Thursday, December 31, 2015


Makes 1 

2-3 dashes bitters
1½ oz. bacon-infused bourbon (recipe below)
½ oz. dry vermouth
¼ oz. sweet vermouth
1 strip crisp, cooked bacon, for garnish
1 cherry (maraschino or brandied), for garnish
1 twist orange rind, for garnish

Bacon-Infused Bourbon:
2 oz. bacon fat
1½ cups bourbon

To clarify the bacon fat, melt fat and strain into a bowl. Add 4 oz. boiling water. Stir well and leave until melted fat has set into a cake above the water. Remove cake, scraping off any sediment from the bottom, then melt again.

Combine bourbon and bacon fat in a quart-size jar. Seal with a tightly fitting lid and shake vigorously. Leave the bourbon to infuse at room temperature for 5-8 hours.

Put the jar in the freezer and freeze until all of the bacon fat has solidified at the surface of the bourbon, about 1 hour. Scoop off and discard the bacon fat and strain the bourbon through a fine mesh sieve lined with 2 coffee filters. Extra bacon-infused bourbon can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.


Swirl bitters in a chilled martini glass.

Fill a cocktail shaker with large ice cubes and add the bourbon and vermouths. Shake vigorously, then strain the cocktail into the prepared martini glass.

Cut bacon into small squares. Garnish with a skewered cherry, orange rind and bacon pieces. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Marissa Conrad, "Bacon, Not Stirred: Make a Bacon Bourbon Cocktail," Ideas, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Yield: 4 servings

6 ounces bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons Creole or other whole grain mustard
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
1/4 cup cognac
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus additional for garnish
Crusty bread, for serving

Set a very large saute pan over medium heat and render the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside on a paper-lined plate to drain. Add the shallots to the pan and saute, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the garlic to the pan and saute for 30 seconds. Raise the heat to medium-high and deglaze the pan with the white wine. Reduce the wine until nearly evaporated, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mustard, cream, salt and pepper to the pan. Bring the pan to a boil. Add the mussels, cognac and parsley to the pan and stir once, cover with a lid, and cook until the mussels just begin to open, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir the mussels, and return the bacon to the pan.

Serve in a very large, deep bowl, with a thick slice of crusty bread and more parsley for garnish.

bacon recipe source: Emeril Lagasse, "Cookin' with Spirits," Emeril Live, Food Network, 2004

Tuesday, December 29, 2015


serves 2 to 4

4 strips of bacon, chopped
1 large shallot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
4 medium cloves of garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
3 sprigs fresh thyme
3/4 cup Belgian-style ale, or witbier
2 pounds fresh mussels, scrubbed clean and beards removed
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
Crusty bread, for serving

Place the bacon in a large stainless steel skillet set over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Set bacon aside.

Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallots soften and the garlic just begins to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the thyme to the pan and stir in the beer, making sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. When the beer begins to bubble, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cleaned mussels to the pan in a single layer. Place a lid on the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, check the mussels. Using a pair of tongs, remove any mussels that have opened and transfer to a large bowl. Cover the pan again and simmer for another 5 minutes, transferring any opened mussels to the large bowl.

When all of the mussels are opened and transferred to the bowl, whisk the Dijon mustard into the sauce in the pan. Taste the sauce and season with salt and black pepper. Keep in mind that the bacon, as well as the liquor given up by the mussels, are both salty, so not much additional salt may be needed.

Pour the finished sauce over the mussels, then sprinkle on the reserved bacon, as well as the chopped parsley. Serve the mussels with crusty bread and cold beer.

bacon recipe source: Marvin Gapultos (Burnt Lumpia), contributing writer, Serious Eats, October 3, 2012

Monday, December 28, 2015


Serves 4

2 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
1 large potato (about 250 grams total weight), peeled and cut into small cubes
red chile, deseeded and finely chopped
1 ready-cooked chicken breast, shredded
3 spring onion, thinly sliced, thinly sliced
375 grams pack ready-rolled puff pastry
2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 220ºC/400ºF. Fry the bacon in a non-stick pan over a medium heat for a few mins, until it starts to release its fat. Add the potato, turn up the heat and fry for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crisp and the potato just underdone. Add the chile and cook for a further min. Season generously with black pepper, plus salt to taste.

Tip into a bowl and mix with the shredded chicken and spring onions. Unroll the pastry and, with a rolling pin, roll out until it's large enough to cut out 4 circles of pastry, using a large saucer or a side plate as a guide, discarding the trimmings. Lift onto a baking sheet.

Spoon the filling into the middle of each circle. Brush the edges of the pastry with a little milk, then bring them up to the middle, pinching at the top to make a pasty. Brush with a little milk, then bake for 15 mins or until golden.

bacon recipe source: Good Food magazine, November 2006, BBC Good Food

Sunday, December 27, 2015


makes 2 dozen hors d'oeuvres

12 slices of bacon, halved crosswise
Two 4-ounce packages enoki mushrooms, trimmed and split into 24 bundles
3 scallions, quartered lengthwise and cut into 3-inch lengths
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the bacon on it 3 inches apart. Set the mushrooms on the bacon slices. Top with the scallions and season with pepper. Roll up into tight cylinders and secure with toothpicks.

Roast the enoki bundles for 18 minutes, or until the bacon is browned and crisp. Drain the bundles on paper towels, remove the toothpicks and serve.

bacon recipe source: Grace Parisi, Food & Wine, October 2004

Saturday, December 26, 2015


serves four

For the mayonnaise
3 free-range eggs, yolks only
1 tsp English mustard
½ lemon, juice only or 2 tsp white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
300ml/10fl oz light rapeseed oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the beetroot
200g/7oz raw beetroot
2 tsp red wine vinegar
pinch salt
3 tsp sherry vinegar
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tbsp olive oil

For the scallops
4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
12 scallops, cleaned and corals removed, the scallop meat diced into 5mm/¼in pieces
1 apple, peeled, cored, cut into 5mm/¼in dice
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tsp finely chopped gherkin
2 tsp finely chopped chives
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve
4 slices sourdough bread
handful rocket leaves
lemon wedges
½ quantity mayonnaise, from above

For the mayonnaise, put the egg yolks, mustard and lemon juice or vinegar into a bowl and whisk together for one minute. Now gradually add the oil, drop by drop to begin with, then in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until the mixture is emulsified and thick.

Alternatively, you can make the mayonnaise in a blender or food processor, blending the egg yolks, mustard and lemon juice or vinegar for one minute and then adding the oil slowly through the funnel with the motor running.

Season the mayonnaise with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

For the beetroot, place the beetroot in a saucepan, pour on water to cover and add the wine vinegar. Bring to a simmer, add a pinch of salt and cook for 25 minutes.

Leave the beetroot to cool in the water until you are able to handle it, then remove and peel off the skin. Cut the beetroot into 1cm/½in dice, using a sharp knife.

Place in a bowl with the sherry vinegar, shallot, garlic and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle over the olive oil. Mix well and then cover and leave to marinate for at least two hours.

For the scallops, preheat the grill to high.

Lay the bacon on a grill tray and grill on both sides until very crispy. Allow to cool down and then chop the bacon into small pieces.

Put the scallops and apple into a bowl with the shallot, gherkin, bacon and chives. Add two teaspoons of mayonnaise and mix well. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as required.

To serve, toast the bread on both sides and place on four serving plates. Spoon the scallop tartare neatly on top. Spoon some of the marinated beetroot with a little of its dressing alongside. Scatter over the rocket and serve with lemon wedges and mayonnaise in a bowl on the side for guests to help themselves.

bacon recipe source: Nathan Outlaw, Saturday Kitchen, BBC Food

Friday, December 25, 2015


makes about 2 quarts, serving 12 to 16

Special equipment: stand mixer, hand blender with whisk attachment, or handheld electric mixer

8 eggs, separated
2/3 cup maple syrup
3 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups bourbon
16 strips crisply cooked bacon

Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk on low speed until frothy, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and, watching carefully, beat until they are about the consistency of shaving cream, about 90 seconds. Reduce speed to medium. With mixer running, add half of maple syrup and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Transfer whites to a large bowl. Do not wash bowl.

Add egg yolks and remaining syrup to now-empty stand mixer bowl and beat at medium-high speed until pale yellow and ribbony, shutting off machine and scraping down sides with a rubber spatula as necessary, about 2 minutes total. Add milk, cream, and alcohol and mix on low speed to combine.

Using a rubber spatula or handheld whisk, fold the whipped whites into the egg yolk/milk mixture until completely incorporated. Serve by ladling into goblets and garnishing with a bacon strip.

bacon recipe source: J. Kenji López-Alt (@TheFoodLab), Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 24, 2015


serves 4 to 6

18 large oysters shell on, scrubbed, and rinsed
1 cup diced applewood bacon, sliced into lardons
4 minced shallots
4 cloves minced garlic
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup anise liquor, Sambuca or Pernod
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 cup grated gruyere
2 cups rock salt, for serving only

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Heat 4 tablespoons of butter with shallots, garlic, bacon, and salt in a large saute pan.

Saute until the shallots are translucent and the bacon is crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Add the flour and mix together well to make a roux. Stirring frequently, cook the roux until it smells nutty, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Away from the burner deglaze the roux with the anise liquor, place the pan back on the burner being careful, as the anise liquor will flame up.

Add the heavy cream and stir to incorporate.

Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir in the baby spinach, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg, and bring back to a boil.

Once at a boil, immediately reduce to a simmer, about 4 to 6 minutes.

Cook until the spinach has release its liquid, and spinach has softened.

Over medium heat cook the mixture down to a fondue like thickness, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the heat and reserve to the side.

Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter in a small saute pan.

Once melted remove from the heat and incorporate the seasoned bread crumbs, reserve to the side.

Turn broiler on.

Take the oysters and place on the pre-heated to high grill, cook the oysters until the shell just “POPS” open, about 3 minutes, remove the oysters from the grill.

Take an oyster knife and pry open the top shell, scraping the oyster knife around the top of the shell to loosen the oyster from the shell. BE CAREFUL.

Once the top shell has been removed discard, with the oyster knife scrape the knife under the bottom of the oyster to remove from the bottom shell, leaving the oyster “on the half shell,” repeat this to the remaining 17 oysters.

Place the rock salt evenly onto a baking tray that fits 18 large oysters.

Evenly place the oysters, shell down, onto the rock salt, making sure to press the oyster shells into the salt.

Evenly spoon the baby spinach bacon fondue on top of the oysters, now take and evenly place the grated cheeses on top of the fondue.

Evenly sprinkle the buttered seasoned bread crumbs on top of the cheese.

Place the baking tray with the oysters into the preheated broiler and cook until the oysters are bubbly and the bread crumbs are toasted , about 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove from the broiler and place onto a cooling rack.

Serve the oysters immediately.

bacon recipe source: Guy Fieri, "Guy's Big Steakhouse," Guy's Big Bite, Season 17, Episode 12

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Servings: 2 to 3 as a main course, 4 to 6 as a salad

3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
4 medium (about 8 ounces) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut in half across the equator
1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles en adobo
½ of a small (2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 3 cups of chunks)
2 to 4 ounces (2 to 4 thick strips) bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
About 1 tablespoon grated Mexican queso añejo or other garnishing cheese such as Romano or Parmesan

Set a large (10-inch) skillet (nonstick or lined with foil) over medium-high heat and lay in the garlic and tomatillos (cut side down). When the tomatillos are well browned and soft, 5 to 6 minutes, flip everything over and brown the other side. (The garlic should be soft.) Cool, then peel the garlic.

In a blender, combine the garlic, tomatillos, chipotles and 1 cup water. Blend to a coarse puree.

Scoop the butternut pieces into a microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, poke a few holes in the top and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large (10-inch) skillet set over medium, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the butternut and tomatillo sauce to the pan, raise the heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a brisk simmer. Cook until the butternut is fork-tender and the sauce has reduced by about half its volume, about 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt (it will need only about ¼ teaspoon because of the bacon’s saltiness). Scrape into a serving bowl and finish with a generous sprinkling of the queso.

bacon recipe source: Rick Bayless/Frontera Restaurant (@Rick_Bayless

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Serves: 4

Apple terrine:
4 granny smith apples
75 grams butter, melted
1/3 cup caster sugar
100 grams blue cheese

Honey rosemary ice cream:
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
1½ tbsp honey
250 ml cream whipped to soft peaks

Bacon pecan crumble:
55 grams butter
70 grams flour
80 grams caster sugar
½ tsp star anise, ground
2 tbsp bacon, finely chopped
1 tbsp honey
50 grams pecans

Toffee apples:
1 large granny smith apple, peeled
½ cup caster sugar

To serve:
4 figs, quartered
1 sprig rosemary, leaves removed
60 grams blue cheese

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF.

For the apple terrine, thinly slice the apple on a mandolin. Using a 10cm round springform cake tin, layer the apple. Brush each layer with butter, sprinkle with sugar and crumble the blue cheese. Place onto a shallow baking tray and bake in the oven, covered until terrine is cooked through, about 25 minutes . Remove from oven and place a heavy weight on the terrine. Set aside in the fridge to cool and press.

For the ice cream, place eggs, egg yolk, sugar, rosemary and honey in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until thickened and doubled in volume. Remove from heat. Fold the cream through the egg mixture and pour into 4 x ½ cup dariole moulds. Set aside in freezer to set. Freeze remaining ice cream in a small lidded container.

For the bacon pecan crumble, use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour. Stir through 30g of sugar and star anise. Sprinkle crumb mix onto a lined baking tray and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

In a frypan, add bacon and cook until crispy. Add honey and caramelise with the bacon. Stir through the crumble mixture.

Place pecans on lined baking tray. Cook remaining sugar in a pan to a deep amber colour. Pour caramel over the pecans and leave to set. Once set, chop the praline finely and mix through the crumble.

For the toffee apples, use a melon baller to scoop small balls out of the apple. Cook sugar in a pan to a deep amber colour and pat apple balls dry then carefully dip into the toffee to coat. Place onto baking paper lined tray.

To assemble, place terrine, ice cream, toffee apples and fig pieces on a plate. Sprinkle with crumble. Garnish with rosemary leaves and crumbled blue cheese.

bacon recipe source: Ashleigh Bareham (contestant), MasterChef Australia, TenPlay, 1 Saunders Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009, GPO BOX 10, Sydney, NSW 2001

Monday, December 21, 2015


yields 4 sandwiches

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
2 chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
1/2 bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1/2 onion, sliced into thin strips
8 slices bacon, fried crisp
1/2 recipe guacamole
4 sandwich rolls

In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. While the butter is melting, combine the spices in a small bowl and stir to mix. Place the onions and peppers in the hot skillet and stir to coat with the butter. Cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the strips of chicken to the skillet. Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the chicken, onions, and peppers, and stir to coat. Continue cooking, stirring often, about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Pile up some of the chicken, peppers, and onions evenly onto each split sandwich roll. Top with 2 slices of bacon and a big scoop of guacamole.

bacon recipe source: Karly Campbell, Buns In My Oven (@Buns_In_My_Oven), March 10, 2013

Sunday, December 20, 2015


serves two

For the Brussels sprouts:
4-6 strips of bacon, cut into lardons and cooked crisp, fat reserved
3-4 tablespoons bacon fat
½ of a medium red onion, diced
approx. 2 cups of Brussels sprouts, stemmed, outer leaves removed, an thinly sliced
¼ cup apple cider
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 large apple, diced
kosher salt
freshly-cracked black pepper
apple, thinly sliced, for garnish

For the fish:
2 Mahi Mahi loins
3-4 tablespoons of bacon fat
kosher salt
freshly-cracked black pepper

Cut bacon into lardons and cook in a large skillet until crisp. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve half of the rendered fat and leave the other half in the pan.

Add diced red onion to pan and sweat until translucent; approximately 5 minutes.

Add sliced Brussels sprouts to onions and toss to combine. Cook for approximately 5 minutes and until Brussels sprouts have brightened in color.

Add the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and cooked bacon. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and the Brussels sprouts have become slightly tender.

Add the diced apple and cook for just a few more minutes or until the apples have heated and softened but still retain most of their shape and texture.

Season with kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper. Transfer to side dish and set aside.
Return the pan to stove and increase the heat.

While the pan preheats, season the Mahi Mahi loins with kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper.

Once the pan has preheated, add the remaining bacon fat.

At the first signs of smoke, carefully add the fish to the pan. Cook, without disturbing the fish, for approximately 5-7 minutes or until you can see browning on the edges of the fish.

Carefully turn the fish over and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

Remove from the pan and rest for 5-10 minutes.

Plate the fish sitting atop a mound of Brussels sprouts. Garnish with thinly sliced apples.

bacon recipe source: Chris, Stirring Stew (@StirringStew), October 29, 2014

Saturday, December 19, 2015


Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Pinch crushed red pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, assorted colors
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
Kosher salt
1 recipe all-purpose pasta dough (recipe below), cut into tagliatelle, 1/4-inch wide pasta pieces
1 1/2 cups baby arugula
Big fat finishing oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano

All-Purpose Pasta Dough:
1 pound all-purpose flour
4 whole eggs, plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tablespoons water (or more if needed)
Kosher salt

All-Purpose Pasta Dough: Put the all-purpose flour on a clean, dry work surface. Make a hole (this is also called a well) in the center of the flour pile that is about 8 inches wide (bigger is definitely better here). Crack all of the eggs and the yolk into the hole and add the olive oil, water and salt.

Using a fork, beat the eggs together with the olive oil, water and salt. Using the fork, begin to incorporate the flour into the egg mixture; be careful not to break the sides of the well or the egg mixture will run all over your board and you will have a big mess! Also, don't worry about the lumps. When enough flour has been incorporated into the egg mixture that it will not run all over the place when the sides of the well are broken, begin to use your hands to really get everything well combined. If the mixture is tight and dry, wet your hands and begin kneading with wet hands. When the mixture has really come together to a homogeneous mixture, THEN you can start kneading.

When kneading it is VERY important to put your body weight into it, get on top of the dough to really stretch it and not tear the dough. Using the heels of your palms, roll the dough to create a very smooooooth, supple dough. When done, the dough should look VERY smooth and feel almost velvety. Kneading will usually take from 8 to 10 minutes for an experienced kneader and 10 to 15 for an inexperienced kneader. Put your body weight into it, you need to knead! This is where the perfect, toothsome texture of your pasta is formed. Get in there and have fun!

When the pasta has been kneaded to the perfect consistency, wrap it in plastic and let rest for at least 1 hour. If using immediately do not refrigerate.

Roll and cut the pasta into desired shape.

Coat a large wide pan with olive oil. Toss in the bacon, garlic and red pepper; bring to medium-high heat. When the garlic turns golden and is very aromatic, 2 to 3 minutes, remove it from the pan and ditch it -- it has fulfilled its garlic destiny. Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan and roll them around until coated. Add 1 cup of the stock, season with salt, reduce the heat to medium and let the tomatoes cook until they start to burst, 8 to 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Drop the pasta in the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it's tender but toothsome.

Drain the pasta and add it to the veggies along with about 1/2 cup reserved cooking water; toss vigorously to combine. Remove the pan from the heat, toss in the arugula, drizzle with the big fat finishing oil and sprinkle with Parmigiano. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Anne Burrell, "Revisit Your Past Before the Last," Worst Cooks in America, Food Network

Friday, December 18, 2015


Serves 4

1 tsp olive oil
150g diced smoked bacon lardons
4 courgette, coarsely grated
1 garlic clove, crushed
handful freshly grated Parmesan
1 small tub (200g) low-fat crème fraîche
300g tagliatelle

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sizzle the pancetta or bacon for about 5 mins until starting to crisp. Turn up the heat and add the grated courgette to the pan. Cook for 5 mins or until soft and starting to brown then add the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Season and set aside.

Cook the tagliatelle according to the pack instructions and scoop out a cupful of cooking water. Drain the tagliatelle and tip into the frying pan with the bacon and courgette. Over a low heat toss everything together with the crème fraiche and half the Parmesan adding a splash of pasta water too if you need to loosen the sauce. Season to taste and serve twirled into bowls with the remaining Parmesan scattered over.

bacon recipe source: Barney Desmazery, BBC Good Food, June 2012

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Serves 4

200 g (7 oz) sweet cured unsmoked back bacon rashers
15 ml (1 tbsp) oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
30 ml (2 tbsp) medium curry powder
30 ml (2 tbsp) ground cumin
1 courgette, thickly sliced
¼ (about 200 g) cauliflower, cut into small florets
2 potatoes, skin on and cut into small cubes
100 ml water
2 x (approx) 400 g can chopped tomatoes
30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh coriander, roughly chopped
2 large handfuls baby spinach

Place oil in large saucepan and heat, add the bacon, onion and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the curry powder and cumin, combine well together. Then add the courgette, cauliflower, potatoes and water. Stir well.

Next, add the tomatoes and bring to the boil, cover with lid and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.

Just before serving, stir through the coriander and spinach and serve with warmed chapattis and a side order of chopped fresh tomato, red onion and coriander mixed together and drizzled with a little flavoured oil.

bacon recipe source: Paula Jones, Reveal Magazine (@RevealMag), March 22, 2013

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


7½ lb. bone-in pork shoulder, also known as Boston butt
2/3 lb. each beef burgers
4 lbs. thick-cut bacon
mozzarella and cheddar cheese
pork rub
1/3 cup apple cider

Apply the rub to the pork shoulder, place it in a marinade bag, and add some apple cider. Let it marinade in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours. Place it in your smoker and then "low and slow" at 225-250ºF until the internal temperature of the shoulder reaches 195ºF. Note: 195ºF is the temperature required to melt the connective tissue and fibers in the roast and produce tender and juicy pulled pork. Remove from the smoker, wrap in foil and let rest for about an hour. Shred the roast.

bacon recipe source: BBQ Pit Boys (@BarbecueRecipes)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Serves: 4

6-7 slices of bacon, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
2-3 carrots, sliced diagonally
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon extra light olive oil or bacon grease
2 eggs
8 ounces lo mein egg noodles
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon water

Line a plate with some paper towels and set aside (keep it near the stove).

Add soy sauce, mirin, and water to a small bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.

Pre-heat wok over medium-high heat.

Add bacon and cook until crisp and the fat has rendered; about ten minutes. Be sure to stir throughout to ensure even cooking.

Using a slotted spoon, move the cooked bacon to the towel-lined plate and set aside.

Remove all, but two tablespoons of bacon grease from the wok (I recommend straining the extra grease and storing it in the fridge to use as a cooking fat!)

Add onions and carrots and cook until the carrots have softened; about ten minutes.

Add garlic and saute until fragrant; about one minute.

Push the veggies to one side of the wok. Add one teaspoon light olive oil or more bacon grease to the empty side and add eggs. Let cook, untouched, for about ten seconds, then scramble with a wooden spoon until they have mostly cooked; about one minute.

Mix eggs with the veggies until well incorporated.

Add the egg noodles, cooked bacon, sauce mixture, and most of the scallions (leave some for garnish when serving).

Toss to combine.

Now, you eat!

bacon recipe source: Marissa, OMGFOOD (@omgfoodblog), June 11, 2015

Monday, December 14, 2015


serves 8–10

10-12 whelks
1 celery stick, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 bay leaf
3-4 rashers fatty bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 medium eggs, separated
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon thyme leaves
a good pinch curry powder
40 grams fresh breadcrumbs
freshly ground black pepper
sunflower oil or olive oil, for frying

Scrub the whelks under the cold tap. As you handle them, you may find that some of them release a certain amount of slime (don’t worry about this, just rinse it away). Put the cleaned whelks in a large pan, cover with cold water and add the celery, carrot and bay leaf. Bring to boiling point and cook at a gentle simmer for 8–10 minutes. Drain, discard the vegetables and leave the whelks to cool.

Extract the cooked whelks from their shells, using a fork to twirl them out. Remove the coarse cap or ‘trap door’ (like a black fingernail) from the front end and the dark digestive sac from the tail end. Roughly chop the whelks.

Gently cook the bacon in a frying pan until it releases its fat and is lightly cooked. Add the onion to the pan and fry until soft, then set aside to cool.

Put the egg yolks into a bowl and lightly break them up with a fork. Stir in the chopped whelks, bacon and onion, garlic, parsley, thyme, curry powder, breadcrumbs and salt and pepper to taste.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Gently fold them into the whelk mixture. Form the mixture into even-sized patties, around 5 cm in diameter.

Pour a 1 cm depth of oil into a large frying pan and set over a medium-high heat. When hot, add the patties (be careful, as they can spit ferociously) and fry for 3–4 minutes per side, until crisp and golden. Serve the fritters hot from the pan, with a little lemony mayonnaise dabbed on top if you like.

bacon recipe source: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nick Fisher, The River Cottage Fish Book: The Definitive Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Fish and Shellfish (Ten Speed Press, 2012); Cooked (@Cooked_UK)

Sunday, December 13, 2015


serves four

250g wild or good flavourful mushrooms
50g unsalted butter
1 onion peeled and finely chopped
150g diced unsmoked streaky bacon
1 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
200g cooked peeled chestnuts halved
300g risotto rice
150ml white wine
1.2 litres chicken stock

To finish
25g unsalted butter
100g freshly grated parmesan plus extra to scatter
handful chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/180C fan/gas 6. Trim and clean the mushrooms and tear or slice them as necessary.

Melt 25g butter in a large cast-iron casserole over a medium heat and fry the onion and bacon for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden, stirring occasionally.

At the same time melt 25g butter with the olive oil in a large frying pan over a high heat and fry the mushrooms for a few minutes until lightly coloured, stirring frequently and seasoning them at the end. Add these to the onion and bacon.

Stir in the halved chestnuts and the rice and cook for a minute longer, then add the wine, stock and some black pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes until the juices are almost absorbed. 

To finish, stir in the remaining butter, the parmesan and parsley and taste for seasoning. Serve with extra parmesan scattered over.

bacon recipe source: Annie Bell, MailOnline (@MailOnline)/DailyMail, December 17, 2011

Saturday, December 12, 2015


makes six servings

½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 medium very ripe plantains
9 slices thick cut bacon
canola oil for frying

In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, cilantro, and cayenne pepper and set aside. Peel the plantains and slice into pieces that are one inch thick and about 1.5 to 2 inches long. Cut bacon slices in half, lengthwise. Wrap each banana slice with the halved bacon slice and secure with a wooden toothpick. Heat the oil in a large skillet to 350 degrees. Fry the plantains (without crowding the pan) until golden brown. This will take between 3 to 5 minutes depending on the ripeness of the plantains. The riper, the quicker it will caramelize. Drain on paper towel and serve immediately along side honey mustard dipping sauce.

bacon recipe source: Ana Quincoces, Smithfield (@SmithfieldBrand), Virginia; (@thelatinkitchen)

Friday, December 11, 2015


1 lb. cavatelli or other tube pasta
3/4 lb snap peas, ends removed and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
2-3 strips thick-cut bacon, cubed
Handful of parsley, minced
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 cup light or heavy cream
Lots of pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to boil. The pasta should come out of the water just as you're completing assembly of the sauce, so begin browning the bacon about 5 minutes before you add the pasta to the water. (Reserve a little pasta water for thinning the sauce, just in case. You probably won't need it but better safe than sorry.)

Brown the bacon in a large skillet. When the bacon has started to crisp up add the shallots and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Next add the peas; stir to coat them with fat and cook for no more than another 2-3 minutes. The peas should darken and maybe even brown in a few spots but you don't want them to lose their crunch. Stir in the garlic for 30 seconds, then the cream.

At this point the pasta should be out of the pot and into a colander.

Allow the cream to reach a simmer, then throw in half the cheese, half the parsley, and all of the pasta. Stir everything together and allow to simmer for a minute or two, or until the sauce is at an ideal consistently. Serve immediately topped with the rest of the parsley and parmesan and a few healthy turns of black pepper.

bacon recipe source: Andrew Bartholomew (@AndrewBart), February 3, 2013

Thursday, December 10, 2015


4-5 servings

400 grams (14 oz) daikon radish
3-4 slices bacon
1 soup stock cube
1 piece butter
1 teaspoon sugar
a little soy sauce
green onions or scallions (as desired)

Cut the daikon radish into large bite-sized pieces. Cut the bacon into 1 cm cubes. Put the daikon radish and bacon into a pan and add enough water to cover the ingredients well. Add the stock cube, sugar and butter and heat. When the daikon radish has softened and the liquid is reduced, adjust the taste with a little soy sauce, and remove from the heat. Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle on green onion rounds to finish.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


Yield 4 servings

6 hot dogs
6 slices applewood smoked bacon 
1 package hot dog buns
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce, homemade or store-bought

For the pineapple salsa
2 cups diced pineapple
1/4 cup diced red onion 
1 jalapeño, diced
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Preheat grill to medium high heat. In a medium bowl, combine pineapple, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and lime juice; set aside. Wrap each hot dog in a strip of bacon. Add hot dogs to the grill and cook until the bacon is brown and crispy, about 4-5 minutes. To assemble the hot dogs, add the hot dogs into each hot dog bun. Top with pineapple salsa and drizzle teriyaki sauce on each hot dog. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Chungah, Damn Delicious (@damn_delicious), January 21, 2013

Tuesday, December 08, 2015


8 cups popped popcorn
4 slices bacon
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
1 teaspoon truffle salt
½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Pour popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

Arrange bacon side by side on a plate lined with parchment paper. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper or microwave-safe cover and cook on high for 4-6 minutes. Rotate the plate half way through cooking so bacon cooks evenly. Place bacon on a paper towel lined plate to drain, then crumble or slice into small pieces and add to popcorn.

Add butter to a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Rotate and heat for another 15-30 seconds, watching to be sure it doesn’t boil over.

Pour butter over popcorn then sprinkle with truffle salt. Mix to combine. Then add parmesan cheese and toss to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

bacon recipe source: Heidi, foodiecrush (@foodiecrush), January 16, 2013

Monday, December 07, 2015


serving: 4

12 ounces dried farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
6 ounces lean bacon, chopped
1 large garlic clove, pressed
1¼ cup heavy cream
1 cup green peas, thawed if frozen
cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add farfalle and cook according to package instructions until done. In a large skillet, over high heat, saute bacon until browned (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and use a paper towel to soak up most of the fat. Place skillet with bacon back over high heat. Add garlic and saute about 1 minute. Add heavy cream to skillet and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add the peas to the skillet and return to a simmer. Cook about 3 more minutes. Add parmesan cheese into sauce. When pasta is ready, drain it and put it back into the pot. Pour sauce over pasta and stir in the chopped parsley.

bacon recipe source: Natasha,, October 27, 2010

Sunday, December 06, 2015


2 slices bacon, diced
3- to 4-pound boneless chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat
Salt and black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup beef broth, low-sodium or homemade
2 onions, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 russet or baking potatoes, peeled and chopped
5 cloves garlic, smashed
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes with its juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish

Spray the inside if the slow cooker with cooking spray.

Heat a large Dutch oven or cast-iron pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the bacon drippings.

Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper on all sides (go easy on the salt if using canned stock, which is already salty). Add the olive oil to the pan with the dripping and then, over medium-high heat, deglaze the pan with the beef broth, scraping up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the juices from the pan into the slow cooker.

Add the onions, celery, potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, and rosemary to the slow cooker. Finally add the bacon. Stir everything well, nestling the vegetables and rosemary into the broth. Cover and cook on low for at least 7 hours and up to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender.

Transfer the meat to a platter and turn the slow cooker to high. Leave the slow cooker uncovered and continue cooking the sauce for 45 minutes, or until it has thickened some. Return the meat to the slow cooker and continue to cook on high for another 15 to 30 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened a bit more.

Remove the rosemary sprigs and discard.

Season the sauce with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Plate the beef on a large platter and spoon the potatoes and sauce around and over the beef. Garnish with additional rosemary sprigs. Save any sauce for bread dipping.

bacon recipe source: Susan Puckett, Atlanta Magazine, November 6, 2013; The Southern Slow Cooker: Big-Flavor, Low-Fuss Recipes for Comfort Food Classics, by Kendra Bailey Morris (Ten Speed Press, 2013)

Saturday, December 05, 2015


6 slices bacon, diced
3⁄4 cup red bell peppers, diced
1⁄2 cup jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
1⁄4 cup red onion, diced 
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1⁄2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1⁄2 cups smoked gouda cheese, shredded
1⁄2 cup mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese shredded 
Cilantro, for garnish 
Pickled or fresh jalapeno slices, for garnish 
Tortilla chips, for serving 

Dice up the bacon into small squares. Saute the bacon on medium-low heat, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When it's nice and crisp, remove the bacon bits from the pan and drain them on a paper towel. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings. Wipe out the pan you cooked the bacon in, then add the reserved bacon drippings, and heat the pan to medium heat. Add the peppers, onions and chili powder, and stir to combine. Saute the veggies for 5-7 minutes, until tender but not browned. Remove the veggies from the pan and set them aside to cool slightly. Now, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In an oven proof dish, add 1⁄2 of the cheese, half of the peppers, and  half of the bacon. Repeat, by creating a 2nd layer with the rest of the ingredients. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, then bake the dish for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is just melted. Make sure you don't overcook it, or the cheese won't be as gooey. Garnish the hot dip with sliced jalapenos and chopped cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips.

bacon recipe source: Delish D'Lites (@DelishDLites), January 25, 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015


yields 4 servings

12 ounces elbows pasta
5 slices bacon, diced 
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

For the lemon thyme dressing
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

To make the dressing, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and thyme in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, avocado, lemon-thyme dressing, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately, garnished with thyme.

bacon recipe source: Chungah, Damn Delicious (@damn_delicious), June 28, 2013

Thursday, December 03, 2015


12 to 14 small fingerling potatoes
4 slices bacon
1 large red onion, peeled and sliced in rounds
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat
4 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 chipotle chile en adobo, or to taste, mashed and minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with 2 inches of water and a tablespoon of salt, then set over high heat until it comes to a boil. Cook about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain potatoes, place on a baking sheet and allow to cool slightly, then halve the potatoes lengthwise. (You can do this the day before.)

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a sauté pan until crisp. Reserve bacon and, in a small bowl, 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat.

Light a fire in a fire pit with a grill, or in a charcoal grill, or set a gas grill to high. If you have a strong vent in your kitchen, you may use your stove with a burner set to high. Place a large cast-iron grill pan over the heat and allow it to get hot. You can let the fire die slightly. If using a gas grill or stove, turn heat to medium.

Put the potatoes and the sliced onions in a large bowl and toss gently with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Working in batches, grill the potatoes cut-side down on the grill until they have developed a light char, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Grill the onions until they are charred, approximately 4 to 6 minutes a side. Return potatoes and onions to bowl.

For the dressing, combine the remaining olive oil, bacon fat, red-wine vinegar and chipotle in a small bowl and whisk to emulsify. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the dressing to the potato-and-onion mixture and toss gently to combine. Let sit for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the potatoes. Crumble bacon over the top.

bacon recipe source: Sam Sifton, The New York Times/Cooking (@nytfood)

Wednesday, December 02, 2015


serves four

20 ounce bag sweet potato fries, waffle cut or regular
1 1/2 - 2 cups shredded smoked white cheddar
2-3 tablespoons diced red onion
1/3 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
2-3 tablespoons green onion
handful of cilantro
2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
2 tablespoons mayo

Cook fries according to package directions. While fries are cooking, mix bbq sauce and mayo together. Remove fries from oven and cover with cheese, bacon, and red onion. Return to oven until cheese is melted. Sprinkle on green onion and cilantro. Drizzle with sauces and serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Sara and Kate, Our Best Bites (@OurBestBites), September 2015

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


2 cups flour plus more for dusting and rolling
1 tsp salt
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
4 eggs, beaten, plus 2 eggs, lightly beaten, divided (for dough and egg wash)
1/4 cup ice water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
3 slices thick-cut bacon
2 cups spinach leaves
1 small onion, diced
1 small sweet potato, scrubbed and diced
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly flour a baking sheet and set aside.

Combine flour, salt, butter, vinegar and 1 lightly-beaten egg in a food processor or in a bowl, using 2 forks to mash, until the mixture resembles small peas. Slowly stream in ice water (you may not need it all), just until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto a floured surface.

Use a floured rolling pin to roll dough out into a large circle, about 1/4" thick. Use small bowls or large cups to cut 5 or 6" circles out of the dough. Place on wax or parchment paper until ready to use. You should have 6-8 circles.

Heat a large ungreased frying pan over high heat. Cook bacon for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until quite crisp. Drain on paper towels.

Lower the heat to medium-high and cook the sweet potatoes and onions for 4-5 minutes, or until sweet potatoes begin to soften. Add spinach and 4 beaten eggs. Cook until eggs are set, stirring frequently. Crumble cooked bacon over mixture and stir in cheddar cheese. Scrape mixture into a bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Once mixture has cooled, scoop 3-4 tbsp mixture onto each dough circle, and fold over, pinching to seal. Gently press a fork along the seam to create ridges along the edges.

Combine the remaining lightly-beaten egg with 2 tbsp water and use a pastry brush to lightly brush the empanadas with the egg wash. Transfer empanadas to the floured baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until empanadas are golden brown and glossy.

bacon recipe source: Gabi Moskowitz, BrokeAss Gourmet (@BrokeAssGourmet)

Monday, November 30, 2015


makes two servings

6 bacon slices
6 asparagus spears, bottom 2"- 2 1/2" cut off
3 tbsp. butter, divided
2 tsp. minced shallot
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. flour
1/8 scant tsp. salt
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
water for steaming lobster
salt for salting water
2 (16-20 oz.) colossal lobster tails with shell on, defrosted if frozen

Note: If you are using smaller (around 8 oz.) tails, use four and increase bacon and asparagus to 8 each. Each tail will be served with two bacon-wrapped asparagus spears.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Place bacon on a baking sheet and cook for 7 to 8 minutes to par-cook. Remove and discard fat and juices. Cool slightly. Wrap1 bacon around each asparagus starting at the bottom of the spear head. Prep a baking sheet with cooking spray and bake for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is brown and cooked through.
While asparagus spears bake, make the butter sauce. Preheat a small saucepan on medium to medium low. Add 1 tablespoon butter and melt. Add shallot and garlic cooking about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir in flour, whisking for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium to medium high and add chicken broth, lemon juice, and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until thicken slightly. Turn off heat and remove pan. Cut the remaining butter into 4 chunks. Add one at a time, stirring to melt butter before adding the next chunk. The pan may be placed back on the stovetop with heat off if the butter melts too slowly. Keep warm when done.

Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a large stock pot. Add about 2 tablespoon of salt for every 1 quart of water used. Place a metal steaming rack into pot, making sure the top of the rack is above water level. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut the top of the shell, starting at the front of the shell an cutting towards the back, stopping before the tail. Evenly space two 2 long wooden skewers through the lobster meat, from the front towards the back to prevent lobster tails from curling as they cook. Make sure water is fully boiling, and place tails on rack. Cover and steam for 10-12 minutes. For smaller tails reduce cooking time and cook roughly 1 minute per ounce of lobster. Lobster is done when white, not translucent, throughout. Remove from pan.

To serve, separate lobster meat from the shell by spreading shell open with hands without completely splitting it in half. Run fingers or a dull butter knife between the meat and shell to separate it. Lift lobster out of shell. Make a slice down the back to butterfly the tail meat and remove the dark vein. Top with 3 asparagus spears (two for smaller tails) and drizzle with lemon butter sauce. Serve with potatoes—baked or mashed, and/or a salad.

bacon recipe source: Thao, In Good Flavor, January 26, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015


makes 3 1/2 cups

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
1 cup minced shallots (2 large)
1 large thyme sprig
Kosher salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 cups turkey or chicken stock
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon, shallots, thyme and a generous pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are browned and the bacon is nearly crisp, about 10 minutes.

Sift the flour into the skillet and stir it in until completely absorbed. Stir in the wine and cook until thick, 1 minute. Gradually stir in the stock, then stir in the paprika and bring to a boil. Simmer the gravy over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until no floury taste remains and the gravy is reduced to 3 1/2 cups, 10 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Season the gravy generously with salt and pepper and serve hot.

bacon recipe source: Dana Cowin, Food & Wine, November 2014

Saturday, November 28, 2015


yields four stuffed hot dogs

4 100% all beef hot dogs
2 slices of cheddar cheese 
A large jalapeno pepper, sliced cross-wise slightly thicker than paper-thin, seeds removed
8 slices of thick bacon
1⁄2 large red onion, cut between the root and top (do not remove the root before grilling), and cut in half
wooden toothpicks (approximately 4 per hot dog)
hot dog buns
mesquite wood chips
Foil drip pan to fit under the grate OR a homemade drip pan made from heavy duty foil 
condiments, your preference 

Heat the gas grill to high until the grill temperature gauge registers temperature to 300 degrees. 

Preparing the stuffed hot dogs: Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut the length of each hot dog almost all the way through. Cut the cheddar slices so that they are the length of the hot dog and stick up over the top only slightly; insert a double layer of the cheese slices. Cut the jalapeno slices in half or thirds to allow the 1⁄4 of the slices to fit between the slices of cheese inside the hot dog. 

Wrapping the hot dog with bacon: Hold one end of a piece of bacon across one stuffed end of a hot dog.Securethebaconby inserting a toothpick through the end of the bacon through the hot dog and through the bacon on the opposite side of the hot dog. Holding the bacon strip taut, wrap the bacon slice around the hot dog, slightly overlapping the prior wrap to cover. Insert toothpicks to secure as needed (approximately 4 per hot dog). For a regular size hot dog, two strips of bacon will be required. 

Once at temperature, turn off all burners except one on the outside of the grill (based on a 4 burner grill). Clean the side of the grill with burners off with a wire brush. On this same side, carefully lift the hot grate with grill tools and deposit the drip pan underneath the clean grate. Rub the grate with oil and a folded paper towel. 

Place a piece of heavy duty foil over the ignited burner and add a few handfuls of mesquite wood chip on top of the foil. Once the chips begin to smoke, add the prepared hot dogs to the clean, oiled grill (with burners of) and close the grill. Check the grill periodically, ensuring a 300 degree temperature and adding more mesquite chips as needed to keep the smoke going. Hot dogs will be cooked in 25-30 minutes and will have a golden hue as well as the bacon will become hard (not crisp in the traditionally way). If desired add hot dog buns to the grill for a few minutes to warm and get grill marks. 

Grilling the Red Onion: After the hot dogs have been smoking for 15 minutes, lightly brush the cut sides of the 2 quarters of the onion and place on the side of the grill with the mesquite chips (over the ignited burner). The root left intact will hold the onion together until after it has grilled. Check frequently, until the onion softens, the color becomes lighter and grill marks appear. Remove after about 10 minutes. Allow the onion to cool until able to be handled, but off the root end and slice to add to the hot dog. 

bacon recipe source: Toni Dash, Boulder Locavore (@BoulderLocavore), Colorado, July 5, 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015


serves one

1 1/2 ounces bacon (3 slices)
2 slices raisin-walnut bread, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons chive cream cheese
3 ounces roasted turkey, thinly sliced

In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Spread the bread with the cream cheese. Form a sandwich with the turkey and bacon.

bacon recipe source: Emily McKenna, Real Simple (@RealSimple), October 2011

Thursday, November 26, 2015


makes 12 servings

1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup orange juice
12-ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
1 large or 2 small apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 cup sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large saucepan over medium-high, cook the bacon until lightly crisped, 10 to 12 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a plate and set aside, leaving the saucepan and bacon fat over the heat. Carefully add the onion and cook until lightly fried, 2 to 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the onions to the plate with the bacon.

Dispose of the fat in the pan, but don't scrape the pan. You want any browned bits on the bottom.

Return the pan to the heat. When the pan is hot, carefully add the orange juice and bring to a simmer while using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to scrap up the bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the cranberries, apple and sugar, then bring to a simmer. Cook until the cranberries pop and the juice thickens, about 6 minutes. Return the bacon and onions to the pan, then taste and season with salt and pepper. Cool before serving.

bacon recipe source: J.M. Hirsch, The Associated Press, Oregon Live/The Oregonian (@Oregonian), November 5, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


serves eight

3 lb. sliced bacon
1 bunch basil, leaves only, torn
2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
8 ears corn, shucked
Charred lime crema (recipe below)

Charred lime crema (makes 8 servings)
½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz. cream cheese, diced
1 lime
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Let the crème fraîche or sour cream, heavy cream and cream cheese sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat a grill or grill pan to high. Use a wand-style grater to remove the zest from the lime. Reserve the zest. Cut the lime in half, then grill the halves, cut sides down, until a deep black crust forms, about 10 minutes. Remove the lime halves from the heat and let cool slightly. Juice the charred lime over a mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard any solids in the strainer.

Add the lime zest, crème fraîche or sour cream, heavy cream, cream cheese and salt to the lime juice. Use an electric mixer on medium-low to mix until combined. Increase the mixer to high and beat for two to three minutes, or until light and fluffy. Transfer to a container, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Corn on the cob: Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment.

Lay a 13-by-18-inch sheet of kitchen parchment on the counter and lay six or seven slices of bacon on it alongside each other, slightly overlapping, fat side against meat side, to form a rough rectangle that is as wide as an ear of corn is long. Cover the bacon with a second sheet of parchment and pound lightly with a meat mallet or small saute pan to flatten the bacon and press it together.

Remove the top sheet of parchment. Top the bacon with 10 to 12 small pieces of basil and a few slices of jalapeño pepper. Lay one ear of corn across the bottom of the rectangle and roll the corn up in the bacon, using the parchment to help. If the bacon is particularly long, trim the excess. Transfer the bacon-wrapped corn to the prepared baking sheet, laying it seam side down. Repeat the process with the remaining corn.

Cover the corn with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least eight hours and up to 24 hours.

When ready to cook, heat the grill to medium.

Grill the corn, starting with the bacon seam side down. Give each ear a quarter turn every five minutes until all of the bacon is crisp and caramelized and the corn is tender, 15 to 20 minutes total. Alternatively, you can lay the bacon-wrapped corn on a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and cook it in a 350 F oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with charred lime crema.

bacon recipe source: The Seattle Times, June 30, 2015; adapted from Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends, by Bryan Voltaggio (Little, Brown, 2015)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


yields four servings

For the quesadillas:
12 slices bacon
4 10 -inch flour tortillas
2 cups shredded manchego cheese (about 8 ounces)
5 dates, pitted and julienned
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the pistachio cream:
1/2 cup salted pistachios
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup Mexican crema or sour cream

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bacon slices side by side on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until browned and crisp, 15 to 18 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Meanwhile, make the pistachio cream: Combine the pistachios, red pepper flakes, garlic, lemon juice and spinach in a food processor and pulse until chopped; with the motor running, slowly stream in the olive oil until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper and process 5 more seconds. Pour the mixture into a bowl and whisk in the crema; set aside.

Assemble the quesadillas: On 1 half of each tortilla, layer 1/2 cup cheese, 3 slices bacon and a few date slices. Fold the tortillas in half to cover the filling. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 quesadillas and cook until golden on both sides and gooey in the middle, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining 2 quesadillas, adding the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan.

Cut each quesadilla into 4 triangles; serve with the pistachio cream.

bacon recipe source: Jeff Mauro, Food Network Magazine

Monday, November 23, 2015


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound angel hair pasta
1 cup reserved pasta water
1/2 pound bacon (finely diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cup walnuts (finely sliced)
4 cups Brussels sprouts (thinly shaved or sliced)
1/2 cup parsley (roughly chopped)
1 cup parmesan (grated)
1 lemon (zest and juice)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

In a large pot bring 5 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook to al dente, about 10 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, in a large saute pan add the olive oil and bacon and heat over high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until the bacon is crisp and has rendered most of its fat, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, walnuts, Brussels sprouts and cook until wilted. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

Add the pasta and reserved pasta water and combine. Add the parsley and mix. Remove from the heat, add the Parmesan, lemon zest and juice and mix to combine. Serve with extra grated Parmesan, olive oil and fresh black pepper.

bacon recipe source: Michael Symon, The Chew (@thechew), ABC

Sunday, November 22, 2015


serves 6

18-24 Cornish or Jersey new potatoes
2-3 bay leaves
25 grams butter
bunch of spring onions, chopped
4 slices smoked streaky bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Scrub new potatoes well and rinse in cold water. Cook in boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes with bay leaves until tender. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Melt butter in a small pan, add a bunch of spring onions, chopped and cook gently for 1-2 minutes to soften. Grill the smoked streaky bacon until crisp and golden, drain on kitchen paper, then break into small pieces.
Drain the potatoes and toss with the spring onions, olive oil, some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put the potatoes in a warmed serving dish and top with the bacon pieces. Drizzle with more olive oil if needed.

bacon recipe source: Good Food magazine (BBC), April 2004

Saturday, November 21, 2015


3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and/or breasts (8-10 pieces)
1/4 lb naturally cured lean bacon or pancetta, cubed
olive oil for frying
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine, divided
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
2 anchovy fillets in oil, finely chopped
1½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar
fresh ground pepper, to taste
sprigs of rosemary, garnish

Wash and dry the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and let stand. You may want to remove the skin from outside of the thighs and breasts. The skin will provide more moisture (in the form of fat) to the chicken.

Place a large Dutch oven or a large pan (that has a lid) over medium-high heat. If frying the chicken with skin-on, use 1 tablespoon of oil. If frying without skin, use about 3 tablespoons of oil. Place the chicken skin-side down and fry for about 5 minutes, until the skin is crispy and brown. Careful of the splatter, turn the chicken and lightly brown the underside for another 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and let stand. Discard any excess oil and fat that remains in the pan leaving only 1 tablespoon. 

While chicken is browning, do all your prep: chop up the bacon, onion, carrot, and celery and set aside. Similarly, prepare finely chop the garlic and rosemary. Slice the olives (into thirds is about the right thickness) and finely chop the anchovies.

Over medium-high, reheat the pan used to fry the chicken and the residual oil. Add the bacon and fry for 1 minute until oil in bacon starts to ‘melt.’ Add the mirepoix (chopped carrots, celery, and onion) to the pan and fry for about 5 minutes or until the bacon has cooked and the veggies are showing slight caramelization.

Add the rosemary and garlic and saute for 1 more minute then add anchovies and olives. Add 1/4 cup of wine to the pan and deglaze. Then add remaining 1/2 cup of wine plus the balsamic and stir everything together. Add browned chicken on top of the mixture and cover with lid. Cook for about 20 minutes over medium-low heat (just enough to keep everything simmering well), turning after 10 minutes. 

After 20 minutes, check chicken for doneness. Juices should run completely clear and internal temperature of chicken should be 165-170ºF. Remove from heat; turn chicken again; cover and let stand for 5 minute while you prepare your plates and sides.

Serve one piece of chicken per person, being sure to spoon a healthy spoonful of olives and veggies and the rich sauce over each piece. Garnish with sprig of rosemary and enjoy.

bacon recipe source: Dale Schierbeck (@EatWriteShoot), Eats Writes Shoots, August 14, 2013

Friday, November 20, 2015


1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups mini-marshmallows
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon whiskey
Approximately 25 caramels, unwrapped
2-3 strips of crisp bacon

Prepare an 8x8 inch pan by lining with parchment or foil sprayed thoroughly with non-stick cooking spray. {Create flaps that hang over edges for easy removal.} Set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat semi-sweet chocolate chips in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth. {Be careful not to scorch, even when it looks like it's not fully melted it will continue to melt as you stir, so err on the side of caution.}

Pour about half of melted chocolate into prepared pan and smooth evenly with a silicone or offset spatula. Place in freezer to harden, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place marshmallows, butter, and whiskey in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for about 45 seconds. {Keep an eye on it, marshmallows will swell and try to escape the bowl!} Stir and return to microwave for about another 45 seconds. Stir until smooth and elastic.

Pour onto set chocolate layer and, working quickly, smooth evenly. {If you're not using a silicone spatula, you may want to spray whatever you are using with cooking spray so that you don't have a sticky mess to deal with.}

Return to freezer and freeze for another 15 minutes.

Clean marshmallow bowl {or don't, it's really up to you}, and place unwrapped caramels into it. Heat for about 45 seconds, then stir, and continue heating in 30 second intervals until melted and smooth.

Pour over marshmallow layer and spread evenly. {And quickly! It will cool fast.}

Return to freezer for 15 more minutes.

Reheat remaining chocolate until warm and smooth and pour over caramel layer. Smooth evenly and, while still wet, sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Pat bacon crumbles down lightly so that they stick to chocolate.

Freeze for a final 15-30 minutes or until completely set.

When ready to cut, remove bark by gently pulling on foil flaps, then carefully peel foil from hardened chocolate. Cut into pieces with a sharp knife.

{Keep refrigerated. Bark becomes slightly gooey & floppy at room temp.}

bacon recipe source: Dianna Muscari (@TheKitchenPrep), The Kitchen Prep, September 10, 2012; adapted from Whiskey Disks, Hammerstone's Whiskey Disks, PO Box 269, Chocorua, NH 03817

Thursday, November 19, 2015


2 cups bourbon (Everclear, or Wild Turkey 101)
1/2 lb. bacon
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoons cinchona bark
1 teaspoon cassia chips
1/2 teaspoon gentian root
1 tablespoon black walnut leaf

In a skillet over medium heat, sear off the bacon.  Remove and drain thoroughly on a paper towel.  Diced. In a 1-quart glass jar, combine all of the ingredients. Cover and shake well. Let stand in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking the jar daily. Strain the infused alcohol into a clean 1-quart glass jar through a cheesecloth-lined funnel. Squeeze any infused alcohol from the cheesecloth into the jar; reserve the solids. Strain the infused alcohol again through new cheesecloth into another clean jar to remove any remaining sediment. Cover the jar and set aside for 1 week.

bacon recipe source: Brian, Whit's Amuse Bouche (@WhitAmuseBouche), July 12, 2012

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


4 strips of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
1 can of mandarin orange, drained
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
Several red onion rings
1 ten ounce bag of baby spinach
½ cup of slivered almonds
1/3 cup of red wine vinegar
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1½ tablespoons of butter
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten

Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, butter and salt together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute. Set pot off stove for about an hour to cool. In a dish, beat the egg then add to the can and put back on the stove. Stay with the pan and stir constantly. Allow dressing to cool. Put all the other items in a bowl and drizzle the warm salad dressing over the salad. Serve with crackers.

bacon recipe source: Kelli's Kitchen (@venuscorpiogirl), August 21, 2014

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


800 grams potatoes
200 grams spinach
1-4 tablespoons oil
50 grams bacon
100 grams feta cheese
3 tablespoons grated cheese
1 small clove garlic
8 dl milk
little butter
1 tablespoon bread crumbs
salt, pepper, dried vegetable seasoning

Peel potatoes and cut into thin slices. Drain the spinach and finely shred and feta cheese crumble with fork. Butter fireproof dish and align layer of potatoes, layer of spinach, bacon pieces, feta cheese, and so until all is used (the last layer need to be potato). Heat milk with garlic, salt, pepper and spice from dried vegetables, then at first spray moussaka with oil, sprinkle bread crumbs, and then pour the milk.
Place in preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius and bake for about 35-40 minutes. At the end of baking sprinkle grated cheese and return to oven until cheese melt and brown.

bacon recipe source: Serbian Cookbook (@SerbianCookBook), November 12, 2011