Friday, July 15, 2011

Cheesy veggies with bacon

It was a typical week night: The Witch has been busy (probably playing on facebook or blogging, but busy nonetheless) and suddenly, the Husband is home! Oh joy, its so good to see you Husband but holy crap! When did it get so late? What's for dinner??? I should have thought about this hours ago! A quick inventory yields pork chops, I decide to simply bread and pan fry them. We'll need vegetables, of course. What can I get the girl to actually eat? More importantly, what do I have on hand?

A can of corn. Zucchini. Cherry tomatoes. Onions, garlic, of course. And bacon. Bacon, why yes! The little Witch loves bacon, I can get her to eat the veggies if there's bacon in them. Hmm...there's extra cheese in the fridge too. She likes cheese. The combo of cheese and bacon would be the double whammy to veggie consumption I was sure of it!

And I was right! She passed up everything else on the plate and demolished the veggies. She even had seconds!! And much to everyone's surprise, she ate it ALL, zucchini and cherry tomatoes included. She claims to hate zucchini, and I saw her start to tell me that she wasn't going to eat that part, but after she put it in her mouth all doubt was gone. This side dish was a hit to say the least - I hope you enjoy it as well!

Cheesy veggies with bacon
makes 4 servings
4 strips bacon, sliced into bits
1/4 onion diced fine
1 clove garlic minced
2-3 ears corn, taken off cob OR 1 drained can of corn
1 zucchini diced
about 15-20 cherry tomatoes OR 3 roma tomatoes diced
4 oz cheddar cheese shredded
1/4 c white wine or water

Cook the bacon in a large sautee pan until crispy. Remove and drain bacon, reserve for later use.

In the same skillet use 4 T of the rendered bacon fat, discarding the rest, and cook the onions and garlic until they start to brown, about 5-7 minutes. Add the diced zucchini and cook until golden, another 10 minutes or so. Stir frequently to avoid hot spots & burning. If using fresh off the cob corn add it now too.

Once the zucchini has started to turn golden add the corn (if using canned) and cherry tomatoes. Stir well to coat everything in the bacon fat. Cover and allow to cook another 5-10 minutes, stirring ever few minutes.

Deglaze the pan with the wine or water. Stir well scraping the bottom to dissolve the cooked on browned bits. Simmer for 4-5 minutes to reduce liquid.

Once the tomatoes burst add the cheese in an even layer over the top and cover with bacon pieces. Cover and remove from heat. Allow cheese to melt, about 2-3 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217.8
Total Fat 14.0 g
Saturated Fat 7.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 39.8 mg
Sodium 417.4 mg
Potassium 303.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 13.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Protein 9.0 g


Lyndsey said...

You are so clever. I love these kind of dishes out of desperation :D Of course what would not taste good with cheese and bacon?...good thinking! The same thing happens to me...I can't believe it's already that time...Ha! I think I need a faster computer.

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

... and the husband couldn't cook this for you?... looks really good I must say, he's a lucky lucky man... but you know that already?!?!

StephenC said...

Your parenting skills clearly have something to recommend them. You got the little b.. I mean witch to eat her veggies. Now if I could only get our Scooper to pick up his own poop.

Foodycat said...

Bacon & cheese make all veggies good. I only started liking zucchini in my 30s, so she has a head start on me!

Big Dude said...

Very clever - bacon and cheese make everything better. You kebabs below look killer.

Cranberry Morning said...

I agree with Lyndsey. And boy would my husband love this dish!

Lisa said...

Bacon does make almost anything taste good. It is an especially handy addition for last minute emergencies! Good save and thanks for the link.

anthony stemke said...

Hey Miss Witch, now you're talking: cheese and bacon, that's a palate you can create wonderful dishes with.
Thank You.

Raina said...

Yum! This sounds great! I can see why your daughter loved them. Cheese and bacon would make me eat veggies too:)

Jenn said...

They don't call you the witch for nothing!! What a great thing to just "throw together"! You had me at cheesy, but I stayed for the bacon!! YUM!

Pam said...

There's nothing like a little pressure to come up with a good meal. It sounds delicious and cheesy works for me!

The Glamorous Gourmet said...

LOL - I think we've all been in that situation before! Love your solution veggies + cheese + bacon = :)!!!

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