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Posted in: Veggie & Fruit
Prep Time:
10
Serves:
4
Grill time:
15-20

Grilled Asparagus

With Lemon Vinaifrette And Pancetta

Posted on January 27, 2014
Grilled Asparagus
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10
Grill time: 15-20

Ingredients:

    • 1 bunch of asparagus, about 20 spears as thick as your finger
    • 1/2 a package of pancetta, chopped, approx. 1/2 cup
    • 1 tbsp. red onion, minced
    • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
    Vinaigrette
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil
    • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
    • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
    • 1 tbsp. honey

This asparagus may be stewed in its own juices, but it’s far from being bitter about it.

Sorry. I totally had to do that. Don’t know why. Really though, very tasty side dish. The pancetta lends a posh feel that really snazzes up a meal. You could serve this with a simple grilled chicken breast or pork chop and people would be all “what’s the occasion?”.  What simple dish do you make that has people thinking they’re getting the star treatment? Leave a comment below and tell us about your best – simple recipes.

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Grilled Asparagus

Serves: 4       Total Time: 30

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, about 20 spears as thick as your finger
  • 1/2 a package of pancetta, chopped, approx. 1/2 cup
  • 1 tbsp. red onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. honey

Directions

Step 1
Begin by cooking the pancetta until it is crisp. Drain the pancetta on a paper towel. Sauté the onion and lemon zest in the oil from the pancetta, until the onion is translucent.
Step 2
Wash and remove the ends of the asparagus spears while the pancetta is cooking. If you’re not finished, complete cleaning the asparagus and removing the ends while the onion and lemon are cooking out.
Step 3
Make a basket with tinfoil that is big enough to hold all of your asparagus. Be sure that you turn up the edges so that it forms a boat or bowl and no liquids can get out.
Step 4
Throw the pancetta in with the asparagus.
Step 5
In a small bowl whisk together the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, honey, and sautéed onion and lemon. Pour over the asparagus and then seal the packet tightly.
Step 6
Grill over direct heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the asparagus is tender to the fork.
Step 7
Pour all of the asparagus and liquid into a serving dish and serve hot with your favourite meal.
After the bacon grilled asparagus in the summer, I have been trying very hard to eat asparagus when I find some. Thing is that it's winter and it is very hard to find good looking asparagus for a decent price. So this vegetable side dish was a super treat. The tart lemon and vinegar pair well with the slightly bitter asparagus and then you get hit with the salty pancetta in a symphony of flavour that is truly happy. Another great side that is pretty simple but will wow the crowd like something super fancy.

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