Recipe by Alison J.
From License to Grill, with Rob Rainford. This is a somewhat sophisticated grilled salad dish that takes a little time to prepare. Prep time includes marinating time and chill time.
- 15 small baby red potatoes
- 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, soaked in water for 30 minutes
- 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup oil, divided
- 2 bunches asparagus
- 1 head fennel
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 lemons, juice of
- salt and pepper, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Parboil whole potatoes, with skin on, for about 5-7 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Half each potato and place in a zip-top plastic bag. Drizzle with oil and add chopped garlic and pepper. Seal bag and allow to marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Preheat grill to 375°F.
- Remove potatoes from marinade and pat dry. Place soaked rosemary sprigs on oiled barbecue grate. Place potatoes on top of rosemary, flesh side down. Close lid and leave to smoke for 20 minutes. Make sure rosemary doesn't burn.
- Meanwhile, trim the woody end of the asparagus. Slice fennel bulb into 1/2 inch pieces, leaving core intact.
- Drizzle asparagus spears and fennel with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Return to the potatoes and remove them from the grill. Discard charred rosemary. Season potatoes with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.
- Oil the grill again. Place asparagus and fennel on grill.
- Grill asparagus for approximately 2 minutes, turning when a bright green colour is achieved and golden brown marks appear.
- Cook fennel for about 1 minute per side or until golden char marks are achieved.
- Remove asparagus and fennel from the grill and allow to cool.
- Place asparagus, fennel, and smoked potatoes on a large serving platter. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, and season with thyme, salt, and pepper.