Saturday, March 14, 2015

grilled asian salmon & asparagus with lemon garlic smashed taters

This is a new fave!  So I'll get right to it...
Grilled Asian Salmon & Asparagus 
1# asparagus
2 T rice wine vinegar
2 T honey
2 T soy sauce
4 tsp. canola oil
4 garlic cloves, grated
12 oz salmon, 4-3 oz. fillets
Lemon slices
Blanch thin asparagus for two minutes, longer for thicker.  Submerge in an ice bath, then drain.  Combine vinegar through garlic and whisk thoroughly.  I like to pierce my salmon so a little more of the marinade gets in, but this is your option.  In a container large enough to hold all fillets, add about 2/3 to 3/4 of the marinade.  In a seperate container, combine the asparagus with the remaining marinade.  Marinade the salmon and asparagus in the fridge for up to 3 hours.
Heat grill to 400°, grill salmon 3-4 minutes each side.  After the turning the salmon over, place lemon slice on already grilled side while side 2 grills.  Either take salmon off the grill and keep warm (the oven will be warm from cooking the potatoes), or place away from the direct heat on the grill.  Place asparagus on the grill and grill for 1 minute.  With tongs, gently "stir" around careful not to lose any through the slots, and grill for 1 more minute.
Garlic Lemon Smashed Taters
Assorted baby potatoes or fingerlings, 15-20
2 T Extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, grated or crushed
Zest of 1 lemon
S & P
Boil potatoes for 15-18 minutes, check for tenderness, you don't want them too soft.  This step can actually be done well before dinner prep, that way they are not too hot to smash.  The olive oil step can also be done in advance, so the oil is well infused; heat olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds, then add garlic and and lemon zest.  When ready to bake, heat oven to 450°.  Smash taters with heel of hand.  Brush both sides of smashed taters with infused olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 12 minutes.
(I apologize if there are any spelling errors, stupid spellcheck didn't want to work!) 

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