If you love asparagus, then you will love this amazingly crispy and delicious bacon wrapped balsamic asparagus. This impressive side dish recipe takes minutes to prepare but looks so fancy!
Hi everyone! Amanda here from Old House to New Home, sharing my family’s new favorite side dish recipe, Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Asparagus.
An unforgettable vegetable side dish
I am always looking to spice up the vegetable side dish recipes to go alongside our dinners. We love veggies, but I sometimes get into a roasted broccoli rut and find myself making that more often than not. We love asparagus and I recently had some staring at me from the fridge and a half-pound of bacon that needed to be used. Inspiration struck and this Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Asparagus was born!
I have wrapped green bean bundles in bacon in the past, but the asparagus is even better. The ends get super crispy and just fall apart in your mouth. The bacon imparts tons of salty flavor and the balsamic drizzle balances it out with some sweetness. It looks fancy enough to serve alongside a steak dinner but no one will know how easy it really was!
If you’re making this to put on an appetizer tray or buffet, make a batch of bacon wrapped chicken bites to serve alongside them. They’ll both be a hit with bacon lovers!
Best type of bacon to use
I recommend using thick-cut bacon because it will cook and crisp up better. You can even use seasoned bacon, such as the hickory-smoked or black pepper. It will all add lots of flavor! You do want to serve these bundles with a knife and fork because you have to cut through the bacon!
Balsamic Drizzle or Glaze
You can find the balsamic drizzle in the condiment aisle. It is not the same as balsamic vinegar. You want the already cooked down version of the vinegar. It is much thicker and sweeter than the vinegar.
Some people call it balsamic glaze, it’s the same thing.
Of course, you can always make your own too. You just put 2 cups of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan with 1/2 cup brown sugar. Let it come to a gentle boil.
Then, reduce the heat to medium-low and stir occasionally while it thickens. This should take about 20 minutes.
How to Make Bacon wrapped balsamic asparagus
This recipe is so simple and requires minimum ingredients. Once you make these asparagus bundles you will crave them again and again!
What you need:
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Kitchen Tools Needed:
These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.
Bacon Wrapped Balsamic Asparagus
- Sheet Pan
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Separate asparagus into 12 bundles.
- Lay bundles on a sheet pan. Starting at the bottom of each bundle, wrap the bacon tightly, ending with the loose end on the bottom. Repeat for all bundles.
- Sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in the oven. Roast for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and drizzle balsamic drizzle on. Return to oven for 15 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and the bacon is crispy. Serve with more balsamic if desired.
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