Hey. Yeah you… ever think about eating side dishes for dinner? I do it all the time. It’s sort of like tapas; you get to try a bunch of little things that compose one delicious meal. And one of my favorite things to make in the “sides as stars” category is this.
It is NO surprise I love the savory-sweet combo. But add a little heat and you’ve hit a near perfect combination. These little asparagus are so easy to make, too.
1 bunch thin asparagus
1 pack cider wood bacon *
1/2 cup serrano chili honey (you could also add chili flakes to regular honey)
1/4 cup hot water
*See that little asterisks by the bacon? We all hear about apple wood smoked bacon, apple wood smoked sausage, etc. But have you ever tried other kinds of wood smoke for cured meats? Do it. It adds such a layer to the dishes you create by mixing up the subtle smokey flavor we all love. For this recipe, I go with the cider smoke.
Set your oven to 325 and grab a baking sheet. Lay out the asparagus and, depending on thickness, bunch 4 to 5 thin stalks together. Each bunch will be wrapped in bacon.
To make the glaze, simply place the 1/2 cup honey in a bowl, and add the hot water, until it is dissolved and you get this glaze. Grab a basting brush and you are ready to go.
Take a bunch of asparagus, and wrap in a circular motion with a piece of bacon. Place on the baking sheet, and then rub the glaze all over the concoction. Repeat, until you have a row of wrapped veggies.
Bake for 15 minutes at 325. Crank the heat to 375 and bake for 5 more. Take out of the oven and brush any remaining glaze over the asparagus while hot. Voila!