Asparagus Bundles with Bacon

Asparagus Bundles with Bacon
Staff Writer
Asparagus

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Asparagus

Marinating asparagus and wrapping them in bundles with thick, juicy bacon turns the spears into a little entrée or a hefty side dish. Saving the marinade for drizzling over the cooked bundles adds one last punch of flavor. The bundles can also be roasted in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 2  Pounds  medium asparagus (2 bunches)
  • 1/3  Cup  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • slices thick-cut bacon

Directions

Preheat the grill to medium heat, about 350 degrees.

Remove the tough ends of the asparagus.

Combine the balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme, and pepper in a large shallow dish. Add the asparagus and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Reserve the marinade.

Bundle about 8 or 9 spears together and wrap in bacon. The bacon will hold the spears together without any toothpicks or skewers. Continue with the remaining asparagus and bacon. You should have 8 bundles.

Grill the bundles for 8 minutes, turning 3 times, or until the bacon is done and the asparagus is tender. Transfer the bundles to a serving platter and drizzle with the reserved marinade.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
25g
28%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
94g
72%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
597µg
85%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
46mg
5%
Choline, total
26mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
405µg
100%
Iron, Fe
33mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
87mg
27%
Niacin
10mg
71%
Phosphorus, P
265mg
38%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
304mg
20%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
3µg
20%
Water
10g
0%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

Asparagus Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Asparagus Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.