This asparagus garlic sauté is an easy, fresh and tender side dish with bacon chopped up and sautéed together creating the perfect combination of deliciousness.
A sautéed dish that is a perfect combination that can enhance any meal.
It makes a great left-over or light lunch side.
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Sautéed Asparagus Garlic & Smoked Bacon
8 garlic gloves, remove paper, trim ends and make 3-4 horizontal slices to each clove
4 ounces chopped smoked bacon (about 5-6 strips, also depends in thickness of bacon)
1 pound asparagus, preferably thin spicks, ends trimmed
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds, for garnishing, optional
Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-low stirring occasionally, until golden-browned, but not crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Leave bacon fat in skillet.
Next add asparagus to skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until asparagus is crunchy tender, about 10 minutes.
As your cooking the asparagus you will want to watch it carefully so it cooks up tender but not overly soft.
Once the asparagus color turns to a deep green that is an indicator it is cooked through and you can remove from the heat.
Remove asparagus from skillet and set aside with bacon.
Add prepared garlic to skillet and sauté until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes.
Next, add bacon and asparagus back to skillet. Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce and stir well to combine. Optional to sprinkle black sesame seeds.
Plate and serve as a main dish with Toasted Sourdough Garlic Cheese Bread and a salad. Can also serve as a side dish.
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