Flavorful Grilled Asparagus
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: approximately 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Ground Black Pepper
Chunky Artichoke & Jalapeño Dip, Chunky Spinach, Artichoke & Parmesan Dip or Spicy Green Chile & Cheese Dip
Grasp asparagus spears with both hands and snap it in two. It will naturally separate at the point where the stalk becomes tender. Discard the tough bottom ends.
Preheat grill to med/high heat. Lightly coat the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Using a grill basket, grill over med/high heat for 2-3 minutes, turning spears, and cooking an additional 2-3 minutes or until they reach desired tenderness (keep a little snap for a fresher flavor).
Put dip in a bowl for dipping the asparagus. Or spread lightly on the asparagus and let it melt over the top while still warm.
Chef’s Note: Substitute asparagus with carrot spears, zucchini or other summer or winter squash. Try lightly caramelizing Brussels sprouts and bell peppers for a variety of textures. Use your imagination; this is an easy and versatile recipe.