Friday, April 6, 2012

asparagus with bits of bacon - French Fridays with Dorie

I missed you all last Friday (and the crab and grapefruit salad) - but I was here:  this is the view from our room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  It was a great 5 days on the beach, a sister trip!  I met my sister from Chicago there.  But, I am back and ready for asparagus with bits of bacon!

And how beautiful is this dish?  I will make this again, and again, and again....

So, what was I thinking when the only organic asparagus was "thin" not "thick" like Dorie specified?  My Y peeler was the rescue, the Chefn peeler I rarely use because it's so clunky.  But it was the only way to peel very thin asparagus.  Hooray for junk drawers!

At least I had "thick" bacon.

And my pink Himalayan salt looked so pretty in the pan of water I had to capture a photo.

Finding a big enough saucepan to "boil" the asparagus in, that was a treat.  Third pan out of the pantry  (dig, dig, dig) worked well.  

And, I got to use the Oxo herb spinner to dry the onions.  I must admit I've never "washed" chopped onions before, let alone dried them.  The herb spinner worked pretty well.

Onions and bits of bacon waiting to go back into the bacon grease; lemon juice and olive oil waiting to dress up the asparagus.  I didn't have any walnut or macadamia nut oil.  The olive oil worked well.

Guess which grandkid ate the most asparagus with bits of bacon?  It was Sadie, the youngest one (20 months).  After plowing through the asparagus, Sadie decided to try on some of her cousin Shelby's hand-me-downs that showed up at the house this week.  Happy Easter and Passover to all!

Another great recipe from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.  To see what others did with the recipe this week, you can visit French Fridays with Dorie.


  1. I guess if you had to miss a crab & grapefruit salad, sitting on an island beach is a pretty good reason :-) Hope you had a lovely time.
    Your dish looks good & your grandaughter is adorable.

  2. What a great excuse! I love sister trips. My sisters and I usually go away somewhere every year. We used to go with my mom before she passed. Your asparagus looks delicious. I like thin better than thick anyway. Nice job!