This is a delicious grilled asparagus recipe and the asparagus goes perfectly with yogurt sauce. It is up to you whether you combine the asparagus with the sauce, pour it over or serve the two separately, so you have a dipping sauce. If you are serving them mixed together, this grilled asparagus recipe is great served on a bed of lettuce, mixed with cherry tomatoes and parsley.
Grilled asparagus with yogurt sauce can be an appetizer, a side dish to a main course or a salad if the asparagus is chilled after cooking. The lemon juice, dill and garlic used in the marinade bring out the wonderful asparagus flavor. It is an extremely versatile recipe and can even be used as a sandwich filling.
The asparagus itself is marinated not because it needs it (asparagus has a naturally delicious taste) but just to enhance the flavor. This marinade features garlic, dill weed and pepper, to lend a very subtle flavor to the asparagus. Leave it on for an hour so the veggies can soak up plenty of flavor from the marinade. When you are ready to cook the asparagus you can either cook it directly on the grate or use a grill basket. If your asparagus spears are fat then you can arrange them across the grate so they do not fall through, else pop the asparagus in a grill basket to make sure it does not fall through. You do not want to lose any of it at all on the coals because you will be missing out on all that lovely flavor if that happens!
Asparagus is a popular vegetable but it is one that a lot of people forget about when planning a meal, instead considering more common veggies like mushrooms, onion and tomatoes, but asparagus is well worth including in your diet, not only because of its wonderful flavor but because of its health benefits. Yes, asparagus is very good for you and offers a multitude of health benefits. This vegetable offers folate, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, and also chromium which helps insulin to carry glucose into the cells from the bloodstream. Glutathione is also found in asparagus, and that compound can help break down carcinogens and free radicals.
Asparagus comes in green, white and purple, and you can usually mix and match these in recipes, but bear in mind the white and purple kinds needs to be peeled before cooking. Asparagus is versatile and can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, barbequed or roasted. You can even eat it raw in salads. Add it to omelets or quiches, have it with your favorite dipping sauce, or barbeque it to give it a lovely smoky flavor. This is a recipe you will want to make again and again because the flavor is so amazing, and enjoying something with some a fantastic flavor which is also very healthy for you is a treat indeed. The thinner your asparagus spears are the quicker they will cook. Skinny ones will only take about 5 minutes while thicker ones might take 10 minutes.
- 1 lb asparagus
- 2 crushed cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried dill
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon crumbled dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- Combine all the yogurt sauce ingredients and chill the mixture for an hour.
- Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and discard them.
- Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, dill, salt, pepper and garlic in a bowl.
- Put the asparagus in a dish and pour the olive oil mixture over it.
- Leave it to marinate for an hour.
- Preheat the grill to a moderate heat.
- Grill the asparagus in a grilling basket or directly over the coals until tender.
- You can either serve the yogurt sauce as a dip or toss the grilled asparagus in it just before serving.
- Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Just look at this juicy, tender grilled asparagus. Asparagus is the perfect vegetable side dish recipe to serve with almost anything. There are various cooking methods for it but barbequing is one of the best because of the wonderful smoky aroma it lends to the vegetable. You can see from the photo how well the asparagus is cooked and how there are appealing grill marks on there. Served with our homemade yogurt dressing, this makes the most fantastic side dish because the flavors are just so good. This is a brilliant recipe for the kids as well as the grownups.
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