Grilled Sesame Asparagus

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Wooden toothpicks or bamboo skewers
1 pound asparagus
2 T dark sesame oil
1 Tsoy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T sesame seeds, toasted
Salt and pepper

In a shallow pan, soak skewers in cold water for 1 hour, then drain and set aside.
Preheat grill to high. Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together, using the toothpicks or 2 bamboo skewers, forming a raft shape.
In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper. When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds after they are grilled. You can serve the asparagus as rafts or unskewered.

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