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roasted asparagus with smoky bacon

natoora added a bunch of thick-stemmed green asparagus to the white which they sent me last week. i decided to use it to try out a few new ways of cooking asparagus. this was very simple – i wrapped the spears in smoky bacon (make sure you remove the rind, you can also use pancetta rashers) and placed in a lightly oiled dish. rub the exposed asparagus tips with a little more oil, season with black pepper (the bacon will provide all the salt you need) then roast at 220c for 12-15 minutes – you need to make sure the bacon has started to crisp so it may need a few minutes longer and you might want to turn it over.

i really enjoyed this – i wasn’t a big fan of roasted asparagus when i tried it last but the crispy bacon is a lovely contrast to the almost buttery soft asparagus spears. i think it worked particularly well as the asparagus spears were so fat - this made them wonderfully juicy.

Reader Comments (1)

I have never had the white asparagus but I love this idea Abby.
April 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbellini

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