Garden to table – Asparagus

May 23, 2013 12:00 am

It’s the most wonderful time of year for outdoor living… it’s grill season and garden season! Putting veggies straight from the garden on to the grill is the best. Whether you grow it yourself, or purchase it locally grown, we all can agree that fresh asparagus is absolutely the best tasting spear around. Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that once established produces a plentiful harvest for several weeks each season. (For tips on growing asparagus, click here.) So, have you tried it grilled on the barbecue? One of the easiest and most delicious ways to enjoy asparagus takes just a couple of minutes, and a few ingredients.

Grilled Asparagus: Simply wash and pat your spears dry. Coat with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill on the barbecue for 5-7 minutes until they reach desired tenderness. Pair with a nice grilled steak or salmon and you have a fantastic fancy home cooked meal!

How about an awesome appetizer? Like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and asparagus are a perfect pair!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

1 pkg bacon (unprocessed, nitrate free)
Asparagus
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Bake bacon on a cookie sheet under cookie racks in the oven at 350 for 5 minutes. Take it out and wrap each piece of asparagus (or a small bunch of 3-5) with pieces of bacons (careful, it’s warm).

Drizzle a little olive oil over, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Return to oven for 10 more minutes, turning once or twice, until bacon is crispy. Serve immediately.