Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Crumble

Asparagus, a herald of spring, has long been celebrated for its delicate flavor and nutritional benefits. This recipe takes the revered vegetable and elevates it with the indulgent, savory crunch of a Parmesan crumble. It’s not just about grilling asparagus; it’s about transforming it into a dish that balances the smokiness from the grill with the rich, umami notes of Parmesan. The Parmesan crumble, a playful yet sophisticated twist, adds texture and a golden, cheesy crust that contrasts beautifully with the tender, green spears. The result is a visually stunning, delicious, and aromatic dish that promises to be a feast for the senses.

Ingredients

Serving Size

  • Serves 4

Grocery Items Needed

  • 1 lb of fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Preparation

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and black pepper until they are evenly coated.
  3. Place the asparagus on the grill in a single layer. Grill for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until they are tender and have nice grill marks. Remove from the grill and set aside on a platter.
  4. While the asparagus is grilling, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add butter, and once melted, stir in the panko breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring frequently, until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Stir the grated Parmesan and lemon zest into the toasted breadcrumbs until well combined.
  6. Sprinkle the Parmesan crumble evenly over the grilled asparagus.
  7. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for a refreshing zest.

Expert Tips

  • For the best flavor, choose asparagus spears that are medium in thickness. They hold up better to the grill and have a nice balance of tenderness and crunch.
  • Don’t skip the lemon zest in the Parmesan crumble; it adds a bright, citrusy note that lifts the entire dish.
  • If you’re serving this at a gathering, prepare the Parmesan crumble ahead of time and sprinkle it over the asparagus just before serving to maintain its crispiness.

Serving Suggestions

This dish makes a perfect side for spring and summer meals, pairing wonderfully with grilled meats or fish. For a vegetarian option, serve alongside quinoa or a hearty grain salad. The vibrant flavors and textures make it a versatile accompaniment to a wide range of dishes.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fiber: 3g

Allergens: Asparagus, Parmesan (Dairy), Panko breadcrumbs (Wheat/Gluten)

We hope you enjoy making and savoring this Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan Crumble. Cooking is a journey of discovery and creativity, so feel free to experiment with different herbs or add a sprinkle of chili flakes for some heat. Share your rendition of this recipe or your unique twists with friends and family. Happy cooking!


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