How to eat more vegetables. Just add CANDIED bacon! Easy Peppered Candied Bacon and Asparagus It’s paleo, gluten free, and super easy! But there is a simple tasty trick to this bacon and asparagus dish, so keep reading!
Hey hey it’s trivia Friday! Okay I don’t have any trivia questions per se, but I do have a real important question for you! What is a vegetable that you just love. I mean one you CAN’T live without? Got it? What is it? I’m going to assume that most of you like asparagus. Why? Because asparagus really doesn’t have a strong flavor. Which means you can pair it with um, let’s say… candied bacon or any other sweet buttery goodness to create one magical vegetable side dish and FLAVOR OF LOVE!
Plus asparagus is just so so pretty. A vegetable you can “ooooh and ahhhh” over and then drool on. Yes? Just nod your head and then stare below. Gah.. that green!
Now, about this asparagus, besides the fact that I have an infatuation with it.
On any given day, if you came by my house, you probably would not find asparagus in the fridge. At least not on a regular basis. I always have vegetables, just not that one in particular. I know, gasp! Keep reading. . I have a new plan for that.
You see, two of my most favorite vegetables are the ones that my husband does not like. Go figure. I did not sign up for this when I married him. Kidding. I should not complain, the man really is easy to please. He likes just about everything. But yes, when it comes to vegetables, my two loves, asparagus and mushrooms, are not so welcome here. And I’m started to feel asparagus separation anxiety. Struggles.. (I “may” be exaggerating).
The point of this post is not to express my anxiety without asparagus, but instead, to persuade ANY of you non asparagus lovers out there to try this version with peppered candied bacon. Because let’s face it, bacon does wonders. Even the vegan coconut bacon can add great flavor! Yes, in my opinion. But I digress.
Where was I? Oh yes, this candied bacon and asparagus dish and my persuasiveness. Now, don’t get me wrong, I usually don’t care this much about an asparagus dish, I promise. But when it comes to eating your vegetables, I will do everything in my power to convince a non vegetable eater to try them, at least once. And if that doesn’t work, I hide the vegetables (ahem …. see chocolate peanut butter dough ball recipes with hidden veggies for that experiment).
So here we go. Our (my) plan of “mission” attack! We’re dressing up asparagus. We’re making it IRRESISTIBLE! We’re pulling out all the magic cooking cards! And we’re making it in just in time for Easter. Isn’t that convenient?
I give you my peppered candied bacon and asparagus dish! Oh heavens, this really is heavenly. I mean The smell alone of this bacon with shallot and then sautéed asparagus make your mouth water; even when you’re not hungry. You can literally bring home the bacon and eat it too. Feel free to quote me on that.
It’s quite simple really. But here’s my MAGIC trick. First, a little bit of coconut sugar to your bacon, then cook it. Next save the bacon fat from cooking pan, let it thicken up a bit at room temperature, then and add it your pan just before searing the asparagus. Place asparagus, a bit of pepper/seasoning, and chopped shallot in pan then cook on medium for about 10 minutes, really! That’s it! I’d also say the key to this dish is having the BEST type of UNCURED all natural peppered bacon. Quality is UBER important.
Simple, yes. Magical —> HECK YES!
To Make this Dish You Will Need
Then plate it and sprinkle your peppered candied bacon on top. Garnish with a bit of lemon and a touch of sea salt and you are set!
This whole dish takes less than 35 minutes. And if you can’t get a non asparagus eater to like this dish, then something is wrong with them. But I will say this… I “may” have made my husband an asparagus lover after making this candied bacon and asparagus dish. The whole plate was devoured, which leads me to think he really liked it or was truly starving. Or both! Haha.
I’d also like to credit the smell of candied bacon in the oven. It’s like the most comforting and delicious smell that literally brings you to the table.
Peppered Candied Bacon and Asparagus dish —> WINNING! —-> MISSION COMPLETE!
What’s your go to method for convincing a non vegetable eater to eat their vegetables?
For those of you who need some affirmation that bacon can be good for you. I highly recommend this FOR THE LOVE OF BACON read. <3 yes!