Asparagus With Sherry and Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe

Wondering if there is any unique asparagus recipe to switch up the traditional grilling of this veggie? Worry not! We have proven and tested that you can turn asparagus into a unique dish to add to your meals. You can actually bake them in a casserole, wrap them in bacon or even turn them into a creamy soup! Asparagus is such a versatile vegetable that can be added as a side or made as a main course. Today, we’re providing you a mouthwatering asparagus side-dish.

This asparagus recipe is our stunning gourmet, restaurant-worthy spin! It is also included in our 20 Easy Culinary Recipes To Master. It comes with a bright vinaigrette packed with rich flavors. The mixture of sherry vinegar with minced garlic and sliced onions is what levels up the taste. We’ve seared those stalks to get a little bit of that charred look from grills to give it more bite. But what is so special about a vegetable with vinaigrette? We sprinkle it with delightfully crunchy bacon, of course! It’s what we call a guilty pleasure; just to add a more savory edge to the asparagus.

Now doesn’t that sound tempting? Finish it off by topping some sliced almonds or shredded slices of parmesan for added creaminess. This vegetable is versatile enough that you can never go wrong with your favored sauce or toppings to go with it.

Try this as the perfect side-dish to our Apple-Baked Pork Chops with Sherry recipe for dinner. Or, if this asparagus recipe has piqued your interest in other ways to cook asparagus, we have others you can check out. Next time, you can try our unique recipe for Asparagus with Melon and Prosciutto with Shaved Parmesan and Fresh Basil. Go and try out this recipe for your dinner for two tonight!

Asparagus With Sherry and Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe

How to Make Asparagus With Sherry and Bacon Vinaigrette

A savory side that matches perfectly with any meal! Asparagus smothered with a tangy vinaigrette, garlic, and sliced onions mix. Top with some bacon for added protein.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 3 strips Bacon
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 lb asparagus
  • ½ red onion, small, thinly sliced crosswise

Instructions

  1. Prepare a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Fry the bacon for 8 to 10 minutes until crisp. Turn occasionally and drain the bacon on paper towels.
  3. Reserve at least 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat and return the skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for about 10 seconds.
  5. Add the vinegar, salt, and pepper then remove the skillet from the heat. Pour half into a bowl.
  6. Remove and discard the tough bottom of each asparagus spear by grasping each end and bending it gently until it snaps at its natural point of tenderness. Usually, it is ⅔'s of the way down the spear.*
  7. Put the asparagus on a plate or platter then pour half of the vinaigrette over the asparagus. Turn the asparagus to coat them evenly.
  8. Sear the asparagus over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn occasionally until browned in spots but not charred. Arrange in a plate then set aside.
  9. Finely chop the drained bacon and set it aside.
  10. With the remaining vinaigrette, add the red onions and marinate briefly.
  11. Cook the onions for 4 to 5 minutes until caramelized then pour them over the asparagus.
  12. Sprinkle with bacon on top and garnish with parsley.

Recipe Notes

  • To prepare the asparagus, cut 1 inch off the bottom ends of your asparagus.  For thicker asparagus spears, use a peeler and peel off the outer layer from the bottom half.
  • No time to sear your asparagus? You can always prepare your oven at 350 degrees F and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Tip: Make sure to have a watchful eye on the asparagus.
  • *For thick spears, after snapping off the tough ends, use a vegetable peeler to peel off the outer skin from the bottom half of each remaining spear.

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 3g
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  • Calcium: 32mg
  • Calories: 32kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 254mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 171mg
  • Vitamin A: 858IU
  • Vitamin C: 8mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make this dish kid-friendly?

Substitute sherry vinegar with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will carry the same amount of acidity needed for this dish. It will also give you the same delicious, tangy flavor that you’re looking for.

Can I use other vegetables instead of asparagus?

Of course! Instead of asparagus, you could always replace it with any other seasonal vegetable that would be perfect for searing. Some vegetables that come to mind are broccoli, carrots or even, sugar snap peas. This would be a great way to expose kids to more vegetables!

How can I make this dish vegetarian?

Vegetarians or vegans can always replace the bacon with salted almonds or peanuts. If you have any peanut allergies, you can always switch nuts for any type of legumes.

What makes asparagus a healthy vegetable?

Like many vegetables, asparagus comes with nutrients, particularly being a great source of Vitamin A, C, and K. They’re also known for other benefits like improved digestion and helping to lower blood pressure. It’s an incredibly inexpensive vegetable, so it’s a deliciously healthy ingredient to add or make in any dish!

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Conclusion

This delightful asparagus recipe is so simple to make, it would be a crime not to try it out today! Enjoy it as a side dish for your main courses, as an appetizer, or just something to snack on. They’re luscious and great to serve to friends and family!
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