Zucchini with Bits of Bacon

4.06.2012


I had to improvise. This week´s French Fridays with Dorie challenge was asparagus with bits of bacon. Guess what? Those green stalks are nowhere to be found. Season´s over and that´s the end of it. Not even a sorry excuse for a stalk can be bought in the market, not even if the vegetable guy is your friend.

I could´ve bought canned asparagus (horrific I know). My next best idea was green beans or zucchini. Since the former is kind of an obvious choice with bacon I decided to use zucchini, cut it in strips without some of the inner seeds, sear it in hot oil and use is as `asparagus´. Roasting them was my other alternative.
And since this was not the original dish, obviously, I decided to take some liberties and used olive oil and red onion. This is a really good, simple side dish. I cooked the bacon, turned off the heat and just put the sliced onion in the pan to cook with the residual heat. It was perfect. Then I added the lemon juice directly to the zucchini, since they already had oil.

They say bacon makes everything better and I usually agree. I found the lemon juice though, to be such an excluding ingredient, I need to emphasize it. Five ingredients that were so much more than the sum of its parts. I believe with asparagus the equation is even better.


And then, while writing this, having eaten a few forkfuls in order to give you an accurate description, I threw some spaghetti into boiling water until they were al dente, put the rest of the zucchini and bacon back in the pan, added the cooked spaghetti, a few cherry tomatoes and had a fantastic dinner. With some grated parmesan. I hope the French don´t mind.



23 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh this looks amazing - genius improv !! We love zucchini and your photos are making me want to "do over" this one right now. I have to remember this for when zucch season hits in PA. And glorious pictures ~so glad you didn't go the canned route :)

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  2. Even if you changed the main ingredient and substituted many other things this looks really good!! I would have some now!!

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    1. Thanks Mireia! I like your blog in spanish!

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  3. Zucchini - what a clever & wonderful substitution! Yum.

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  4. how crazy that you couldnt find asparagus!! ... love your substitution, I could totally use that during the winter :)

    Alice @ http://acookingmizer.wordpress.com

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    1. We´re in between the time the local growers run out of asparagus and the moment imported ones appear for the winter. It turned out really good!

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  5. I also very much enjoyed your idea of substituting zucchini for the green asparagus and your pictures are very appetizing looking! Great post! I also would like to wish you a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  6. Love your innovative thinking! Looks delicious!

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  7. It all looks so wonderful! I love your sub! ;) Happy Easter!

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  8. Simple and yummy! Very good!

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  9. I love the pasta idea! Looks amazing.

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  10. Great version of the recipe. YUM!!!

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  11. The zucchini is a great substitution and your dish looks and sounds delicious.

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  12. Definitely a wonderful interpretation of the recipe. Using zucchini is unexpected. But wow, asparagus season is already over where you are? Ours haven't even begun!

    The pasta dish sounds wonderful. I'll probably give it a try soon!

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  13. Wow...that is a great version of this week recipe. Great idea to use zucchini as a substitute for the asparagus. Looks delicious. I shall definitely want to try using zucchini instead of asparagus :)

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  14. Your post reminds me that what's seasonal is completely upside down in the Southern hemisphere, so some of the FFwD recipes are probably a challenge for you. I admire your ingenuity in finding a great substitute for the main ingredient. Looks like a success! Nice job.

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    1. Oh yes, fall has already started here!

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  15. @cher rockwell - Thanks!

    @sanya and @jessica - it was fun trying to come with a sub!

    @gracie and @elaine - Thank you!

    @Heather and @dessert by candy - you should try it with pasta.It´s really good!

    @elin - try it, is a great alternative

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  16. Your version looks delicious. I love zucchini and tomatoes, too.

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  17. Great improvisation - and this dinner looks terrific! Love how you combined so many delicious ingredients.

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