Creamy Broccoli and Bacon

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Creamy Broccoli and Bacon is a side dish that will render you speechless! Tender florets of broccoli, crispy bits of bacon, and an irresistible garlic cream sauce.

Creamy Garlic Broccoli and Bacon

My Creamy Broccoli and Bacon may be one of the best side dishes I’ve ever tasted. I try not to use that phrase all too often, but just wait until you give this recipe a try. You’ll have everyone asking for more! This amazing side goes great with chicken, beef, and much more!

CREAMY BROCCOLI AND BACON

If you have one of those stubborn kids, or adults, in your home that doesn’t like broccoli this is the perfect recipe to change their mind. Tender florets of broccoli are the star of this dish, and bacon is the co-star! These two are mixed in a divine, garlic cream sauce that is irresistible. Make sure to save a little extra sauce on the side to dip some bread into. You’ll thank me later for that one. 😉

Creamy Garlic Broccoli and Bacon

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CREAMY BROCCOLI AND BACON

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 to 3 heads of broccoli, chopped (about 1 pound)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY BROCCOLI AND BACON

Fry bacon in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat until crispy. Carefully transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to soak up grease. Set bacon aside. Carefully drain grease from skillet, leaving about 2 Tablespoons inside.

Add the chopped broccoli, salt, and pepper to skillet. Cook and stir broccoli for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and stir to combine. Pour in the heavy cream. Stir. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer until sauce is thickened. (If you want it thicker, you can mix together 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed with 1 Tablespoon of water then stir into sauce.)

Stir and let simmer until it reaches your desired thickness and broccoli is tender. Gently stir in the bacon to combine everything. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese.

Place the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden. (Watch closely the entire time so it doesn’t burn!

Serve warm and enjoy!

Creamy Garlic Broccoli and Bacon

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE THIS WITH?

Honestly, you could probably get away with serving this as a main course! Serve over a bed of white rice and you won’t be disappointed. This is a sensational side dish and you could really serve it with anything! We always enjoy it with a piece of chicken or steak.

HOW MANY SERVINGS DOES THIS MAKE?

This recipe makes 6 side dish servings. If you need to serve more it’s so simple to make extra. Buy one or two more heads of broccoli and fry a little more bacon. I promise this one is going to be a winner!

Creamy Garlic Broccoli and Bacon

ENJOY THIS RECIPE? HERE ARE A FEW MORE FABULOUS SIDE DISHES!

Twice Baked Potato – A comforting casserole loaded with potatoes, crispy bacon, and plenty of melted cheese.

Garlic Roasted Carrots – One of the best side dishes to serve around the holidays. Tender carrots roasted with fresh garlic and herbs.

Oven-Roasted Asparagus – These tender asparagus are so simple to make! Ready to go and serve with any main dish.

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli – Shredded parmesan cheese is baked over bits of broccoli for a nutty side dish.

Creamy Broccoli and Bacon

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 to 3 heads broccoli, chopped (stems removed) (about 1 pound)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Fry the chopped bacon in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat until crispy. Carefully transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate to soak up grease. Set bacon aside. Carefully drain grease from skillet, leaving about 2 Tablespoons inside.
  • Add the chopped broccoli, salt, and pepper to skillet. Cook and stir broccoli for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and stir to combine. Pour in the heavy cream. Stir. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer until sauce is thickened.
    *(If you want the sauce thicker, you can add a cornstarch slurry. Mix together 2 teaspoons of cornstarch mixed with 2 Tablespoons of water, then stir into sauce.)
  • Stir and let simmer until it reaches your desired thickness and broccoli is tender. Gently stir in the bacon to combine everything. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the skillet under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden. *(Watch closely the entire time so it doesn’t burn!) Serve warm and enjoy!

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