Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Micah's Marinated and Grilled Asparagus

I came across the prettiest bunch of asparagus while I was grocery shopping last Friday and just had to pick it up. The price was perfect and I remembered my brother, Micah, telling me about how he had grilled some asparagus a few years ago but I had never gotten the opportunity to try it. This was my chance!

Before I got home, I had already planned out our family's Sunday dinner. Planning ahead is very important with the tight budget and all of the chauffeuring I do on the weekends. I am always trying to stay ahead of the game with healthy, easy and inexpensive meals.

Sunday Dinner Menu:

Grilled Pork Chops
Macaroni and Cheese
Collard Greens
Grilled Asparagus

Before I got busy with my usual "mom things", I unloaded my groceries and placed the new bunch of asparagus in the fridge, standing in a cup of water with the cut ends down. (This helps to keep them perky and crisp.) Then I went about my weekend of band practices, hubby's pool tournament, and various errands.

Sunday afternoon before I started prepping my pork chops, I cleaned my asparagus, cut the ends off and placed them in a bag with a little Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing. When I finished all but 3 of my pork chops, I put my collard greens on to cook and started heating the macaroni water. After I finished my pork chops, I placed them on a pan in the warm oven and I added about a table spoon of bacon fat to the griddle. I then poured my asparagus and the marinade onto the hot griddle and it began to sizzle and steam. I stirred them around cooking them evenly until they achieved the perfect tender-crisp consistency. Then I pulled them off the griddle and immediately topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

I have to say that this, by far, is my favorite way to eat asparagus!

Thanks for sharing, Micah!

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