Let us consider, for a moment, the humble side dish. When I was growing up, side dishes were often something of an afterthought. My very busy mom, who worked full time, always made sure we were well-fed and had great meals, but it was clear that a lot of her energy got used up on the main dish of the evening. Soggy peas, ordinary mashed potatoes or simple steamed broccoli were the most frequent accompaniments to dinner, and were almost always neglected in favour of whatever delicious main dish she had provided (her bacon-wrapped chicken breasts were always my favourite).
Now that I am all grown up and cooking for myself, I have come to have a whole new appreciation for side-dishes, especially now that I know they can be just as tasty as a main course. In particular, I fave found that inventively adding bacon to some of the side dish staples I knew as a kid takes them from merely okay to stupendously delicious. So, I thought I would dedicate a blog post to some of my favourite bacon-wrapped side dishes, brimming with just as much flavour as any main course.
Bacon Wrapped Corn
I used to think that corn was blandly sweet, came in a can, and was something I had only a passing interest in. Now that I know it can be barbecued, slathered in butter and wrapped in bacon, corn has become one of my side dish favourites, especially int he summer. This bacon wrapped corn recipe has made me a favoured guest at many a summer get together.
Bored of the ordinary baked potato? Bacon-wrapped potatoes take this humble side dish to a whole new level. And if you, like me, are the kind of person who loads your baked potato up with bacon bits anyway, this dish is going to be your new favourite.
Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans
Here is another vegetable I only knew from it’s soggy, canned incarnation. It turns out that green beans are darn delicious when not overcooked, with unparallelled snap and sweetness, and stay attractively bright green to boot. Wrapping them in bacon is an inspired touch, and the sweet brown sugar glaze this recipe comes with truly takes it to the next level.
If there are some less-than-great side dishes that you remember from your childhood, I encourage you to rehabilitate them by taking the basic ingredients, changing around the recipe so that they’re being cooked properly, and make sure to wrap something in bacon. I promise you the results will be amazing!