Scrumptious Sides - Day 3

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I know, I are probably thinking I'm NUTS if you have seen the title of this next recipe.  Minty Grilled Asparagus? MINTY?? Is this lady on some kind of intense drugs?!? haha, no, I'm not...though when this recipe was given to me...I thought the same thing.  I looked at my friend like they were Mars or something!  But trust me, it's actually a very tasty side - especially with a nice juicy steak :) MmMmM...there I go again, making my mouth water....I need to stop that.... haha, enjoy! 

Minty Grilled Asparagus

2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb asparagus, trimmed
1 red pepper, seeded and quartered
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 tbs chopped fresh mint
1 lemon, zested and juiced

Heat grill or broiler.  In bowl, whisk together olive oil and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

In 13 X 19 X 2 inch dish, toss asparagus and red peppers in oil mixture.  Grill or broil vegetables 6 minutes, turning once.  Arrange asparagus on platter.

Cut red pepper into 1/2 pieces.  In bowl, combine peppers, walnuts, mint and 1 tbs each lemon zest and lemon juice.  Spoon over asparagus.  Makes 4 servings.

**You can replace peppers with tomatoes if you don't care for peppers. Also, not sure about the mint?  Try it without first...if you like the recipes - next time try it with it in a smaller batch.  You'll be surprised how good it really is!


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