Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BACON WRAPPED ASPARAGUS BUNDLES RECIPE


Here's a quick treat, great for a party, great as a side dish, great as a snack...bacon wrapped asparagus bundles.  

Bacon and Asparagus Bundles
I missed photographing a couple of steps because I got into the preparation before 2nd Man reminded me to take pics.  

First we make a "compound butter".  We take a 1/2 cup (1 stick) of softened butter, depending on how many you are making, and mix it up with 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tsp onion powder and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional, if you like the heat).  You are basically making a garlic herb butter spread.  After it's mixed, we like to pop it in the fridge for a few minutes to firm it up a bit.  If you have leftover, spread on bread and broil.  

Next, cut a strip of uncooked bacon in half.  Take three pieces of fresh asparagus and cut them in half.  Place the six pieces on the bacon side by side so the bacon is in the middle to lower 1/3 of the asparagus stalk.

Take the softened herb butter and spread over the asparagus.  Lastly, roll up the bacon so that it all sort of folds over itself and the asparagus bunches up and sticks together with the butter.  

You can see that in the photos below:




Lay the bacon wrapped bundles on a foil lined baking sheet.  As the butter melts and the bacon cooks, it will mess up a pan without foil.  Place the pan into the preheated oven...



...and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until bacon starts to turn crispy on the edges (your oven may vary).  I know it looks like a hot mess here but trust me...
Asparagus and Bacon Bundles
...they are wonderful!  What happens during the process is that the butter melts out and sautés and seasons the asparagus, along with some bacon fat of course.  The asparagus is tender and crispy, and the bacon is delicious.

Enjoy!

20 comments:

Sue said...

Butter and Bacon---is there ANYTHING that doesn't taste fantastic with them in the recipe???
Bacon.........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Marcia said...

Sounds very good. Have you tried bacon wrapped new potatoes?

Sandy said...

1st Man,

We love asparagus, and must try your recipe.
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Sandy

Gail said...

Looks delicious and since I love all the ingredients I know I would love it too.

Brisket in the oven for dinner.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I have done this without the compound butter before as a breakfast treat. (5+ servings of veggies a day requires at least one every morning for breakfast) Now I see I was doing it the wrong way. I am going to the store today for asparagus and will do it this way tomorrow morning. Can't wait!

DFW said...

Those look yummy!

Colleen said...

Yum!
When I bacon wrap something to go in the oven, I line my baking sheet with foil as shown, but then I also put a cooling rack on the baking sheet so all the grease will drip down and get nice and done on the bottom side as well and not lay in all the greasy mess.

kymber said...

they look deevine! i shall be expecting a package of them in the mail soon...yes? bahahahahah! sending much love to you both! your friend,
kymber

Texas Rose said...

You had me at the word “Bacon”! Another use for your stash of bargain natural bacon from a while back. This looks sooo delicious - gotta try it soon!

3rdnlong said...

Trying It. with Sunday Dinner (Corn Beef)

1st Man said...

LOL! Amen sister!!!! ;-)

1st Man said...

Bacon wrapped new potatoes? WHAT?? We. Must. Try. ;-)

1st Man said...

Hope you will like it. Isn't asparagus wonderful? I know some people don't like it but we love it in all forms. Big hugs to you!!!

1st Man said...

Sigh, brisket....we LOVE brisket....Hope it was good!

1st Man said...

LOL! I'm not sure if the compound butter is necessary, but it's the way we've always done it, maybe we should try the other way too! It would certainly be "slightly" healthier, ha. Enjoy!

1st Man said...

Thanks, they are yummy for sure!

1st Man said...

Dang, I never thought about that, thank you!

1st Man said...

If we ever have any left, you'll be first on the list, ha!!! Love and hugs to you both!!

1st Man said...

Hey, anyone can have me at the word bacon too, ha. Yep, we are judiciously using it. :-)

1st Man said...

Hope you enjoy! Have a great weekend!