1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
1 bag broccolini from Costco (stems trimmed)
4 medium cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
3 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
6 medium button mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 slices bacon, as lean as possible
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground pepper
Fill a 6 or 7 quart pot 2/3 full of well salted water and bring to a boil. Add broccolini and blanche for 3 minutes. Drain it and transfer to ice water to cool. Drain well and gently squeeze broccolini to remove excess water
Put bacon in a 12 inch non-stick skillet and cook over medium low heat until crisp; 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and coarsely crumble.
Heat the garlic in oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the garlic begins to turn golden; 2 minutes. Remove and discard the garlic.
Add the mushrooms and cook until both nicely browned and shrunken; 5 minutes.
Add the red pepper flakes and cook , stirring frequently for 10 seconds.
Add the cooled broccolini and cook, stirring often until tender and heated through; 3 to 4 minutes. Drizzle with the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to warm serving plate and garnish with bacon.