Smoky Bacon Asparagus
1 1/2 pounds fresh medium asparagus
4 slices bacon
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces smoked provolone cheese, 1/8 - inch thick slices
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Trim woody bottoms from asparagus and discard. Wash asparagus, then cut into thirds on the bias.
Toss with 1/2 tablespoon oil to coat lightly.
Place asparagus on a shallow baking sheet in one layer. lay bacon across the top.
Roast in oven for 10 minutes, shaking the sheet once or twice to prevent sticking.
Remove from oven and place asparagus in a bowl.
While asparagus is in the oven, cut cheese into small cubes.
Add to asparagus.
Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Toss gently.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss again.
Serve while warm.