bacon-wrapped asparagus

Servings: Four

Asparagus (enough spears to form four bundles of 6-8 per bundle)
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
8 strips of bacon (if you are wrapping all four bundles — otherwise, just two strips each for the meaty ones)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Wash asparagus and trim to about 6 inches in length. Lightly coat spears with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper.

3. Group spears into four equal bundles. Use two strips of bacon to hold each bundle together. Place the side of the bundle with the free end of bacon facing pan-side down. If you are leaving some plain, like mine were, spread them out in a single layer.

4. Roast in oven for 20-25 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure spear tips don't burn. When bacon looks crispy, they are done! Note: If you are doing veggie-only ones, they will take less time and may need to be removed early. Return the rest to the oven and finish cooking.

5. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then enjoy.