Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze

This recipe for bacon wrapped asparagus roasted with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze is so easy, yet so elegant and delicious that no one will guess it took you less than 20 minutes to prep! When I first tried this recipe I was a little worried that my kids wouldn’t like the balsamic flavor, but they ate so much that we didn’t even have enough left for lunch the next day!

My personal preference is to use a simple homemade balsamic glaze (recipe found below), but you can also leave the bacon wrapped asparagus plain or use a store bought balsamic glaze (be sure to buy the thickened balsamic glaze, not balsamic vinegar if you want the premade glaze).

We enjoyed this balsamic bacon wrapped asparagus with pulled pork sandwiches, but you may also enjoy them as a side to Family Favorite Slow Cooker Meatloaf and Amish Style Mashed Potatoes, or try it with Barbequed Chicken and Roasted Ranch Potatoes.

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze

marilynpeight
This bacon wrapped asparagus is now my go-to recipe for using up fresh asparagus! A fresh and flavorful side dish the whole family will love.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Baking sheet (linked below)
  • Cutting board (linked below)
  • Chef's knife (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound asparagus washed and ends trimmed
  • 6-8 strips thinly sliced raw bacon
  • 1/4-1/3 cup balsamic glaze, divided *see below the recipe card for a homemade balsamic glaze recipe.
  • salt and pepper optional
  • olive oil for brushing onto the baking sheet.

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 425:

  • Separate the washed and trimmed asparagus spears into roughly 6-8 bundles of 3 or 4 each. Wrap each bundle with a strip of bacon, leaving the ends exposed. Place the bacon wrapped asparagus onto a baking sheet that has been lightly greased with olive oil.
  • Brush roughly 1/2 of the balsamic glaze onto the bacon wrapped asparagus bundles, ensuring the bundles are generously coated from top to bottom in glaze. Season each bundle with salt and pepper (optional).
  • Bake the bacon wrapped asparagus bundles in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked to your preference and the asparagus can easily be pierced through with a fork. Drizzle the remaining balsamic glaze over the cooked asparagus bundles, then allow to cool slightly and enjoy!

Notes

Adding a little salt and pepper helps to enhance the flavors of this tasty asparagus side dish. If you are watching your sodium, or are sensitive to saltiness, feel free to omit the additional salt and pepper. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Bacon wrapped asparagus, with balsamic glaze, homemade balsamic glaze, easy asparagus side dish
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Equipment needed for this Balsamic Bacon Wrapped Asparagus:

  • Baking sheet I like to use a regular cookie sheet with sides to roast this bacon wrapped asparagus. Be sure to grease the baking sheet a little before adding the asparagus bundles, especially if the cookie sheet does not have a non-stick coating.
  • Basting brush A basting brush is useful for brushing a little oil onto the baking sheet as well as brushing the balsamic glaze onto the bacon wrapped asparagus before roasting.
  • Cutting board A cutting board is useful for trimming the asparagus and for using as a platform while wrapping the asparagus in bacon.
  • Chef’s knife A chef’s knife makes quick work of trimming those tough ends off of the asparagus.

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Ingredients needed to make Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic glaze: Bacon, asparagus, balsamic glaze, salt and pepper (optional, not shown). Olive oil or cooking spray is needed to grease the cookie sheet before adding the wrapped asparagus bundles.

Our favorite homemade balsamic glaze:

For homemade balsamic glaze you will need 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small sauce pan, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and allow the balsamic glaze to simmer for 20 minutes or more until it has reduced and thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and thicken some more before serving. Note* I like to prep the balsamic glaze ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator for a quick glaze on veggies like roasted brussel sprouts or this bacon roasted asparagus. The balsamic glaze keeps well in the refrigerator for several weeks. If the balsamic glaze thickens too much in the refrigerator, it can be warmed up in the microwave at 10 second intervals until the glaze is the right consistency for drizzling and coating.

Step 1-2: Separate the washed and trimmed asparagus into roughly 6-8 bundles of 3 or 4 each. Wrap each bundle with a strip of bacon, leaving the ends exposed, then place the bacon wrapped asparagus onto a baking sheet that has been lightly greased with olive oil. Brush roughly 1/2 of the balsamic glaze onto the bacon wrapped asparagus bundles, ensuring the bundles are generously coated from top to bottom in glaze. Season each bundle with salt and pepper (optional).

Step 3: Bake the bacon wrapped asparagus bundles in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked to your preference and the asparagus can easily be pierced through with a fork. 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze
Step 3 continued: Drizzle the remaining balsamic glaze over the cooked asparagus bundles, then allow them to cool slightly and enjoy!

Can the balsamic glaze be left off of the bacon wrapped asparagus?

Yes, you can also leave the bacon wrapped asparagus plain without adding balsamic glaze, although I definitely recommend the balsamic glaze if you have access to it! Toss the asparagus with a little olive oil, salt and pepper before wrapping in bacon, then bake at 425 degrees (Fahrenheit) until the bacon is cooked to your preference and the asparagus is fork tender.

Storage:

Leftover asparagus bundles can be placed into an airtight container and refrigerated for 3-5 days before reheating them. You can freeze the cooked asparagus as well, but I personally don’t recommend it because the asparagus can become mushy when thawed and reheated.

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