Cheesy Bacon Spring Greens
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 as a side (2 as a main)
Who says greens have to be boring? These cheesy spring greens are quick and easy to prepare, take green leafy veg to the next level and are totally addictive!
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 onion (finely sliced)
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- 250 g bacon (diced*)
- 1 head spring greens (about 300g)
- 50 ml single cream
- 150 g sliced or grated cheese**
- Salt and pepper to taste
Fry the onion and garlic very gently, preferably in a non-stick pan, until translucent and collapsing.
Remove the onion and garlic from the pan and fry the bacon, using a little more oil if necessary, until golden brown.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
Thinly slice the spring greens and steam on the hob or microwave for 3-5 minutes until wilted.
Stir the onions and garlic, bacon, cream and a good grating of pepper into the spring greens. Add salt as you feel necessary remembering that some cheeses, especially blue cheeses, are very salty.
Tip the mixture into and oven dish and top with the grated or sliced cheese.
Place in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is golden and melted.
Serve with crusty bread.
*I use unsmoked but smoked is equally delicious (or feel free to leave the bacon out if you want a vegetarian version).
**I like to use sliced fontina or reblochon cheese or crumbled Stilton but any good melting cheese works well. If it comes to it, you could use good old grated mature Cheddar.
(Nutrition values based on serving 4 people)
Calories: 491kcal (25%) | Carbohydrates: 4g (1%) | Protein: 18g (36%) | Fat: 45g (69%) | Saturated Fat: 19g (95%) | Cholesterol: 95mg (32%) | Sodium: 652mg (27%) | Potassium: 213mg (6%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 525IU (11%) | Vitamin C: 2.3mg (3%) | Calcium: 288mg (29%) | Iron: 0.6mg (3%)