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.
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!Print