Wood-Grilled AsparagusSteven Raichlen
- Yield: Serves 2 to 3 as a side dish; multiply as desired
- Method: Direct grilling over a wood fire
- Equipment: Grill: Kalamazoo Gaucho; Fuel: Oak
- 1 pound asparagus (the stalks shouldn’t be too thin)
- 2 tablespoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Step 1: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.
Step 2: Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together (raft-like), using toothpicks or bamboo skewers.
Step 3: In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of pepper.
Step 4: When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grill grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle the asparagus rafts with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as rafts or unskewer them before serving.
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