July 09, 2016
Side Dishes, Pork, Bacon,
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"It's a perfect simple summer side dish, for the grill. Three (3) ingredients; and, it takes just a minute to put together. Absolutely delicious."
Zucchini ... First, they are all different sizes; but, basically, you want to cut each one the same regardless of size. Trim the ends, cut in half lengthwise; then in half horizontally. Four (4) pieces per zucchini. And, I understand that all the pieces can vary in size; that doesn't matter.
Bacon ... NOTE: I use a regular store bought bacon - do NOT use a thick or butchers cut bacon, it is too thick. If you get bacon from a butchers/meat market; their regular cut bacon is often much thicker. I would usually buy a thin cut bacon from them; as a butchers thin cut, is basically the same as the generic store brand bacon. So, keep that in mind. Thin is better in this case.
Wrapping ... Now, you can completely wrap your zucchini, using 2 slices of bacon, which I do; or, just use 1 slice, as a light wrap. Either way works just as well; it is just a personal preference. I think it also depends on the size of the zucchini too. Sometimes 2 slices of bacon are needed to lightly wrap it; but, with smaller pieces, 1 slice may be enough. Just DO NOT overlap the bacon; otherwise, it will not cook through. You want a single layer of the bacon.
Pat your zucchini dry, using a paper towel, season with salt and pepper; then, wrap with the bacon. You shouldn't need any toothpicks to hold the bacon in place. It should stick to the zucchini if patted dry.
Grill or Bake ... I prefer to grill - outdoor or indoor grill pan. But, you can oven bake these too. Grill (outdoor or indoor); medium high heat, on a oiled grill or grill pan. Grill on all sides, turning often; until the bacon is crisp. About 20 minutes on average. The last minute, brush on the Italian dressing.
For the oven; 375 degrees on a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper or foil. Again, about 20-25 minutes. The last minute, brush on the Italian dressing.
Serve and ENJOY! ... A perfect side dish to any meal.
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