Grilled Spring Asparagus with Spicy Lemon Mop
No, you can't use canned or frozen--this recipe only works with fresh asparagus, so take advantage of these spring asparagus months. This is an excellent accompaniment to grilled seafood, too. Note: You can reduce the marinade in a small pan and serve it over the grilled asparagus.
Spicy Lemon Mop:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh preferred
2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped parsley or rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh asparagus
Combine all the ingredients for the mop in a bowl and mix well.
Cut off the tough stem ends of the asparagus, rinse and place in non-reactive, shallow bowl. Pour the mop over the asparagus and marinate, at room temperature, for an hour.
Start the grill or a charcoal fire. Grill the asparagus over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side or until done but still crisp.