Asparagus bundled in bacon

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I often buy a pack of bacon for weekend brunch and this is how I use the leftover bacon over the weekday for dinner. This recipe is perfect for those days that I need to get a dinner done in a very short time: short prep time, 20 minutes in the oven and I am free to cook something else over the stove.

I like the idea of wrapping vegetables using bacon as the greens can lighten up the greasiness from the bacon. I remember I tried pan fried chicken drumlets wrapped in bacon in a cafe many years ago, the first bite was heavenly as the juicy drumlet was fully flavored by the bacon. However, I could barely finished the first piece because it was way too salty and oily for the subsequent bites. I was impressed by the idea of using bacon to wrap up something but at the same time I had been quite rejected to try anything wrapped in bacon since then, including asparagus.

It was only until one day when I found nice, fresh asparagus was on promotion and bacon was just at the next refrigerating section, I decided to give “bacon wrap” another try. It turned out that I quite like it. The asparagus is soaked in smoky and extremely flavorful juice. What is more surprising is the juice is not as oily as you’d imagine (the oil dripped from the bacon) because it is diluted by the water from the vegetables during the heating process.

I have to say this is the easiest recipe I am intended to share in my plan as I am not as fit these days to carry out my daily life plan, including cooking and blogging. However, the easiest doesn’t make it the lousiest. I think it is probably one of the best ways to make extreme meat lover to consume more vegetables willingly.

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Asparagus bundled in bacon

Serves 2-3
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 500g asparagus
  • 6 pieces smoked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven at 190C.

Put the asparagus spears on a baking tray and drizzle over olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly on top. Mix together to ensure each spears is coated with oil and seasoning.
Step 2
Divide the spears evenly into 6 (or any number) bundles. Wrapped a piece of smoked bacon around one bundle at the center.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Note

There are thick and thin asparagus spears in the market. Thin spears usually do not required any preparation before cooking. For thick spears, they usually come with a tough and woody end. These ends need to be snapped off before cooking. Hold near at the center of the spear with one hand and the spear end with another hand, bent the spears until it snaps and discard the woody end.

 

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