Thursday, August 21, 2014

Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet

Asparagus, Bacon, Corn and Sweet Potato Skillet recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen






Tender, slightly browned sweet potatoes, salty bacon pieces, fresh corn cooked just until warm and asparagus that is tender and still just a little bit crisp are all tossed together with just a drizzle of balsamic. This was something unexpected that I pulled together for a dinner side dish a few years ago, using odds and ends from the refrigerator.

I enjoyed the sweet and salty mix of the potatoes and the bacon  combined with the crunch of the fresh vegetables. This is a great mix of textures and flavors. My kids liked this so much, my oldest asked for seconds. Seconds of a vegetable side dish? That earned this dish a spot in our regular line up.

I've served these vegetables on their own as a casual lunch and as a side dish to accompany beef, chicken, or pork. I've added the leftover vegetables to a quiche, and I've tossed them onto a salad. This is one of the most versatile vegetable dishes you can imagine.

Asparagus, Bacon, Corn and Sweet Potato Skillet
Yield: 4 servings
(printable recipe)

3 slices bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 large sweet potatoes, 2 1/2 - 3 cups, diced into 1/2" cubes
1/2 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2" pieces
1 ear of corn, kernels removed
kosher salt, to taste
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Optional: 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

In a glass bowl, microwave the sweet potato pieces for 2 minutes, stir and microwave another 2 minutes. Stir again and check tenderness. They should be fork tender, but still just a bit crisp. Cook them another minute if necessary. Set aside.

In a very large skillet, over medium high heat, cook the bacon pieces and then remove to a paper towel.  Add the softened potatoes to the bacon grease left in the skillet and toss quickly to coat each piece. Season with salt an pepper and cook about 5 minutes, stirring/flipping occasionally.

Add the asparagus and stir to combine. Cook another 4-5 minutes, until the asparagus is almost softened. Add the corn, toss well to coat and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the bacon back into the skillet and stir to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. Drizzle with balsamic and stir again. Serve hot and Enjoy!

Asparagus, Bacon, Corn and Sweet Potato Skillet recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen




(originally posted 08/17/12 - notes updated 08/21/14)

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Fluffy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
TWO YEARS AGO TODAY: Brown Butter Skillet Corn
THREE YEARS AGO TODAY: Split Pea, Potato, Ham, and Leek Soup (in the Crock-Pot)

26 comments:

  1. I was just on another site and said how bacon makes everything taste better... this would be the test for me - I'm not a hue asparagus fan, but that skillet looks amazing!

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    1. Use green beans! Very tasty as well.

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  2. I love everything about this recipe. You are so creative. What kind of bacon do you usually buy? Have you ever tried the nitrate free kind? I have not but am very interested in exploring the bacon aisle :) Hope you have a very nice weekend Mary!

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  3. That.Looks.Awesome. What a great combination of vegetables you've put in here. Can't wait to try it.

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  4. This has a little hint of fall to it...could it be your temperatures are coming down just a little? You have me so hooked on these skillet dishes, and this one looks extra good with the asparagus and sweet potato.

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    1. In my dreams, Sue. The temps are still crazy high here. Although, it has been cloudy with a bit of rain for a couple of days. The muggy heat is miserable, but if I stay in the lovely a/c and peek out the windows I can almost pretend fall is near!

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  5. Oh wow, that looks so tempting! I'd be willing to do a corn challenge with this recipe, my eldest seems to be outgrowing her allergy and this looks just too good to pass up.

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  6. Simple ingredients with big flavor - perfect!

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  7. This skillet looks delicious. A great combination of ingredients.

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  8. Great combination of flavors Mary....I'll take two serving myself!

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  9. Oh yum - I'm always looking for fresh ways to do sauteed veggies and this hits the spot!

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  10. Great mix of ingredients for a perfect blend. I love asparagus and I'm always looking for new ways to use it other than grilling it whole.

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  11. Making this tomorrow with my grilled steaks! Can't wait!

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  12. Very good! Made it last week.
    Christine

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  13. This was really, really good, but I didn't cook it in the skillet. I did most of what the recipe called for, but I put it all on a cookie sheet and roasted it.

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  14. We've tried this and it is great!

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  15. We loved this recipe...now I'm making it for Thanksgiving!

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  16. Made it for Thanksgiving, it was a hit..

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  17. This is really good, made this a couple times.

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  18. I make this one all the time at home! My husband, who grudgingly eats vegetables, says he would eat this one every day of his life that's how good it is! We love it!

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  19. I made this and it is really good!

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  20. I made this some time ago . . was soo good . . . ready to do it again!

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  21. Love this recipe so much, beautiful pics too!

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  22. Oh my goodness, I can just imagine how good this was!

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  23. What a great combo! I can see this being a side dish for a big holiday meal!

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