Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce
Asparagus and mushrooms are two of my favourite foods and I always enjoy combining the them! This grilled asparagus in a creamy balsamic mushroom sauce is my what I am currently obsessed with and it's a great example of how well the two work together! The recipe is pretty easy with you simply needing to cook the asparagus and make the mushroom sauce to serve on top of it. I like to grill the asparagus during the spring and summer because it's always nice to fire up the grill for some out door cooking and grilling it also adds a nice hint of smokiness to the asparagus that is simply divine! The mushroom sauce is really easy with onions, garlic and thyme in addition to the mushrooms and the sauce is made with a base of broth, a touch of cream and cheese and of course the balsamic vinegar. The cream and cheese make the sauce nice and creamy and a little sweet and the tangy balsamic vinegar is the perfect balance to it! If I am grilling the asparagus out doors it's easy to make the mushroom sauce on the stove the day before so that it just needs to be reheated for the grilled asparagus! I like to serve this grilled asparagus in a creamy balsamic mushroom sauce as a side but you could also call it a salad and its a great addition to any summer meal!

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce
Feel free to slice and mix it up!

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce
Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

Smoky grilled asparagus topped with a creamy mushroom sauce with a hit of tangy balsamic vinegar!


ingredients
    For the creamy balsamic mushroom sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons thyme, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (rice flour for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy/whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For the grilled asparagus:
  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
    For the creamy balsamic mushroom sauce:
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat-high, add the onions and mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms release their liquids and it's absorbed, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, thyme and flour and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the broth and deglaze the pan.
  4. Add the vinegar and cream, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until it thickens, about 2 minutes, before mixing in the cheese removing from the heat.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. For the grilled asparagus:
  7. Toss the asparagus spears in the oil, salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until crisp-tender and slightly charred.
  8. Serve topped with the creamy balsamic mushroom sauce and enjoy!

Tip: Make the mushroom sauce the day before and just reheat it when you girl the asparagus.
Option: Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or thyme to taste.
Option: Replace 1/4 cup of the broth with 1/4 cup white wine.
Option: Replace the parmesan with asiago cheese.
Option: Add 1 tablespoon of white miso paste to the sauce.
Option: Add soy sauce to to taste instead of salt.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 222, Fat 14.4g (Saturated 4g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 177mg, Carbs 17g (Fiber 5g, Sugars 7g), Protein 10g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

3 comments:

Maria said...

Great way to eat your veggies!

Heather Christo said...

this is mouthwatering!!!

naomi said...

That sauce on it, tho-- I want to have a huge plate of asparagus and more with it!

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