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Bacon Onion Asparagus

 Bacon Onion Asparagus
This side dish gets its tang from vinegar and its crunch from toasted sesame seeds. This is a wonderful way to dress up that seasonal favorite.—Sheila Elliott, Bear, Delaware
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Directions

  • Place the asparagus in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Drizzle
  • with oil; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
  • Bake at 400° for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until
  • crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 teaspoons
  • drippings. Saute onion in drippings until tender. Remove from the
  • heat; stir in the vinegar, bacon and remaining salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the asparagus to a large shallow bowl; top with warm bacon
  • dressing and toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Yield:
  • 4 servings.