I think I could eat these every day. What a tasty combination of fresh local asparagus and its good friend, bacon. Further proof that simple is better (and easier!) Bonus: you can eat these with your hands.
- A bunch of fresh asparagus (This is usually about 1 1/2 pounds asparagus with the woody ends trimmed, if needed)
- Olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 slices bacon (pancetta or prosciutto are great too, but bacon is cheaper and usually already in the fridge)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Brush or spray asparagus spears in olive oil. Season the coated spears with black pepper. Take a quick count of the spears. Divide the total number by four. Gather that number of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Place bundles on slotted broiler pan in the center of your oven. Bake about 12-15 minutes.