French Fridays with Dorie: Asparagus and bits of bacon

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe – asparagus with bacon bits – was a winner for me.  I spent last weekend in New York City at the International Association of Culinary Professionals conference and returned home late Sunday night for what seemed like 2 seconds’ sleep before heading off to work on Monday where I spent the day with teachers from Ohio and Australia observing me, followed by the first session of this term’s cooking club with Massimo Bruno. Needless to say by the time I got home on Monday, I was completely exhausted and was contemplating cereal for dinner. Fortunately, this recipe came to the rescue.

It’s nothing fancy – asparagus lightly steamed then coated in bacon with some onions and walnut oil and lemon zest.  But pretty brilliant as a meal instead of cereal when you are too tired to really cook.

I actually enjoyed this right out of the pan the night I cooked it, then the next day, leftovers for lunch (it was still wonderful – luckily I had not over cooked the asparagus so it reheated nicely and still retained a certain “snap factor”).

I’m not going to wax poetic about how amazing this was. You will just need to make it yourself. Suffice to say I could eat this every night for dinner. Plus, it’s a great way to get Mr Neil your kids to eat some veggies 😉

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39 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Asparagus and bits of bacon

  1. Jill Colonna April 6, 2012 at 07:44 #

    Mardi, this certainly beats a bowl of cereal. Shattered but bringing on the asparagus and bacon? C’est la classe – perhaps not from the pan, but you’re a classy dude.

  2. Cher April 6, 2012 at 07:56 #

    Glad you were able to get Mr. Neil to eat his veggies 🙂
    This looks lovely – and you are right, it was amazing.

  3. Alice April 6, 2012 at 08:30 #

    LOL! 🙂 I was saying I could make this for lunch pretty often, but its a simple and fun side dish for a dinner party too!

  4. Paula April 6, 2012 at 08:35 #

    I love asparagus, never thought to cook it with bacon which is surprising actually. I’d have bacon with everything if I could 😉

  5. Rose April 6, 2012 at 09:09 #

    Sounds like quite a week. I was also grateful for an easy (and delicious) one this week. Yours looks lovely just sitting in the pan.

  6. Peggy April 6, 2012 at 09:59 #

    Great photos, love that i can see the zest.

  7. Kiri W. April 6, 2012 at 12:16 #

    Mmm, looks beautiful! I am a huge asparagus fan, I am sure I could stomach some bacon with it 😉

  8. Jessica of My Baking Heart April 6, 2012 at 12:23 #

    Beautiful… so bright! Glad you enjoyed this one so much. Happy Easter!

  9. claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 6, 2012 at 12:56 #

    Bacon makes this world a better place to be. LOVE this. So simply yet so flavorful!

  10. Heather April 6, 2012 at 13:22 #

    Exactly – my kiddos gobbled it up, and they NEVER eat asparagus! Happy Easter
    again – AMAZING photos!!

  11. Maggie April 6, 2012 at 14:37 #

    Great pictures! Wish I would have thought to put zest in mine. Looks beautiful!

  12. Liz April 6, 2012 at 19:34 #

    LOL…I tried the bacon with Brussels sprouts with Bill, but I couldn’t win him over. Perfectly cooked, Mardi… Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  13. Gracie April 6, 2012 at 20:39 #

    I was happy to find this recipe too. My new go to for a side or a light meal.

  14. Tricia S. April 6, 2012 at 20:52 #

    That is some schedule you have- I got tired just thinking about your week 🙂 Seriously, this was such a perfect Dorie dish for a busy week. Kudos to you for bypassing the cereal. Nice to hear about all your exciting adventures and glad you were able to enjoy Dorie’s simple keeper of a recipe too. Nana and I both enjoyed it and my 15 year old declared it to be favorite Dorie dish yet. Yay !

  15. Words Of Deliciousness April 6, 2012 at 22:38 #

    Sounds like you are a very busy person. I love this asparagus. Bacon always adds so much flavor to anything you cook.

  16. Tya @ Note Etc. April 7, 2012 at 01:17 #

    that asparagus looks amazing love the color, and I think this meal much better than a bowl of cereal 🙂


  17. sanya April 7, 2012 at 08:07 #

    Stunning looking photos!
    It really is the perfect dish to cook when you’ve had a long tiring week!

  18. Dessert By Candy April 7, 2012 at 08:53 #

    Love the vibrant green colour of your photos. This dish sure beats cereal for dinner by a long shot! What a busy week you had but so productive. Hopefully you’ll have a more relaxing time the next few days to catch your breath. 😉

  19. Betsy April 7, 2012 at 17:56 #

    How decadent to eat this right out of the pan! Much better than cereal, I hope.

  20. penny aka jeroxie April 7, 2012 at 21:24 #

    I need some of this. Been binge eating!

  21. jules @ bananamondaes April 8, 2012 at 03:11 #

    Great pictures…I’ve never tried it with bacon, only ever poached eggs. Delicious.

  22. Food is our religion April 8, 2012 at 22:06 #

    My mum makes that dish! Simple, easy and delish!

  23. Marsha @ The Harried Cook April 8, 2012 at 22:29 #

    That looks so delicious! Everything’s better with bacon, right?!

  24. Mr. Neil April 9, 2012 at 07:56 #

    Two of my favourite foods – dead pig and asparagus. A delightful combination…enhanced by a glass of Spanish rose.

  25. Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 10, 2012 at 23:40 #

    love asparagus! also because they signal “Spring!”

  26. Confessions of a Culinary Diva April 12, 2012 at 20:14 #

    Another tasty dish from you! I would have loved to have attended the IACP – maybe next year!

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