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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon-wrapped-asparagus-bundles
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 167kcal
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 and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional dipping sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tablespoon Italian dressing
  • ¼ teaspoon 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.

Notes

How to Cook Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles in an Air Fryer: Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may need to cook in batches.
  • Spray basket with cooking spray.
  • Place assembled asparagus bundles into the air fryer leaving space between for air to circulate.
  • Cook at 390°F for 6 minutes, then stop and turn. Continue to cook for another 6 minutes or just until the bacon is crispy and asparagus is tender. Time may vary depending on the thickness of the asparagus.
  • To reheat Asparagus Bundles in an air fryer: Spray the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray. Place asparagus bundles into the basket leaving space between for air to circulate. Cook for 2-3 minutes at 365°F. Adjust the time depending on how your appliance performs. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 536IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg