Hellooooo!!!! Today is the first day of school for our family (except my kindergartner who starts tomorrow) and I feel as though life will finally return to normal once again! I love summer, but boy was this last one a summer to go down in the history books in terms of craziness. I am sad to see my kiddos gone during the day, but I am definitely welcoming a life of routine.
Our family was at a friend's house for a BBQ, and I was tasked with making this side dish. I had no idea that this is what I would be making. Of course, I was excited to help with the meal prep! And, this dish was SO good, I just had to share it ASAP!
(I have no idea where the recipe came from, so I am not able to give credit where it is due - sorry!)
Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes
1 pound asparagus, trimmed
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 C halved grape tomatoes (we used 3/4 C grape tomatoes, 3/4 C roma tomatoes, chopped)
1/2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
2 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T crumbled goat cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1. Cook asparagus in boiling water 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.
2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes and garlic, cook 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar, cook 3 minutes. Stir in salt. Arrange asparagus on a platter; top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper.
How easy is that!!??
We used a combination of grape tomatoes and roma tomatoes - and the chopped romas sort of "melted", for lack of a better term which gave more of a sauce type mixture. Personally, I really liked it that way as I prefer that texture vs. just straight tomatoes that are intact. Yes, it's a quirk of mine.
The picture is not the best - I wasn't expecting to blog about this particular recipe and didn't have my camera with me. However, my phone did a decent job, don't you think?!
Please click here for a printable version of this recipe - Kitchen Groovy
Enjoy and live with gusto!