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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Grilled Flatbread With Chili-Garlic Asparagus and Ricotta.


Its impossible to overlook the slender beauty of asparagus blooming in markets during spring.The vegetable deserves to be embraced for its astonishing good nutrition,easy to cook and cheapest in the season.

The tender spears can wither fast,should be consumed freshest to get the most of its nutritional value(excellent source of folate and vitamin).To Keep freshness,the stalks can be wrapped with a moist towel or stand in bowl of water.


Seasoned with spiciness of garlic and freshly crushed hot chili flakes the asparagus is ready to eat in a snap.I like the crunch and subtle smooth juiciness of the vegetables to be intact,for which I grill them along side the flatbread or saute on stove top,either ways the asparagus makes a comforting small meal or a tasty party appetizers(hors d'oeuvres).The cheese is your choice,use low-fat of any kind.

Recipe :Grilled Flatbread With Chili-Garlic Asparagus and Ricotta.
Ingredients
Makes 8 medium flatbreads
For Flat bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water

For Chili-Garlic Asparagus
2 pounds Asparagus,ends snapped , rinsed and cut in 3 inches pieces
1 onion,peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic,thinly sliced
1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes,freshly crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup low fat ricotta or feta,crumbled
2 tablespoon fresh herbs or greens(I used parsley and purple escarole)

Method
Prepare the dough for the flatbread by mixing all the flour,salt,water and oil until firm dough is formed.Knead for a minute and let rest for 30 minutes before rolling.

Heat oil in a saute pan,add the onions and garlic,cook until lightly browned,5-6 minutes.Add the asparagus,salt and chili flakes,saute another 4-5 minutes until asparagus is tender.Turn off the heat.

Heat the Grill or grill pan on high.Knead the dough for few seconds,divide in 8 equal portions.Roll each long and flat,brush some oil ,grill flatbread about 3-4 minutes on each side,until crisp and cooked through.

Top each of the grilled flatbread with the Chili-Garlic Asparagus,fresh herbs and cheese.Slice and serve.




I'm submitting the recipe for Weekend Herb Blogging #227 ,hosted this week by Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything

28 comments:

Joanne said...

I have been all over asparagus lately, eating it left and right. Thanks for the idea to put it on pizza! That is something I hadn't thought of before. Yours looks delicious!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Stunning! The presentation is awesome and so is the recipe!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

What a creative way of using flat bread and making it healthy with asparagus.

Priya said...

Wow thats a delicious grilled flatbread, really very unique..

Mona said...

Nice idea Yasmeen. I love asparagus as well.

Jhonny walker said...

yasmeen,

I am so happy with asparagus season..using it all over the place..I was planning a burmese chicken dinner..and this is just gonna be perfect with it :)

Pavithra said...

Yummy yasmeen, actually i too make this kind of sauteed asparagus for wraps but no cheese. Looks yumm!!

Meena said...

lovely use of asparagus...it is definitely a versatile veggie...

Faith said...

I've been buying tons of asparagus now that it's in season, and this is really the perfect use for it. Your pictures are lovely!

Deepa said...

Hi Yasmeen

Very healthy preparation as well as looks tasty.Loved the way yo have put asparagus on the flat bread.

Deepa
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

simply.food said...

Healthy and simply devine.Nice capture on camera.

Kiran said...

Dear Yasmeen,
Wow, a very nice preparation with Asparagus.Looks very delicious.

I have a TAG Aard waiting for you in my blog please come and collect it.

Thank you,
Kiran

Sarah said...

Those will make gorgeous appetizers = )

Jamie said...

I'm loving all your recipes,this is another tasty take on asparagus.

Organic said...

I usually saute asparagus,must try this spicy chili and garlic combination

Ivy said...

Wow sounds delicious. I love asparagus but it's so expensive here in Greece. A bunch like the one you have in the picture costs around 10 Euros.

sowmya's creative saga said...

love those spicy asparagus on the flat bread..looks delicious and so beautiful..

Cherine said...

sounds delicious! Great recipe!

Tina said...

Looks delicious...

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome!! awesome...looks so delicious..

Cynthia said...

All eyes for the tasty toppings on bread.Bet this would be great with thin crust pizza.

Organic said...

What an interesting appetizer this would make.Yum!

Cham said...

U re right, asparagus are flooding the market! I love the idea of grilling flatbread and veggie on top!

sayantani said...

splendid creation. love this healthy bites.

Curry Leaf said...

Yum never tried asparagus this way.Thanks for the info here we get tender asparagus .Delcious and mouthwateringly spicy.

Cicile said...

Asparagus are expensive any season were I live.I like to try it this way,simply sauteed with spices.

Nick said...

Good one for the grilling season.

An Open Book said...

I am loving the asparagus season and have recently started experimenting with them..i am def gonna try out this...

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