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Grilled Herb Parmesan Asparagus

I make no secret of my love for asparagus. When I was younger, I would eagerly eat the tender tips and skip the thready bottom, but with age I have come to even appreciate that aspect. And now I know that I could always peel that off with a vegetable peeler.

For the past month or so, Kevin from Seriously Good has been hosting Asparagus Aspirations, a mouth-watering event where food bloggers from all over the world have been submitting interesting and tantalizing recipes involving asparagus.

Back in April, I submitted a recipe for a savory Napoleon, using white asparagus. That prompted Kevin to create asparagus en croute (and of course, blame me for the idea of Phyllo dough and asparagus. But that is something I am more than willing to accept blame for. Actually, I think blame is a high form of flattery…well at least in this case. Thanks Kevin!

Now Kalyn, over at Kalyn’s Kitchen, had a great recipe for grilled asparagus with parmesan and that inspired me to use my latest bunch of asparagus for my own version of this.

For mine, I wanted to herb it up a bit (and hey, that makes it a great submission for Kalyn’s Weekend Herb Blogging event, which is being hosted this weekend by Lucullian Delights – check there on Sunday or Monday for a roundup of great herb/plant/garden inspired posts).

Anyway, the parmesan and the asparagus really complement each other. And the herbs add just a touch of flavor, without overpowering the asparagus. This is definitely something I will be repeating again and again.

Now, onto the recipe.

Grilled Herb Parmesan Asparagus

Grilled Herb Parmesan Asparagus

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus (1 bunch)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt and lavender mix, (I use a French grey sea salt and lavender from Williams-Sonoma, but here is another from Local Harvest or alternatively, you could use 1/4 tsp fresh lavender and 1/8 tsp sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh chopped thyme, (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh savory, (or 1/4 tsp dried savory)
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Combine asparagus, olive oil, pepper, salt and lavender, thyme and savory in a sealable bag. Shake until well-coated. Let the asparagus sit in the spice bag for 10-15 minutes, while heating up the grill.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat. Lay the asparagus in a single layer across the grates. Cook, turning often, until desired tenderness (10-15 minutes on direct heat).
  3. Remove from grill and immediately top with Parmesan. Let cool 5-10 minutes before eating because it will be awfully hot.
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sher

Monday 29th of May 2006

I can't think of anything better than roasted asparagus and parmesan. They were made for each other. Looks fabulous!

ilva

Thursday 25th of May 2006

Sounds really great!

Kalyn

Wednesday 24th of May 2006

I love your version. I think this sounds just wonderful.