Tuesday, January 31, 2012


makes ten servings

1/2 cup bacon, cut into 1/4" strips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
2 large onions, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups washed oyster mushrooms, torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups shucked oysters with their liquor
3 cups peeled salsify or parsnips, cut into 1" pieces, boiled until tender
2—3 cups low-salt chicken broth or turkey stock
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup oyster sauce
16 cups stale, plain French baguette, cubed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon leaves
3 tablespoons chopped chives

Butter a 9x13x2" baking dish and set aside. Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is cooked but not browned. Add 2 Tbsp. butter and the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent. Transfer bacon mixture to a bowl.

Return skillet to medium heat; add the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter and oil. Add oyster mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add oysters, salsify, broth, heavy cream, and oyster sauce and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.

Preheat oven to 375°. Put bread in a large bowl. Add reserved bacon mixture and mushroom mixture from skillet. Season to taste with salt and pepper and fold in lemon juice, tarragon, and chives. The bread should be quite wet, but there should be no pooling liquid once it's well mixed. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and bake until browned and crisp, about 45 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Anita Lo, Annisa, 13 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014 | Bon Appetit, November 2011

Monday, January 30, 2012


1 cup maple syrup
1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups blueberries
8 slices of thick-cut bacon
½ cup mascarpone cheese

In a small saucepan, bring maple syrup and cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon to a simmer. Add blueberries and cook on low heat 5 minutes. Let cool, then drain blueberries, reserving maple syrup. Meanwhile, chop bacon and fry over medium-high heat until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Top pizza with blueberries, bacon, and spoonfuls of mascarpone cheese. Bake at 450° until crust is golden brown. Serve with reserved cinnamon-maple syrup on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mike Isabella, Graffiato, 707 6th St NW, Washington DC 20001 | O, The Oprah Magazine, September 2011

Sunday, January 29, 2012


serves 2-4

1 cup stone ground grits
5 1/3 cups water
1 ear’s worth of corn
5 stalks of rhubarb, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 lime, zested
2 slices of bacon chopped into strips
1 onion, chopped
A glob of butter
1/2 cup of cheddar, grated
A dozen frozen shrimp, thawed
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring 5 cups of the water, salted, to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down low and stir in the grits carefully, making sure to avoid clumps. Cook this way, stirring often, until the mixture is creamy, thick and pulls away from the sides of the pan a bit, about 35-45 minutes.

In the meantime, put the compote on. In a small saucepan, combine the rhubarb, 1/3 cup of water, and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let it simmer until the rhubarb is nice and soft and the mixture has thickened a bit.

When the grits look like they’re almost done, get started on the topping. Over medium-high heat, saute the bacon pieces and onion until they both start to brown. Add in the corn, and stir for a couple of minutes until it cooks a bit. At the very, very end, throw in the shrimp, and cook for just a couple of minutes longer, to let them heat through and get a little crispy. Season the mixture.

At the same time, once the grits seem just about done, stir in the cheddar and a generous glob of butter, and season. Remove from the heat.

Serve grits with shrimp mixture on top and a little bit of rhubarb compote.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Anna, Braising Hell, Montreal, Canada, June 22, 2011

Saturday, January 28, 2012


1 oz. mezcal
⅓ oz. scotch
⅓ oz. Campari
⅓ oz. pepper vodka
2 dashes orange bitters
A quarter-size piece of crispy bacon
1 jalapeno, halved, de-seeded, de-ribbed, and sliced long-wise

In an ice-filled shaker, pour the mezcal, scotch, Campari, vodka, and bitters and add the bacon. Shake thoroughly until the bacon is pulverized. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with the jalapeno sliver.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Grant Skokan-Guinn, formerly of Grady's Restaurant, Fort Worth, Texas | ElMezcal.org, August 11, 2011

Friday, January 27, 2012


4 cups cold leftover brown rice
4 slices of bacon
1 small onion
2 spring onions, chopped into bite size pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Chop the bacon into bite size pieces and fry in a large wok or frying pan until cooked through. Add the vegetable oil, the onion & garlic and saute until soft and a bit golden in color. Add the rice mix well. Then add the soy sauce, salt, black pepper then the spring onions last. Stir fry until all ingredients are mixed well.

Bake your bacon in your conventional oven and then chop into bite size pieces. Heat your wok or frying pan on medium/high heat and coat with vegetable oil. Add the onion and then add garlic and saute until soft. Add the cooked, chopped bacon then the rice and allow to cook. Add the soy sauce, salt, black pepper then the spring onions last. Stir fry until all ingredients are mixed well.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lisa, Korean American Mommy, July 20, 2010

Thursday, January 26, 2012


yields six servings

3 bacon slices
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 1/2 pounds peeled baking potato, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Romano cheese, divided
1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook bacon in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings, and set aside. Add onion, pepper, and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender. Add onion mixture to bacon. Add the reserved drippings to pan. Arrange one-third of potato slices in a single layer in pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread half of onion mixture over potato slices; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese. Repeat procedure with the remaining potato slices, salt, onion mixture, and cheese, ending with potato slices. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour broth over top. Lightly coat 1 side of foil with cooking spray. Cover pan with foil, coated side down. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Place a heavy ovenproof pan on top of foil. Bake an additional 55 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove pan from oven; cool 20 minutes on a wire rack. Uncover and gently loosen potatoes from pan with a spatula; invert onto a serving plate.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Elizabeth Taliaferro, Cooking Light, March 2001

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


yields 4 to 6 servings

1 bunch asparagus
7 strips smoked bacon, cut in 1/2
1/4 cup Shiro miso paste (white miso paste)
1/2 cup mirin rice wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar
bamboo toothpicks, soaked in water

Trim and peel the root end of the asparagus to remove the tough outer skin. Slice asparagus in half keeping the tips and bases separate. Lay half bacon strips out on your cutting board. Lay a base piece and a tip piece on each slice of bacon, then roll it up and secure with a bamboo toothpick through the middle at a 90 degree angle.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

In a small mixing bowl combine miso, mirin, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar. Stir with a whisk and use a pastry brush to baste the skewers as they cook on the grill - about 2 to 3 minutes per side on high.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tyler Florence, "Ultimate Teriyaki Chicken," Tyler's Ultimate, Food Network

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


12 okra
4 tablespoons peanut butter
1 small onion, grated
2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
thick-cut bacon

Prepare the grill for medium-high indirect grilling. Prepare the stuffing for the okra, by combining the peanut butter, onion, ginger-garlic paste, chili powder, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and salt in a bowl. Make sure to mix thoroughly. Wash and dry the okra, chop off the heads and tail ends and make a slit from the top to the bottom end. Place the stuffing in a piping bag (or Ziploc bag, with a small hole cut on one end). Stuff the peanut butter mixture into the slits of the okra. Wrap each okra with bacon, cut off any excess, and secure with a toothpick. Place the bacon wrapped okra on the grill over indirect heat and grill till the bacon is nice and crisp and the okra has softened up.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jason's BBQ Adventures

Monday, January 23, 2012


serves four

600 grams smoked eel fillet
4 rashers thinly cut smoked streaky bacon
200 grams crème fraiche
1 tablespoon strong horseradish sauce
dill sprigs, to garnish

For the blinis:
75 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
full fat milk
30 grams butter

First make the blinis. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl with a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and add the eggs. With a whisk or wooden spoon, mix gently, drawing in flour from the edges, to make a smooth batter. Add enough milk to make a thick batter, probably between 50ml and 100ml, but dependent on the size of your eggs.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Drop tablespoons of the batter into the hot pan and cook for 2–3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through, you may have to do this in batches. Keep the blinis warm in a low oven.

Pan fry or grill the bacon until crisp. together the crème fraiche and horseradish sauce, and season. To serve, place a couple of warm blinis on each plate. Spoon some horseradish crème fraiche on top, and divide the smoked eel between the plates. Top each plate with a rasher of crisp streaky bacon, and garnish with a sprig of dill.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Rachel Green, c/o Kenyon Communications, Beech House, Kingerby, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire LN8 3PF England

Sunday, January 22, 2012


200 grams smoked bacon, rashers cut into pieces or 200g smoked lardons
2 onions, peeled and sliced thickly
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 (400 grams) cans butter beans, drained
4 tablespoons creme fraiche
2 tablespoons tomato puree
100ml red wine, or 100ml vegetable stock
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
salt and pepper
olive oil

4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried garlic granules or 1 ~ 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced finely
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly
salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400°F. Lightly grease an ovenproof gratin dish with a little olive oil.

Topping: Mix the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic together. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.

Cassoulet: Fry the bacon pieces in a large frying pan until crisp. Take the bacon pieces out and add the chopped onions - fry them gently in the bacon fat until the onion is soft but not coloured. Add the fresh thyme leaves and mix through.

Add the bacon to the onion and thyme mixture and then gently mix the butter beans through the mixture.

In a large bowl, add the crème fraiche, tomato paste, wine and sugar ~ mix thoroughly. Season with pepper and a little salt, as the bacon is already quite salty.

Add the bacon and butter bean mixture to the crème fraiche and wine sauce ~ mix gently.

Transfer all the butter bean mixture to the greased gratin dish. Sprinkle the topping over evenly and place the sliced tomatoes on top in an attractive pattern.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the cassoulet is bubbling and the topping is a golden brown.

Serve immediately with a large bowl of salad and crusty bread, or, as an accompaniment for sausages, roast meat and poultry, casseroles, stews or grilled meat.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Karen Booth, Lavender and Lovage, December 2, 2011

Saturday, January 21, 2012


makes four servings

32 ounces chicken or vegetable broth
16 oz. mild cheddar cheese, shredded
8 oz. gouda cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter
3 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 slices bacon, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz. fresh mushrooms of your choice, chopped
3/4 cup white wine (or beer)

Dipping foods:
Broccoli florets
Cauliflower florets
Asparagus spears, ends trimmed and cut into 3" lengths
Green beans, trimmed
Granny smith apples, cut into chunks
Pumpernickel bread, cut into chunks

Prepare the dipping foods by bringing the chicken stock to a boil in a sauce pot. Add the broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, strain out the vegetables, reserving the broth. You will use 1/4 cup of this reserved broth in the fondue, but save the rest for another use.

In a large bowl, toss together the shredded cheddar, shredded gouda and the flour until flour is coating cheese evenly. Set aside.

Take the thawed chopped spinach in your hand and squeeze as much water as you can out of the spinach. Set aside.

Heat a fondue pot or medium pot over medium heat with the butter and bacon. Cook the bacon for 2 minutes (make sure the bacon does not burn or cook too quickly). Add the garlic and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in wine and 1/4 cup of the previously reserved chicken broth from step 1. Bring to a simmer and in batches, add a handful of the cheese, stirring and letting the cheese melt before adding more. Stir in the chopped spinach. If the fondue becomes too thick, add a couple tablespoons of additional broth.

Serve fondue with the vegetables, apples and bread.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jaden Hair, Steamy Kitchen, November 9, 2010

Friday, January 20, 2012


yields 6-8 servings

Bacon Sauce:
7 or 8 strips regular bacon
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
two 28-ounce cans chunky ground tomatoes

oil, for greasing pan
2 pounds 80-percent lean ground beef
3/4 cup breadcrumbs (made from day old Italian bread)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
3/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced (not too fine)
2 eggs
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound bucatini pasta

For the bacon sauce: Cut the bacon into pieces. Using a big saute pan or skillet that has a cover, cook over medium heat until almost crispy. Don't drain the fat. Add the onions to the pan. When the onions are almost cooked and start to become translucent, add the garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, and then add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low for about an hour to an hour and a half.

For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano, parsley, garlic, eggs and some salt and pepper. Form into 1 to 1 1/2-inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Make sure to turn every few minutes to brown on all sides.

Cook the bucatini according to the package directions.

Serve the meatballs over the pasta with the bacon sauce on the side. Garnish with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Beau MacMillan, "Family Recipes," The Best Thing I Ever Made, Food Network

Thursday, January 19, 2012


serves 6-8

1/2 lb. bacon
1 gallon zip-lock bag with 1 cup flour
5 chicken breasts
5 potatoes
10 carrots
1 large onion
1 can Mountain Dew soda
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat dutch oven by setting on bed of coals. Chop bacon into 1-inch pieces. Dice vegetables. Cut chicken breasts in half lengthwise. Fry bacon in dutch oven until crispy. Remove bacon from dutch oven but leave grease. Shake chicken breasts in baggie of flour to coat. Cook in bacon grease to brown, about 5 minutes, turning a couple times. Pour vegetables, bacon, and Mountain Dew on top of chicken. Cover with lid and cook at 350° for 45 minutes with 3/4 of coals on lid. Using tongs or fork, lift chicken breasts so they are resting on top of vegetables. Sprinkle cheese over the chicken. Cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Boy Scout Trail

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


2 strips bacon, diced
olive oil
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 red onion, slivered
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, julienned
1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
small handful torn basil and chopped parsley
1 pound strozzapreti, or pasta shape of your choice
salt and pepper to taste
grated parmesan

In a large skillet with high sides, saute bacon in olive oil. When bacon begins to get crisp add onions and garlic and saute until golden. Add sundried tomatoes and toss. Add cauliflower florets and saute until tender-crisp. Meanwhile, boil pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving a cup of pasta cooking water. Add pasta to skillet along with cooking water, a handful of grated parmesan and herbs. Toss everything together and serve with additional grated parmesan on top.

bacon recipe courtesy of: farm + house + table, January 22, 2010

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


yields two servings

2 scallops
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
4 peppercorns
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ lb cold butter, cubed
½ lb thick cut bacon, small diced
½ red onion, small diced
4 strawberries, small diced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ bunch fresh basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste

Dry scallops with a paper towel. In a small saucepan, sweat shallots and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, and white wine, reduce to au sec. Add cream and reduce by half. Slowly whisk in cold butter. Strain through chinois and season. Sauté bacon until crispy. Drain and let cool. Toss with remaining ingredients and season with 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend basil with ¼ cup olive oil. Strain through chinois. Season scallop with salt and pepper. In a hot sauté pan, sear scallop until brown. Flip over and cook to medium rare.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Alex Reznik, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7, Quickfire Challenge, Bravo TV

Monday, January 16, 2012


serves two

1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ medium white onion
½ clove garlic
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
25 grams (a couple of rashers) streaky bacon,
100 grams (about 400 grams of unpodded ones) shelled broad beans,
½ small red chili
about a tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon tahini
2 small pita breads
20ml (or a heaped tablespoon) crème fraîche

Blanch or fry the beans for a couple of minutes until the skins split/separate, cool and then shell. Whilst the beans are cooling, cut the bacon and chili up into small pieces, peel and slice the onion, peel and crush the garlic and, if necessary, rinse the mint. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Fry the bacon until crisp then add the de-skinned beans and chili. Stir well and cook for a minute or two. Add the onion and garlic to the beans and bacon, stir in well and cook for another minute. Whilst the onion is cooking, you can, if you want, heat the pitta breads up briefly (a minute in a toaster will do it) then split them. Take the pan off the heat, stir in the tahini, balsamic vinegar and mint. Divide the salad between the breads and, if you want, season and add a dessertspoon of crème fraîche.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Cook At Home by Peter Gordon. Hodder & Stoughton, 1999. On WTF Do I Eat Tonight? July 27, 2011

Sunday, January 15, 2012


2 pounds penne pasta
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 strips bacon
1/4 teaspoon chile flakes
1/2 head red cabbage, finely shredded
1/2 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup currants
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Boil pasta 2 minutes short of package instructions and drain. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water. In a large 12- to 14-inch skillet, add oil and saute onions, garlic, bacon, and chile to soften and slightly render bacon, about 2 minutes. Add the cabbage, lemon zest, and currants and cook to caramelize, then cook the cabbage until barely tender, about 6 minutes. Add the vinegar, stirring to deglaze the pan. Add the pasta water, milk, and cheese. Stir to heat and melt cheese. Add the penne to the pan. Squeeze over half the lemon. Serve with extra grated cheese.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lucinda Scala Quinn, Mad Hungry, April 2011

Saturday, January 14, 2012


yields four servings

1 cup dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes- then drained
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomatoes
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a large bowl, combine macaroni, celery, onion, parsley, and tomato. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing. Mix mayo, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt. Add dressing to the pasta mixture and stir to combine. Season with freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lori Lange, RecipeGirl.com, June 20, 2011

Friday, January 13, 2012


makes twenty-four

12 large eggs
8 pieces of bacon cooked until crisp and crumbled
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon white truffle oil
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
Large pinch salt
Small pinch of cayenne pepper
Chives cut into 1/2 inch pieces for garnish

Place the eggs on the counter and bring to room temperature, about 45 minutes. In a medium pot cover the eggs with cold water going about 1” above the eggs. Over high heat, bring the eggs to a rolling boil. Cover the eggs and remove from heat. Allow them to sit covered for 13 minutes. Remove the eggs and submerge in an ice bath for 10 minutes. Peel the eggs and slice them in half lengthwise. Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl and put the egg white halves on a flat surface or preferably a deviled egg tray. Mash the egg yolks and add the bacon,mayo,mustard, truffle oil, chives, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix until nicely incorporated. Place the egg mixture in a large zip top baggie. Snip a hole in the bottom and pipe the mixture into the egg whites. Garnish with the chives and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper if you wish.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Leslie Green, The Hungry Housewife, February 2, 2011

Thursday, January 12, 2012


makes four servings

8 slices of smoky bacon
8 chicken breast cutlets (about 2 pounds)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
grill seasoning
2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 ripe Hass avocado
¼ small onion, chopped
1 small garlic clove, smashed and peeled
Juice of 2 lemons
1 jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves

Preheat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high. Preheat the oven to 375° and cook the bacon on a broiler pan in the oven for 20 minutes. (To get the bacon extra-crisp, don’t open the oven to check on it too often—you’ll let the heat out.) Drain the bacon on paper towels, then chop it.

Coat the chicken with extra-virgin olive oil and grill seasoning. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Combine the lettuce and tomatoes in a large bowl. Cut the avocado in half, pit it and spoon the flesh into a food processor bowl. Add the onion, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeño and cilantro to the avocado. Turn the processor on and add 1/3 cup of the extra-virgin olive oil in a thin stream; process until smooth. season to taste with salt.

Chop the chicken into pieces and arrange on the salad. Pour the dressing over the salad, then scatter the bacon across the top.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray, 30-Minute Meals, June/July 2006

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


serves 4-6

4 cups durum semolina flour
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out
1 ½ tablespoons kosher salt
Water as needed (approximately 4 cups)
¼ pound smoked bacon, medium dice
½ cup white wine
1 pound chanterelle mushrooms, sliced thin
2 bunches green garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons whole butter
Black pepper, to taste
Grana Padano, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

In a stand-up mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, add both kinds of flour and salt; slowly add water with mixer on speed 2 or 3. Mix for about 2 minutes. Dough should be crumbly, but still hold its shape. Remove from mixing bowl. Dust table with a little all-purpose flour, and knead the dough, folding it into itself repeatedly, for approximately 6 minutes. Let the dough rest for about 2 hours; by then it should be a solid mass, ready to be rolled through the cavatelli machine.

Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, to about half an inch in thickness. Then cut into strips, half an inch wide. Start rolling strips through the cavatelli machine, dusting cavatelli with all-purpose flour once finished. Let the pasta air-dry for about an hour.

Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat a large sauté pan; add smoked bacon and sauté, frequently draining of fat (leaving about 1 tablespoon to sauté mushrooms). Add one-third of the white wine to bring down temperature of bacon. Add the chanterelles and sauté until light brown. Add green garlic and thyme, and de-glaze bottom of pan with rest of wine. Reduce wine until it is nearly gone, add butter, and turn off heat.

Add the cavatelli to the pot of boiling water and boil until cavatelli floats to the top (about 8 minutes). When cavatelli is finished cooking transfer with a mesh strainer directly into sauté pan with rest of ingredients. Toss pasta, adding pasta water as needed to make sauce in the pan, season with salt to taste. Finish with generous amount of fresh black pepper and parmesan. Garnish with chopped parsley.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Cory Obenour and Matt Sullivan, The Blue Plate, 3218 Mission Street at Valencia, San Francisco, California 94110

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


yields four servings

400 grams fusilli
100 grams bacon in cubes
30 grams butter
150 grams smoked scamorza
3/4 cup cream
salt to taste
black pepper

Let salted water boil for fusilli. In the meantime prepare the sauce in this way: place in a pan the butter and the cubes of bacon and let them brown. Then add the cream and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Cut the scamorza in cubes. When the water boils add the fusilli. and let them cook as indicated on the pack. When fusilli are ready, drain and put them on the pan of the sauce together with the scamorza. Mix all together in order to melt the scamorza. If you want you can sprinkle with some Parmesan. Serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bella Italia, Centro Direzionale, Isola E2, 80143, Naples, Italy

Monday, January 09, 2012


serves four

340 grams arborio rice
hot quail stock
50 grams butter
½ glass white wine
8 slice of smoked bacon
50 grams chopped onion
1 tablespoon taleggio cheese
1 tablespoon crescenza cheese
1 knob of butter
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ tablespoon chives
1 parsley tuft
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Sauté the chopped onion in a saucepan in the oil, add the rice and brown it. Pour the wine and when it evaporates add a ladleful of the hot stock and simmer. As the stock is absorbed add more stock when necessary. Add the 4 slices of bacon, chive herb and parsley. Salt and pepper as necessary. Continue adding the boiled stock for about 16 minutes. Remove the risotto from heat and stir in the taleggio, crescenza, Parmesan and butter. Divide the risotto between 4 dishes and place on top the other 4 thinly slices of bacon previously browned in the oven. Pour on 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chefs Raffaele and Massimiliano Alajmo, for Riso Gallo, Viale Riccardo Preve 4, 27038 Robbio, Pavia, Italy

Sunday, January 08, 2012


makes 2 stuffed squash, or about 4 light servings

2 large pattypan squash (about 2 pounds)
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup cooked white beans
2 cups chopped tomatoes
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
¼ cup red wine
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
¼ cup milk of choice

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a large baking sheet.

Using a small paring knife, cut the top 1/3 “lid” off each of the squash, cutting deep into the squash to make a deep bowl. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds and compost. Cut or scoop additional flesh from the inside of the squash, deepening the “bowl;” reserve all scooped flesh. Cut all removed squash flesh into small cubes.

Heat bacon in a medium skillet over medium; cook until lightly browned, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add cubed squash; cook until softened, stirring, about 4 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, and seasonings to taste; cook until liquid from tomatoes is evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Add wine to skillet; heat over high until liquid cooks off, stirring and scraping, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in cheese, herbs, and milk. Spoon mixture carefully into hollowed-out squash; place “lid” back on squash.

Place stuffed squash on prepared baking sheet; place in oven and bake until softened and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly and serve warm.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kimberley Stakal, for Organic Authority

Saturday, January 07, 2012


4 tablespoons olive oil
4 rashers of unsmoked streaky bacon, derinded and chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
½ celeriac, peeled & diced
½ head of Savoy cabbage, core removed, finely shredded
200ml fresh cream
4 brill fillets, 170 – 200g each, skin removed
100 grams butter, diced
½ fresh lemon
small bunch of curly or flat parsley, roughly chopped.

Garnish: (optional)
2 tablespoons caper berries
2 tablespoons diced tomato, skin & seeds removed

Heat 2 tablespooons olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the chopped bacon and fry for few minutes, then stir in the carrot & celeriac. Cover with a lid, reduce to a medium heat and cook for a further 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the shredded cabbage and cook for a further 3 minutes, them pour in the cream. Simmer until the cream begins to thicken and the cabbage is tender. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

Heat a large non stick fry pan & add the remaining olive oil. Pat the fish fillets dry with some absorbent kitchen paper, then season with salt & pepper. Once the pan is hot, add the fish, skin side down and fry for 2 minutes until golden brown in color underneath.

Turn the fish over onto its other side and add the butter. Squeeze over the lemon juice and once the butter begins to foam, add the chopped parsley. Spoon the butter over the fish and remove from the heat.

Place the creamed cabbage in the center of four warmed serving plates topped with the brill fillets. Spoon any remaining pan juices over the brill fillets, garnish with the caper berries, diced tomato and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Avonmore, Glanbia Consumer Foods, 3008 Lake Drive, Citywest, Dublin 24 Ireland

Friday, January 06, 2012


serves 10 to 12

2 lb. thick-sliced lean bacon
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and another rack in the lower third, and preheat to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of 2 rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil.

Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the prepared pans. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cardamom and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the bacon slices.

Place 1 pan on the upper rack and the other pan on the lower rack. Bake the bacon, without turning, for 25 minutes. Switch the position of the pans and rotate them 180 degrees. Continue to bake the bacon, without turning, until dark brown but not quite crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more. Using tongs, lift the bacon slices from the pans, gently shaking off the excess drippings, and transfer them to paper towels to drain briefly.

Arrange the bacon on a warmed platter and serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Breakfast and Brunch, by Georgeanne Brennan, Elinor Klivans, Jordan Mackay and Charles Pierce. Oxmoor House, 2007

Thursday, January 05, 2012


For the honey treacle-glazed bacon:
18 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons treacle
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
pinch ground cayenne

For the grilled lettuce:
4 leaves radicchio
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

For the smoky tomato mayo:
1 large ripe tomato
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 clove garlic
180ml mayonnaise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the burgers:
900 grams minced steak
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for griddle pan
175 grams Comte or Gruyere, grated
6 hamburger buns, split

Preheat a non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat.

Roughly chop six of the bacon slices, and add to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon just barely begins to turn crispy, about for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cooked bacon to a food processor and process for 4 to 5 seconds. Set aside for later use in the burgers.

For the honey treacle-glazed bacon: In a small mixing bowl, combine the honey, treacle, vinegar and cayenne pepper, and mix until well combined. Brush the remaining 12 bacon slices on both sides with the honey mixture.

Heat a large fireproof non-stick pan on the griddle. Add half the bacon and cook over a medium high heat until crispy, about 5 minutes, flipping once. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining bacon.

For the griddled lettuce: Soak the radicchio leaves, for about 10 minutes, in an ice bath to lessen the amount of bitterness. Remove the leaves from the ice bath and pat dry with paper towels. Brush the leaves with 1 tbsp oil.

Put on the griddle and cook briefly on each side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 2.5cm-wide strips.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tbsp of oil, the sherry vinegar and Dijon mustard. Add the radicchio and toss to coat.

For the smoky tomato mayo: Put the tomato on the griddle and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until most of the skin has blackened. Transfer to a small bowl and cover with cling film. After 10 minutes, squeeze the tomato into a strainer to remove the seeds and most of the skin (you can leave a little bit of the burnt skin). Discard the seeds and skin.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tomato, smoked paprika, garlic and mayonnaise and puree. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

For the burgers: Combine the beef, reserved bacon (that was chopped in the food processor), tarragon, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well, handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting. Divide the mixture into six equal portions and form into burgers to fit the size of the buns.

Brush the griddle pan with vegetable oil. Arrange the burgers in the pan and cook, turning once, just until done, about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, top with equal amounts of cheese and put the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the griddle to toast lightly.

Spread a generous amount of the smoky tomato mayo on the cut side of the buns. Top the bottoms with two slices of honey treacle-glazed bacon, a cheese-topped burger and equal amounts of grilled lettuce. Cover with the bun tops and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Great British Menu, Food Network UK, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SR

Wednesday, January 04, 2012


makes 6 servings

2 cups dried whole yellow peas
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, cut into 1/3" dice
1 celery stalk, cut into 1/3" dice
4 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1/3" dice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces raw duck or goose foie gras, cleaned, cut into 3/4" cubes (optional)
olive oil

Place peas in a large pot; add cold water to cover by 2". Let soak overnight.

Drain peas; return to pot. Add onion, carrot, celery, and bacon. Add water to cover ingredients by 2". Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring often. Continue cooking at a very low simmer, stirring every 15 minutes and occasionally skimming foam from the surface, until peas are almost tender, 2–3 hours (time will vary depending on age of peas). Season with salt. Simmer until peas are very tender, 15-45 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and chill. Return to a simmer before continuing.

Season foie gras cubes, if using, with salt; divide among warmed bowls. Ladle hot soup over cubes and let stand until foie gras is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with pepper.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Martin Picard, Bon Appétit, January 2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


serves 4-6

1 box/package farfalle
4 slices bacon
1 cup fresh plum tomato, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups fresh spinach, packed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces julienne, place in a hot pan and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon and set aside. Cook farfalle according to package directions. Add tomatoes to skillet and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Deglaze pan with white wine. Reduce liquid by ¾ and add salt, pepper, and heavy cream. Reduce liquid again by ¾. Add bacon and fresh spinach to skillet. Stir to combine. Drain cooked farfalle and combine with sauce mixture in skillet. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Barilla, 1200 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, IL 60015, 1-800-9-BARILLA (1-800-922-7455)

Monday, January 02, 2012


30 grams butter
1 brown onion, very thinly sliced
1 sprig thyme
2 rashers bacon, rind removed
olive oil
2 thick slices sourdough
4 slices Edam cheese

Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Add butter and once melted, add onion and thyme, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 6-7 minutes stirring often or until caramelised.

Heat a char-grill pan over high heat until hot. Add bacon, cook for 3-4 minutes turning once or twice or until beginning to crisp. Remove to a plate. Reduce heat to medium-low. Brush one side each slice bread with oil.

Add one slice of sourdough, oil side down to pan, top with caramelized onion, two slices cheese and bacon then remaining two slices cheese and sandwich with remaining slice of bread, oil side up.

Place a small plate on top of panini, weigh down with something heavy. Cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Turn and cook a further 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread golden. Slice panini in half and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Shane Delia, for Ready Steady Cook, June 8, 2009

Sunday, January 01, 2012


serves six

1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1 prepared (ready made) pie dough for 9” pie
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 ounces softened goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus additional sprigs for garnish
3-4 medium green tomatoes cut into 1/4" slices
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Press dough gently into bottom and sides of a 9” tart pan. Bake for 20 minutes. While the tart shell is warm, gently spread the Dijon mustard over the bottom and top with half of the goat cheese. Sprinkle with thyme. Layer the bacon, remaining goat cheese and tomato slices in an overlapping pattern on top. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the tomatoes. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Paula Deen, for Smithfield