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
2 cloves garlic, minced
fresh romano, grated
- 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, 2005-2014.
P.S. The secret? I ate it all!
Category: grill, New England Cuisine, Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, side dishes, vegetables, vegetarian