Monday, February 7, 2011

Chard & Cabbage Stir-Fry with Bacon --YUM!

 Catagory: Fruits and Vegetables

Let's face it. When it comes to bacon... most of us are like the animated dog on that "Beggin' Strips" commercial: "Bacon Bacon Bacon BAAACCOOON!" So, if making something healthy, like vegetables, it just makes sense to destroy the healthiness of all that green stuff by adding bacon to the mix. Just kidding! Here is a delightful recipe ripped out of a Sunset magazine many years ago. Once you get the hang of it, it can be varied with different vegetables, and made with or without bacon. But DO try it once with bacon--it's outstanding, and a great way to make your kids eat greens!

Chard and Cabbage Stir-Fry with Bacon:

Note: Have all the ingredients chopped and ready to go before you start to cook, because it goes together raawther quickly...This feeds 4 as a side dish, 2 for dinner. But it's easy to double...

1/2 head of cabbage
1/2 bunch Swiss chard
1 T. Sesame Seeds (try not to skip these, they really add something)
4 slices bacon or 4 t Hormel bacon bits (see, that's not much, --it won't kill you)
1 bunch green onions OR 1/2 large onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. each soy sauce and water

Shred cabbage with a knife; you'll have about 2 cups. Wash chard; cut white or red center stalks from leafy green parts. Thinly slice stalks, then slice leafy parts;keep separate. In wok or wide frying pan, toast sesame seed over medium heat, stirring constantly; remove from pan. Add bacon, cook till done, chop up and put aside. Leave about 1T bacon drippings in pan, setting rest aside.Turn heat to high and add the onion; stir-fry 4 minutes, adding more drippings if needed. Add cabbage and chard stalks; stir-fry 4 minutes, adding more drippings if needed. Combine garlic, soy and water. Add to pan along with chard leaves and stir-fry about 2 minutes longer or until wilted. Add bacon and sesame last, tossing until combined.
If you plan to serve this on a platter, save the bacon and sesame for a topping instead of mixing them in before serving. Looks pretty!

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