Asparagus is one of those vegetables that I really can’t stand unless it’s cooked right. And by right I mean slathered in seasoning and butter. I’ve found that bacon wrapped asparagus is even better!
I mean… bacon makes everything tasty, right?
Like most fruits and vegetable, asparagus contains many vitamins and nutrients that are good for you. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits, improves digestion, is a great source of folic acid, and is chock full of B1, B2, and B6 vitamins. Asparagus is basically nature’s way of saying, “Eat me! I’m good for the body!”
So why does it taste so nasty? Is it like some sort of defense mechanism to try to prevent animals from eating it?
I’m kidding. I know lots of people that like it… I am just definitely not one of them.
Enter the garlic butter and bacon! Oh, you slathered butter and bacon on that plant? Why sure I’ll try some!
And it turns out that I do like asparagus! Again… with bacon, butter, and seasonings. I might even move on to trying an au gratin version, or maybe grilled with some lemon. Who knows? I might just go crazy and just dip a stalk in some ranch!
Whoa, Jessie. Let’s not go overboard.
I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I did! If you try this recipe, please let me know what you think below!
If you want to skip the video and instructions with the pictures, and just want the written recipe, click here.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- 2 lbs of asparagus
- 8 slices of bacon
- 8 tbsp of butter or garlic butter
Video Demonstration (written recipe with pictures below):
There is music in the video, so mute your volume (or turn it down) if you don’t want to hear it or would get in trouble for watching a video at work.
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. If desired, slice the ends off of the asparagus. Asparagus usually comes in bundles rubber-banded together. If you keep the rubber bands in place you can easily slice through the whole bundle at once.
3. Also, if desired, you can partially cook the bacon. I used the oven method. Please note: this is completely optional. You can wrap the asparagus with raw bacon and cook the bundles longer, but expect charred asparagus if you do.
For this recipe, I baked the bacon for 10 mins at 400°, then let it cool to touch. I did this solely for better looking asparagus pictures for the blog; normally I like a good char on my vegetables and would have just used raw bacon and cooked the bundles longer. If you don’t like char though, I recommend partially cooking your bacon first.
4. Separate the asparagus into four bundles.
5. Place a bundle of asparagus on two slices of bacon.
6. Place 1 – 2 tbsp of butter/garlic butter on top of the asparagus.
7. Wrap the bacon around the asparagus as tight as possible without tearing the bacon.
8. Place the bundles on a foil-lined baking sheet (I also used an oven-safe cooling rack, but this is optional).
9. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes (unless you used raw bacon, then bake for 25 – 30 minutes).
10. Enjoy with your favorite entree, or eat it as is!
I made 4 bundles out of this recipe, each bundle being 1 serving. However, we got so full from eating these with pork chops, that we ended up eating half a bundle with dinner, then eating the other half for lunch the next day. For my nutritional data I am using a calculation of 4 servings (I just wanted to point out that some of you may actually want to make 8 servings if this is too much asparagus for one sitting).
Using a calculation of 4 servings, this came to about 283 calories per bundle, 5 grams net carbs, 9 grams of protein, and 25 grams of fat.
I used the MyFitnessPal recipe creator to calculate nutritional information. Nutritional values may change based off the ingredient brands you use, and of course, the size/number of servings you make.
I hope everyone enjoys! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Please don’t mind the mess.
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus recipe minus the story:
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