Asparagus Bundles with Bacon

Staff Writer
Asparagus Bundles with Bacon
Asparagus
Istockphoto/ThinkStock

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.

8
Servings
138
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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
  • 8 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.
 

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
17%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Cholesterol
18mg
6%
Protein
5g
10%
Carbs
4g
1%
Vitamin A
25µg
3%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
2.3%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
6.3%
Vitamin C
3mg
5%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.8mg
3.8%
Vitamin K
25µg
31%
Calcium
19mg
2%
Fiber
1g
5%
Folate (food)
30µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
30µg
7%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
13mg
3%
Monounsaturated
5g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
72mg
10%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
183mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6%
Sodium
189mg
8%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
10.6%
Zinc
0.6mg
4.3%