Okay no need to panic.
Vegetables two days in a row should not inspire wide spread panic.
Seriously, just calm down.
I promise more "sugar rush" food later this week.
So...welcome to the new series I promised. I figured now that summer has made its glorious return that this is the perfect way to kick off grill season. I was inspired by my posts from last summer called Give a Girl a Camera. You can read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to learn why I like my old dude brother to visit. Just a hint, he owns a Canon Rebel. So Give a Girl a Camera became Give a Girl a Grill and the rest is history. This will be a weekly series you can look forward to every Tuesday.
I adore BBQ season. It gets wicked hot here in Ontario during the summer months. I try never to turn my oven on if I can help it. When we bought my Dad's house we knew it was coming with some issues. One of them is my Dad was a cheap skate so when he decided to install a new a/c unit he sort of cheaped out on one that is quite honestly too small for the house. It works it's tiny little butt off and can't keep up. Often it can be found freezing over. It's just not made for the square footage here, which is not a lot I can assure you. We put one in our old house at the same time. We spent a whopping $300 more than Dad but it was worth every penny. Our old place was always nice and cool. We should have switched them out before we moved. Then maybe I could whip up some brownies or a side dish occasionally during the summer months. Luckily I love to grill so it's all good. Except I miss our old pool. This place does not have a pool. Seriously someone remind me why we moved?
Last year we invested in a new grill. Our old one was a scary thing hubs would not let me use. It was dangerous. We never touched it. So we made the leap last summer and bought an inexpensive one. Eventually I'd love to put in a natural gas one but first I need to win the lottery. So we compromised in the meantime. Just till that big win-fall comes our way. Any day now...any day.
I know this is an odd kick off. You would think I'd grill you some steak or ribs to kick off this momentous occasion. I was feeling veggilicious this week though so you get one of my fave things to grill, asparagus. We had a nice bundle lurking in the fridge so I decided to just grill them up. With a steak obviously. Come on now, you did not think I was just eating Roasted Cauliflower and Grilled Asparagus now did you!? Oh my gosh, you did! You guys are adorbs!
- 1 bundle of asparagus
- 2 tablespoons of Meyer Lemon Savory Oil Use plain lemon juice if you don't have this. Just mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil together.
- Himalayan Salt any salt will do
- Preheat your grill. You want it at medium heat.
- Snap off the woody ends of your asparagus. Or cut them, but that's boring and you don't get to hear that cool snap sound.
- Pour your oil into a shallow dish.
- Lay your asparagus in that dish and roll around until it's evenly coated.
- Remove and place on a plate.
- Sprinkle with salt. (you can also add pepper, I don't care for it myself)
- Lay the asparagus on the grill. This time I laid them on the top rack so they were farther from the heat. I did not want them scorched.
- If you have big pieces they can go directly on the grill but if they are tiny use a grill basket or grill rack.
- Cook for about 10 to 12 minutes depending on your grill and how crispy you like asparagus.
- Transfer to a plate to bring to the table.
- Serve with a big old healthy smile!
If you like your asparagus more crispy or those charred marks just leave it on for a few extra minutes or transfer it to the bottom rack for a bit.
You can cut the wood off if you like.
I like to snap mine just because it's fun and I like the sound. You just bend the asparagus a bit and it will snap where it should every time. My sis taught me that little trick.
Gorgeous right! I love asparagus. I want to plant some in our yard. We need a veggie garden something awful. We had a massive one that was ⅓ of our yard at the old house. The yard was gorgeous, patio with a pool, huge garden with a white picket fence, massive play area on the far side. Again, why did we move??
Hope you like the grilled asparagus. Also really hoping you like the new series. Watch for it every Tuesday for the duration of the summer. It may get so hot it pops up 2 or 3 times a week to be honest. We'll see how it goes. And just to taunt you here is a pic of the tenderloin steak I enjoyed with my grilled asparagus.
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef
Well done on two days in a row. If I didn't have veggies every day I'd be really grumpy. I eat a small amount of meat because I like it but the vegetables are always the star for me. 🙂
Thanks. I do eat them but for some reason I don't post them often. I think because we eat the same 5 constantly. I tend to not be as adventurous with veggies as I am with baking. I am a meat girl. There's part of me that would love to go vegan or vegetarian again but not sure I could do it. For me dessert is the star. Sad but true fact. Lol.
One word... Perfect!! I love grilled asparagus.... gorgeous!!
Thanks so much Ramona. Asparagus is fab.
Great series. Veggies two days in a row - you certainly did well there. This is the only way i like my asparagus! Your pictures are just lovely, Kim! 🙂
Thanks so much. I love it like this and steamed with lemon as well. I never tried asparagus until last year. All these years missing out on such goodness.
denise @ singapore shiok
Hi Kim Bee, saw you on my facebook page and had to come check out your site - it's a hoot!! Your about page alone had me lol-ing loud enough to scare the neighbours. Thanks for visiting my page, and I hope you do participate in my giveaway on 25 May on Singapore Shiok! - winning is so easy, it would be a shame to miss out! Oh and I loves me some asparagus too - heaps of it, especially grilled 🙂
The Squishy Monster
I don't know how some people can hate Asparagus. I for one would eat it this way morning, noon, and night! =D
LOL...I feel the same way when I post two savory recipes in a row! Wonderful asparagus preparation...my hubby would have it burned to a crisp on our charcoal grill...I keep begging for gas (OK, that didn't sound right!).
Laura @ Family Spice
We love our grilled vegetables, almost as much as roasting them! I can't wait to grill all summer long!
Nice series! I love asparagus, and roasted and grilled are the best ways to cook it IMO. Nice pictures, very fun post - thanks.
Nancy @ CouponClippingCook
This grilled asparagus looks so tender and delicious. And that steak! now I'm craving both of these.
Anita at Hungry Couple
We do a lot of grilled asparagus in the summer. That and corn go so well on the grill...and with a steak. 🙂
Mmmmm... you make asparagus, you can do veggies as many days in a row as you'd like. Even if your steak is wayyy too well done 😛
Lol, I hate seeing pink in my meat. Which is weird cuz I am such a pink girl. But I grew up with my Dad throwing fits if he saw even the slightest bit of it so it's ingrained in my brain. This was mild to how I usually do it. I liked it with charred bits around the edge. Lol.
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
Love the simplicity of grilled veggies! The meyer lemon oil is perfect!
Thanks Stephanie. I love grilled veggies. Asparagus and peppers in particular.
Jen at The Three Little Piglets
I've been looking around at grills because I want too buy one, but I just haven't been able to pull the trigger and buy one yet. I do love just about anything grilled though - especially veggies and fruits!
We paid under $200 for ours. We waited until they went on 30% off and then got it. It's a cool one with 4 burners on it. Not huge but no small either. Perfect for the 4 of us. I'd love a fancy shmancy Weber but alas I'm poor so this one will do. I am with you, veggies and fruit are so good on the grill. I just can't get out there enough. Now I need new cushions for the patio set. I threw out our old ripped ones on purpose to force myself to invest in new ones. But I've not been able to pull the moolah together for them yet. Hindsight right! Lol!
Best way to cook asparagus! And I can so relate to the a/c unit too small for a big house--most summer months I look at the electric bill and think, "Why?" And, BTW, you're right in line after me for the lottery. 🙂
Lol I might have to cut in front of you. Love asparagus. It's just so good. I had no idea. I've only eaten it for about a year. I was missing out my whole life.
DB-The Foodie Stuntman
Ran into a similar recipe about a year ago using a balsamic vinagrette to season the asparagus. This looks just as good.
Thanks. I want to try that next time. I have a gazillion balsamics in my cupboard. I tend to like to collect them and then not open them.
Grilled asparagus is one of my absolute favorites! I just blogged about grilled lemon asparagus. Have you ever tried it?
It's just so simple and good. Love lemon asparagus.
Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen
Gorgeous steak but I think the star of the show is that asparagus. Yum!
I love asparagus. Our grill was pretty scary too and we got rid of it last month. I'm hoping to invest in a new one soon though so if I do, this is going to be one of the first things I make! It looks delicious!
We did a new grill last year and it was so worth it. We found one on sale. About a month into grilling season they discount them. You can probably find one cheap now. Ours get beat up cuz we always forget to cover them. So the rain kills it.