"Nothing with bacon wrapped around it can ever be bad and this is a case in point. The snap of the asparagus paired with the sweet of the miso all combined in a little bacon wrapper and roasted in the oven is simple and delicious."
24 asparagus spears, bottom 2 inches trimmed
12 smoked bacon slices, halved crosswise
Bamboo toothpicks, soaked in water
1/4 cup shiro miso (white miso paste)
1/2 cup mirin (sweetened rice wine)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Peel the asparagus stalks and halve each spear crosswise. Place an asparagus tip and stalk across each bacon strip, then roll them up and secure with a bamboo toothpick, pushing the toothpick through both pieces of asparagus.
In a small mixing bowl, combine the miso, mirin, sugar, and lemon.
Arrange the asparagus bundles on a rimmed baking sheet...
Brush with the miso glaze, and bake until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and bake until the bacon is cooked and slightly crispy around the edges, about 5 minutes longer.
These are fabulous little bites. They made the perfect Spring appetizer for a family brunch today and we couldn't stop eating them! Crisp asparagus, smoked bacon and a touch of sweetness... you can't go wrong with this one.