Deliciously Simple: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Bleu Cheese and Balsamic Glaze
Hey there! Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite recipes - Savory Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with creamy Bleu Cheese and tangy Balsamic Glaze. This dish is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for any party or get-together. It can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish for any springtime meal. It's the perfect combination of flavors.
Let's start with the ingredients:
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
1/2 lb. bacon
4 oz. bleu cheese, crumbled
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
How to Make It
Preheat your oven to 400°F.
Take your asparagus and trim the ends. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It's okay to get heavy-handed with the pepper - it tastes amazing with the bacon!
Next, divide your asparagus into 4-5 spears bunches and wrap each with a strip of bacon.
Place the bacon-wrapped asparagus on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the asparagus is tender.
Sprinkle on bleu cheese and let it melt slightly, then drizzle each bundle with balsamic glaze before serving.
And voila! Your asparagus is ready to be devoured! This dish is perfect for those who love to entertain. It's easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time. The combination of bacon, asparagus, bleu cheese, and balsamic glaze is a flavor explosion.
Here are a few tips to take this dish to the next level:
Add some crushed red pepper flakes to the glaze for a little kick.
Try using goat cheese instead of bleu cheese for a different flavor.
Wrap the asparagus with prosciutto instead of bacon for a fancier look.
Add some chopped walnuts or pecans on top for some extra crunch.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as I do. It's a surefire way to impress your guests and leave them asking for more. So go ahead and try it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below! Happy cooking!