Bacon Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus Cigars

It’s spring and asparagus is in season.

When spring is upon us, I think about how lucky we are to live in a country that has 4 seasons…and, in the dead of winter, it always makes me happy to think that asparagus and rhubarb are just around the corner.

I was asked to join a group of food people last week on an asparagus tour (sponsored by Ontario Asparagus).  What a great day we had (if you follow me on Facebook – or even if you don’t – you can click on the Facebook icon on the top right corner of the blog and then scroll down until you get to an album I posted about the tour).  I learned that asparagus grow sooo fast (just under 1 foot each day!) and that it is one of the few vegetables that have never been genetically modified – so cool!

At the end of the tour, I was given 11 pounds of asparagus to cook with and I have been cooking up a storm…and I’m still not sick of it!

This dish was a nice way to spruce up a stalk of asparagus…crunchy, salty, smokey, flaky and soft.

It doesn’t get better than that!!

 

Ingredients:

1 bunch asparagus (about 30 stalks), with the tough ends cut off

8 sheets of phyllo, defrosted overnight in the fridge (remember, phyllo is not like puff pastry which cannot be re-frozen…phyllo can!)

few tbsp melted butter (or butter flavoured cooking spray)

8-10 rashers of bacon (see this trick for storing your leftover bacon)

1.  Preheat your oven to 400; unwrap your phyllo and take out one sheet (cover the rest with a damp paper towel to keep it moist while you work – it dries out quickly).

 

 

2.  Spray the sheet with cooking spray or brush it with some of the melted butter; fold in half.

3.  Cut each of the halves into 4  pieces.

4.  Lay the asparagus on each square with a bit of the tip exposed.

5.  Roll the phyllo tightly around the asparagus (keeping the seam at the bottom so it doesn’t unravel).

 

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6.  Cut each rasher in half (you don’t want to completely cover the phyllo) and wrap it around the asparagus; bake for about 5 minutes, turning once.

7.  Serve as a side for a salad or on a buffet table, standing up in a tall ceramic container.

So pretty, so yummy (even at room temperature) and not the least bit unhealthy – well at least it’s more healthy than a real cigar!

bacon wrapped phyllo asparagus cigars

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