Tender young asparagus stalks and bright red sweet peppers are wrapped in hickory smoked bacon, drizzled in olive oil and baked until crisp and juicy!more
Adapted from ahensnest.com
lb fresh young asparagus stalks
large red sweet pepper
lb hickory smoked bacon
Tbs extra virgin olive oil
fresh ground sea salt & pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Rinse asparagus and trim bottom ½” from stalks. Cut red pepper into 8 slices, lengthwise. Separate asparagus spears into bundles of two to three, place one pepper slice onto each. Starting from bottom, wrap a piece of bacon tightly around spears and pepper, ending about halfway, add another slice and continue wrapping, leaving tip of spears visible. Repeat with remaining bundles. Place on parchment lined sheet, so they are not touching. Drizzle olive oil over bundles and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste. Bake in preheated oven about 15 minutes, then turn on broiler and broil for 5, or until bacon is as crisp as you like. Serve warm.