This is one of my favorites. Crispy bacon and Asparagus. It’s so tasty that it seems like a cheat. This is cooked in the oven so there is no typical bacon mess. And it is low carb, paleo, gluten-free, keto and whole 30.
If bacon is not your thing you can substitute prosciutto. Follow the recipes to get extra crispy bacon.
This is easy to do, look great, yummy and works as an appetizer or part of the main course.
How To Make The Perfect Bacon Wrapped Asparagus:
- Cut the bacon slices lengthwise, creating extra narrow strips, and wrap them in a pinstripe pattern around the asparagus. You want the edges of the bacon strip to overlap as little as possible. This will help create more air flow around it, which is what you want for extra crispiness.
- Instead of a regular baking sheet, use a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. (I like this one – it’s non-stick, so easy to clean.) It’s such an easy swap to make, and again it helps with that whole air flow thing. As a bonus, this lets some of the extra fat drip down from the bacon during baking. Not that there’s anything wrong with bacon fat, but doing this actually helps the bacon get more crispy, and making this yummy appetizer just a little lighter is just icing on the cake. You can always repurpose the bacon grease for something else if you like.
- Flip the asparagus halfway through baking. This will encourage more even cooking, so that all sides get evenly crispy and don’t burn.
- At the end, place the baking sheet under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get the bacon extra crisp. You’ll want to watch it closely, because it can go from golden to burned very quickly!
There you have it. The end result is crispy bacon and a beautiful presentation, thanks to the “pinstriped” pattern.
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