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Grilled Spring Asparagus with Spicy Lemon Mop
No, you can't use canned or frozen—this recipe only works with fresh asparagus, so take advantage of these spring asparagus months. This is an excellent accompaniment to grilled seafood, too. Note: You can reduce the marinade in a small pan and serve it over the grilled asparagus.
Spicy Lemon Mop:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh preferred
2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chopped parsley or rosemary
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh asparagus
Combine all the ingredients for the mop in a bowl and mix well. Cut off the tough stem ends of the asparagus, rinse and place in non-reactive, shallow bowl. Pour the mop over the asparagus and marinate, at room temperature, for an hour.
Start the grill or a charcoal fire. Grill the asparagus over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side or until done but still crisp.
Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Mild
Chipotle Twice-Baked Potatoes on the Grill
Use the grill to warm up these potatoes while the lamb chops are grilling.
2 large baking potatoes
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo, chopped
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Chopped chives for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Bake the potatoes in the oven until just done. Cut the potatoes in half, scoop out the potatoes and, in a bowl, whip them with the milk, chipotles, garlic, and just enough additional milk to hold them together. Place the potatoes back in the skins.
Place the potatoes on the grill, away from the direct flame, and place on the grill. When the lamb chops are done, the potatoes should be hot.
Yield: 4 servings
Heat Scale: Medium
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