Tuesday, January 15, 2013

turkey bacon asparagus bundles with balsamic syrup

Here's a little spin on a classic side dish that we just loved. The true star here is the balsamic syrup drizzled on top... I'm a bit obsessed with it. I've made it to drizzle over ciabatta, on steaks, even on strawberries for dessert, but this... this combo was a winner.

Turkey Bacon Asparagus Bundles with Balsamic Syrup
serves 4

for the bundles, you'll need:
1 bunch asparagus, about 20-25 spears, stems removed
4 slices turkey bacon
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper

for the balsamic syrup, you'll need:
1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with cooking spray.

Bunch together 5-7 asparagus spears and wrap one piece of turkey bacon around each one. Place on wire rack, seam side down. Repeat with remaining asparagus and turkey bacon. Brush olive oil on each bundle (or simply drizzle on top). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until bacon is cooked and crispy.

While the bundles are roasting, heat balsamic syrup and sugar or medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until syrup is thickened and reduced.

Drizzle balsamic syrup onto bundles and serve warm. Enjoy, dears!


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