Broccoli with Hot Bacon Dressing

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Easily one of my favorite side dishes EVER:  Broccoli with Hot Bacon Dressing

Broccoli with Hot Bacon Dressing

Are you someone who likes to go out for a special dinner on days like Valentine’s Day?  Not me.  My husband mentioned that we should make reservations for Valentine’s Day.  I quickly shot down that idea and told him that I could make a much nicer, less-expensive and more romantic dinner in our own home.  Why go out and pay jacked-up prices for dinner just because it’s a special holiday?  So we’ll be eating at home.  And this recipe is on the menu (with some filet mignon, of course!)

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While your broccoli is steaming…

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…cook the bacon and crisp it up nicely.  You’re going to save some of that bacon grease for the next step!

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Garlic and raisins are sauteed in a little of that bacon grease, and a few other ingredients are then added into the pan to finish up making the hot bacon dressing.

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The hot dressing is tossed with the steamed broccoli, and crispy bacon bits are sprinkled in upon serving.  This side dish is WONDERFUL- especially if you are fan of both broccoli and bacon.  I’d be happy eating a big bowl of just this for dinner.  My husband is happier eating it with filet mignon 🙂

Broccoli with Hot Bacon Dressing

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 12 min


2 pounds broccoli, trimmed and cut into 1-inch florets (cut any larger ones in half)
1/4 pound sliced bacon (about 4 slices), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch wide strips
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp (4 to 5 minutes). Transfer the bacon with a slotted spoon to several layers of paper towels to drain, leaving the bacon fat in the skillet. Add garlic and raisins to the skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring until the garlic is barely golden, about 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, oil, salt and pepper, then remove from heat.

2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli in the steamer basket of a large pot with a lid just until tender (7 to 9 minutes). Transfer the broccoli to a bowl. Bring dressing to a simmer, then cook, stirring, for one minute. Pour the hot dressing over the broccoli and sprinkle with bacon. Toss to combine.

SOURCE: (Adapted from Gourmet)

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  • Jeni wrote:

    Such an easy recipe and probably sooo delish! Thanks for sharing!

  • Aggie wrote:

    wow, this looks so good!! 

  • marcie wrote:

    I hate going out for Valentine’s Day! We did go out for lunch because we were out enjoying the day, but no way to an expensive, fancy dinner! This broccoli is a side dish that I would completely devour with that bacon dressing — it sounds incredible! Pinned.

  • KalynsKitchen wrote:

    I had this recipe saved to try, great minds thinking alike and all that! And I definitely think it sounds amazing.

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    LOVE this for Valentine’s Day dinner! Anything with bacon … 🙂

  • Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek wrote:

    We love broccoli. Live on it all winter long. My kids are perfectly happy with it steamed lightly and some lemon juice but this might be a nice alternative.

  • Tom @ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    My wife says the best way to show her I love her is to cook bacon most weekends. But now we can just eat this for dinner. The wind chill is minus 30 where we live so we are staying home and making this bacon salad. We were going to Bob Evans but now have changed our minds. Kids don’t even eat free tomorrow anyhow.

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness wrote:

    We are actually planning to stay in and eat chinese food in our PJs. We are totally not the going out kind of couple. Clearly.
    I love broccoli. I mega love bacon, so I am totally crushing on this salad! Pinned!