Friday, April 1, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Grilled Asparagus

I realize this probably isn't the best picture to post first!  In your mind you're going, "Gross!  What is that?"  If you need to spoil the ending -- then scroll down and see what we're going to end up with!  But if you do that, just know you're going to have to come back to this picture so that you can read the rest . . . it's kind of like a good book!

Line a baking pan with foil and place your bacon on the pan.  Place
pan in a pre-heated 400 degree oven.  You only want to partially cook
the bacon -- so probably about 7 to 10 minutes.  Each oven is different,
but you're basically wanting a floppy, half-done piece of bacon.  If you're a bacon
connoisseur, then you know there is a difference in bacon!  For this recipe,
I prefer to use a thicker slice of bacon.  If you prefer the same, you'll
need to purchase a "thick cut" brand, such as Wright's.  However, if you
prefer thin bacon, than most any brand at the store will be sufficient.

Taking your cleaned asparagus, trim off the ends.  The easiest way to remove
the tough ends is to bend the asparagus stalk and where it naturally snaps,
 discard the end.  Divide the asparagus into bundles; 4-6 spears per person
seems to be adequate.  Rub each bundle with a bit of olive oil.  Wrap a piece
of bacon around each bundle, tightly.  Secure the beginning and end of each
piece of bacon with a toothpick.

Place your wrapped asparagus on the hot grill and let cook, turning occasionally.
If you'll cook the bundles until the bacon is done the asparagus should be
just perfect!  You should have bacon that is crisp and asparagus that is tender
and roasted!  This is a perfect combination!

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