Jan 20, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

My beautiful mother-in-law inspired this delicious recipe, and then my chef of a husband added a fun twist to it. Though it sounds sophisticated (doesn't anything that has asparagus?), it's really quite easy to make and a true crowd-pleaser.  The following recipe makes 6 rolls (or 6 servings).

- 12 slices uncooked bacon
- Bundle of fresh asparagus (I always try to find the thinnest stalks, so our bundle had about 50 stalks in it)
- 1/2 an onion, finely chopped (approx. 2/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup Feta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line large baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine Feta cheese, onion, garlic, and black pepper.  Stir until mixed.
3. For each roll, lay out a few stalks of asparagus and spoon on cheese mixture, then add a few more asparagus stalks on top (each of our rolls had 6-9 stalks of asparagus total).  Wrap the roll with 2 slices of bacon to hold it together.
4. Repeat until you've used all your ingredients...should be about 6 asparagus rolls.
5. Set rolls on baking sheet and place in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through.
6. Let cool for a few minutes then serve.  Tastes great as a side to a steak!

This is what each roll looks like when you cut into it.  (I apologize for the unappetizing staging of this picture, but I figured you should see what the cross-section of the roll looks like...to help with prep.)

This recipe is a good way to get non-asparagus eaters to dive in...bacon and cheese always help veggies go down.  Hope you and your family enjoy!  -Kristen


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