Mostly Vegan Brunch

My friend Matthew invited us over for brunch last weekend.

He made this tofu scramble recipe from this book, Vegan Brunch, from the Post-Punk Kitchen. This book could make a vegan convert out of most anyone, or at least help you understand that vegan food is more than card board; the recipes are delicious and relatively simple.

He also made crepes! These were just from joy of cooking, I think, and they were delicious. I had at least...well, too many.

On my plate you'll see roasted root veggies, tofu scramble, a crepe, and beets. FYI, maple syrup was an ingredient in three of these. Can you guess which?

If you fritter away your time by reading this blog, then you know I LOVE me some brunch. Naturally, I wanted to bring something fun. So what I did bring to compliment a mostly vegan brunch, but the very thing that made it only "mostly" vegan:

Bacon-wrapped pineapple bites!

Of course.

Hear me out. No one there was actually vegan. No, these are not good for you. But there are ways to make them better: use turkey bacon (we didn't do this, because we already had regular bacon in the fridge, but it is low sodium), make sure you back them on a wrack so that some grease can drain, and blot them with a paper towel after they come out. They're really kind of the perfect thing to bring to a party - super easy to make, and they stay delicious even when they cool off.

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites
from Tasty Kitchen, via Pioneer Woman

1 pound Bacon*
1 can Chunked Pineapple (large Chunks)
½ cups Brown Sugar

Set your oven to 375F.

Cut the pound of bacon in half. Put the brown sugar in a shallow bowl. Take a half a slice of bacon and dredge it through the brown sugar. Put a chunk of pineapple on one end of the bacon slice and roll up. Secure with a toothpick.

I put a cookie cooling rack into a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Lay the bacon pineapple bundles onto the rack.

Bake for at least 25 minutes, or until the bacon looks brown and crispy. Sometimes I pop them under the broiler for the last few minutes just to get them really crisp. But watch out – the sugar will burn!

Try to wait for them to cool slighty – only because the tasty goodness will burn your lips if it’s too hot! Enjoy.

*I used less than a pound...We kind of eye-balled it and used whatever bacon we had left in the package that was already open. But it's pretty easy to do ad-hoc.

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