Sunday, February 9, 2014

Salmon with Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon-wrapped asparagus.  Don't your eyes just go right past the salmon to the bacon part of that title?  Mmmmm....bacon.....

This meal will make a nice Valentine's meal if you prefer to stay in instead of fighting the restaurant crowds that night.  We always do a home-cooked meal--it's my gift to Adam each Valentine's Day.  This combo is good for you (mostly) and is elegant but secretly simple to make.  Start by wrapping bacon strips to freshly-washed asparagus and set your burner to medium-high heat. 

Carefully move the wrapped stalks to the pan.  (I cooked four at a time.)  Cook and check for proper browning, then flip as needed until all sides are browned.

Meanwhile, in a 350 degree oven, get ready to bake your family-sized portion of fresh salmon.  As you unfold the fish that was deceptively folded in in the package tell yourself that it's okay to slice it in half and divide it among two baking pans.  Cover with lemon-pepper seasoning and slices of lemon.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until it's nice and flaky.

Plate it up and there you have it:  an elegant dinner for two (with enough fish to feed the 5,000....but I digress...). 


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