4.25.2013

Asparagus, Bacon Wrapped Recipe






Every spring we have lots of fresh asparagus available in our area. This recipe is a great way to serve asparagus spears as an appetizer or a side dish. Bundle them in bunches as shown  for a side to scrambled eggs or your favorite dinner dish. Cut them crosswise for  an eye catching appetizer at your next dinner party Photo   courtesy  Seduction Meals.


To entice those who are finicky asparagus eaters, you can wrap each spear singly for the perfect appetizer Either way the asparagus/bacon combo is a terrific blend of flavors.Photo courtesy  Nourishing Days.

Recipe for Bundled Asparagus

Ingredients:

1 small bundle of asparagus ( thin is best) usually a bundle is 1 lb
9 or 10 slices of bacon (3 slices per bundle of asparagus)
1 tbl butter
2 tbl vegetable oil

Snap off the ends of the asparagus. You will want all of your lengths to be similar for easy wrapping.
Blanch the asparagus. It should be al dente. Drain and set aside to cool down.Wrap 5 or 6 pieces of asparagus with bacon, over wrap at either end to prevent unraveling. You can secure with a toothpick. Put the oil and butter in the skillet. Fry over medium heat to brown the bacon. Turn the bundles carefully.You can turn the heat up for the final 2-3 minutes to crisp up the bacon. When finished, place on a cutting board. You can cut these into rounds as an appetizer or leave them whole for your vegetable side dish. Serve with lemon.

Recipe for Single Wrapped Asparagus

Ingredients:

Make as many as you want. Use twice as many asparagus spears as you have bacon strips.

1 lb thin asparagus (about 14 pieces)
7 strips of bacon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare your asparagus by washing it and breaking off the ends.Cut your bacon in half  length wise. You will have 14 skinny strips. Spiral wrap the asparagus from the tip down with the bacon. Do your best to place seam side down on a rimmed baking sheet. The rim edge is necessary as there is some grease that comes out of the bacon during roasting. Oven roast about 20-25 minutes or until your bacon seems crispy enough. These are great to serve over a salad or beside it. Enjoy this asparagus combo while hot to dip into a soft, cooked egg at breakfast or served them cold  as an accompaniment for deviled eggs for luncheon or dinner. Two very distinct flavors that make a great combination. Enjoy!














































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