm.
© Sarah W. Caron and Sarah's Cucina Bella, 2005-2012.
P.S. The secret? I ate it all!
Category: grill, New England Cuisine, Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian
Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.