RECIPE

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

These bundles can be easily prepared on an outdoor grill or in a hot oven.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds asparagus spears (trimmed 4-5 inches long tips)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • A few grinds black pepper
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon or pancetta
  • Chopped chives or scallions (optional garnish)

Preparation

Pre-heat oven, if using, to 400°F.

Lightly coat asparagus spears in EVOO. Season the asparagus with black pepper. Take a quick count of the spear tips. Divide the total number by four. Gather that number of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

To grill, place bundles on hot grill and cover. Cook 10-12 minutes until bacon is crisp and asparagus bundles are tender.

For oven preparation, place bundles on slotted broiler pan. Bake 12 minutes.

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