This delectable Grilled Pancetta-Wrapped asparagus dish is served at Graylyn Manor House, a historic inn and restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Graylyn specializes in classic dishes prepared in with fresh, local ingredients with surprisingly delightful twists. You’ll find this dish to be fresh and slightly smoky.
Recipe courtesy Chef Gregory Rollins and Graylyn Manor House
Makes 6 servings
2 pounds medium, asparagus
½ pound thinly sliced pancetta
zest of juice of 1 orange
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Tightly wrap each asparagus spear in a slice of pancetta and refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes.
Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a small bowl, stir the orange zest and juice with the mustard and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Grill the asparagus over moderate heat, turning often, until they are just tender and the pancetta is crisp, about 5 minutes total.
Transfer the asparagus to a platter and drizzle with the dressing. Sprinkle with thyme and serve.
Want to know more about Graylyn Manor House, where you can dine like royalty? Check out Suzanne Corbett’s story, “Dinging Like a King: Graylyn, Winston-Salem, N.C.”