Ever made a whole meal out of just an appetizer? I bought 10 fat stalks of asparagus for 56 cents at the grocery store. They were really too fat to stir-fry or to put into a soup, but they were perfect for roasting. If you don't have fat asparagus spears, you can bundle two or three smaller ones together.
As many asparagus stalks as you'd like
An equal number of bacon slices
Salt, to taste
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, to taste
Optional: Truffle oil for drizzling.
Wash asparagus. Remove bottom portion and trim woody ends if necessary.
Wrap the bacon around the asparagus into a spiral like so.
Lay the asparagus on a wire rack over a pan so the bacon drippings can drain. Sprinkle a bit of salt. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour or until bacon is crispy.
Serve by grinding fresh black pepper on top. Drizzle balsamic vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice. I also drizzled a tiny bit of truffle oil.
1 year ago today, I started a series of dumpling posts with J&J (Jin Jian) Restaurant - San Gabriel.