I really enjoy roasted vegetables of any variety. I am one of those people who likes most of their veggies slightly overcooked. I KNOW. Don't tell the culinary police, they'd shake their heads at my mushy broccoli.
This recipe is incredibly easy, and so delicious, it is the best way to enjoy asparagus. I assure you. Bacon makes all things GREAT.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Balsamic Glaze
1 lb of fresh asparagus
1/2 lb of bacon
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbs honey or maple syrup
Remove woody part of the stems by gently bending the spear. The part that snaps off can be discarded.
Wrap bunches of 4-6 asparagus spears in once slice of bacon. Arrange bundles in a baking dish.
Bake at 400 for about 15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.
To prepare glaze, add vinegar and honey/syrup to a small sauce pan. Over low heat bring the mixture to a low boil, and allow it to cook down so it has reduced in volume. You should be left with about 2 tbs of a thick syrup.
Drizzle over bundles before serving and enjoy!