Let’s be real, Baconeers. As bona fide meat lovers, we’re not crazy about vegetables. It’s the cold, hard truth. However, wrap ‘em in bacon, roast, and caramelize ‘em and they become 100% more tolerable. And, in our eyes, asparagus just so happens to be one of the more bearable veggies in the first place. That’s why these Bacon-wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus bundles have quickly become our new favorite things. The asparagus is caramelized with brown sugar, brushed with garlic & sesame oil, and then wrapped in bacon. As if that doesn’t sound good enough, it is roasted until the stem tops are charred and the bacon surrounding it is nice and crispy. These little bundles of Asian-flavored joy have officially stolen a place in our meat-loving hearts. Enjoy them with an egg (and more bacon) for breakfast or as a side dish with dinner.
1 bunch of asparagus, about 20-25 spears, stems removed
4 slices thick-cut bacon
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together oils, brown sugar and garlic. Set aside.
Bunch together 5-6 asparagus spears and tightly wrap a piece of bacon around the bundle. Place on the wire rack seam-side down and repeat. Using a pastry brush, a spoon or even your hands (I did this…), brush the spears thoroughly with the oil/sugar mixture. Give each bundle a hefty sprinkle of sesame seeds. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Serve warm.