Wednesday, March 24, 2010

If Bacon Were a Vegetable

Here's my take on serving bacon as a side vegetable with dinner. Don't do this on a night you have vegetarian company.

Saute thinly sliced garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add broccoli florets when the garlic softens. When the broccoli is mostly cooked through, add cooked bacon pieces (cut in 1/2" sized pieces) and frying cheese cut in bite-size cubes. Cook for one minute more, adding a splash of water to the pan if needed. It's easier cooking the bacon ahead of time so the excess grease can be drained- this is, after all, a vegetable dish.

Frying cheese can be found at most bodegas in New York and at Latin grocery stores. This was my first time working with it- the mild flavor and sturdy, non-melty structure is well suited to the other ingredients. I'm a bit skeptical of cheese that doesn't melt, but it was fun to try something different. My ears will always perk up at the mention of fried cheese- that's what having Sconie roots is all about.


  1. This is up for debate ... a "Sconie" is someone from Wisconsin, but it can also be written as "Sconnie." I'm of the one n school of thought.

    And I think if you live in Wisconsin for more than 3 years, you can consider yourself a "Sconie." It's a great club to be in!