Record-setting levels of snow piled up on our grill throughout the Boston winter. There was still a substantial amount of snow lingering when the calendar told us spring had arrived. So when Sarah from our local Whole Foods Market asked if I was ready to do some grilling, I eagerly jumped on the offer to try out a #GrillItUp sample bag of goodies. The result was a tasty meal of steak kebabs served with grilled asparagus and onions.
I enjoy making my own marinades and rubs for steak, so I had yet to try the Theo’s Steakhouse kebabs available at Whole Foods. These kebabs come ready to put on the grill, with marinaded steak tips interlaced with bell peppers and onions. They were perfect for our first grilling of 2015. Sure, you can do some complicated things on the grill, but generally one of the great features of grilling is the simplicity of the process. The steak kebabs were in keeping with that spirit.
There was also a good looking bunch of purple asparagus and some Vidalia salad onions in my goodie bag. I’ve typically seen salad onions referred to as “green onions”; they are sort of between a scallion and a mature onion in terms of bulb size and intensity of the flavor. I figured the asparagus and green onions would grill up nicely together, and came up with the simple recipe below for grilled asparagus and onions.
On the plate: We really enjoyed our first meal from the grill! The steak kebabs were flavorful and tender. The grilled asparagus and onions made a nice side, and we also served up some mashed potatoes. I would have grilled some potatoes to round out the experience, but I had a good amount of leftover mashed from the previous night’s cooking project (more on that to come). We also grilled up a bit of halloumi cheese to go on the side, which was something new for us. This all worked together nicely on the plate. The grilled asparagus is a particularly nice side dish for grilled steak. Seeing as the grilled asparagus is the new recipe here, I had my fancy camera and photo setup to take a picture of that when it came off the grill (see above). By the time the steak was on the plate, we were ready to dig right in…but I did snap a quick pic with my phone!
Wine pairing: I correctly surmised from looking at the kebab marinade ingredients that there’d be a bit of a spice element to the steak. So I was on the lookout for a zinfandel to pair with the meal when I visited Pairings on Saturday. I liked the 2013 Boneshaker Zinfandel from Lodi that I sampled, so brought that home to pair with our meal. The zin is fruit forward with a bit of spice. A simple, straight forward wine for under $20–perfect complement to the first grilled meal of the year! And did I mention the label glows in the dark?Print
Grilled Asparagus and Onions
Grilled Asparagus and Onions is a simple and flavorful side dish. Serve with grilled steak or pork.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 3 servings 1x
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 spring onions, bulb and light green stalk
- 1 tbsp olive oil plus 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
- salt and peper to taste
- 2 tbsp feta cheese
- Preheat a grill to medium high.
- Snap a few stalks of asparagus to see where to chop. Discard the thick portion away from the tip, keep the tip portion. Chop the rest of the bunch in similar fashion, discarding the thick woody stalk. Put the prepared asparagus spears in a large bowl.
- Quarter the onion bulbs, and chop the light green stalk into bite sized pieces. Place the onion in a bowl with the asparagus.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, tarragon, salt and pepper to the asparagus and onions. Stir to combine.
- Transfer the asparagus mixture to a grill pan. If you don’t have a grill pan, you could cook the asparagus and onions directly on the grill–chop the onions in large enough pieces to avoid falling through the grill grates if you aren’t using a grill pan.
- Grill for 10 to 15 minutes until the asparagus and onions are getting soft and starting to brown. Turn the veggies over halfway through the grilling.
- Remove the asparagus from the grill, and transfer to a serving bowl. Toss with the remaining teaspoon olive oil. You can cover it to keep warm while the meat finishes if needed. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the asparagus, and serve alongside your grilled meat or fish when you are ready to eat.
Full disclosure: I received a complimentary sample bag from Whole Foods Market with the steak kebabs, asparagus and onions. As always, I only share products on Cooking Chat that I use and enjoy!