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This grilled asparagus recipe from Project Fire's Steven Raichlen is super easy and the perfect way to add a touch of sophistication to your bbq party menu. Grilling veggies like asparagus is also a great way to introduce kids to cooking on your Angara grill table. They'll have fun turning the asparagus spears and determining how crisp they should be before it's time to take them off the grill and dust them with parmesan. Pair grilled asparagus with Truffled Wagyu Cheeseburgers, also one of Steven Raichlen's Signature Recipes for iBBQ, and guarantee a meal your guests will talk about for years. And keep reading for the scoop on why high levels of folic acid (good for your heart and crucial for pregnant women) isn't the only health benefit of asparagus; eating asparagus actually will diminish your hangover should you find yourself over-imbibing while Social Grilling™
LEMON AND PARMESAN GRILLED ASPARAGUS
Source: Steven Raichlen
Lemon and Parmesan Grilled Asparagus, photo by Chris Bierlein
2 pounds fresh asparagus spears
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Coarse salt (sea or kosher) and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup freshly and finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1. Slice or snap the woody ends off the asparagus spears and transfer to a rimmed sheet pan. Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the asparagus and season with the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss with tongs to coat evenly.
2. Light your Angara grill and heat to high. Brush and oil the grill grates.
3. Arrange the asparagus spears directly on the grill grates perpendicular to the rungs. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender-crisp, depending on the thickness of the spears, turning as needed with tongs. Transfer to a platter or plates and dust with the Parmigiano-Reggiano.In the morning, you may discover you feel better than you usually do after a festive evening. The Chicago Tribune reports: "Recent research suggests eating asparagus can help ease hangovers and protect liver cells against alcohol's toxins: It boosts levels of key enzymes that break down the alcohol."