Submitted by Andrea Grassby Valentini
For those of us who aren't fortunate enough to have a BBQ, (or for when you are not BBQing!) we can enjoy great asparagus grilled on a stove-top grilling skillet. Make sure your stove fan is on high or that your smoke detectors are working …… the key is to have a really hot skillet!
1 pound asparagus
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, combine oil, garlic, zest and stir. Brush asparagus with oil mixture.
Heat a skillet on high for five minutes.
Trim off the tough bottom of the spear by grasping each end one and bending it gently until it snaps at its weakest point.
Place on the heated skillet, turning occasionally to expose all sides to the heat. Asparagus should begin to brown in spots but should not be allowed to char, which should take about 10 minutes.
Remove from the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!
(Editor's Note: See "Beer Can Chicken with "French Fried" Asparagus on the BBQ!" for a related BBQed Asparagus recipe!).