Recipe of the Moment - Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

The next fews days will be showcasing the appetizers from the wine tasting at my parent's house in Phoenix last weekend. I wanted there to be a lot of variety, yet with components that were easy to make and filling, so that there didn't need to be a ton of different appetizers to make.

My parents already had some great looking asparagus in their fridge, and so I immediately thought of doing a bacon-wrapped asparagus dish. To be fair, I merely conceptualized this dish and told my Mom what to do. All of the arranging of the food was done by her, so the final result is her handiwork. And they turned out wonderfully. Simple to make, one-pan prep and clean up, and a delicious outcome. Sounds like a staple to me!

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
(adapted from this recipe)

1 large bundle asparagus, ends trimmed (we had about 20 spears)
1 pkg turkey bacon (can use real bacon, if you prefer)
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and freshly-ground pepper over all the asparagus spears on a foil-lined baking pan
3. One by one, wrap a strip of turkey bacon around each spear, taking care to place them on the baking sheet so that both ends of the bacon are held underneath the spear while baking (alternatively, you can use soaked toothpicks to hold the bacon in place, but we found it wasn't necessary)
4. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until the bacon starts to look crispy but without drying out the asparagus



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