Sweet and sour swede with bacon recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 35 mins
  • 102 calories / serving
  • Healthy
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The sweet flavours of swede and honey offset the smoky, crispy bacon, garlic and thyme. The addition of red wine vinegar provides a sour twist and really gives this seasonal recipe a unique mix of flavours. Serve as a side dish or on its own for a cheap and healthy dinner.

  1. Cook the bacon in a nonstick frying pan over a medium-high heat, until crisp and golden. Drain the bacon on kitchen paper, reserving 1 tsp of bacon fat, then roughly chop.
  2. Return the pan to a medium heat, add the reserved bacon fat and the olive oil, along with the swede, thyme and garlic; season well. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the swede is softened and golden.
  3. Add the vinegar, honey and reserved bacon. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Serve immediately.

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  • Ingredients

  • 3 smoked bacon rashers
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 swede, peeled and cut into 3cm (1 1/4in) pieces
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Energy 425kj 102kcal 5%
  • Fat 5g 7%
  • Saturates 1g 5%
  • Sugars 12g 13%
  • Salt 0.6g 9%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 12.5g Protein 2.9g Fibre 0.3g


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