October 01, 2011

Bacon and Butter, Oh My!

It's been said that the gateway meat for a vegan is bacon.  Bacon was our downfall.  What's next?  Flank steak?  Pork Chops?  Oh god, not a fillet!  We would all be in need of an intervention for sure.  I can see it now, a dark smoky room with a tall glass of Merlot and a medium rare fillet Mignon with a side of drunken mushrooms and whipped buttery potatoes.  Tie me off, I'm going in!  Why do I always go for the meat?  Is this my cry for help?  Am I a depressed soul?  Is this my way of compensating for some personal deficiency or life situation?

Tomato-Bacon Butter with Ravioli
Yield: 4 servings

  • 5 strips bacon, diced
  • 8 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced (you could also use a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 T. fresh basil, chopped 
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Prepare ravioli according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile prepare your tomato-bacon butter. In a medium skillet, add 5 strips of diced bacon and saute until brown and crispy. Remove bacon with slotted spoon from pan and drain on paper towel. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and return to medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, once butter gets foamy add chopped tomatoes and one sprig of thyme. With a wooden spoon gently scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Heat until tomatoes are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and salt and pepper to taste. Remove ravioli from water with a slotted spoon, pouring them into a strainer could cause the wrappers to break.
  3. Divide between serving bowls and top with tomato mixture. Sprinkle reserved bacon, Parmesan cheese and basil on top and serve with a warm and crusty baguette.
Adapted from Dandy Dishes

Servings: 1
Calories: 310
Total Fat:  18.4 g
Cholesterol:  56 mg.
Sodium:  682 mg.
Protein:  10.1 g.

Seriously, this stuff is da bomb!  My hubby let me know that I could make this anytime and top anything with it.  Maybe that's just his bacon high talking or maybe not.  Guess you will just have to try it and find out for yourself!

~ Enjoy!


  1. You said it all in the your heading! :) Love the recipe! Bacon, butter, a few herbs - how can you beat that? YUMMY!

  2. oh my... I am soo in ravioli mood today!!

  3. What a great blog you have here! The ravioli looks so good!

  4. Wonderful recipe and that looks so delicious want to try it soon, thanks.


  5. I can never EVER resist bacon! This recipe looks awesome. My ravioli enthusiasm is super ON today :)

  6. Hey Dee. I love your blog! The recipes sound so delicious an the photography doesn't suck (that is to say, you are different than the vast majority of bloggers), and this coming from a professional photographer. It is all very appealing and makes me want to try the recipes myself! I just have one question, and I say it with a smile: what happened to the vegan path? I have not read all of your recent posts so if you answered there I'll probably see it sooner or later. Anyhow, I just want to encourage you and your family. If you haven't already seen Forks Over Knives, have a peek at the trailer and my review. Stay healthy, and keep on crankin' those awesome recipes!

  7. This sounds like a great topping!!

  8. Who can turn down bacon?! This look amazing, I can see why you gave in and ate bacon!

  9. Bacon I can resist. It's cheese and HONEY that throw a wrench in my vegan works. Honey?! I hate that it's not vegan...it seems so much better for you than sugar. and it's easier to use than rice syrup or agave. boo to honey being vegan. ;)

  10. This sounds delicious! The bacon and butter and well, everything else I eat stops me from ever even considering a vegan way. ;)

  11. Anonymous26.10.11

    oh yea i uberly love BACON!


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