Tired of the same old veggie routine? Bacon makes everything better! Kick your asparagus up a notch with some bacon, sweet brown sugar, and smoky paprika. Roasted bacon-wrapped asparagus pairs well with any dish and will be a great addition to your side dish rotation.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, sides
Keyword asparagus, bacon, bacon wrapped asparagus
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 35minutes
1bunchasparagusfresh, thicker stems preferred
4slicescenter cut bacon
Preheat the oven to 425F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spray the parchment paper with olive oil spray.
Trim the ends of the asparagus off (about 1-2") to remove the hard ends.
Wash the asparagus.
Spray the asparagus with olive oil spray, and season lightly with a sprinkle of kosher salt.
Create four equal sized bundles of asparagus; the number in each bundle will depend on the size of your asparagus.
Wrap each bundle with a slice of bacon.
Place each bundle on the sheet pan.
Combine the brown sugar, paprika, and olive oil in a small bowl.
Spread an equal amount of the mixture on top of each piece of wrapped bacon.
Roast for 35 minutes or until the asparagus is roasted and crispy (not burnt), and the bacon is cooked. If the bacon isn't cooked, pop the broiler on for a minute or two.
If you feel like your asparagus is burning before the bacon is cooking, you can remove them from the oven and finish cooking them in a frying pan for the bacon to get crispy. I don't think you'll need to do this, but just in case.