Grilled Asparagus with Mango, Olives and Capers: Tapas Style
This savory-sweet-salty take on spring's first asparagus is couched in classic Spanish influences and absolutely glows with gorgeous color. In the summer, try it with fresh green beans and grilled tuna.
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided Add to list
- 6 cloves garlic, 3 crushed and 3 minced, divided Add to list
- 18 asparagus spears, tough ends trimmed Add to list
- 12 slices rustic bread, such as Ciabatta or baguette Add to list
- Salt and pepper, to taste Add to list
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Add to list
- 2 tablespoons capers Add to list
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives Add to list
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers Add to list
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil Add to list
- 1 fresh mango - peeled, pitted and sliced Add to list
- 1/2 lemon, or to taste Add to list
- Lemon slices and fresh herbs, for garnish Add to list
Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill to high. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil and 3 crushed cloves garlic in a small bowl and let sit while the grill heats. Toss asparagus in enough of the seasoned oil to coat it lightly. Brush both sides bread slices with oil.
Cook asparagus and bread slices, turning once or twice, for a scant 2 to 3 minutes or until grill marks show. The asparagus should be deep emerald in color but still tender-crisp and the bread a light golden. Remove spears and bread to a platter.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Stir-fry remaining 3 cloves minced garlic and thyme for about 15 seconds. Add capers, olives, peppers and basil and cook to heat through. Fold in mango slices, squeeze with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Place 2 bread slices on each of 6 individual plates, and criss-cross 3 asparagus spears on top. Spoon mango-olive-caper mixture over asparagus and bread. Garnish with lemon slices and sprigs of thyme, basil or parsley.
Recipe by, PCC Chef
Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe" show, which aired on April 14, 2012. Also demonstrated on "Gardening with Ciscoe" on April 7, 2007.