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Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon
March 3, 2016 in Dairy-Free · Gluten-Free · Nut-Free · Recipe Box · Vegetables · 22 Comments

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

When a Minnesotan schedules something in winter, they know it comes with the risk of snow impeding plans. I had been looking forward to spending a day cooking and gabbing (a Midwest term for a mix of talking and laughing) with my sweet friend Brenda of A Farmgirl’s Dabble. Our largest snowfall came down boldly the night before, but having lived in these parts all my life, I wasn’t too worried about “skating” out to the cozy little town of Lake Elmo, where she and her family live. In fact, I was super excited to see the countryside in all its fluffy, white glory and spend a snow day with my best friend, similar to the joy I had felt about situations like this when I was younger.

Brenda is a gem. True and kind, always supportive, and even though we have differences, I’ve always felt close to her since meeting 5 years ago…. Connection, shared sensibilities, honest opinions and a love for wholesome food that has heart.

We had talked a little about what we were going to make beforehand, our main ingredients being roasted broccoli and  white beans, fresh lemon and herbs. It sounded so comforting and flavorful, yet fresh and bright – a perfect match for an easy winter meal. Upon arriving, Brenda’s big smile greeted me and as we walked into the kitchen she said, “I think I have one more ingredient that we should add”.

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

She reached for a brown parchment paper covered slab, and opened it to reveal thick, double smoked bacon from the local butcher that she knew was my favorite – my weakness actually. I’d fallen hard for it last year after she brought it to brunch at my house, and graciously left an extra package of of, which was eaten happily the next day.

It didn’t take us long to fire up the oven, pour a cup of coffee, and pretend like what we were doing was work. We tasted and tweaked, stood on ledges to shoot pictures, and fell in love with this off the cuff recipe we had developed.

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

When we had gotten it just right, the kitchen was silent with smiles and that “whoa, this tastes good” reaction. From the charred broccoli, to the soft and silky white beans, to the garlic and shallots that get sautéed in the salty bacon drippings….. At the end, a splash of lemon, crack of black pepper, and fresh parsley brightening every element.

It’s a dish you’ll be able to make from memory, and can be on the table in less than 45 minutes. Serve it hot or room temperature, as a side dish or a main, change it up with roasted cauliflower, or basil instead of parsley.

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

Just be sure you don’t skip the bacon, and a girlfriend to share it with. They feed our souls in a way that other relationships can’t. Enjoy this recipe, and also a little glimpse into Brenda’s kitchen. xo

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon
Recipe type: gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free
Cook time: 
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Serves: 4-6
 
You can make the roasted broccoli a day ahead of time, then finish the rest of the recipe as follows.
Ingredients
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets (3/4 pound)
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound thick cut bacon (5 slices), cut into small matchsticks
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ medium lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {gluten-free}Roasted Broccoli and White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon {via heartbeet kitchen}

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22 thoughts on “Roasted Broccoli and Lemony White Beans with Bacon

  1. Tessa | Salted Plains

    So delicious! Charred broccoli will always win with me. And bacon. Time with girlfriends really is important. The older I get the more and more I’m aware of the need for the special connection. Beautiful collaboration!

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Those friendships that you can count on are irreplaceable. Even with you not living here, I feel like our bond is so strong too. Nothing I wouldn’t do to help support you! xo

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  2. Linda | The Baker Who Kerns

    Oo I love cooking with friends! I have noticed that my guy friends are super good cooks and I get so surprised! They can dice an onion like they are on IronChef! But speaking of this roasted broccoli! I have never seen white beans look so appealing! Such a great dish to start the coming spring season!

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  3. Sherrie

    “…pretend like what we were doing was work” – that was my favorite part. Work aside {it is work after all!} how lucky we are to do the things we love for a living! I loved this post I could visually the entire day, and I love the photo Brenda posted of you on a table with your little sock-feet, #bloggerlife. These photographs are stunning and I love the bits of lemon zest peaking through.

    All my love always, xx!

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      1. Amanda Gibson

        Although it’s not March anymore, this recipe speaks to me! I’m not sure if it’s the bacon, beans, or broccoli (love the alliteration there, BTW). Cooking with girlfriends is truly the best. I’ll bookmark this one, for sure.

        Best,
        Another Amanda :)

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        1. amandapaa Post author

          It really is! I wish time allowed for it to happen more often. And I will say that although this recipe is more winter focused, it’s amazing served at room temperature and would great right now too! xo

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  4. Emily

    Gorgeous Amanda! Definitely a recipe I think my whole family would enjoy. So many great textures, colors, flavors- the perfect all-in-one bowl meal. I always hesitate to buy the good bacon because of the price, but when I do, it’s always worth it. :)

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      the thickness of the bacon, and knowing your butcher makes such a difference! worth it. :) and yes, totally a family meal! thanks for stopping by, girl! xo

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