Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots + Asparagus Roundup

This Asparagus Roundup plus Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots recipe, is perfect for springtime entertaining!

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for Easter Dinner

Entertaining for me is pretty much effortless, partly because I do it so often. I think with anything in life, the more you do something, the better you become at that task.

One thing I try to do is spend less time in the kitchen once the guests arrive. My favorite go-to side dish is asparagus. There are so many ways to cook it, (see my Asparagus Roundup below) but my stand-by effortless recipe is very simple.

You’ve got to try this Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for your Easter feast. Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and with the season in full swing now we’ve been having it almost every night for dinner.

Wash and dry the asparagus, and lay in a shallow baking pan.

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for Easter Dinner

Break the ends off with your hands, at a natural break point on the asparagus. Toss the ends. (Or, you can cut the ends. Here’s how The Pioneer Woman does it.)

Place the asparagus in a roasting pan; drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Take 6-8 pieces of wood-smoked, fully-cooked bacon and cut into small pieces.

Chop onions and shallots fine and sprinkle over the asparagus. Top with the bacon pieces.

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for Easter Dinner

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for Easter Dinner

Bake and serve!

The secret to delicious asparagus is to not overcook it. Al dente is the term!

Then when it comes out of the oven, you squeeze fresh lemon juice on top! It’s easy and fantastic and an excellent side dish for Easter dinner.

It’s on my menu this year!

What vegetable will you be serving on Easter?

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots for Easter Dinner

Asparagus with Bacon and Shallots

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 bunches (2 lb.) asparagus, ends broken off
3 oz. mixed onion and shallots, chopped
6-8 pieces of wood-smoked, fully-cooked bacon, cut in small pieces
2 Tbsp. dry white wine or dry vermouth
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3 Tbsp. olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450. In a large shallow baking pan, toss together the asparagus (ends broken off), wine, salt and pepper to taste, and add the olive oil until the asparagus is coated. Top with chopped onions, shallot, and bacon. Lightly mix with your hands.

Roast the asparagus until the spears are browned in spots and are just tender-crisp, about 10 minutes. Do not over cook.

Transfer the asparagus to a platter and drizzle with the lemon juice. Serve at once!

Looking for other recipes with asparagus? Try these …

Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles from SkinnyTaste

Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Bundles from SkinnyTaste

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quinoa Cake Eggs Benedict from Closet Cooking

Smoked Salmon Asparagus Quinoa Cake Eggs Benedict from Closet Cooking

Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs from Smitten Kitchen

Asparagus-Stuffed Eggs from Smitten Kitchen

Springtime Asparagus Tart Recipe from Add a Pinch

Springtime Asparagus Tart from Add a Pinch

Asparagus and Potato Salad from Oh She Glows

Asparagus and Potato Salad from Oh She Glows

Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus from How Sweet it is

Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus from How Sweet it is

Indian Lentil Saute with Kale and Asparagus from Bev Cooks

Indian Lentil Saute with Kale and Asparagus from Bev Cooks

Asparagus Goat Cheese Galette at Simple Bites

Asparagus Goat Cheese Galette at Simple Bites

Burrata and Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Salad from FoodieCrush

Burrata and Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Salad from FoodieCrush

Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta Quiche from Two Peas and Their Pod

Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta Quiche from Two Peas and Their Pod

Whole Wheat Asparagus Bacon Wraps from Reluctant Entertainer

Whole Wheat Asparagus Bacon Wraps from Reluctant Entertainer

Chicken and Asparagus Wraps with Dill Cream Cheese from Mountain Mama Cooks

Chicken and Asparagus Wraps with Dill Cream Cheese from Mountain Mama Cooks

Quinoa with Asparagus and a Fried Egg from Vintage Mixer

Quinoa with Asparagus and a Fried Egg from Vintage Mixer

Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts from Foodie Crush

and Scrambled Egg and Roasted Asparagus Toasts from Foodie Crush

10 comments

  1. What a delicious looking roundup! Asparagus is an amazing veggie!

  2. Looks so good!! So glad asparagus season is here!

  3. Nothing like fresh spring asparagus!
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Of any spring veggie, asparagus has to be my favorite. And I LOVE how simple your roasted version is, totally trying this one. The man will be in love with the bacon ;)

  5. Isn’t asparagus the best! With bacon, eggs, nothing, raw, or cooked. I love it so much I did a whole paper and presentation on it for one of my Culinary School classes! lol.

  6. I love asparagus! And with bacon and shallots?! Yes. This is happening!!!

  7. I love asparagus and of course anything with bacon will make my husband happy. Yum!

  8. I add bacon to brussels sprouts all the time but never thought to use them when I cook asparagus. This looks so good!

  9. These are a few of my favorite things!!

  10. I love asparagus any way I can get it. This looks wonderful!

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