Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Asparagus with Balsamic Onions and Grapes





















Alfred's birthday was this week, and being the foodies that we are, our celebration revolved around food. I (Ashlie) made him his favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I'm pleased to report that everything turned out pretty marvelous (toot toot - that's me tooting my own horn). I will be posting several of the recipes in the days and weeks to come. Today's recipe was his birthday dinner side dish. Asparagus is our favorite Spring vegetable, so this time of year we eat all of it we can get our hands on - raw, roasted, blanched, grilled - we'll take it any way we can get it! The sweet and sour onion grape topping on this dish makes it extra special!

Asparagus with Balsamic Onions and Grapes
1 lb. Fresh Asparagus, wooded stems trimmed
1 Medium Sweet Onion, thinly sliced
1/2 Cup Red Grapes, halved
1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Pepper

1) Heat a large skillet to medium heat, coat it with olive oil and add the onions. Cook the onions, stirring frequently until they are soft and golden brown (about 8 minutes). Add the grapes and vinegar and simmer until the vinegar is reduced to a thick syrup. Taste and add salt and pepper as necessary.

2) Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus to the boiling water, cover the pot, turn the heat off, and let the asparagus sit in the hot water for 1-2 minutes depending on the thickness of your asparagus. You basically want to warm the asparagus, but keep it crisp and bright green.

3)To serve, pour the onion and grape mixture over the drained asparagus.

Bon Apetite!

As usual, I've included this post as part of several weekly recipe sharing events: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays , Making Monday Marvelous, Just Something I Whipped Up, My Meatless Mondays, Just Another Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tempt my Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays , Tuesdays at the Table, Real Food Wednesdays, Whatcha Makin' Wednesdays, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Foodie, Friday Favorites, and Foodie Friday. Check out all the great recipes other bloggers have contributed!

I've also included this as part of the April SOS - Sweet and Savory - recipe challenge. This month's secret ingredient is Asparagus. Thank you to Ricki of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs for hosting this wonderful event! I can't wait to see all of the recipes featuring our favorite veggie!

14 comments:

  1. Now, that's what I call a FABULOUS birthday present! I'm going to see if I can get the HH to cook all three meals in one day (ha ha!). Love the sound of this dish, too--and it's so pretty! Thanks so much for submitting another great recipe to the SOS Challenge. :D

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  2. Balsamic grapes? Sounds very interesting!

    I just wonder why to boil the asparagus. It's just so much tastier when roasted.

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  3. Dear Ricki - thanks for stopping by and for hosting the SOS. I can't wait to try out your asparagus recipe - it looks and sounds fantastic!

    Maija- thanks for stopping by. I think roasted asparagus would work well here too. I blanched ours because I wanted the asparagus to remain very crunchy and bright green, and it also allowed me to save time and conserve energy :).

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  4. Mmm, what a delicious looking combination! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  5. Wow! This looks fantastic! I love asparagus so much, so finding another variation of how to cook it is always exciting! :)

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  6. Withoutadornment - thanks for stopping by, we love asparagus too and we hope you like this recipe!

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  7. wow i've never thought of serving asaparagus with sth sweet. thanks for the idea!

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  8. Shu Han - you are very welcome and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Hi you two!
    This is a beautiful dish and just looks delicious. It is a very interesting combination that I want to try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a wonderful week end!

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  10. Thanks Miz Helen we hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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  11. I was stalking these to see if you would post them so I am so delighted you did!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday.

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  12. Beautiful! What a delicious pairing of grapes and asparagus. Can't wait to make this. XX00

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  13. No No No - Thank you Little Brick Ranch :)

    Michael Lee West - They really do go great together, perhaps we'll have to try them in a salad too!

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