serves 4 as a side or 2 as a meal
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, chopped into 1-inch sections
3 cups prepared millet pilaf
4 slices of bacon, sliced into lardons
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat up a skillet, cast iron is best for this, and add the lardons. Cook until crispy. Remove the crispy lardons to a serving bowl and pour off almost all of the bacon fat. Make sure the pan is hot and add the asparagus. Salt the asparagus lightly and grind on a generous amount of black pepper. Cook the asparagus over high heat tossing occasionally until it starts to brown and is hot and cooked through but still slightly crunchy. If you are using pre-frozen millet heat it up. Toss the heated millet, crispy bacon lardons and asparagus with the lemon juice and more black pepper. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice/salt/pepper to your own taste.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Maggie, Dog Hill Kitchen, June 5, 2010