Monday, July 26, 2010

Asparagus Bundles

I love Asparagus! Before you turn your nose up, have you ever even tried it? I think when most people her asparagus they automatically say no thanks, but haven't ever tried it! I don't know if it gets a bad wrap from tv shows or what, but try it before you knock it! Here are two different asparagus recipes to try.

First recipes. This came from Trisha Yearwood's Cookbook
You will need:

2 lbs. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
12 slices bacon
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 stick butter
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Divide the asparagus spears into 12 bundles. Carefully wrap 1 piece of bacon around each bundle, starting about 1/2 in from the bottom of the tips. Secure the bacon-wrapped spears with a toothpick. Lay the bundles i a low-sided casserole dish.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, garlic salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Pour the hot mixture over the asparagus bundles. Transfer the dish to the oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until the spears have begun to wilt and the bacon looks fully cooked. Remove toothpicks before serving.

*Note: If you just can't bring yourself to eat asparagus, you can use green beans for the top recipe!

Second Recipe.
You will need:
2 lbs. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
Olive Oil
Garlic Salt
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place asparagus in baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Add as much Parmesan cheese as desired. Place in oven and cook for about 15 minutes. Turn asparagus and add more Parmesan cheese. Cook for 10-15 more minutes.