Thursday, May 6, 2010

Asparagus Bundles

Fresh asparagus spears, wrapped in bacon and cooked in a spicy brown sugar butter sauce.
Fresh asparagus spears, wrapped in bacon and cooked in a spicy brown sugar butter sauce.

Asparagus Bundles

If you've been around my recipes awhile, you probably remember when I featured The Sweet Potato Queen's bacon snack called Pig Candy, and that is the first thing I thought of when I saw these Asparagus Bundles in Trisha Yearwood's newest cookbook. This has truly been one of my most favorite cookbooks y'all - I have loved every one of her recipes that I've made, and heard great things from other readers about other recipes they've made from it.

Asparagus is available in the U.S. year round these days so these can be made pretty much anytime of the year - though harvests are between February and June, with the peak being around April and May where they are at their best.

This pairing of brown sugared bacon with fresh asparagus did not disappoint either - the flavors are perfect together, it is just simply delicious, and I absolutely loved it. If you love good southern cooking, consider getting this cookbook - you won't be disappointed!

I adapted the original recipe by adding my favorite Cajun seasoning and some chili powder to the brown sugar mixture, and while I got busy and distracted and didn't baste the bundles, I highly suggest doing that for a richer and deeper color on your bacon. Yummy - enjoy!

Recipe: Asparagus Bundles

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min

Yield: About 6 servings

  • 2 pounds of fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 12 slices of bacon, slightly precooked
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), optional
  • 2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 10 turns of the pepper grinder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the asparagus by bending the bottom half of one asparagus spear until it pops apart at the natural break. Then line up the other spears and use a knife to cut them all at the same length. Spray an oblong, glass baking pan with non stick spray. If you use a metal pan instead, you'll probably want to line it with a couple of layers of aluminum foil for easier clean up!

Divide the asparagus into 12 equal bundles. Starting about a half inch from the bottom of each bundle, wrap the bundles with the bacon, securing with toothpicks, if needed, and place the bundles into the baking pan.

In a heavy skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, Cajun seasoning, chili powder, garlic salt, and pepper; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour sauce all over the asparagus bundles.

Roast at 400 degrees F, about 25 minutes, or just until asparagus begins to wilt, basting with the brown sugar sauce several times.

Variation: Replace the brown sugar sauce with a vinaigrette made with 3 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley,1 teaspoon grated or finely chopped onion. Whisk in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Prepare bundles and place into baking dish; pour sauce all over top and bake as above.


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©Deep South Dish
Adapted from Trisha Yearwood's Home Cooking
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  1. Bacon plus butter!! Well, of course it's good!

  2. Mmmm..yum!! These look divine:)
    I made your Texas Sheet Cake-it is sooo good! My kids and hubby LOVE it-of course I do too:)

  3. Anything wrapped in bacon is a winner to me! Cheers~

  4. Ya know, I tend to think I don't like asparagus, but wrap it in bacon, and I'll give it a whirl! Yum :)

  5. Oh my, I've got to try these babies...guess I'll have to get the cookbook too!

  6. I'm reading so much about this cookbook!
    you can't go wrong wrapping anything in bacon.

  7. What a mouthful morsel!! I love this classic bacon and asparagus dish!! I also made some with asian beef..

  8. Yum! We have several bunches of asparagus in our fridge--I'll definately be making this.

    Stopping by from SITS

  9. I got a similar recipe from a friends about 25 years ago when we lived in Texas, but it used whole green beans instead of asparagus. My kids loved it. The only spice involved was garlic powder, but otherwise, pretty much the same. Delish. I can't wait to try this with asparagus.

  10. I received a similar recipe from a friend in Texas about 25 years ago, but it called for whole green beans instead of asparagus and the only spice was garlic powder. Everything else was pretty much the same. My kids loved green beans fixed this way. Delish. Can't wait to try this with asparagus. I hope this doesn't post twice, but if it does, feel free to delete one of the postings. Thanks.

  11. I ordered your cookbook before it hit the stores & it is one of my favorite cookbooks - which is saying alot, if you could see my cookbooks!!!! I love to cook. I can't wait till you get out another great one. I was born & raised in Louisiana (still live here). I love "Good Ole Southern Foods".

  12. The asparagus is wonderful, but yes, green beans are also fantastic done like this as well. Here's one shared by a reader - enjoy!

    Linda’s Green Bean Bundles

    2 (15 oz) cans WHOLE green beans
    Bacon strips cut in half

    Vinaigrette Sauce:

    3 tablespoons butter
    2 tablespoons vinegar
    1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    1 teaspoon grated or finely chopped onion

    • Wrap 6 to 7 beans in half piece of bacon. Secure with toothpick.

    • Repeat with remaining string beans.

    • Put bean bundles on broiler pan and broil until bacon is done. (Flip to make sure bacon is cooked!!)

    • To prepare Vinaigrette Sauce, combine all ingredients

    • Bring to a boil

    • Put bean bundles on serving dish/bowl and pour hot vinaigrette sauce over beans

    • Serve hot!

    My sons and husband love it.....I actually make 9-12 cans for Thanksiving. These are incredible, presentation is impressive and you can bundle the beans the day before and store in tupperware!! YUMMO!!!!

  13. Granny Cat, you are SO sweet & I hope that you enjoy my site & visit regularly, but I don't have a cookbook yet so I'm sure you meant this for another southern blogger. I do hope that you'll enjoy mine too though one day!!

  14. Oh my Gosh was this ever good. I made this as a side for a recent Sunday dinner and it's become my favorite asparagus recipe.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoy it Mary - thanks for stopping back by to let me know!

  15. I grill mine, just 3 or 4 spears, a dollup of cream cheese and bacon wrapped around if all. And as i do with cream cheese stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos, i add a little crushed pineapple, cuz you know how i feel about pineapple.

  16. I don't too much like sweet bacon, can I eliminate the bacon and have this b just as good?

    1. Hi Jamie! Do you mean to just prepare the asparagus and toss with the sauce? Sure, but they are not longer bundles of course, which is what sets this recipe apart! If you want to do the bacon bundles, scroll up the comments a bit and I have included another more savory vinaigrette sauce you might like better than this brown sugar sauce. Hope that helps!


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