Grilled Asparagus with Spicy Herbed Pesto

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Ingredients

Spicy Herbed Pesto

  • 1 cup chopped tomatillo
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro sprigs
  • 5 medium garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted
  • Salt

Grilled Asparagus Salad

  • 2 bunches medium-size asparagus
  • 1/2 cup small basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste

Preparation

Prepare Spicy Herbed Pesto:

Combine tomatillo, parsley, basil, cilantro, garlic, water, TABASCO® sauce, lime juice and cumin in blender. Blend until mixed. Add Parmesan cheese and pecans; blend until smooth. Remove to bowl; season with salt to taste. Cover and set aside. Makes 2 cups.

Prepare Grilled Asparagus Salad:

Preheat grill or broiler. Rinse and trim asparagus. Place in large, shallow bowl; carefully toss with 1 cup Spicy Herbed Pesto; mix well. Season to taste with salt.

Grill or broil asparagus one half at a time until lightly charred, turning frequently. Repeat with remaining asparagus.

Combine basil, parsley and cilantro in medium bowl; toss with 1/2 cup Spicy Herbed Pesto.

Serve asparagus with herbs, pecans, Parmesan and Spicy Herbed Pesto.

Makes 6 servings.

Created By Tim Byres, Chef and Owner of SMOKE Restaurant in Dallas, TX

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