Sautéed Persimmons with Bacon
Sometimes inspiration just hits. Something pops into my brain, like, “I wonder if spaghetti would taste good served in a roasted butternut squash” (we will find out at dinner tonight), or “persimmons and bacon… why haven’t I tried this before…”
I should have done this a long time ago. I mean, bacon pairs well with sweet things. The salty goodness compliments a hint of sweetness so nicely.
The recipe calls for 2-4 slices of bacon. Since I knew I’d be the only one eating this at lunch today, I just made two. Which was definitely just enough for one (barely, ’cause I hadn’t figured in pieces sneaked off the plate, testing to make sure this new brand of bacon was actually good, shoving whole pieces into my face…)
If possibly, peel persimmons in one long curly strip. Just because it’s fun. If you want to entice the kids to help, maybe they’d want to try this.
I like to cook these over a bit higher heat (just medium, rather than medium-low), so they get a bit more color.
Speaking of color, notice those tomatoes?! From my garden, finally!
After the persimmons are cooked, they’re tossed with all of the bacon (that you didn’t already eat), and some lemon juice, for brightness.
And just like that, you have a fabulous side.
You could eat it for breakfast alongside some Sweet and Savory Cornmeal Pancakes (hello double bacon!).
You could add some butter lettuce, almonds, and feta, and whisk up a lemon vinaigrette for a quick lunch.
Maybe you’d like to serve it alongside a roast chicken or pork, with a simple salad.
Want to change up your holiday dinner? Swap out your traditional sweet potato dish for these persimmons for an easy side.
Or, you might be like me, and just want to eat it on its own, picking out all the bacon for yourself.
- 2-4 slices bacon
- 1 t olive oil
- 3-4 fuyu persimmons, peeled, sliced, and halved
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- 1-2 T lemon juice
- Place bacon in a cold skillet. Turn on heat and cook until crispy. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Wipe out the pan (leaving a bit of grease is fine).
- Add olive oil to the pan. Add persimmons, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until they are tender-crisp with nice color.
- Toss with bacon and lemon juice and serve immediately.