Duck Bacon Winter Hash (bacon, mushrooms, cranberries, squash, pecans, herbs!) #seasonal #paleo #bacon #DArtagnanFeast | Fresh Planet Flavor

Sometimes I have a Grinch moment, and I think “healthy seasonal food in the winter is ugly, and boring, and difficult, and time-consuming to prepare.” But I know that’s not the truth. Many traditional favorites do rely on truckloads of sugar in various forms to liven them up (pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes loaded with marshmallows) but there’s beauty and ease and nourishment to be found in real seasonal food during the winter months, too. This Duck Bacon Winter Hash pairs duck bacon’s rich depth of flavor with the warm vegetal umami of mushrooms, the subtle sweetness of winter squash, and the bright tartness of cranberries for a comforting result that’s festive enough for the holiday table.

Duck Bacon Winter Hash (bacon, mushrooms, cranberries, squash, pecans, herbs!) #seasonal #paleo #bacon #DArtagnanFeast | Fresh Planet Flavor
 
The duck bacon is D’Artagnan, by the way. I was previously aware of D’Artagnan as an early proponent of humanely-raised, antibiotic and hormone-free organic meat, and after sampling the duck bacon I was curious to know more about their philosophy. D’Artagnan is committed to free-range, natural production and sustainable, humane farming practices. The company partners only with small farms and ranches that have strict standards, never use antibiotics or hormones, and sign affidavits to that effect. D’Artagnan’s mission and practices are a fit with my own, and I’m happy to share my winter hash with you featuring their duck bacon. 🙂
 
Duck Bacon Winter Hash (bacon, mushrooms, cranberries, squash, pecans, herbs!) #seasonal #paleo #bacon #DArtagnanFeast | Fresh Planet Flavor
 
Duck Bacon Winter Hash (bacon, mushrooms, cranberries, squash, pecans, herbs!) #seasonal #paleo #bacon #DArtagnanFeast | Fresh Planet Flavor

Duck Bacon Winter Hash

Preparation 20 mins 2017-08-18T00:20:00+00:00
Cook Time 30 mins 2017-08-18T00:30:00+00:00
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 4 oz duck bacon
  • 1 lb delicata squash
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided (if necessary)
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  2. Slice the delicata squash open lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Slice each squash half into half-moons about ¼ - ½ inch thick. Cook in a single layer in the hot bacon fat for 2-4 minutes on each side, in batches if necessary, until browned and soft. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil or other fat of choice if the skillet is dry, then cook the cranberries in the bacon fat, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes until beginning to split and soften. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  4. While the cranberries cook, load the mushrooms and cooked bacon into a food processor and pulse to a fine shred. Alternatively, dice very finely. When the cranberries have been removed from the skillet, add the second tablespoon of coconut oil if the skillet is too dry and cook the mushroom and bacon mixture with the salt and pepper until soft, reduced in size, and beginning to render moisture. Add the cooked delicata squash and cooked cranberries back to the skillet and toss to combine. Chop the pecans (or pulse in a food processor) and add to the hash along with the thyme and toss to combine. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld, then serve warm.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 430kcal Calories from fat 328
% Daily Value
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 488mg 20%
Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 10g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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