Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen
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Primal Grill is filmed at Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico.
Episode: 204 :: BY THE SEA
Source: How to Grill by Steven Raichlen (Workman Publishing, 2001), PG. 356
Method: Direct Grilling
Category: Vegetarian
1 pound asparagus (the stalks shouldnt be too thin)
2 tablespoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
Coarse (kosher or sea) salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Trim the ends with a knife so the stalks are a uniform length. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together, using toothpicks or bamboo skewers. (Think of a Huck Finn-type raft!)

In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the rafts with a little salt and lots of pepper.

When ready to cook, place the rafts on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle the asparagus rafts with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as rafts, or unskewered.
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