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Oven Roasted Bacon Dripped Asparagus

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This bacon-dripped-coated asparagus will ROCK your world! It’s all kinds of good! The kosher salt gives it a nice crunch and mellow flavor, while the oven roasting method nearly guarantees the perfect tender-crisp bite you’ve always wanted out of your asparagus .

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Garden Fresh Asparagus, About 50 Stalks
  • ½ cups Bacon Drippings (You Can Substitute Olive Oil, But There Is No Comparison In Flavor)
  • Generous Amount Of Kosher Salt, Or To Taste
  • Cracked Pepper To Taste

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425ºF.

After you wash the asparagus, lay out on a tea towel and thoroughly pat dry. This is important so you don’t steam your asparagus. We’re going for roasted here.

Get out a cutting board and knife, you’ll need to remove the hard end of the stalk. Do test cuts in tiny increments, starting at the bottom of the asparagus. You’ll know where to cut by when knife easily slides through.

Line up your asparagus on a couple of baking sheets, or your Pampered Chef bar pans work excellent! Drizzle with bacon drippings and generously sprinkle with kosher salt and cracked pepper. (Kosher salt will make all the difference in something like this, you want the large-grained crunch and the mellow flavor this salt brings.)

Roast asparagus for about 10 minutes, then test, so that you don’t overcook it! You want to maintain a bit of crisp still, but with tender insides.

Enjoy!

This will make an asparagus fan out of anyone. My kids ate every last one, then promptly asked for more of “that green stuff.” Is that the hallelujah chorus I hear?

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whoistracy on 5.1.2011

Yum! This sounds delicious!

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thisoldbroad on 5.1.2011

Everything is better w/bacon grease. I also use this same method on brussel sprouts – either roasted or sliced & saute. Don’t strain the grease & use a little less if you like.

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darlin on 4.30.2011

Tip on how to find where the asparagus is tender:
hold the bottom end of the stalk and then put your other hand in the middle and gently bend until the stalk snaps in 2. This is the easiest way to get tender asparagus everytime.
I grew up with an asparagus patch in my back yard…it was a staple in spring and early summer. Trust me on this one!

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4littleFergusons on 4.29.2011

*Oops, store bacon GREASE, not store bacon

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4littleFergusons on 4.29.2011

I made Savory Spring Quesdillas for supper (check my recipe box) so I had fresh bacon drippings (aka grease) for this side dish. However, here is a step by step way to store bacon:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4523256_store-bacon-grease.html

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Kelly on 4.3.2018

Delicious!

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Jenelle Miller on 6.14.2014

pretty good!! and I am not usually an asparagus eater.

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kbnolan on 8.10.2011

Love this ! I strained my last batch of bacon grease and froze it. I take the jar out of the freezer about an hour before I want to use some, spoon out a heaping tablespoon and thaw it (covered with wax paper) in the micro then toss the asparagus in it. What I don’t use goes back in the freezer. Great flavor. Will try on green beans next ! Thanks for the idea !

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AZJ22 on 6.16.2011

Yum! Delicious!

I even convinced 2 huge non-fans of asparagus to eat this, and they ended up loving it! I did roast about twice as long to get it a little softer or they wouldn’t have even touched it… but it was still delicious.

Will use this one again and again!

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jessadg on 5.1.2011

This was so good, and very easy. The bacon drippings make the recipe!

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