Mario Batali's Asparagus Wrapped in Pancetta with Meyer Lemon Citronette

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Cook Time: min

Mario Batali skillfully uses seasonal and fresh ingredients to create all his popular dishes. This recipe is no different. On your next trip to the local green market or grocery store take a look for Meyer lemons and asparagus. Your family will thank you later.


  • For the asparagus:
  • 2 pounds asparagus, medium to thick stalks (about ½ inch in diameter)
  • ½ pound thinly sliced pancetta or unsmoked bacon
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • Coarse sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • For the Meyer lemon citronette:
  • Grated zest and juice of one Meyer lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Cooking Directions

    For the asparagus:

    Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Snap off the bottom of each asparagus stem, which should politely break right where the woody part ends. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the bottom 3 inches of each stem.

    Wrap the bottom ends of each asparagus in a thin slice of pancetta.

    Place the wrapped asparagus on to the pan. Grill the asparagus until browned and almost charred all over and it is just cooked through, 6 minutes per side. Arrange on a platter, drizzle citronette over top and serve.

    For the Meyer lemon citronette:

    In a small bowl, whisk together the Meyer lemon zest, juice and mustard. Continuing to whisk, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until emulsified and smooth. Season the citronette with salt and pepper, and set aside.

    This recipe was styled by chef Karen Pickus for Good Morning America.

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    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: asparagus, meyer, lemon, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, dijon mustard, thyme

    Course: Vegetable, Snack, Side Dish, Dinner, Appetizer/Starter

    More Info: Kid Friendly

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