Thursday, October 23, 2014

3454. SEAFOOD MAPLE BACON DASHI BOUILLABAISE

½ cup bonito flakes
30 grams kombu
1 liter water
150 ml maple syrup
200 grams (~1/2 lb.) double smoked bacon
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 cloves of garlic, sliced
3 shallots, diced
2 cups 35% cooking cream
1 cup 3.25% milk
½ lb. littleneck clams
3 lbs. hake fish
micro arugula
parsley
chervil
olive oil

Wipe away any dirt from the kombu with a paper towel, being careful not to rub off the white powdery deposits on the seaweed. Place the kombu and water in a saucepan, and allow it to soak for 30 minutes to become soft.

Remove the kombu from the water, and cut several lengthwise slits into the leaf. Return the kombu to the water with maple syrup, and bring it to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, remove the kombu to prevent the stock from becoming bitter.

Stir the bonito flakes into the kombu-flavoured water, bring back to a boil, and take the pan off the heat. Allow the water to cool. When the bonito flakes have settled to the bottom, strain the dashi through a strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter.

In another pot, render the bacon and add the potatoes, carrots, shallots, garlic and celery.  Add stock and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are almost tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add thicker pieces of fish to soup and simmer, covered, 2 minutes. Stir in clams and simmer, covered, until they are just cooked through and clams open wide, about 5 minutes.

Add cream and milk bring to a boil.  Carefully remove the fish and clams to a soup bowl and ladle broth and vegetables on top.

Garnish with chervil, parsley and chives and a drizzle of olive oil.


bacon recipe source: Chef Danny Smiles, Canada AM, May 27, 2014; CTV Television Network, P.O. Box 9, Station O, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4A 2M9

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3453. BACON, SWEET POTATO and SPINACH SALAD

makes 8-10 servings


2 pounds sweet potatoes, cleaned, skins left on, cut into 1 ” cubes
a pinch of garlic salt
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch of ground ginger
a pinch of ground ground black pepper
a few tablespoons pure maple syrup
18-24 ounces baby spinach leaves
12 ounces crumbled bacon; set aside bacon grease
a few handfuls of pomegranate seeds (arils)
grated gruyére or your favorite cheese

Preheat oven to 400˚F with rack in the center. Cook bacon until brown and crispy in a fry pan.

Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels. Reserve bacon fat in a heat resistant container & set aside to cool a bit.

Toss sweet potato chunks with garlic salt, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper maple syrup and some bacon grease. (A little bacon grease goes a long way, so add a small amount first and you can always add more. I use just enough oil to grease them until slightly glistening.) Spread sweet potatoes on a sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for about 35 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. Toss once with tongs about halfway through cooking time for even browning. Remove sweet potatoes from oven and let cool.

Salad assembly: Put baby spinach in a large bowl. Top with roasted sweet potatoes, bacon crumbles, Gruyére and pomegranate seeds. You can season with some more garlic salt and black pepper if desired. When ready to serve, toss salad with your favorite vinaigrette dressing or olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


bacon recipe source: Marla Meridith (@MarlaMeridith), Family Fresh Cooking, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3452. LEMON CREAM BRUSSELS SPROUTS with BACON and SAGE

serves eight






2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved 
3 slices thick-cut bacon 
2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced 
1 cup heavy cream 
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves 
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
freshly ground pepper, to taste
 
Bring 4 quarts of lightly salted water to a boil in a large saucepan; add Brussels sprouts. Cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain in a colander, then refresh under cold running water to stop cooking.
 
In a large, heavy skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, about 7 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels, leaving rendered fat in skillet. Put shallots in skillet and sauté over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add sprouts; sauté 3 minutes longer.
 
Add cream, sage, and lemon zest, stirring to mix. Bring mixture to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, until cream is reduced and thickens to a glaze that loosely coats sprouts, about 3 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Crumble cooked bacon on top and serve immediately.
 
 
bacon recipe source: Frank P. Melodia, redbook, 300 West 57th St. 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10019

Monday, October 20, 2014

3451. SWEET PEA SALAD with SCALLION, BACON, and LEMON CREAM DRESSING

yields 4 side dish-sized servings 


Salad:
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
6 slices bacon, chopped
10 oz (285 g) frozen sweet green peas (not thawed)
3 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, pulled from the stems
salt and black pepper

Dressing:
1/4 cup (60 ml) whipping cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 pinch salt

Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; add the bacon and fry until crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and drain off the excess oil.

Fill a medium saucepan half-full with water and bring it to a rolling boil; add a generous sprinkling of salt. Stir in the frozen peas and time them for 45 seconds. Strain the peas and let them cool.

Combine the bacon, peas, scallion, parsley leaves, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl, and then pour it onto a serving dish; chill until serving.

For the dressing, whip the cream until thickened enough so that when you spoon a dollop, it stays without spreading out too much. Whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and salt.

Right before serving, dollop the lemon cream dressing onto the salad.


bacon recipe source: Faith Gorsky, An Edible Mosaic (@AnEdibleMosaic), May 16, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

3450. BACON-ALFREDO CASSEROLE

makes 12 servings 


1 box (1 lb) spaghetti
1/2 cup butter 
1/3 cup all-purpose flour  
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper  
1 quart half-and-half 
8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled  
1 bag (12 oz) frozen sweet peas, thawed 
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese  
1 egg, slightly beaten 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; set aside. In same Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in half-and-half. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add cooked spaghetti, bacon, peas and 1 cup of the cheese; toss to coat spaghetti. Stir in egg. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until set and edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley. Cut into squares to serve.


bacon recipe source: Pillsbury, General Mills, Inc., P.O. Box 9452, Minneapolis, MN 55440

Saturday, October 18, 2014

3449. PORCINI MUSHROOM RISOTTO with BACON

yields eight cups 


3/4 cups (about 1/3 ounce) dried porcini mushrooms 
4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup) 
2 1/4 cups (about 1 pound) Arborio rice 
1/2 cup dry white wine 
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper 
dried bread crumbs 
 
Make the mushroom broth: Bring 4 cups water to a simmer in a medium saucepan, completely submerge the mushrooms, and soak for 25 minutes. Remove the mushrooms with a slotted spoon and slice into 1/2-inch pieces. Strain the water and return it to the saucepan; add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer, and keep warm. 
 
Make the risotto: Cook bacon in a large saucepan until crisp. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside; reserve fat. Sauté onions in 2 tablespoons bacon fat until translucent—about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook over medium heat until slightly translucent—about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook until absorbed. Add 1 cup of hot broth, stirring constantly, and cook until absorbed, continue stirring and adding broth by the cupfuls until risotto is creamy and rice is cooked through but slightly al dente—about 25 minutes. Stir in the bacon, Parmesan, salt, and pepper and serve immediately or freeze (see below).
 
Freeze the leftover risotto: Shape 1/4 cupfuls of cooled risotto into 2-inch patties and coat with bread crumbs. Stack patties between sheets of waxed paper and transfer to an airtight container. Store frozen for up to 2 months. To serve, cook frozen patties in a lightly oiled or buttered skillet for 6 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.
 
 
bacon recipe source: Country Living2901 2nd Avenue South, Suite 270, Birmingham, AL 35233

Friday, October 17, 2014

3448. CAULIFLOWER COCONUT SOUP with CRISP BACON

yields four servings 


1 large cauliflower 
1 tablespoon coconut oil 
1 medium onion, diced 
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 
2 cups beef broth 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1/2 cup coconut milk 
8 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled

Cut cauliflower roughly into smaller pieces and set aside. Set a large pot over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. Fry the onions, carrots and garlic for about 5 minutes or until they are softened. Add the cauliflower and fry until it becomes a little bit browned.

Add broth and 1 cup water, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer (covered) until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes.

Puree the vegetables with a handheld blender in the pot. It is possible to use a regular blender for this step, but be careful that the hot liquid doesn’t spatter out.

Add salt, pepper and coconut milk then stir to combine. Top with crispy fried bacon bits and serve.


bacon recipe source: Simone Van Den Berg, Simone's Kitchen; on Relish.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3447. BARBECUED OYSTERS with BACON-CHILI-TAMARIND SAUCE

serves 8-10 people


230 grams (½ lb.) bacon rashers
80 grams (3 oz.) tamarind pulp, soaked in ¾ cup hot water for 30 minutes
160 grams (5.5 oz.) light palm sugar, crushed  
1 tablespoons fish sauce  
5 small red chillies, crushed in a mortar and pestle  
24 unopened oysters  
3 golden shallots, thinly sliced, to serve 
½ bunch Thai basil leaves, to serve To serve: lime halves
 
Remove rind from bacon and cook rind in a frying pan over medium-high heat until fat renders (5-10 minutes). Remove crackling from pan (it can be discarded or eaten by the cook). Finely chop remaining bacon, add to pan, stir occasionally until crisp and golden (10-15 minutes), then set aside on absorbent paper to drain.
 
Meanwhile, pass tamarind liquid through a sieve into a bowl (discard solids), add palm sugar and stir to dissolve. Add fish sauce and chilli and set aside.
 
Preheat barbecue to high heat, add oysters and barbecue until they pop open (3-5 minutes). Separate oyster lids from bases with a knife, top oysters with a little bacon, a drizzle of tamarind sauce, a scattering of shallot and a few Thai basil leaves and serve with lime halves.
 
 
bacon recipe source: Lisa Featherby, Gourmet Traveler (Sydney, NSW 2001 Australia), November 2013

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

3446. BALSAMIC BRAISED BEEF BRISKET with BACON and MUSHROOM

makes six servings


extra virgin olive oil
1 5-pound beef brisket 
kosher salt 
¼ lb slab bacon or 4 to 5 slices of bacon, cut into lardons 
4 onions, thinly sliced 
4 celery ribs, sliced thin on the bias 
4 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped 
1½ lb cremini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 
2 cups balsamic vinegar 
3 cups chicken stock 
1 thyme bundle 
4 bay leaves
Bunch fresh chives, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Coat a large wide, shallow pan with olive oil and bring it to high heat. Season the brisket generously with salt and add it to the pan. Brown the meat well on all sides, about 20 minutes total. Remove the brisket from the pan and reserve. Ditch the oil. Add a few drops of fresh oil to the pan and toss in the bacon. Bring the pan to medium heat and cook until the bacon is brown and crispy, 6 to 7 minutes. Toss in the onions, celery, and garlic and season with salt. Cook until the veggies are tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook until evaporated by half, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt if needed. Transfer the mixture to a roasting pan and lay the brisket on top. Add the chicken stock and jiggle the pan to nestle everyone together comfortably. Toss in the thyme bundle and bay leaves. Cover the pan with foil and place in the oven. Braise the brisket for 1 hour, then turn and braise for 1 more hour. Remove the foil and cook for 30 minutes more. Remove the brisket from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 20 minutes. Skim any excess fat from the cooking liquid, taste, and reseason if needed. Slice the brisket against the grain on the bias. Serve drizzled with the sauce and sprinkled with chives.


bacon recipe source: Anne Burrell, Own Your Kitchen; Kitchen Daily

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

3445. BACON HABANERO RANCH BURGER


1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 slices of white cheddar cheese
bacon, cooked
tomato, sliced
lettuce
Habanero ranch sauce
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 habanero pepper, stemmed and seeded
1 clove garlic
1 green onion
dash white vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

Habanero Ranch Sauce: Place all ingredients in food processor and puree until smooth.

Burgers: Heat a gas grill to high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Grill the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 3 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook beef burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, 4 minutes for medium rare (3 minutes if topping with cheese) or until cooked to desired degree of doneness. Add the cheese, if using, to the tops of the burgers during the last minute of cooking and top with a basting cover, close the grill cover, or tent the burgers with aluminum foil to melt the cheese. Remove patties from grill, serve on bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and habanero ranch sauce.


bacon recipe source: Tommy, SMAK: a food blog, September 11, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

3444. BLT PIZZA on NAAN BREAD

yields four pizzas


3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
4 pieces naan bread, frozen
1 teaspoon oregano, dried
1 cup tomatoes, sliced
3 slices bacon, cooked, broken into pieces
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, lite, shredded
1 handful arugula

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, olive oil and garlic; mix until combined. Spread mayonnaise mixture over naan and sprinkle with oregano. Evenly divide the bacon and tomatoes over naan. Top with mozzarella cheese. Place the pizzas on a cookie sheet; bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until naan is cooked and cheese is melted. Top with fresh arugula.


bacon recipe source: Jennifer (@JenatPBandP), Peanut Butter and Peppers, June 20, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

3443. ROASTED CHICKEN, BACON and TOMATO ALFREDO PIZZA

serves two


1 thin pizza crust
½ cup alfredo sauce
1 cup roasted chicken breast cut into small cubes
½ cup cooked bacon, crumbled
1 large tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 cup mozzarella cheese
¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Remove pizza crust from packaging and spread Alfredo sauce over crust. Top evenly with chicken, tomato, bacon, basil, and cheeses. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 450°F oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and is starting to brown. Remove from oven and serve. Use any leftover Alfredo sauce to dip your pizza slice in.


bacon recipe source: Stonefire™Authentic Flatbreads, c/o FGF Brands, 475 North Rivermede Road, Concord, ON L4K 3N1

Saturday, October 11, 2014

3442. CREAMY BREAKFAST POLENTA with ASIAGO, THYME, BACON and POACHED EGGS

makes four servings


5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
¼ cup onion, finely diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 cup warm water
2 cups whole milk, plus more as needed
1 cup coarse ground yellow cornmeal
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
3 oz shredded asiago cheese, plus more for serving
4 poached eggs
4 strips crisp cooked bacon, crumbled

In a medium sauce pan melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent.

Add in the water and milk and bring to a simmer. While whisking continuously, slowly pour in the cornmeal. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to thicken.

Heavily season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the thyme, asiago cheese, and the rest of the butter (2 tablespoons). Add more warm milk as needed if the mixture starts becoming too thick.

Serve warm topped with more asiago cheese, a poached egg, and crumbled bacon.


bacon recipe source: Baker Bettie (@BakerBettie), October 21, 2013

Friday, October 10, 2014

3441. CHICKEN, BACON, RANCH LASAGNA

serves nine


18 oz. (1 1/2 cans) evaporated milk
1-2 (1 oz) packages ranch dressing mix
1 lb. cooked chicken, cubed or pulled
5-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 green onions, chopped
1/8 teaspoon pepper
5 lasagna noodles, cooked
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Boil the noodles and cook the chicken either by boiling or pan frying. Combine evaporated milk and Ranch dressing mix in a saucepan and stir until the mix is completely dissolved. Add chicken, pepper, bacon, and green onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.

Begin layering the lasagna, noodles first, then sauce, then cheese, and repeat.

Bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes. Cool and serve.


bacon recipe source: Chelsey (@diybudgetgirl), Budget Girl, June 21, 2013

Thursday, October 09, 2014

3440. SAUTEED MUSHROOM BUTTER and BACON TEA SANDWICHES

makes 2 dozen 
 
 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
1 tablespoon olive oil  
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, tough ends of stems removed, diced 
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper  
1/4 cup Madeira or sherry 
24 thin slices whole-wheat bread  
1 1/2 pounds (about 24 slices) bacon, cooked 
1 bunch arugula, cleaned and trimmed 
 
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons butter and the oil. Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper; saute until mushrooms begin to soften and juices evaporate, about 8 minutes. Add Madeira, and remove from heat; deglaze pan, stirring with a wooden spoon until liquid has evaporated. Let cool, and place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Add remaining butter; pulse until mushrooms are finely chopped, about 1 minute.
 
Thinly spread two slices of bread with mushroom butter; cover one slice with a single layer each of bacon and arugula, and top with other bread slice. Use a serrated knife to trim crusts and cut in half diagonally into two triangles. Cover with damp paper towels until ready to serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
 
 
bacon recipe source: Martha Stewart, Annual Recipes 2003
1/2 cup  unflavored whey protein powder (see Note 1 below for subs)
2 strips cooked bacon (grilled until crispy and then chopped)
4 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 cup cocoa nibs (see Note 2 below for subs)
2 tablespoons xylitol (or granulated stevia)
1/2 cup milk (I used cartoned coconut milk but almond or rice would be nice too)
1 teaspoon red chili powder
Directions:
1. Blend all ingredients together, except for the bacon which you should add after blending so as to retain it’s texture. Meanwhile, melt 1/2 bar (50g) of 85% dark chocolate in a bain marie (i.e. a glass bowl on top of a pot of boiling water). Once blended, shape the mixture into bars and then dip the bars into 1/2 bar of melted dark chocolate.
2. Once your bars are coated with chocolate, transfer them to the freezer for 30 minutes and… that’s it. Your bars are done.
- See more at: http://proteinpow.com/2013/06/bacon-and-chili-dark-chocolate-protein.html#sthash.tUAeMPi9.dpuf

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

3439. BACON, JALAPENO and SPINACH OMELETTE

makes one omelette


1 teaspoon ghee or olive oil
2 large eggs
½ jalapeno, seeded and minced
small pinch of fresh baby spinach
2 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
shredded cheese (optional)
sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste

Heat the ghee (or olive oil) in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.

Scramble the eggs in a small bowl. Add the jalapeno and baby spinach and mix thoroughly.

When the pan is hot, add the egg mixture. Allow it to cook for several minutes undisturbed, just until the top is starting to set. Sprinkle the bacon crumbles on top of the egg on one side of the pan. (If using shredded cheese, now is the time to add it.)

Use a silicone spatula to gently lift and fold one half of the omelette over on itself in the pan, so that all of the filling is enclosed in the egg. Allow it to cook for about 2 more minutes like this.

Slide the omelette out of the pan and right onto a plate. Top with extra jalapeno and/or bacon crumbles, if you desire, and a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!


bacon recipe source: September 13, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

3438. BACON-WRAPPED CATFISH with CREAM CHEESE STUFFING

serves eight


8 (3-5-oz.) catfish fillets
seasoned salt
paprika
8 slices smoked bacon
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons diced, jarred jalapeños
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon celery salt
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground thyme

Preheat oven to 375° F. Place bacon on sheet pan in single layer and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine breadcrumbs, cream cheese, jalapeños, lemon juice, celery salt, onion, parsley and thyme. Divide into 8 portions. Lightly dust fillets with seasoned salt. Place fillets flat side up. Place 1 portion of stuffing in middle of each fillet. Wrap thin side of fillet toward center, then thicker side toward center. Secure with a toothpick. Wrap 1 slice of bacon around each fillet, securing with toothpicks. Sprinkle tops with paprika. Spray cooking rack and baking sheet with cooking spray. Place catfish rolls on rack. Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Remove toothpicks. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.


bacon recipe source: U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish (@US_Catfish), 6311 Ridgewood Road, Suite W404, Jackson, Mississippi 39211

Monday, October 06, 2014

3437. SWEET POTATO, ONION and BACON COMPOTE

4 slices of premium smoked bacon, chopped
1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 pound white and wild mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons unsulfured dark molasses
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ginger
salt, to taste
3/4 pound sweet potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 dozen pearl onion, blanched and peeled

In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until it is browned and crisp. Remove and drain the bacon, set aside. Melt butter in the drippings. Add the onion and the mushrooms, and sauté them over medium heat until they are softened, 2-3 minutes.

Add to the skillet the stock, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, thyme, pepper flakes, ginger, and a touch of salt, and mix well. Stir in the sweet potatoes, and simmer over medium heat 2-3 minutes. Add the pearl onions, cover the pan, and continue to cook another 7-10 minutes, until both the potatoes and onions are tender. The dish can be made ahead and covered to this point 1 hour in advance of your meal.

Uncover the pan, and cook another couple of minutes, stirring continually, until the sauce reduces to a glaze. Sprinkle in the reserved bacon, and stir to mix them in. Taste, add a little more salt if you like, and serve.


bacon recipe source: The Fresh Market, 628 Green Valley Road, Suite 500, Greensboro, NC 27408

Sunday, October 05, 2014

3436. MAHI MAHI with BACON-TOMATO BUTTER

serves four


2 cups water
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
4 (6-oz.) mahi mahi fillets, skin on
cooking spray
salt
2 slices center-cut bacon, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon hot smoked paprika
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons butter

Combine the water, salt, and sugar in a shallow dish, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Add the fish and let stand 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel.

Heat grill pan to medium heat. Season the fish evenly with a little bit of salt and light coat both the pan and the fish with cooking spray (it will stick like crazy otherwise). Place fish, skin side down, on the pan and grill for 2 minutes or until grill lines show up. Turn the fish over and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 12 minutes or until done.

Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for 5 minutes or until bacon is almost crisp, stirring occasionally. Drain a bit of the grease from the pan. Add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Add paprika and cook for 20 seconds, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the butter until it is melted and remove from heat. Serve on top of mahi mahi fillets.


bacon recipe source: Laura, PheNOMenal Phoods

Saturday, October 04, 2014

3435. FRIED GREEN TOMATO and BACON GRILLED CHEESE

serves four


2 green tomatoes, cut into ¼-inch slices
½ cup bacon grease (save from cooking bacon)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup flour
⅔ cup cornmeal
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
sugar
8 slices white bread, preferably Texas Toast
8 slices bacon, cooked
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 teaspoons chopped chives, optional
butter

Whisk eggs, milk, paprika, and garlic powder in a pie pan or bowl.

In another pie pan or on a plate, mix together flour, cornmeal, salt and pepper.

Dip tomatoes into egg mixture and then coat with flour mixture.

Heat bacon grease in a large cast iron skillet or regular skillet over medium heat. When hot, fry 4 to 5 tomatoes at a time. When golden brown on one side, flip and cook until golden brown on the other side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle lightly with sugar and salt.

For each sandwich, layer 2 to 3 fried green tomatoes on a piece of bread, top with 2 slices bacon, and about ¼ cup Cheddar cheese and ¼ cup Monterey Jack cheese. Sprinkle with chives and top with another bread slice.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Place a pat of butter on the surface of the pan. Use a spatula to spread it out as it melts. Place a sandwich on top and cook until golden brown. Lift sandwich off pan with a spatula, place another pat of butter down and flip sandwich over onto the melted butter. Cook until cheese is melted, turning heat down if it starts to brown too quickly.


bacon recipe source: Christin Mahrlig (@cmahrlig), Spicy Southern Kitchen, August 12, 2014