Asparagus & Bits of Bacon 4_5_12
No stress at all about cooking this side dish. I decided to turn it into a main dish by adding our household favorite - pasta! I tweaked the recipe further by substituting pancetta (an Italian bacon) for the regular bacon. I refused to boil the asparagus when the microwave will do the job in a few minutes. I cut the asparagus spears into thirds to work along with the pappardelle (Italian wide noodle) noodles. I also zested a lemon to add to the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil (I couldn't bring myself to use walnut oil for this dish, maybe as the side dish). I added ground fresh black pepper to this lemon/olive oil mix. Putting it together was a cinch in the 12 inch fryer before serving in pasta dishes.
Mangia! Husband declared it excellent with all the foods and flavors he loves. Nephew said it was 'pretty kickin' ass good'. Son said the pancetta was too salty (I think he loves being arbitrary!). Absolutely delicious and I will be making this again soon as our Jersey asparagus will be out soon and will be around for a couple of months to come.
Happy Easter, Happy Passover to All!