Sweet and Sour Spinach with Bacon

This recipe adds a sweet and sour element and a touch of cream to the already delicious flavor combo of spinach and bacon. It’s a versatile side dish that can be served with all sorts of entrees, including roast chicken, grilled steak or pan-seared pork chops.

Sweet and Sour Spinach with Bacon

Sweet and Sour Spinach with Bacon

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This versatile side dish combines spinach, crispy bacon, apple cider vinegar, sugar and a touch of cream.


  • 1 package (20-ounce) frozen chopped spinach
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pan, fry the bacon until nicely crisped, drain on paper towels and set aside. Pour off the fat and add the spinach to the pan.
  2. Cook the spinach over medium heat, stirring frequently, until all of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the apple cider vinegar and sugar and cook until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the butter and heavy cream. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the butter has melted and the cream is blended into the spinach, 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl.