Delicious crunchy bacon wrapped around some fresh green asparagus, it truly is the best of both worlds!
I am a fanatic asparagus-lover. In my book it simply isn’t possible to eat too much asparagus. All year-round when I visit my grandma and she cooks lunch for me, I can bet she’ll serve me asparagus soup as it’s my favourite (so she freezes a whole bunch when it’s in season to be able to cook it for me whenever I visit). 🙂 My only problem with asparagus is that it’s available for only such a short time. *sighs*
So when I spied big piles of vibrant green asparagus at the farmers’ market I bought 7! (yes, seven) bunches just to stock up on asparagus and even freeze some for later. (Few weeks later I can tell you that sadly (or maybe not so sadly) not one of those 7 bunches ended up in my freezer 😉 ).
I have read of this appetizer a few years ago for the first time and I knew it must taste amazing. What’s not to like: crispy salty bacon with fresh asparagus in the same bite, yum!
So even though I was limiting my meat-intake and focusing on a more plant-based diet, I couldn’t resist not giving this recipe a try, and as you can see on the photos it ended up so well, that I could only salvage a few bacon-wrapped asparagus for the shoot and had to complete the mostly empty plate with ‘plain’ grilled asparagus. It is that good! 😉
Besides the flavourful taste, what I love about this recipe is how utterly simple it is: you wrap your asparagus in bacon, put them in the oven and half an hour later ta-da, crispy bacon-wrapped asparagus ready to be snacked upon!
It would be my new favourite appetizer to serve to guests, if only asparagus was available year-round… 🙁
Well, I’ll just have to make the most of it while I can. I urge you to do the same and try this recipe, I’m sure your guests (and you) will love it! 🙂
- 20 stalks of asparagus
- 10 strips of bacon
- (any quantity is fine, you just have to have half as many strips of bacon as you have of asparagus)
- If you bought fresh green asparagus there is usually no need to peel them, just cut off 2 inches (cc. 4 cm) of the bottom of the stems after having washed them. (If the asparagus is not that fresh you might want to peel it.)
- Cut the bacon strips in half so you have just as many thin bacon strips as many asparagus stalks you have.
- Wrap one bacon strip around each asparagus stalk.
- Place the bacon-wrapped asparagus stalks on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes on 400 F (200 Celsius), or until the bacon is crisp.
- Enjoy as an appetizer or as a side-dish, it is best while still warm.
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Do you like asparagus? Any good asparagus recipe you can recommend?
I’m always looking for some new ones to try.