medium asparagus, cleaned, tough ends trimmed
tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
pepper to taste
3 ½ to 4
ounces soft fresh goat cheese, crumbled
teaspoons fresh lemon juice
teaspoon grated lemon rind
In a large,
heavy skillet, cook the bacon until its brown and crisp.
Transfer it to paper towels and drain. Crumble the bacon and
set it aside.
rack in center or the oven and heat to 500 degrees
asparagus on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2
tablespoons olive oil and turn the asparagus to coat well.
Sprinkle it with the goat cheese, then the bacon. Drizzle with
lemon juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Sprinkle with grated lemon rind.
This is an ideal side dish for a brunch menu; it can be
prepared 1 hour in advance. Just cover the dish with plastic
wrap and let it stand at room temperature.
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