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Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

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Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

This recipe is delicious, lovely and simple. Simple, just like I wish my life was right now!

I feel like I have been MIA this week, and I wanted to apologize! I haven’t forgotten about you!

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

I have actually been in New York working for the past two weeks. I am fortunate that my husband had work here too, and that Pia was on her winter break for part of this time, so I was able to take this trip with my family. My mom and my mother-in-law (bless them both!) split the babysitting while we have been working away!

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

I know last month I mentioned that I had the honor of participating in an episode of a new upcoming HGTV show, “I hate my contractor” as an honorary kitchen interior designer. (Because God knows I spend a lot of time in kitchens, and I border on obsessing over interior design!)

Well, turns out that that episode went so well, that I was asked to come back and basically to participate in as many episodes as I was able over this first season! What!!?? Moi??? Crazy huh!?

So I have been here filming in the New York/New Jersey area.

It has been exciting, exhausting, exhilarating, emotional and totally awesome.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Right now I am 2/3rds done with 5 different episodes. I hope I can share even more with you as it gets closer to airtime! (Sometime this summer.)

I also look forward to sharing some other projects I have been working on here (VERY SOON!!) but this moment- I am mostly looking forward to heading home!

I have a puppy that I am beyond homesick for waiting there for me. I have my own bed. I have my kitchen that I can’t wait to get back to cooking in, and I have you guys! I love writing this blog, and I will get right back in the swing of things next week- I just thought I would share what was going on!

Now- back to this delicious, lovely and simple recipe.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

I grilled asparagus, as I often do with fresh spring asparagus. But it just needed something else. I hung on the fridge door until it struck me: I was going to broil and melt a big gooey ball of cheese right on top.

Guess what? It was freaking delicious. And it was delicious without overpowering the asparagus. Try this. Please.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella, feeds 4 as a side dish

1lb asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 tsp olive oil
kosher salt

1 large ball fresh mozzarella
2 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper

Balsamic reduction

Preheat the grill to medium high heat, and the oven to broil. Prepare a small baking dish with a sheet of foil.

Drizzle the asparagus with the olive oil and toss the asparagus to thinly coat.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Sprinkle them lightly with kosher salt and lay them on the grill.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Let them cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they are lightly charred, and tender.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Meanwhile, put the fresh mozzarella ball on the sheet of foil and drizzle it with the remaining 2 tsp of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and fresh black pepper. Put it in the oven to broil for about 4-5 minutes.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

When the asparagus is finished (and the cheese is broiling) transfer the asparagus to a platter.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

When the cheese if finished and is golden and bubbly, remove it form the oven.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Using a spatula, transfer the melting cheese ball to the top of the asparagus.

Grilled Asparagus with Broiled Mozzarella

Sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction around the cheese and over the asparagus.

Serve hot!

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22 Comments

  1. Ann says:

    Wow – that IS stunning! BRAVO! Two of my favorite ingredients together to make me happy!

  2. Vicki B says:

    Can’t wait for the shows to air! This looks like an amazing combination. Check this out for crazy cheese http://www.thesqueezeinn.com/ they somehow use ice to make a cheesy skirt. It’s so good I could skip the burger altogether!

  3. Angela Greene says:

    YUM! I just made some asparagus this afternoon. My 7 year old son loves it! This I will need to try. Thanks Heather and Congrats on the show!!

    • Thanks Angela! Yeah, cheese helps sweeten the deal for the kiddies :)

  4. oh.
    my.
    goodness.

    there’s no way i can ever eat asparagus any way other than this again!

  5. christine says:

    yummy, I am definitely trying this!!!! And how exciting is your life right now!!!! have a awesome homecoming!

  6. marla says:

    That big giant blob of mozzarella on the top i awesome!

  7. Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh that looks amazing!!!

  8. Esi says:

    Congrats on the show! Can’t wait to see it when it airs. This asparagus looks heavenly. I’m so excited asparagus is back in season!

  9. TidyMom says:

    we always put Parmesan on ours, never thought of mozzarella! Can’t wait to try this!

  10. Julie says:

    I missed you! Asparagus is my favorite veg ever and this looks amazing.

  11. Soupista says:

    I love grilled asparagus and the cheese just takes it over the TOP! Wow.

  12. Soupista says:

    PS. I’m in lust with your indoor grill!!!

  13. What a delicious twist on asparagus! Wonderful combination of flavors. Thanks for sharing!

  14. This is such a clever use of simple ingredients! I love the idea of adding a balsamic reduction. What great flavor!

  15. Asparagus + mozz. I love both those things!

  16. Perfect recipe to stumble upon! I have the mozz and need to use it before I lose it so it’s prophetic I also have the asparagus. Yum.

    And wow on your news; how very exciting. If I wasn’t such a cheapskate that I only get the most basic cable I would be anxiously awaiting an announcement of what/when/where…but I am therefore my congrats are all I have to offer!

  17. JenMarie says:

    Don’t you love how some of the best recipes come from just tossing whatever’s handy together?

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