Tips To Wrap Vegetable In Bacon
Who knew that you could wrap vegetables in bacon? You could say that chefs have actually managed to make a completely guilt-free snack.
Eating a bacon wrapped vegetable is delicious and it does contain veggies. However, we do know that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Go ahead, do prepare these lovely vegetable and wraps but remember to eat in moderation.
Make Bacon Covered Vegetables in a Few Minutes
1.Choosing Your Ingredients
Before you start, think about the vegetables that will combine well with bacon. It’s a good idea to choose vegetables that will retain their shape after cooking but almost every vegetable tastes great with bacon. For example, starchy foods like potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, corn, mushrooms, zucchini, pumpkin, green beans, beans asparagus and water chestnuts lend themselves well to the meaty taste of bacon. Carrots and butternut squash have a mild sweet taste which makes for an unusual combination. Center cut bacon is ideal for wrapping vegetables but you can also use Hearty Thick Cut bacon if you like. You can use any type of seasoning that you like. Popular combinations include Cajun spice, garlic, butter and pepper or any variety of spices and herbs.
2.Preparing and Wrapping the Vegetables
Wash and clean the vegetables and then wrap the vegetables with the bacon. Secure the parcels with a toothpick and season them with salt and pepper or brush the parcels with sauce. To make a richer version of the same dish, stuff the vegetables and then wrap them with bacon.
3.Cooking and Serving
These bacon wrapped vegetables can be prepared in a range of methods. Some cooks prefer to par-cook root vegetables and then grill them with bacon. Other chefs may use raw vegetables and then wrap them with bacon. Grilling or roasting these parcels is usually the best way to prepare them. Roast for 20 minutes in a 220 degree hot oven till the vegetables are tender and serve immediately. These parcels are an ideal accompaniment for barbeques as well. Just toss them on to the grill and cook for twenty minutes and serve immediately.
Vegetables cook very fast. Bacon takes more time to cook. Using pre-cooked bacon will ensure that your vegetables do not get cooked to a mush.
For a completely vegetarian version of bacon wrapped vegetables, you can use imitation bacon bits or slices. This imitation bacon is made from textured soy protein and it flavored to taste like bacon. It is completely vegetarian though.
For a low fat version, use turkey bacon which has the same taste but contains 50% less fat. Turkey bacon is also available fully cooked and you can just wrap it around the vegetables, sauté and serve.
Sweet and spicy dressings are also commonly used to season and flavor these rolls. For example, honey, sesame, chili and soy dressings are ideal for carrots, pumpkins and butternut squash.
Bacon can actually make anything taste great. Many people dislike the subtle taste of vegetables. Wrapping the vegetables with bacon could be a way to educate them on the versatility of vegetables and the beautiful difference of tastes in seasonal vegetables.