Asparagus with Warm Bacon And Sherry Vinaigrette

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This side vegetable dish goes so well with a nice juicy steak.

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Ingredients

  • 4 thickly sliced strips smoked bacon
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves, with stems removed
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. asparagus, washed and tough ends removed
  • 1/4 medium red onion, cut into thin lengthwise slivers

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Directions

In a large skillet over medium heat cook the bacon until browned and crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain on a double thickness of paper towel. Cut into 1/4-inch crosswise pieces and set aside. To make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl whisk the vinaigrette ingredients, including a grinding of black pepper. Set aside. Drizzle the asparagus with 1 Tbs. of the vinaigrette and season with salt. Grill over Direct Medium heat until crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. Transfer the asparagus to a large deep platter. Drizzle with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with bacon pieces and slivered red onion. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serve warm.

Makes 4 servings.

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