Bacon Holiday Side Dishes

With the holidays here, I try to be mindful about how I’m going to contribute to the appetizer / food table. My goal is to make something for EVERYONE to eat, not just those with food sensitivities or restrictions. So I came up with two recipes below that are so incredibly simple and savory. Each is paired with lots of veggies, in this case in the form of a salad or grilled. Plus if you make an enormous bowl of vegetables and toss some bacon in it, I think there’s a far greater likelihood loved ones who are allergic to the word “healthy” may just try it. Recipes below!

Bacon Wrapped Dates


  • Applegate Naturals Sunday Bacon
  • dates (I used 30)
  • cheese of choice: cashew, goat, whatever you prefer!
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • toothpicks

Wrap it up:

  1. set the oven to 350F
  2. pit dates and stuff with cheese of choice (I chose a dairy free cashew cheese, but goat cheese is also awesome with this!)
  3. sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg
  4. roll with half a slice of Applegate Naturals Sunday Bacon, and spear with a toothpick
  5. bake for 7 minutes, turn, then bake for another 7 minutes.

Cauliflower Sage Cherry Stuffing 


  • Applegate Naturals Sunday Bacon
  • 3 cups riced cauliflower 
  • yellow onion
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts 
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • fresh thyme
  • fresh sage 
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • garnish: pumpkin seeds, fresh chopped sage 

Get Stuffed:

  1. saute 1/2 onion, 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped celery until soft
  2. add in 1 cup shaved Brussel sprouts, 1 cup sliced mushrooms, and 2 cloves of garlic (minced) until soft
  3. sprinkle 1 tbsp thyme, 1 tbsp sage, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup dried cherries and stir throughout
  4. in a separate pan, sauté Applegate Naturals Sunday Bacon until browned
  5. dd bacon into vegetable mix, and top with sage, thyme, and pumpkin seeds to serve

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2 Responses

  1. Is the Cauliflower Sage Stuffing supposed to have cauliflower in it? It doesn’t look like it does in the picture, but since it’s in the title, I’m a little confused….? Looks delicious and I want to make it for my December book club potluck. Thanks

    1. Oh my goodness I’m such a big dummy! Yes!!! And thank you for bringing this to my attention – just updated. I used the riced cauliflower bag from Trader Joe’s. Highly, highly recommend; this was so delish!

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