Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet

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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 to make this Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet. 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.

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 to make this Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet.

Kitchen Tip: I use this skillet, this bowl, and this spatula to make this recipe.

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Asparagus, Bacon, Corn, and Sweet Potato Skillet

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Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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!
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(originally posted 08/17/12 – notes updated 08/21/14)

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    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!

  2. Tricia @ saving room for dessert says

    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!

    • Mary says

      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!

  3. hobby baker says

    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.

  4. Chris says

    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.

  5. Ashley says

    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!

  6. Anonymous says

    We made this for the second time last night and ate it as our meal. You wouldn't think all these things would work so well together, but they do. It's just delicious!