Bacon, mozzarella, basil and Tenderstem® broccoli side dish

Bacon, mozzarella, basil and Tenderstem® broccoli side dish

This mouth-watering side dish will tantalise your taste buds as much as any ‘main’ event. The saltiness of the crisp bacon plays well with the soft mozzarella and the sweet and nutty flavour of the Tenderstem® brings a unique balance – broccoli, but better.

Ideally you want to cook this in a non-stick or heavy based fry-pan – you will need one with a lid.

Preparation time

5 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes



Dietary requirements

  • Gluten free
  • Nut free

Nutritional information per serving

  • kcal 260
  • Fat 16.5g Medium
  • Saturates 9.4g High
  • Carbs 2.9g
  • Sugars 2.4g Low
  • Fibre 2.8g
  • Protein 23.6g
  • Salt 1.4g Medium
Try with Frozen Tenderstem®


  1. Heat up the frying pan and add the bacon and ½ tsp of the oil. Cook over a moderate heat, stirring often, until the bacon becomes a little crispy. Add the chilli and cook for another 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and chilli from the pan onto a warm plate, keeping the oil – now flavoured from the bacon and chilli – in the pan.

  2. Add the Tenderstem® broccoli to the pan and toss it to coat with the oil (making it even more delicious) and cook for 30 seconds on a high heat to colour a little. Carefully add 4 tbsp (60ml) of hot water to the pan (measure this into a cup beforehand to make this easier) and immediately put the lid on. If the pan is very hot, steam will escape so do be a little careful. Cook over a moderate high heat for 1½ minutes with the lid on. Ideally the Tenderstem® broccoli will still have some crunch to it.

  3. While the Tenderstem® broccoli is cooking, place the basil with the remaining olive oil in a small jar and give it a shake with the lid on (or mix in a small bowl). Add the balsamic vinegar and shake again.

  4. Cut each ball of mozzarella into 6 slices.

  5. Once the Tenderstem® broccoli is cooked, serve on to 4 warmed plates with the mozzarella then spoon over the lardons. Give the oil mixture one last shaked and and drizzle over the mozzarella.

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