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Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Wrapping strips of bacon around fresh asparagus seasons and bastes the spears during cooking. The resulting bundles make an attention-getting appetizer or side dish.

  • yield: Makes 10 bundles and about 1/2 cup sauce

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Ingredients

  • 30 medium asparagus stalks, trimmed
  • 10 slices peppered bacon
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha (Asian chili sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

Cook's Note

To keep the bacon from unraveling during cooking, wrap a slice snugly around the middle of the asparagus bunch. Insert a wooden toothpick through the bacon and stalks to secure.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Separate asparagus into bundles of 3 stalks each. Carefully wrap a piece of bacon around each bundle, starting about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the tip; secure with a toothpick. Transfer bundles to a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Roast, flipping halfway through, until asparagus begin to wilt and bacon is brown, 20 to 22 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, chili sauce, lime juice, cilantro, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl; season with pepper. Sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.

  3. Step 3

    Transfer bundles to a platter; remove toothpicks. Serve with dipping sauce.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2007

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Reviews (3)

  • 14 Apr, 2009

    I've tried bacon wrapped scallops, bacon wrapped marinated mushrooms, bacon wrapped pineapple and I can't wait to try this!!

  • 1 Mar, 2008

    REALLY GOOD! TRY THE BACON-WRAPPED DATES ALSO. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID...

  • 19 Feb, 2008

    Delicious!