A Bacon And Broccoli Bite

by zesty on January 21, 2009 · 22 comments

Happy Wednesday!  I have been meaning to make this dish so I could share it with you and I finally did last night.

Stir fry broccoli with bacon, fresh Parmesan cheese topped with pine nuts and a splash of lemon.  A great side dish or a fine meal on its own. You should totally make this for dinner tonight. It’s fast, delicious, and only dirties one pan (two, if you decide to make some rice, which I think you should).

Now aside from frying the bacon – this dish takes all of 4 minutes so it is a great when you are in a pinch or simply trying to incorporate some green vegetables into the meal plan.

What I love about this recipe is how two fairly basic ingredients are combined with a few flavors to bring you an incredible result.  The idea is to pan fry the broccoli with the bacon fat and lemon juice (don’t leave out that final squeeze – it’s key).

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of Broccoli
  • 8 Slices of Bacon (Chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. Pine Nuts
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese (Shaved)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Juice of a Lemon

Method

  1. Chop and prepare the bacon.
  2. Cook on medium heat until bacon is crispy, drain on a paper towel.
  3. Remove excess grease in pan from bacon except about a tablespoon.
  4. Turn to high heat and add broccoli.
  5. Cook quickly and constantly moving the broccoli, add garlic, red pepper flakes, pine nuts and salt.
  6. After 2 minutes, add bacon back in the pan and stir fry for one more minute.
  7. Freshly squeeze the lemon over the broccoli.
  8. Remove from heat, plate it and top with shaved fresh Parmesan cheese.
  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When cooking green vegetables, always add a bit of salt once placed in the heat to keep the sharp green color. Also in this dish above – a little splash of water will help the steaming process and the broccoli to cook evenly and avoid burning.

Question of the Day: What is you favorite Green Vegetable?

What are your thoughts on the inauguration yesterday?  I thought it was very memorable with an excellent speech and overall a very positive day for my friends south of the border.

Take care

zesty

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