Tasty Tuesday: Grilling Asparagus

Wow, a Tasty Tuesday post ON a Tuesday! Miraculous.

I've got an easy one for you today. It's my attempt to prove that even vegetables you don't really like are yummy when they're grilled!

Let's take asparagus. NOT my thing. They are shaped funny (although I liked the ones on Veggie Tales), they're green, and they make your pee smell weird (TMI, but it's true). All in all, not a food I'm going to seek out. 

But this summer, in my attempt to expand my food horizons, and to make my hubby happy - he'll eat anything - I ventured into asparagus land, mostly due to a grilling recipe I read. After a few times, I tweaked it and now it's in regular rotation. 

Start with the basics: Olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Oh and the asparagus. I recently discovered frozen asparagus spears that work great - you take out as many as you want. If you buy the fresh bundles, you need to break off the "less fresh" part -- just bend the stalk and it will snap in two at some point. Discard the tough (larger) end. 

Lay the stalks on a pan and brush them lightly with the olive oil. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt, and pepper evenly and on both sides. You could stop there...

...but in this house, everything's better with bacon!

I usually work in sets of three, but there's no rule that says you have to. Take one slice of raw bacon and wrap it around the stalks. I don't stick a toothpick in to hold it and it will stay on just fine. If you're doing fewer stalks, or just feel like it, you can strip the bacon slice down the middle, giving you two wraps for the price of one. I don't know why you would use less bacon, but there you go. 

Total grilling time over medium high heat is about 10-12 minutes - the asparagus gets tender and the bacon gets crispy. Just lay the little bundles across the grill grate and turn them a couple of times. You'll end up with something like this:

Yes, I had already started eating before I took the picture.
But that's a nice pork chop in the background, right?
If you're going bacon-free, you might add a little paprika or even chili pepper flakes to give them a little pop.

That's it! Now, go grill an adult vegetable!

As an adult, have you started eating something you never liked before?


  1. this looks yum!!! I am always looking for new easy ways to cook my veggies :)

  2. Um....YUM!!!! I have to admit...I've NEVER eaten asparagus! But that pic makes me want to try it!! :)


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