Grilled Glazed Carrots

Brushed with a sweet-tart glaze, these grilled carrots are sure to wow.

Ingredients:
1 bunch carrots, peeled
1 large orange
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons butter
Olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly-chopped herbs of your choice, such as parsley, oregano and tarragon

Method:
1. To make the glaze, juice the orange in a small non-reactive saucepan. Over medium-heat, add the brown sugar and butter and cook until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. Brush the carrots lightly with olive oil and place directly on grill. Grill until crisp-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally during cooking. In the last few minutes of cooking, brush the carrots all over with the glaze.

3. Remove the carrots to a plate, sprinkle with salt and fresh herbs. Serve immediately.

Grilled Jumbo Asparagus with Morel Mushrooms & Almond-Parsley Gremolata

A fresh blend of parsley, garlic, almonds and red pepper flakes adds big flavor to grilled asparagus stalks.

Ingredients:
2 pounds jumbo asparagus, trimmed of any tough ends
¼ cup blanched whole almonds
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons lemon zest
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup Morel mushrooms, sautéed in 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

Method:
1. Set a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add almonds and toast, tossing frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes total. Let cool to room temperature, then chop finely.

2. In a small bowl, combine chopped almonds, chopped parsley, grated garlic, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt.

3. Set a grill cooking grate in place, cover the grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. While the grill is preheating, place asparagus in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, coating evenly. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add asparagus to grill and cook, turning occasionally, until well charred and tender, about 6 minutes total depending on the thickness of the stalks. Transfer asparagus to a serving platter and spoon the prepared gremolata and sautéed Morel mushrooms over the top. Serve immediately.

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Fresh Herb Rub

This versatile rub is delicious on steak, chicken, fish or even veggies!

Ingredients:
¼ cup coarse sea salt
¼ cup olive oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons chopped fresh golden oregano
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3 tablespoons minced garlic

Method:
1. Mix all ingredients together to form a paste. Rub directly on meat or poultry, cover with plastic wrap, and marinate overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.

Grilled Green Onions

Sweet and delicious with green tops, these onions are at their best grilled.

Ingredients:
Whole green onions with tops
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium heat.

2. Wash and trim any roots from bottom of onions. Then, trim onions to approximately 12 inches in length and slice in half lengthwise, leaving green tops attached.

3. Spray or brush baking sheet with olive oil. Brush onion halves with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Grill the onions until tender and caramelized. If desired, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with fresh herbs before serving.

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