Bacon wrapped asparagus is a great way to compliment any dinner. For those who don't care for plain cooked asparagus, you have to try this recipe as it totally flavors up the entire side.
Grilling asparagus is my preferred method of cooking it, but it can be cooked in the oven using this same recipe. There's just something about the flavor added to it on the grill that makes it stand out above the rest.
If you are tired of the same old vegetables at dinner, asparagus is the perfect alternative. I was digging through my refrigerator while looking for things to cook the other day and found a bushel of asparagus in the crisper drawer. Already cooking steak on the grill, I thought it would be a great side for my steak dinner.
As I thought about how to prepare it, I remembered bacon in the fridge as well. Bacon is good on anything, so I added it to my ingredients, then cooked it the way I always do, just to give the meal a little bit of a kick.
Well, it turned out great. The awesome blend of flavors was a big hit and everyone at the table ate their vegetables. Getting everyone to eat their veggies is sometimes a difficult task, but not with the addition of the bacon wrapped asparagus.
One (1) Bushel of Asparagus
Four (4) Slices of Bacon
One (1) Teaspoon Salt
One (1) Teaspoon Minced Garlic
One Quarter (1/4) Stick of Butter (Cut Lengthwise)
Roll of Tin Foil
Thoroughly rinse asparagus in cold water and shake water out. Do not dry (you want some water on the stalks). Set the bushel on a cutting board making the tips even with one another. Cut the bottoms off of the stalks (about an inch and a half).
Tear a two to three foot piece of foil from the foil roll. Place the damp bushel of asparagus about four inches from one end of the foil.
Spread the asparagus out on the foil. Sprinkle the salt and spread the
garlic across the center of the spread. Place the quarter stick of
butter, cut lengthwise, at the center of the asparagus. Pack the
asparagus back together.
Lay out three to four pieces of bacon over the top of the asparagus at even intervals. Slowly and carefully roll the asparagus until the slices of bacon are wrapped around them. Place the wrapped asparagus back at the four inch point of the foil and roll the foil around the asparagus, sealing the ends to completely seal the vegetable. The wrap is now ready to place on the grill.
Preheat the grill on high until the temperature reaches 500 or more degrees to burn off any germs and bacteria. Scrape excess debris from the grill grates and place the foil with the bacon wrapped asparagus above the flame. Turn down the heat to medium low or about 400 degrees.
Cook the asparagus for eight (8) minutes and roll the foil wrap half
(1/2) a turn. In six (6) minutes, roll the wrap a quarter turn (1/4). In
four (4) minutes, roll the wrap a half (1/2) turn. In three (3)
minutes, roll the wrap a quarter (1/4) turn. In three (3) minutes, roll
the wrap a half (1/2) turn. At this point, you should start smelling
bacon and the asparagus. In three (3) more minutes, remove the bacon
wrapped asparagus from the grill and serve.
CAUTION: The foil and contents of the wrap is very hot. Use oven mitts to lift the wrap off of the grill grates.
If you like crispier asparagus, remove the wrap six (6) minutes earlier. If you like it softer, leave it on for three (3) more minutes.
This recipe serves about four people.
If you like this Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe, try other vegetable recipes for dinner.
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