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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
When anything starts with those two magical words, you know it is going to be good. Asparagus is not an exception to that either. It is a very delicious food item that you must try as soon as possible. Though there are a few ways to try this recipe, I will show you the easiest - and what I believe is the most delicious - way to make bacon wrapped asparagus.
Appetizer or Side Dish
This recipe is so delicious and simple that you may find yourself cooking it all the time. The important thing to remember is that it can be as large or small as you want it to be. You can have it as an appetizer on a dish - a tiny bundle of asparagus - or a much larger one with one or two bundles laying along side something more substantial, such as the Chili Rubbed Rib Eye in the picture attached. If you get tired of it being an appetizer or side, you can always do the wonderful and put it into a salad, or other dishes that call for similar ingredients. I think I heard someone talking about even doing a green bean casserole with bacon wrapped asparagus!
There are few things worse than picking up some produce and finding it is bad. Since asparagus is strange to most people, it can be avoided just because people don't want a bad product but don't know how to tell. How do you tell? Its simple.
Take the bundle of asparagus from the stand and pull out the innermost asparagus. This is what they are trying to hide, if they are trying to hide anything. It must be bright, crisp and green. The cut end should not be dry or cracked. Asparagus dries from the bottom and rots from the top, so damp bottom and dry, compact top will be your best bet.
How to Wrap?
This is really a personal question. On this page are several pictures of bacon wrapped asparagus that look really amazing. However it is up to how much you like bacon, and ultimately how much you want to spend and how healthy you want to be. For me, it is a bit much to do one asparagus per bacon strip, so I prefer to wrap them into bundles. There is nothing wrong with having one spear wrapped with bacon, and is delicious - but can be horribly rich for a good sized portion, and probably not great for you physically.
|Serving size: 4oz|
|Calories from Fat||72|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 8 g||12%|
|Carbohydrates 11 g||4%|
|Sodium 4 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears
- Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
- 4 slices center cut bacon or pancetta
- Black Pepper To Taste
- Preheat Oven to 400. Coat your spears with olive oil and season with pepper before dividing into four groups and wrapping each group securely with your slice of bacon.
- Grill or bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Before anyone notices, put them all into a serving tray, run to a lockable room, and enjoy by yourself!
Age of Asparagus
Though Asparagus is delicious, I commonly find that people don't really know what it is, and are reduced to boiling it. This is really unfortunate, because asparagus tastes the best when it is grilled or even sauteed. Below I have added Alton Brown's Good Eats Episode of Age of Asparagus to hopefully fill in the blanks you might have about this amazing yet mysterious vegetable that most people butcher.