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Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta

Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta

Ingredients (11)

For the bread:

  • 8 ounces crusty Italian bread, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium garlic clove

For the topping:

  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning the asparagus
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning the asparagus
  • 20 thinly shaved strips Pecorino Romano cheese (about 1 ounce)
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories177
  • Fat10.54g
  • Saturated fat1.32g
  • Trans fat
  • Carbs17.44g
  • Fiber2.25g
  • Sugar1.51g
  • Protein4.57g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium205.09mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (8 servings) Powered by

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Grilled asparagus is especially delicious when the tips get toasty and charred but the spears retain a crisp snap. Chopped into bite-size pieces and mixed with toasted pine nuts and salty pecorino cheese, it makes an excellent topping for bruschetta.

Special equipment: You will need a pastry brush.

This recipe was featured as part of our story on Bruschetta, the Fancy Toast for Parties.

Instructions

For the bread:
  1. 1Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high (about 375°F to 425°F).
  2. 2Meanwhile, arrange the bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Using 1 tablespoon of the oil, very lightly brush the tops of the bread with the oil. Flip the slices over and brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Generously season one side only with salt and pepper.
  3. 3Place the bread on the grill (reserve the baking sheet) and cook until grill marks appear and the bread is toasted and crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  4. 4Return the grilled bread to the reserved baking sheet seasoned-side up and rub the seasoned sides with the garlic clove. Set aside while you prepare the topping.

For the topping:

  1. 1Place the asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  2. 2With the grill still at medium heat, place the asparagus on it and cook, turning occasionally, until the spears are crisp-tender and grill marks have appeared, about 4 minutes.
  3. 3Remove the asparagus to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, cut into 1-inch pieces and place in a medium bowl. Add the pine nuts, measured salt and pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Toss until evenly combined.
  4. 4To serve, divide the asparagus mixture evenly among the bread pieces and top with the cheese slices. Cut the bruschetta into pieces if desired and serve.
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