4 pounds fresh asparagus
16 pieces smoked bacon
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Trim off the woody ends of the asparagus and blanch for 45 to 60 seconds. Plunge immediately into an ice-water bath; when cooled, drain and set aside.
Cook the bacon in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly done but still soft, then blot it with paper towels. Make serving-size bundles of asparagus stalks and wrap each with 2 strips of bacon, securing with toothpicks. Place the bundles on a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, and reheat in the oven for about 5 minutes. P.S. Remember to take the toothpicks out before serving.