Spring is in full swing and that means some of my favorite veggies are back in season!  I know a lot of people who are not the biggest fans of asparagus due to the fact that it causes some people’s urine to smell funky but that never stops me.  It is way to tasty going down to be worried about the fleeting odor that I’ll experience later.

This recipe is crazy easy and it almost seem silly to write a whole recipe but I will say that the magic key ingredient to this whole thing is salt and lemon zest.  The almonds add a little flavor and some texture but it’s really all about that salt and lemon combo that turns these asparagus into something to get excited about.

asparagus ready for the grill

Salt is the magic ingredient you guys. You gotta put salt on your veggies otherwise they taste like baby food.

I’ve had someone ask me before if I don’t get bored with eating so many vegetables all the time.  That assumption astonished me.  Boring?!!?  You must be mad!!!  I started to rattle off all the different kinds of veggies there are available locally and then went on to describe all the different ways you can prepare a carrot.  There is so much variety and possibility with vegetables and I think one of the barriers that people have towards them is that they have never had them cooked properly.  If the veggies are fresh and in season then they don’t need much other than the right amount of heat, salt and some acid.

broiled asparagus

You could also throw these guys on the barbie. But if you don’t have a BBQ grill then the oven broiler will work just fine.

This dish could not be easier.  It took me longer to wait for the broiler to heat up than it did to prepare the whole dish and it was beautiful and delicious.  This recipe is what I refer to as being “low effort, high impact”.  So fire up your grill or broiler and enjoy the taste of spring!

Delightful Recipe

Serves 2-4 people

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 bunches of asparagus (look for thin stalks that have tightly bunched spears)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Olive oil
  • 1-3 pinches of Salt
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Place the oven rack 6 inches below the broiler.  Preheat the broiler to high.
  • Trim the stalky, tough bottoms off of the asparagus and then toss in a bowl with at least 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.  Make sure all of the asparagus are completely coated.
  • Sprinkle two pinches of salt over the asparagus and toss.  Make sure all of the asparagus have salt on them.  Add more by the pinchful if you need to.
  • Spread the asparagus out on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 5-10 minutes.  Turn over and then broil for a few more minutes.  The asparagus should have some char on them.
  • Place the broiled asparagus on a platter or serving dish and then sprinkle with the lemon zest and almond slices.
  • Enjoy!
grilled asparagus amandine

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