Braising Mix with Bacon and Cauliflower

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Braising Mix with Bacon and Cauliflower recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenTender crisp, sauteed vegetables cooked with bacon; that is never a bad thing, right? I’m still not certain how I arrived at this destination when I started with a recipe for Wild Rice Dressing.

I think it might have had something to do with the word bacon in the original recipe. As a result of my random thought process, this was a fantastic dish and I plan to make it over and over again in the future.

While reading the recipe for this month’s Vintage Recipe Swap, I grinned to see that it was a rice recipe. We’ve been on a huge cauliflower kick lately. I have used that in lieu of pasta a couple times this month already.

So, I immediately wondered how cauliflower might work instead of rice for this dish.

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As I started slicing the cauliflower, I realized that there was no way I wanted just a skillet of colorless veggies, so I reached for the braising mix that came in my CSA box last week.

Braising mixes are new to me. This one had a combination of beet greens, baby kale, chard, spinach, collards and bok choy. I had never worked with most of these greens before, but what vegetable isn’t awesome with bacon?

Braising Mix with Bacon and Cauliflower recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

I enjoyed this combination of flavors very much. I already told my husband that we’ll be planting a lot of these veggies in the garden next time around.

I had fun learning that all of those greens (and purples!) could be made into something so delicious! 

Braising Mix with Bacon and Cauliflower recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Braising Mix with Bacon and Cauliflower

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to The Second Ford Treasury Of Favorite Recipes from Famous Eating Places
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Ingredients 

  • 1/4 lb bacon or 5 slices chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced into 1/4" pieces
  • 3 cups of very thinly sliced cauliflower it will crumble into tiny pieces as you slice it, that's fine
  • couple large handfuls of braising mix chopped into 1-2" pieces - approximately 3 cups chopped
  • crushed sea salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the bacon until done, but not crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Drain the grease, but leave drippings in the pan. Return the pan to the stove and add the onion. Cook 3-4 minutes until almost translucent.
  • Add the cauliflower and stir to coat. Cook for a few minutes until it just begins to soften. Season well with salt and pepper and stir again. Add the braising mix and toss to combine. Cover with the lid and cook just a couple more minutes until the greens are wilted slightly and the cauliflower is tender crisp. Add the cooked bacon and toss to combine. Enjoy!
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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. Bom says

    I really should start trying your cauliflower in place of carbs. This one looks great especially with the colors of the mix thrown in.

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinary says

    I think as long as you use bacon…you can change out anything else and it will still be perfect. 🙂

    I've been making my own bacon; curing it and then smoking it after a week in the curing solution. It is phenomenal. It would really shine in this dish. LOVE those greens; they are just beautiful.

  3. Lana says

    From wild rice to cauliflower, what a tasty jump (not that I don't like wild rice, quite contrary:)! I love the colors of the greens (or purples, lol!), even though this is the first time I heard the name "braising mix" (I guess they braise collards and turnip greens in the South, so that might be the origin).

  4. Rachel says

    Braising mixes are new to me too. What a lovely assortment of greens! It's true, everything is better with bacon. I really love that you kept this dish simple and brought in lots of veggies!