6 Vegetables Made Better with Bacon

National Pork Month could not go by without at least one bacon post. Because bacon is a wonderful addition to … well, just about anything we can think of. Especially vegetables. Read on for our list of 6 veggies that just get better with bacon.

Bacon on Vegetables

Kale

A fantastic winter-time side is bacon-braised kale. Simply dice your raw bacon and render the fat in a large skillet. Reserve the cooked bacon, and then use the remaining fat to sauté the blanched greens. Once they’re nice and soft, remove from the pan and add the bacon for a meaty, leafy dish that every meat-lover will enjoy.

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Photo: food.oakmonster.com

Asparagus

Wrap a few stalks of asparagus together in a bundle with bacon. Glaze with maple syrup and sesame oil, then roast in the oven.

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Photo: reallifedinner.com

Salad

Ok, this is technically not one vegetable, but many. Sprinkling even a meager amount of crispy bacon to your salads and veggie sides is an all but guaranteed way to please the carnivores in your life.

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Brussels Sprouts

Using half a slice of bacon, wrap Brussels sprouts with bacon, stick a toothpick through to hold it together. Roast on a sheet pan in the oven. Or try our recipe for Cider-Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple for a delightful seasonal dish.

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Photo: PaleoHacks

Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower with  bacon. The new “it” vegetable, cauliflower is showing up everywhere. Naturally, it can be improved with bacon. You could add cheese as well.

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Photo: VirtuallyHomemade.com

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato wedges, wrapped with bacon. Make a dredge with olive oil, maple syrup, smoked paprika and chili powder. Cut your bacon in half lengthwise. Dip each  sweet potato wedge in the mix, then wrap with bacon and roast in the oven on a sheet pan.

Or try baking sliced yams with apples and bacon as we do in this recipe, ideal for holiday meals, or any meal.

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Photo: FoodRenegade.com

What is your favorite vegetable to pair with bacon? Leave a comment or tag @dartagnanfoods on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We love to see what’s cooking!

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