Sunday, April 5, 2009

Japanese Asparagus Dengaku

There's not much my 15-year-old daughter, Emma, likes better than asparagus (unless it's lentils ... or potatoes ... or anything with lots and lots of garlic).

Emma made this as a side dish for our dinner tonight. It's adapted from a 5-ingredient recipe published in Vegetarian Times--this one is from the April 2009 issue that arrived yesterday. The description explains that dengaku is a Japanese barbecue tradition in which foods are coated with a miso-based sauce, then grilled (or, in this case, broiled).

2 lb. asparagus, rinsed and trimmed
3 T white (Shiro) miso
juice of 1 lemon (about 2 T)
2 T tahini
1 T maple syrup

Place asparagus in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Whisk together miso, lemon juice, tahini, and maple syrup in a bowl. Brush the miso mixture over the asparagus. Broil 6 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and starting to brown.

The miso sauce is absolutely delicious. I'm thinking about trying it on brussels sprouts next.

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