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).


  • 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


  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


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mara

Bacon makes everything better, huh?


2 Lara

This looks great, Cooking! I’ve done a similar thing with bacon and green beans. I do love broccoli but my favorite green vegetable is probably asparagus :)


3 patsyk

Thanks for the tip on adding salt to keep the color vibrant! I neve knew that. This dish looks so delicious… but, then doesn’t bacon make everything taste better?


4 VeggieGirl



5 Aggie

What an awesome dish! Love the flavor combination!

It is hard picking a favorite green vegetable…I would have to say spinach and broccoli are my recent faves…but green beans are a close third!


6 megan

My favorite is definitely asparagus! I tried it for the first time a few months ago and I’m addicted!


7 Pearl

toasted pine nuts with broccoli? mmm!


8 Meg

My favorite green veggie is peas!

Maybe I will use this recipe to get my husband to eat some broccoli!


9 HoneyB

Looks delicious!


10 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

You know I love the broccoli Cooking. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe as I love the greens and my husband loves anything with bacon. It’s our perfect meal together.


11 Kate

I don’t eat bacon…but I will def be making this w/ veggie bacon!It just looks simple and elegant.


12 Bob

Now that is right up my alley, it’s going in the cookbook! Meaning that folder on my desktop… :)


13 Maggie

This looks so yummy! And I could totally sub vegetarian bacon :P I’m a broccoli addict.


14 Bridgett

This looks delicious with the bacon incorporated. I can just imagine all the flavor. Hmm, while I have a slight obsession with artichokes, my big love is with zucchini. Go ahead and laugh, most people find it such a bore, but I am hopelessly addicted.


15 Marianne

I think it’s a toss up for my fave green veg, between broccoli and cucumber.


16 Biz

Um, anything with bacon is awesome! My hubby will love this – thanks!


17 Sweet and Fit

looove it! any dish that has broccoli and bacon – which only takes 4 minutes to make is fo sho a winner in my book!


18 Pigpigscorner

Looks really delicious! Love the addition of chili in this dish! Yummy!


19 Joanne

That recipe is definately a keeper..subbing the bacon with a “non-bacon” form of course!
As for my fav. green veggie, has to be spinach. It’s perfect… no gas ;)
And Inauguration Day.. was so moving. Very emotional as the nation instills all its hopes and expectations for a brighter future in this one man and his cabinet.He’s a young President and the energy that supports his endeavors is young and vibrant. Exactly what we need. Out with the stale and old.


20 Jennynyc

Hi Cooking,
Let me just say I enjoy getting your e-mails each day! My favorite green vegetable happens to be Spinach. I could literally eat Spinach every single day of the week!

Can you use Turkey bacon instead of real bacon for this dish? Watching my calorie and fat intake.

Thank you!


21 Lainie Petersen

Looks delicious!

My favorite green veggie is the humble Brussels sprout. So delicious when prepared properly, and a nutritional powerhouse!


22 Aid Renegade

Simple & fast, I like that! for the most part I don’t like spending much more time cooking than leasurely eating to enjoy it to the full.

Think I’ll do someyhing simular with what I’ve got in my fridge.
Slice & dice some gammon steak though & that will be be enough salt due to my Walkers Salt & vinegar crisps addiction. See you on twitter & thanks for following.


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