Cheesy Smoked Chicken Bacon Asparagus Bundles

When trying to find new ways to incorporate veggies like asparagus into your diet or getting the kids to eat them, covering them in cheese or wrapping meat around them can be a great way to accomplish this. But what happened when you wrap multiple meats and cheeses around them. You crave more. The kids will even love these.

These aren't your grandma's asparagus bundles wrapped in bacon and baked these are asparagus wrapped in cheese, ham, chicken and bacon; then grilled and lightly smoked. Mouth watering, cheesy, yummy and something so crave-able you will look forward to spring asparagus season.

Here's what you will need to make these asparagus bundles:

  • 2 6-8oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 asparagus bundle (thinner stalks are best for this recipe)
  • 1/2 lb of bacon (12-16 slices)
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • 4 slices of havarti cheese
  • tooth picks or butcher twine

*This recipe makes 4 bundles.

Before making you will need to prep your grill:

  • If you are using charcoal start the coals and place them off to one side of your grill with a hand full of hardwood wood chips or wood chunks. My house woods are always hickory and pecan.
  • If using gas you will need a small pan for wood chips. Simply ignite your grill with the pan of chips off to one side with burners set lower.

Directions:

  1. Take the chicken breasts and slice in half and then pound them out as thin (about 1/4 inch) This will create 4 thin cutlets.
  2. Lay out 3 or 4 strips of bacon on a cutting board. Place a chicken cutlet on top, followed by a peice of ham, the slices of swiss and havarti cheese. Finally grab 1/4 of the asparagus, place that in a bunch on one end of the stack and roll up. Use tooth picks to hold everything in place or tie with butcher twine.
  3. Place the asparagus bundles bacon split side down on the hot side of the grill or directly over the coals. Turn it slowly every 2-3 mins to make sure the bacon doesnt burn.
  4. Once bacon begins to render, move bundles over to other side of the grill and cook indirectly to allow some of the wood fired flavor to soak in.
  5. Remove and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into them or the cheese will be too hot and just ooze out, but really is that a bad thing?

Whether it's smoking, roasting, baking, braising or grilling; with quality meats and some imagination, you can create some mouth water meals and memories with loved ones. As a barbecue addict myself I'm here to give you ideas to take your taste buds on a wild ride.

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