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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Servings 14 -16
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 2 lb asparagus cleaned, woody ends removed
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan-Romano cheese
  • olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
  • garlic salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional dipping sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Tbsp Italian dressing
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spritz a roasting pan with cooking spray. Set up all of your ingredients before you begin to wrap the bundles.
  • Brush the asparagus spears lightly with olive oil or spritz with cooking spray. Season with garlic salt [lightly] and black pepper. [Go light with the salt. The Parmesan-Romano cheese will add extra saltiness to the bundles]
  • Bundle the asparagus in three's. Use one slice of bacon per bundle.
  • Start wrapping the bacon around the stems tightly beginning at the bottom. If you choose to use baby asparagus, a half slice of bacon should be enough.
  • Roll in the grated Parmesan-Romano cheese and lay seam side down on the baking pan. Make sure the bundles aren't touching.
  • Repeat until all of the asparagus and bacon slices have been used.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 23-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the asparagus. Turn halfway through cooking.
  • Increase the oven temperature to broil and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes to fully crisp the bacon.
  • Sprinkle with additional Parmesan-Romano cheese to garnish.
  • Serve warm with the dipping sauce if desired.