Baked asparagus is a amazing side dish, but you will love this spin on a classic dish. Add bacon and apricot preserves and you have a whole new side dish!
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with apricot preserves is a mouthwatering side dish that belongs next to anything grilled. This recipe can even get picky eaters to start eating asparagus!
This recipe was a modification on an original recipe for Sweet and Sour Asparagus. I added bacon! Cause who doesn’t love bacon? Salty and sweet are a great flavor combination for any side dish for any grilled item. Cook your asparagus on the grill or in the oven, take your pick!
Here are some tips on how to cook bacon wrapped asparagus! It is quite easy, after you have washed and patted the asparagus dry, wrap 3-4 pieces of asparagus with one slice of bacon.
Set the bundles seam down on a baking sheet and place in the over. You want to flip the asparagus over after 5 minutes, cook for 5 more minutes or the stalks are soft and bacon is cooked!
Some folks use one slice of bacon per asparagus spear, but I find the bacon to asparagus ratio to be off. I want to be able to taste the delicious asparagus!
Most bacon wrapped asparagus recipes just use salt and pepper, but I wanted a little more. Story of my life…
Craving sweet and salty is also the story of my life! Soy sauce with a sticky sweet element is just the tang it needs. While sometimes I use a sweet marmalade like apricot preserves, other times I don’t have that on hand, so I use agave nectar or honey.
While this seems like an Asian side dish, it is very verstile and can be made with any meal.
If you love this baked asparagus side dish, check out these other easy asparagus recipes:
- Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese and Asparagus
- Pickled Asparagus Salad
- Roasted Asparagus with Apricot Sauce
- 1 bunch asparagus , trimmed
- 8 strips bacon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
Wrap 3-4 asparagus spears with 1 slice of bacon, tuck in the ends and lay seam down on the baking sheet.
- Cook asparagus for 5 minutes, remove and turn over, cook for an additional 5 minutes or until stalks are soft and tips are crispy and bacon has cooked.
While asparagus cooks, whisk honey, soy sauce, garlic powder, fine sea salt and ground pepper in a small mixing bowl.
Remove from the oven and glaze with honey mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve.
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