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Chargrilled Asparagus Recipe

by Adrianne

Chargrilled Asparagus is for dinner on Sweet Caramel Sunday!

Fresh in season asparagus chargilled to perfection with a crunchy cheese topping

Howdy folks! As I sit and write this a massive thunderstorm has just begun in Brisvegas. It rained for a week and then we had 2 super sunny days with green, green grasses and blue skies, but now, it is pouring again! Tonks is hiding under the ottoman. He hates storms. No matter how much reassurance I give him and how many cuddles, he prefers to hide. I do understand as it is loud and he is so small so it must be frightening for him. I just love him to bits and hate seeing him scared.

This Chargrilled Asparagus recipe came about as I was inspired to make it! I often get either the Coles or Woolworths (Australia’s 2 major grocery stores, like Walmart in USA) magazines to check out at the start of each month. These 2 retailers produce a free monthly mag with loads of ideas and in season produce recipes. I think they do it so that you will see the foods, then shop at their store for the ingredients. I always feel lucky to get these mags as they are great quality, packed with ideas and fun to have a flick through.

On the cover of the Woolworths Fresh October issue was an Asparagus recipe. I admit that I have never wanted to eat Asparagus as much in my life as the photo was so darn appealing! I was planning on making roast pumpkin this weekend however, I was doing my grocery shopping and saw fresh in season asparagus and I thought ‘nope, I will do that this weekend instead’.

You guys, I have to tell you…..this recipe is SOOOOOO GOOD!! Not just a little ‘ok’ and not ‘oh it’s alright’, it is bloody delicious even if I do say so myself! I like creating my own recipes, so whilst I did look at the photo and drool a bit, I did not copy their recipe. This my friends is my own.

About the recipe:

  • I wanted a lot of texture to create variety
  • Veggies are tasty if you do the work to make them taste good
  • The flavours were really important to me, hence the dried shallot as that has a very strong taste!
  • I wanted to make the asparagus be able to have mutliple uses eg a side dish or the show stopper.

To answer your questions:

  1. The dish is best served HOT!
  2. It is not suitable for freezing
  3. It is vegetarian, vegan if you used vegan cheese
  4. It is not too spicy/hot with the chilli flakes

If you follow my blog (and thank-you if you do :)), then you will have seen me make Chocolate Bark, wait are you crazy woman, you must be thinking! This is a savoury dish, why are you talking about the sweet stuff?

Well, my friends….that is because of the technique we use in that recipe and apply it to this one.

So in making the chocolate bark, you melt the chocolate and then add all of your toppings. In a very similar manner for this dish, we use our parmesan cheese, dried shallot and croutons to make our crispy cheese bark! Let’s have a look at how we do it.

 

Chargrilled Asparagus 2 | Sweet Caramel Sunday

Chargrilled Asparagus 3 | Sweet Caramel Sunday

 

We wash and chop the bottoms off our asparagus to being with. Then we get a baking tray, line it and add the parmesan cheese to it. Then we top that with our dried shallot. For the croutons, we want a variety of textures (this is why I didn’t use panko breadcrumbs). So we put them in a zip lock bag, seal it, then use the back of a big spoon to crush the croutons into smaller pieces. (If you are annoyed at someone or something, this can be quite a therapeutic task and it is much cheaper than therapy!)  Then we pop the crushed croutons onto the parmesan/shallot layers and put it in the oven to crisp up!

You will see that the cheese will melt and the bark will become nice and crispy!

You can use the time that the bark is cooking to season your asparagus. Much like the technique we use in our Baked Stuffed Flat Mushrooms and Baked Stuffed Mushrooms, we season the vegetables with a combination of herbs and spices with some oil. In this recipe as we are chargrilling as opposed to baking, I have used peanut oil instead of oil olive.

 

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We make our asparagus taste great before we put it on the grill plate coated with our seasoning mix. There are lots of flavours in this combination.  Hearing the sizzling of the grill plate is another therapeutic task, heck, with all of these relaxing tasks, you could just call me your therapist!

 

Ok, so let’s cook this dish!

Chargrilled Asparagus 13 on a white plate with a cheese topping

Chargrilled Asparagus

Chargrilled Asparagus is for dinner on Sweet Caramel Sunday! With crispy cheesy dried shallot and crouton bark for texture, your guests will LOVE this meal!
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Course: Appetiser, main, Side
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: asparagus, chargrilled asparagus
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 320kcal
Author: Adrianne

Ingredients

Chargrilled Asparagus

  • 4 bunches asparagus
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 slice lemon

Crispy Cheesy Bark

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup croutons
  • 1/2 cup dried shallots

Instructions

Chargrilled Asparagus

  • Rinse your asparagus and cut the bottom 1/2 inch off 
  • Spread your asparagus out flat onto your grill plate or bbq plate 
  • Combine oil, chilli flakes, salt, pepper and garlic salt in a small bowl and stir to combine
  • Use a pastry brush and coat the asparagus with the seasoned oil mix
  • Chargrill the asparagus moving the stalks around a bit with a pair of tongs until each one is bright green with some grill marks
  • Garnish with crispy cheese bark and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Crispy Cheese Bark

  • Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper 
  • Place croutons in zip lock bag, seal and then use the back of a big spoon to crush them into smaller pieces 
  • Spread parmesan cheese over lines tray, then top with dried shallots and crouton pieces 
  • Place in oven on middle shelf for 10 minutes 
  • Break crispy cheesy bark into smaller pieces 

Notes

  • It WILL make a difference depending on the type of oil you use, so I highly recommend sticking to the recipe and using peanut oil. 
  • Try and get the sustainable Palm Oil dried shallot variety to do the best thing for our beautiful Orangutans. 
  • Use actual garlic salt, not the bigger garlic granules. If you cannot find it, use minced garlic instead 
  • Yes, you could do this in the oven if you don't have a hot plate. You won't get the char marks on the asparagus, but don't run out and buy a chargrill plate just for this if you don't have one (or do if you feel like treating yourself and watching the sizzle!) 
  • You won't also need to spray or coat your grill plate with oil as the oil from the asparagus will be enough 
  • OPTIONAL: freshly squeezed lemon juice 

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 1408mg | Potassium: 964mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3775IU | Vitamin C: 27.8mg | Calcium: 268mg | Iron: 10.2mg
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Much like I did when I shared my Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe, I am mutli-tasking as I write this to you today. This time however, it is not my face but my feet getting the beauty treatment. I bought one of those pairs of feet slippers that are supposed to make your skin all smooth and lovely. I am often mid yoga posture and catch a glimpse of my dry heels, so I thought I would do something about it.

I took a non dslr badly lit, unedited pic and the food blogger in me is dying right now, cause I decided to share it with you…

 

Feet therapy | Sweet Caramel Sunday

 

Love seeing you here, love sharing my recipes with you. Love your work x

Adrianne

 

 

23 comments

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23 comments

Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites October 21, 2018 - 11:27 am

5 stars
Love all the seasonings you use on the asparagus, but then you took it over the top with that crispy cheese bark! I want to eat it on everything!

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 12:46 pm

Thanks Lauren, great feedback!! I know…..it is sooooooo good, it is crispy and cheesy and it was hard to not eat all of that. Cheers for your input!

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Claudia Lamascolo October 21, 2018 - 12:33 pm

5 stars
this is seasoned perfectly. I love how its cooked and not a fan of just steaming so this is the perfect recipe for me

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 12:47 pm

Glad you like it Claudia! Yes, steaming wouldn’t result in the same depth of flavour. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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k October 21, 2018 - 1:04 pm

5 stars
Asparagus is my favorite… and that crunchy topping? YUM!

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 8:07 pm

Thanks! Yes, the crunchy top tastes super!

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David October 21, 2018 - 1:22 pm

5 stars
I love grilling asparagus! the cheesy bark is a nice addition to the basic grilled veggie.

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 8:07 pm

Cheers David! Got to spice it up a bit I say.

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Jennifer | Savorwithjennifer October 21, 2018 - 3:18 pm

5 stars
Holy cow, this looks so good! LOVE grilled asparagus and your cheese bark sounds divine. Definitely trying.

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 8:08 pm

Thanks Jennifer! I was very happy with the taste of it. Cheers for commenting.

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Mimi October 21, 2018 - 3:52 pm

You’re so funny! You’ll have to say how the foot slippers work! This is a wonderful recipe. I’ve never thought about a bready cheesy topping for any vegetable, but I absolutely love this! And I figured out you’re i AU!

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Adrianne October 21, 2018 - 8:11 pm

Hey Mimi! The slippers end up removing all of the dry skin on your feet. In about a week after you use them, that skin all peels off. It’s amazing. Thanks. Best tasting asparagus I have ever tried! Yep, Aussie as. From Sunny QLD. Same place as where Harry and Megan are right now.

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Sylvie October 21, 2018 - 10:09 pm

5 stars
I just adore asparagus so I am drooling over this one Adrianne! And I cant think of anything better than asparagus grilled with cheese. YES PLEASE!

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Adrianne October 22, 2018 - 9:03 am

Hey Sylvie, nice to see you here 🙂 Thanks, I know, it tastes so good. Dinner every night this week is now asparagus, haha!!

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All That I'm Eating October 24, 2018 - 9:17 am

I like the smoky flavour you get from chargrilling the asparagus and I really love the sound of the cheese and chilli topping!

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Adrianne October 28, 2018 - 8:29 am

So true! The topping IS crunchy and delicious. Thanks for coming to my blog!

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