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Top Rated Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Recipes
Everything is better with bacon. It’s the undeniable truth, and asparagus is no exception.Aside from serving this as a lovely dinner party appetizer, these flavorful spears make a great side for a regular weeknight meal. You can knock these bad boys out in less than 30 minutes, and prepare a main course while they kick it in the oven.Click here to see Dress Your Food in Bacon and Bacon Fat.Also, who doesn’t love a recipe with only three ingredients?
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe in the Oven
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I’ve been making this baked bacon wrapped asparagus recipe (and occasionally prosciutto wrapped asparagus) for years, and it occurred to me that I have yet to put it on the blog. It was about time to change that. You can always use more asparagus and bacon appetizers, right?
With other bacon asparagus recipes, I’ve noticed that often times the asparagus is soft before the bacon has had the chance to crisp up. Yuck, who wants soggy bacon? I was on a mission to avoid this.
I’m pleased to report that I found a way! (Part of the trick is the same method I use for foolproof crispy bacon in the oven on its own.) And ever since then, this has been one of my favorite asparagus and bacon recipes.
In fact, this bacon wrapped asparagus in the oven pretty much tops my list when it comes to paleo asparagus appetizers… and bacon appetizers, too. Even if you’re not a huge fan of asparagus, give it a try.
It’s a good sign when you hear comments along the lines of, “I don’t usually like asparagus but this is really good!” Seriously, asparagus with bacon is so much better than it is plain.
The key to getting the bacon extra crispy is to allow for more air flow around the bacon, which I accomplished by making four adjustments. They were actually incredibly easy and made a big difference in the result.
Make sure to prep your asparagus by snapping off the woody ends. If you do each one individually, each end will naturally snap off at the right place. But if you want to do them all at once, use a knife to cut off the bottom couple of inches.
Lay the asparagus out and lightly brush them with some of our Fresh Churned Garlic Butter . Then bundle them into threes and wrap each bundle with a piece of bacon. Bake, and voila! Done!
Top with some Parmesan cheese when they’re out of the oven– it adds that sharp flavor to cut through the bacon fat.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Y’all, these bacon wrapped asparagus bundles are so simple to make and so delicious!
I made these several times at my parents house over Christmas break and my goodness, all y’all on Instar.gram just went gaga over it. We ate them hot. warm and even cold and they were delicious every single time!
These are so simple, yet impressive.
Take a bundle of asparagus, rinse it well and lay it on a paper towel.
Take each piece of asparagus one hand on each end and bend, the asparagus will snap at it’s natural breaking point – toss the bottom, tough piece and set the top aside. Repeat with each spear.
Lay all the snapped spears on a cutting board and dish and drizzle with olive oil and top with your favorite seasoning. I prefer Zatarain’s Big & Zesty Garlic & Herb Creole Seasoning. At my parent’s house I used a Southwest Seasoning and a Season Salt – you really can’t go wrong. Toss the asparagus around in the olive oil and seasoning until all the spears are well coated
Count out the spears into bundles of 10 – 12 spears. I can get 4 bundles out of each bunch of asparagus.
Starting at the bottom of a bundle, wrap tightly all the way up with a thick piece of bacon
Place the bacon wrapped spears on a broiler pan over another tray, once they’re all done, place them in the 400 F oven and cook about 20 minutes – or until the asparagus is cooked to your liking. (the cooking time will depend upon the thickness of the spears)
Serve with whatever you like, or these would even make fun snacks for a party, maybe even with this chili garlic dipping sauce – YUM!
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This Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is the Perfect Side Dish
This dish fits into most diet plans. It is gluten free and Paleo and is one of my favorite Whole30 recipes
Asparagus is very quick to cook, but steaming it doesn&rsquot get the best flavor from the vegetable. I like to roast mine. Doing this brings out the natural sweetness to any veggie and asparagus is no different.
It only takes a few minutes longer in the oven too.
Be sure to trim your asparagus. Most of the time, this veggie still has the ends on it that are really too firm to cook well.
I just grab a bunch of it and snap them at one time. It will break at just the right point to give you tender, juicy stalks.
I line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat. It makes the clean up much easier. You can also use parchment paper.
Next comes the bacon. Other types of cured meats also work well, such as proscuitto, or capocollo.
I have also used capocollo, in place of bacon, for this recipe and have done it with the other cured meats too. It always turns out nicely.
You can wrap each piece individually, or do them in bundles. I am trying to lose weight, so I use four or five stalks together (depends on thickness of the asparagus), and then wrap with 1/2 slice of the cured meat.
I don&rsquot find that I need toothpicks as long as I wrap them firmly. If you are planning on serving these as appetizers, it is best to wrap them individually.
Next, just season the asparagus and bacon with cracked black pepper, and drizzle with some good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Bake in a 400º F oven for about 15 minutes, until the bacon is starting to crisp.
One of the great things about this recipe for bacon wrapped asparagus is that it can be made ahead of time.
Perfect for party appetizers! This recipe is good with so many dishes.
From a plain grilled steak, to a more time consuming entrée, it will compliment your recipes beautifully.
What You’ll Need To Make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
This easy side dish recipe uses just 5 ingredients and some salt and pepper. I love that it doesn’t take a lot of crazy ingredients, and that with the exception of the asparagus, these are all pantry staples in our home.
- asparagus– see tips below on how to pick out the best asparagus. You’ll need about one bunch of asparagus for this recipe.
- olive oil– extra virgin or regular olive oil is fine
- garlic powder – adds a lovely flavor to this bacon wrapped asparagus recipe
- Parmesan cheese – you’ll get better results if you freshly grate the Parmesan cheese
- bacon – I use a thinner bacon for this recipe so that it crisps up. You can always cut the strip of bacon in half if needed.
- salt and pepper to taste
How To Pick Out Fresh Asparagus
Fresh asparagus is the first step in a good asparagus recipe. Here are some tips:
Lay asparagus on an oiled tray with foil. Sprinkle with salt. Take three asparagus and wrap with a piece of bacon. Sprinkle Splenda over all the bundles. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over bundles. Marinate in fridge for a couple of hours. Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
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Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 2 layers of paper towels on microwavable plate. Place bacon in single layer on paper towels. Cover with 1 layer of paper towel. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until bacon is partially cooked. Set aside to cool slightly.
Toss asparagus with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with Seasoning toss to coat. Divide asparagus evenly into 4 bundles. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around the center of each asparagus bundle. Place on foil-lined shallow baking pan.
Roast 7 to 10 minutes or until asparagus are tender-crisp and bacon is crispy, turning once.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
In an ideal world, I would like one asparagus per bacon slice. But nothing is perfect.
So this will do. 5-6 asparagus spears per bacon slice. Or maybe 4?
Whatever. I’ll make my peace with it.
But really. That buttery brown sugar sauce is everything.