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Smoky Grilled Asparagus

July 7, 2009

I love asparagus, but this recipe really takes it up a notch.  It goes from a standard side to possibly the most interesting thing on your plate, and it’s super-simple to make.  This recipe is unlike any I’ve tried before and you make a mayonnaise-based marinade that you put on the asparagus prior to grilling.   Then the grill is where the magic happens and the asparagus becomes really flavorful.  I don’t have a picture of this one because it was eaten before I could take one…maybe a sign of how good it is.  This recipe, adapted from Food and Wine, serves 4.


3 T mayonnaise

1 T extra-virgin olive oil

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 t hot smoked paprika

1 1/2 t paprika

1 t kosher salt, or to taste

1 t cumin seeds

1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped


Place asparagus in a container with sides (a loaf pan that is long enough works well).  Combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.  Toss the asparagus in the mixture and let sit for 30 minutes.  Preheat a grill and when hot, grill asparagus, turning to occasionally.  Grill for about 6 minutes, until tender and blistered in spots.  Serve immediately.

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