Preheat broiler to HIGH; arrange rack about 4 inches from heating element.
Arrange asparagus on a foil-lined baking sheet. Coat asparagus with cooking spray.
Broil 10 minutes or until tender and charred, stirring halfway through cooking.
Combine garlic and oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook 3 minutes; remove from pan. Add vinegar to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until syrupy, stirring frequently. Drizzle vinegar over asparagus. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic.
The balsamic did not go well with the asparagus at all. Our sauce did not thicken very much and it was like drizzling balsamic vinegar over the asparagus. However, garlic fried perfectly, but the asparagus failed at being good. The bacon and shallot asparagus recipe is far superior.
So this was an easy dish to make. My only complaint was that the balsamic glaze tended to run into the other dishes on the plate so I'm not sure I'd make this again just for that reason. But the flavors were good and if I were able to serve the asparagus in such a way as to contain the glaze, I'd make it again.
This was really good...company worthy for flavor and presentation. The balsamic glaze is strong so a little goes a long way. Unlike the other reviews my balsamic reduction was very thick, not at all runny. You just have to reduce it enough. I think the baking time for the asparagus is too long as mine was nicely browned but too soft.
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