Tuesday, August 31, 2010


16 slices thick-cut bacon
1 cup honey
1 cup maple syrup
2 cups Samuel Adams Boston Lager
2 tablespoons grainy dijon mustard
2 tablespoons dry mustard
3 tablespoons pepper

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place parchment paper on a sheet pan and lay bacon strips on it. Cover them with a second layer of paper; bake for 15 minutes. Combine honey and maple syrup and boil the mixture until caramelized. Add beer and cook until its volume is reduced by about half. Add both mustards. Take the bacon from the oven and baste it in the honey syrup, sprinkle it with pepper, and return it to a 275°F oven to bake until crispy, about 10 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Men's Health

Monday, August 30, 2010


serves two

For the Salad:
4 strips center cut bacon
1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined
Juice of 1 half lemon
1 avocado, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, washed and dried
1/4 cup of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (optional)
5 cups baby arugula (can also use watercress, upland cress, chopped romaine, etc.)

For the dressing:
1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt (such as Fage or Oikos)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (preferably creamy, not grainy)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup
1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Freshly ground black pepper
Kosher salt

Prepare the dressing: Whisk together all the dressing ingredients until fully combined. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as necessary. Set aside.

Fry bacon over medium heat in a heavy-bottom skillet until crisp throughout. Remove from the pan and let cool slightly before crumbling. Set aside, reserving the bacon fat.

Raise the heat to medium high and add the rock shrimp to the hot bacon fat. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until the shrimp are fully cooked and opaque. Add in the lemon juice and toss well to coat. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Assemble the salad: Fill a large bowl with the arugula. Arrange the shrimp, avocado, tomatoes, crumbled bacon, and Gorgonzola (if using) in single rows above the arugula. Serve with the dressing on the side. Just before eating, toss the salad with a 1/4 cup of the dressing, reserving the rest on the side for guests to serve themselves.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Alejandra Ramos, Always Order Dessert, New York, New York, January 20, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010


makes 8 servings

1/2 pound smoked bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 pound dried black beans, rinsed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tomatoes, quartered
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Rock Shrimp Escabèche (recipe below)

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven until crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in pan; drain bacon on paper towels, and reserve for another use. Add onion, celery, and carrot, and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add 2 1/2 quarts water, black beans, and next 4 ingredients, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium, and cook at a brisk simmer, skimming any foam, 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Add salt and vinegar during last 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, and stir in cream. Puree using an immersion blender. Top each serving with a spoonful of Rock Shrimp Escabèche:

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 poblano chile peppers, cut into strips
2 red bell peppers, cut into strips
4 garlic cloves, pressed
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sherry vinegar

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat; add shrimp, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Place in a bowl, and cover with a paper towel.

Add remaining oil, onion, and next 3 ingredients to skillet, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant. Stir in bay leaves and next 5 ingredients. Slowly bring to a boil, and simmer 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Pour mixture over shrimp. Cover and chill 2 hours or overnight. Discard bay leaves before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rolando Cruz-Taura, Coastal Living, March 2009

Saturday, August 28, 2010


serves six

3 pounds croaker, cleaned
1 cup yellow cornmeal
11/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup milk
Bacon fat for frying
Lemon wedges for garnish

Wash fish and pat dry. Combine cornmeal and seasonings. Dip fish in milk and then roll in seasoned cornmeal. Place fish in a single layer in hot bacon fat/oil in a 12 inch skillet. Fry at a moderate heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until brown. Turn carefully. Fry 4 to 5 minutes longer or until brown and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve with lemon wedges.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Wanchese Fish Company, 2000 Northgate Commerce Parkway, Suffolk, Virginia 23435

Friday, August 27, 2010


1 teaspoon garlic oil
4 rashers streaky bacon
4 chicken escalopes approx. 125g each
100ml white wine

Put the oil in a frying pan and add the bacon. Fry till the bacon is crisp and the pan is full of bacony juices. Remove the bacon to a piece of foil, wrap it and set it aside for a moment. Fry the chicken for about 2 minutes a side, until there is no pinkness when you cut into a piece. Make sure the pan's hot so that the escalopes catch a little, turning beautifully bronze. Remove the chicken to a serving plate and quickly crumble the bacon you've set aside into the pan, then pour in the wine, letting everything bubble up, and, finally, pour over the chicken pieces.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nigella Lawson

Thursday, August 26, 2010


yields 4-6 servings

For the ricotta gnocchi
1 3/4 cup goat milk ricotta, drained overnight
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
3/4 cup Parmesan, grated
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pound Semolina flour

For the Artichokes Barigoulel
2 tsp. olive oil
10 baby artichokes, cleaned and cut in quarters
1 clove garlic
1 sprig thyme
1/2 sprig rosemary
1 tsp. salt
1 cup white wine
1 cup olive oil

For the artichoke puree
1 tbsp. olive oil
5 large artichoke hearts, cleaned and cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil

1 slab bacon, 1 inch piece

2 tbsp. butter
12 Taggiasca olives
12 leaves of Petit Sylvetta Arugula

For the ricotta gnocchi: First, ricotta must be drained and be as dry as possible. Place cheese in cheesecloth and tie closed with twine. Place in colander and set inside a bowl -- set a heavy soup can on top of the cheese to weigh down. Drain overnight in refrigerator. The next day, squeeze out the remainder of liquid from the cheese while still in cheesecloth. Pass cheese through a fine mesh tamis/sieve by using a flexible pastry scraper.

Combine cheese, flour, egg and salt in a standing mixer with a dough hook. Place semolina in a low sided pan. Start rolling gnocchi into about 10 gram balls, or just about the size of a fresh cherry. Place each rolled gnocchi into the pan with semolina and cover with the flour. Continue until all gnocchi is rolled and in the pan with semolina, covered with the flour. Place pan of rolled, covered, gnocchi into the fridge and lest rest overnight.

For the Artichokes Barigoulel: To clean the baby artichokes, you will not need to clean them quite as far as the full grown artichoke. The choke hasn't quite developed yet, so the innermost part is still tender and edible.

First, cut off the top of the artichoke with a serrated knife. Then clip off the tips of the outer leaves with scissors, and snap them back to reveal the lighter green inner leaves. With either a pairing knife of a vegetable peeler, cut off the hard, full grown leaf remnants around the base. A vegetable peeler is also best of peel off the outer layer of the stem. Trim the very bottom of the stem if it is a little tough. Cut into quarters and hold in acidulated water as you are cleaning the remaining artichokes. This will inhibit oxidation and browning of the artichoke.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a high sided sauté pan, over medium/low heat. While heating the pan, quickly drain the artichokes on a kitchen towel. Sweat the artichokes until tender, allowing for no colorization. Add the herbs and garlic and continue to sweat.

Season with salt. Remove pan from heat and carefully add the wine. Return to heat and bring to a boil. Cover with remaining amount of olive oil. Continue to cook over moderate heat, uncovered, until artichokes are tender. Remove from pan and set aside.

For the artichoke puree: Clean and cut artichokes into small pieces, making sure to remove the inner purple leaves and the choke of the full grown artichoke. Also, be sure to hold in acidulated water until all artichokes are cleaned. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in sauté pan. While heating pan, drain pieces on kitchen towel. Add artichokes and sweat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly and allowing for no colorization. Season with salt. Add wine and cover, cooking over low heat, until the wine has reduced by half. Add water and recover, cook until artichoke pieces are tender. Place artichokes, with any remaining liquid, in the blender and blend. Emulsify with canola oil. Check seasoning. Set aside.

Heat oven to 200° F. Place bacon on a baking sheet and bake overnight, or about ten hours. This will completely dry out the bacon, creating an almost "jerky" quality to the bacon. Remove from the oven the next day and allow to cool completely.

Remove Semolina covered gnocchi from fridge and remove from semolina. Bring a large pot of salted water to a gently rolling boil. Place gnocchi in water and poach for a two minutes. While gnocchi is poaching in water, heat up 2 tablespoons of butter in sauté pan.

Remove gnocchi from water and drain. Place in pan with melted butter and gently coat with butter. Add olives and baby artichoke quarters and sauté gently to warm through.

Warm the artichoke puree gently in a small sauté pan. Separate the artichoke puree evenly between 4 dishes. Separate the gnocchi, olives and artichoke quarters evenly and place on top of artichoke puree. Using a microplane, shave the bacon over the top of the gnocchi. Finish with petit sylvetta arugula.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Daniel Humm, From Eleven Madison Park to Your Dinner Table, Good Morning America, ABC

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


yields four

2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 slices bacon
4 slices puffball mushroom about 1/2" thick
2 eggs, beaten and seasoned with salt & pepper
100 grams bread crumbs
4 whole eggs
salt and pepper for seasoning
olive oil for frying
salad leaves lightly dressed

Chop the bacon into thick matchsticks and fry in a little olive oil until crispy. Throw in the chopped garlic and fry until it starts to take colour. Remove the garlicky bacon and put on kitchen paper.

Bring the four whole eggs to the boil in a small pan of cold water and boil them for just 4 minutes to get soft-boiled eggs.

Dip the puffball slices in the beaten egg, then coat well in the breadcrumbs. Fry in the same oil left from frying the bacon (with perhaps a little extra added), turning once until crispy and golden brown.

Drain each slice quickly on kitchen paper, then place on warmed plates. Peel the soft boiled eggs carefully and cut them in half. Place two halves, yolk upwards, on each fritter and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle over the garlicky bits of bacon.

Serve with a few dressed salad leaves on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Big Oven

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


1 pie crust (unbaked)
4-6 spring onions, chopped
5-7 strips bacon
6-8 eggs
1/2 cup cream (or milk)
4 oz. goat cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook bacon in skillet. Remove and drain. Use about 1 Tbsp. of the bacon grease to sautee the spring onions. Beat eggs, milk and goat cheese together. Crumble bacon and put it in the bottom of pie crust. Add sauteed onions. Pour egg mixture over bacon and onions. Bake until done, about 40 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Christine Hurtt, Horse & Buggy Produce Recipes, May 4, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010


serves six

3/4 pounds diced bacon
1 cup small diced Spanish onion
2 quarts fresh corn kernels cut off the cob
1 liter heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup quick cooking polenta
1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons reserved fat from bacon drippings
2 cups Panko bread crumbs

Cook the bacon until crisp in a saute pan. Remove 3 Tablespoons of the fat for later use. Add the onion to the bacon in the saute pan and saute until golden in color. Add the corn kernels and cook until corn is almost tender. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. While gently stirring, add the polenta sprinkling evenly over the mixture to avoid lumps. Cook for five minutes stirring constantly until the creamed corn is thickened. Fold in parmesan cheese and add one half of the parsley and adjust seasoning as needed. In the meantime, heat reserved bacon fat in a clean saute pan and add the Panko breadcrumbs. Toss the Panko breadcrumbs until golden and add remaining parsley. Spoon out the creamed corn mixture into a oven proof casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray. Top with Panko bread crumb mixture and spread out evenly. Place under broiler for just a minute until bread crumbs are golden in color.

bacon recipe courtesy of: food52

Sunday, August 22, 2010


serves six

5 large ears fresh sweet corn
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 shallot, finely chopped
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Husk corn and cut kernels off the cobs (you should have about 4 cups kernels); set aside. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside; pour off all but 2 teaspoons of the drippings. Add shallots and cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 3 – 4 minutes. Pour water into the pan, turn heat up, and scrape up the brown bits. Add corn, bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes until tender. Add cream and rosemary and simmer for a few minutes longer until slightly thickened. Stir in bacon pieces and season to taste with salt and pepper. For a thicker consistency, puree a small portion of corn and liquid in a blender then return to pan.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nicole, Pinch My Salt, Fresno, California, August 4, 2010

Saturday, August 21, 2010


yields ten servings

2 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
3 tablespoons salt, divided
3 slices bacon, chopped
2 large flat cactus leaves (nopales)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 slices onion

Place the pinto beans into a slow cooker, and fill to the top with hot water. Add the bacon, 2 tablespoons of salt, jalapeno and onion. Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, adding water as needed, until beans are tender.

Remove any thorns from the cactus leaves, and slice into small pieces. Place in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon of salt, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water for 1 minute. Add to the beans when they are soft, and cook for 15 more minutes on High.

bacon recipe courtesy of: KATZ002 for AllRecipes.com

Friday, August 20, 2010


1 lb lump crab meat
2 strips of bacon, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced shallots
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup minced parsley
3-4 tablespoons fine cracker or bread crumbs (low salt)
1-1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Pinch of cayenne
1 egg, beaten
1-2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons melted butter plus 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Check through crabmeat, removing any bits of shell (and any extra moisture, while being careful not to break it up too much). Fry bacon in a frying pan until lightly browned. Add shallots, celery and garlic and cook until soft but not brown, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool.

Stir in crab, herbs, cracker crumbs, Old Bay, salt, pepper and cayenne. Fold in the egg and enough cream to obtain a moist but firm consistency. If it is too wet, add a few more crumbs. Wet your hands with water and form the crab mixture into 4 large or 8 small cakes, and place on a plate. Wrap the plate wax paper and refrigerate for 30+ minutes.

Just before serving, heat the butter and oil in a nonstick pan. Pan-fry the cakes until crusty and golden, about 3 minutes per side (longer for larger cakes). OR, cook under the broiler for 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve with tartar sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lydia Walshin, The Perfect Pantry, February 25, 2007

Thursday, August 19, 2010


makes 4 servings

5 applewood-smoked bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
12 ounces peeled whole baby carrots (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 8-ounce package trimmed haricots verts or other slender green beans, halved crosswise
4 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram
1 3/4 cups low-salt chicken broth
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
3 cups coarsely shredded chicken from 1 small purchased roasted chicken (skin removed)
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed

Preheat oven to 450F. Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Chop bacon. Add onion to drippings in skillet; sauté until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add next 3 ingredients; stir 1 minute. Add broth; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to mediumhigh and boil until vegetables are almost tender and some liquid is reduced, about 8 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup crème fraîche, chicken, and bacon. Bring to simmer. Season with pepper. Divide among four 2-cup soufflé dishes.

Unfold puff pastry onto work surface; roll out to 12-inch square. Cut into 4 equal squares. Top filling in soufflé dishes with pastry; fold edges down onto rims of dish. Brush top of crusts (not edges) with remaining 1 tablespoon crème fraîche. Cut small X in center of crusts; pierce all over with fork. Bake until crusts are golden brown and filling is heated through, about 22 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Bon Appétit, October 2007

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


1 lb macaroni noodles, cooked according to package directions and drained
1 large onion, diced
5 eggs, hard boiled, peeled and cut in bite sized pieces
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
5 strips thick cut pepper bacon, cooked until crispy and rough chopped
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 cup ranch dressing
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in a large skillet until browned. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Place in refrigerator and allow flavors to marry for at least 3 hours or overnight for best flavor. Serve and enjoy!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jerry, Cooking, by the seat of my Pants, July 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


1 recipe tart dough
8 cups fresh nettles (use gloves to remove stems; wash; you should have about 6 cups of leaves)
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
4 thick slices bacon
1 shallot
3 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt, freshly ground black pepper
a few scrapes of fresh nutmeg

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the washed nettle leaves (did I mention you should be wearing gloves??) and simmer for a few minutes. You don't want to cook them and mute that green, just deactivate the DEVIL in them. Drain. Pulse in a food processor until chopped, but not pureed. Drain well and squeeze all water from them. Sprinkle on the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

Chop the bacon and brown in a large skillet. If there is more than 2 tablespoons of grease, remove some of it. To the bacon and grease, add the shallot. Cook until just short of golden, stir in the nettles and toss around for a minute or two. Remove from heat and cool.

Beat eggs, dairy, cheese, salt and pepper to taste , and a bit of nutmeg.

Press the tart dough into and up the sides of a tart pan with a removable bottom. Spread the cooled nettle and bacon mixture evenly over the tart shell.

Pour in the custard and jostle the pan a bit to even it out. Place on a sheet pan and bake at 375 degrees until puffy, set, and golden, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving--this tart is more tasty if it's just warm, not blazing hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jennifer, Experience(d) Collector, Seattle, Washington, February 16, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010


yields four servings

4 bonelesss rib-eye steaks, filet mignon, or sirloin steaks, cut 1 to 2 inches thick
4 green New Mexican chiles, roasted, peeled, stemmed, and seeded
4 strips uncooked bacon
2 tablespoons red peppercorns
2 tablespoons white peppercorns
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
2 tablespoons Caribbean habanero sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Slice the steaks horizontally to create a pocket, but do not cut all the way through the steak. Place a green chile into each of the pockets. Wrap a strip of bacon around each steak in the same direction as the pocket and secure with a toothpick.

Wrap the peppercorns in a kitchen towel and with a meat pounder or rolling pin gently pound the peppercorns until coarsely crushed. Press the crushed peppercorns into the sides of each steak. Place the steaks into a non-metallic pan.

To make the marinade: combine the habanero sauce, Worcestershire, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic powder in a bowl. Pour the marinade over the meat, and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat the grill and bring the steaks up to room temperature before placing on the grill. Grill the steaks over medium heat for about 12 to 16 minutes for medium-rare or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F.

Place the steaks on individual plates and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dave Dewitt, "New Mexico," BBQ with Bobby Flay, Food Network

Sunday, August 15, 2010


makes four servings

1 pound Brussels sprouts, preferably 3/4" - 1" size
1 cup white wine
1/2 cup dried sour cherries
2 slices bacon

Heat wine and add dried cherries. Set aside. Prepare sprouts: remove any damaged leaves; trim any long stems but leave enough stem so the sprout holds together. Cut in half lengthwise. Cut bacon into narrow strips or dice. Cook in skillet until crisp. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon of fat. Add sprouts with cherries and wine to bacon. Stir to mix, and cook (medium-high) until liquid has evaporated and sprouts are just tender, 2 to 5 or more minutes, depending on size of sprouts. Don't overcook or they will be mushy and strong-tasting. Serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: recipetips.com

Saturday, August 14, 2010


1 large loaf Italian or French bread, cubed
12 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 tablespoon flavored garlic olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 red pepper, chopped
1 1/2 cups half & half
2 cups whole milk
12 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons spicy grain prepared mustard
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
3 teaspoons dried or fresh herbs to taste; basil, dill, thyme, etc
sprinkle of Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning

Spray a 9" X 13" Pyrex baking dish or casserole pan with vegetable spray, and set aside. Cook bacon until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Leave 2 Tablespoons bacon fat in the pan, and add the olive oil to it. Saute onion and pepper in the fat until crisp tender. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine half & half, milk, eggs, salt, nutmeg, pepper, cumin, mustard and 2 teaspoons of the herbs, and whisk until foamy. An electric mixer works well for this, but it can also be done with a hand whisk. Add the cubed bread to the liquid and stir to coat. Place half the bread mixture in the prepared pan. Layer with half the bacon, onions and peppers and cheese. Repeat with the rest of the bread, bacon, onions, peppers and cheese. Make sure to pour all leftover liquid over the top of the casserole. Fold under gently until the strata is mixed well. Sprinkle with the last teaspoon of herbs. Sprinkle with a good dash of Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and bake for 65-80 minutes, more or less, or until knife comes out clean. Test the middle of the strata, as this takes the longest to bake. Serve with a big salad and Mimosas for brunch!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Donna Diegel, Providence Food Examiner, May 12, 2009

Friday, August 13, 2010


makes twenty

1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
10 ripe strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk plus additional for brushing
8 oz. crème fraiche (or sour cream)

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Whisk together flour, sage, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingers or a food processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk, stirring until a dough forms. Gather dough into a ball and gently knead on a lightly floured surface 8 times. Pat or roll dough until 1/2 inch thick and cut into 2 inch rounds.

Arrange biscuits about 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet and brush tops with additional buttermilk. With the back of a spoon or your thumb, press indents into each biscuit, leaving a rim around the outside. Place about 1/2 tsp. of jam in each, and some bacon crumbles. Place strawberry half on top, and press down firmly.

Bake in middle of oven until golden brown and biscuits are cooked through, about 7-10 minutes. Mix crème fraiche with honey until slightly sweet, to taste. Serve warm, topped with crème fraiche mixture and garnished with edible flowers.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Liz Vidyarthi, Zested, May 9, 2010 | Gourmet, February 2000

Thursday, August 12, 2010


serves 2

2 slices of lean bacon
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped drained canned tomatoes
3 tablespoons medium-dry Sherry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon sugar
two 6-ounce scrod fillets

In a skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning it, until it is crisp, transfer it with tongs to paper towels to drain, and crumble it. Pour all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the skillet and in the remaining fat cook the onion, stirring, until it begins to turn golden. Add the tomatoes, the Sherry, the soy sauce, and the sugar and simmer the sauce for 5 minutes, or until it is thickened. Add the scrod and simmer it, covered, for 4 minutes. Turn the scrod and simmer it, covered, for 4 minutes more, or until it just flakes. Transfer the scod with a slotted spatula to 2 plates and keep warm, covered. (If desired, boil the sauce for 1 minute to thicken it slightly.) Spoon the sauce over the scrod and sprinkle the scrod with the bacon.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Gourmet, November 1991

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


yields 4 to 6 servings

1 stick butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced celery
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups diced yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped bacon
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
1 cup beer
4 cups clam juice
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1 pinch cayenne
1 cup half-and-half
1 pound precooked crawfish
cooked rice, for serving

In a heavy bottom pan melt butter and add flour to make a roux. Stir constantly over a low heat until it takes on a beige color and loses the floury taste; about 30 minutes. When the roux is done, stir in vegetables, bacon and parsley. Add in beer, clam juice, bay leaf, seasonings and half-and-half. Stir, and cover pot. Let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Nearing the end of cooking time, add in precooked crawfish and serve over rice.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Hank Groover and Paula Deen, "The Big Easy," Paula's Best Dishes, Food Network

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


serves two

2 partridges
6 slices of unsmoked streaky bacon
1 lemon
2 small knobs of butter
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 tablespoons of redcurrant/damson/wild plum jelly
small glass of white wine or damson gin if you’d like a more raunchy dish
salt and ground black pepper

Pre heat the oven to 160c (140c fan). Cut the lemon in half lengthwise and squeeze each half over a partridge rubbing the lemon juice well into the flesh of the birds. Put half a lemon into the cavity of each bird along with a knob of butter and a sprig of thyme. Spread a tablespoon of redcurrant jelly over the breast of each bird and put a spring of thyme on each. Season each bird and wrap the streaky bacon slices over the breast of each bird, securing the bacon with a cocktail stick. Place the birds breast side down in a casserole. Splosh over the wine and put a piece of foil under the lid to ensure a snug fit. Place in a preheated oven for an hour and twenty minutes (or until tender) 160c or 140c fan. Serve with crispy bread to soak up the juices.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Fiona Nevile, The Cottage Smallholder

Monday, August 09, 2010


serves four

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced crosswise, separating white and green parts
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 slices bacon sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans
1 cup water
coarse salt and ground pepper

Heat vegetable oil over medium-high. Add bacon, and cook, stirring often, until bacon is golden brown and almost crisp, about 3 minutes. Add scallion whites and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add pinto beans, water and season with coarse salt and ground pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve topped with scallion greens.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Everyday Food, June 2010

Sunday, August 08, 2010


yields four servings

4 (5-oz portions) halibut filets
4 avocados, skinned and pitted
½ cup bacon lardons
4 ears corn, shucked and kernels off the cob
1 head romaine lettuce, ribs removed, 1” dice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 limes, juiced
1-2 tablespoons chicken stock
extra virgin olive oil

For avocado, push through a tamis or sieve until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste. Set aside.

For ragout, render bacon lardons and sauté with corn kernels. Add romaine and sweat. Mix in cherry tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, lime juice, a pat of butter, and chicken stock to taste.

Season halibut and sear in a sauté pan with olive oil. Flip over and finish cooking until done. Let rest before serving.

To Serve: Spoon avocado mixture onto a plate. Pile ragout on top of the avocado. Place halibut on top of ragout.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Ashley Merriman, Top Chef, Season 6, Episode 5, Elimination Challenge, Bravo

Saturday, August 07, 2010


makes 6 servings

1 1/2 pounds haricots verts or other thin green beans, trimmed
4 bacon slices
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup bottled peeled roasted whole chestnuts, coarsely crumbled

Cook beans in a medium pot of boiling salted water (2 tablespoons salt for 4 quarts water), uncovered, until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain and plunge into an ice bath to stop cooking. Drain well and pat dry.

Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving fat in skillet, then crumble. Add butter to fat in skillet along with beans, chestnuts, bacon, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Ruth Cousineau, Gourmet, November 2008

Friday, August 06, 2010


100 grams cockles per person
240 grams laver bread mix
5 slices bacon

De-shell and thoroughly wash the cockles. Place into frying pan and cook at a medium heat for 5 minutes. Pour laver bread mix into frying pan. Turn occasionally on a low heat for 5 minutes.

Fry 5 slices of bacon. Serve the cockles and bacon on the same plate while the laver bread is served separately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Ernest Lemonheigh, Come Dine With Me, Series 3, Channel 4, PO Box 1058, Belfast BT1 9DU December 19, 2007

Thursday, August 05, 2010


serves four

For the Jerusalem artichoke purée
14oz Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and chopped
water, to cover
3oz butter
2fl oz double cream
½ lemon, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the crushed peas
9oz fresh peas, pods removed
½ tsp ground cumin
2oz butter
3fl oz double cream
½ lemon, juice only
salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the seared scallops
12 hand-dived scallops, coral removed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 rashers streaky bacon
handful pea shoots, to serve

For the Jerusalem artichoke purée, place the Jerusalem artichokes into a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until tender, then drain. Cool.

Place the Jerusalem artichokes into a food processor with the butter, cream and lemon juice and blend to make a smooth purée.

Place the purée into a saucepan, season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and heat gently to warm through.

For the crushed peas, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the peas and cook for 3-4 minutes until tender. Drain the peas, then place back in the saucepan. Add the cumin, butter, cream and lemon juice and mix well. Crush the mixture using the back of a fork or a potato masher. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

For the seared scallops, season the scallops with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Heat a frying pan until hot, then add the olive oil and the scallops and cook for two minutes on each side, or until lightly golden. Remove the scallops from the pan and set aside to rest on a plate.

Heat another frying pan and add the bacon. Cook over a high heat until crisp, then remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper.

To serve, place a spoonful of artichoke purée onto each of four plates and smear slightly across the plate. Top with three scallops, followed by a piece of streaky bacon and a few pea shoots. Serve a spoonful of the crushed peas alongside.

bacon recipe courtesy of: James Martin, Saturday Kitchen, BBC-Food

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


yields two servings

4 strips bacon, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cups cooked tortellini
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp about 5 minutes. Remove to a towel to absorb excess bacon fat. Add the onion to the same skillet used to fry the bacon and cook until it turns light brown in color, about 10 to 12 minutes. Add the tortellini to the pan cook until heated through. Add the cooked bacon, parsley and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to serving bowl and top with Parmesan cheese.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sandra Lee, "One-Pot Meals," Sandra's Money Saving Meals, 2009

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


makes 4 servings

16 lamp chops
1 slice bacon, diced
2 tablespoons onions, diced
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
½ teaspoons ginger, minced
½ teaspoon lemongrass, minced
pinch fresh thyme
pinch black pepper
¼ teaspoon five spice powder
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup plum wine
½ tablespoon sesame oil
1 pinch star anise
¼ cup plum sauce
¼ cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon kecap manis
½ cup tomato ketchup
½ tablespoon brown sugar

Saute bacon and add onion. Cook until light brown. Add garlic, ginger and lemongrass. Add thyme, pepper and five spice. Deglaze with vinegar. Reduce all the way. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 2-3 more minutes. Marinate Lamb chops in Hoisin. Barbecue sauce for 1 hour. Cook on grill until medium rare.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sam Choy, Sam Choy's Kitchen, Hawaii News Now, KHNL/KGMB, 420 Waiakamilo Road, Suite 205, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

Monday, August 02, 2010


makes about 2 cups

½ cup butter
½ cup brown rice syrup
3 strips organic bacon, about 3 tablespoons chopped finely
3.5 ounces 70% dark chocolate
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
few pinches fleur de sel

In a heavy bottomed pot, melt the butter. Then add the brown rice syrup and bring to a simmer or medium high heat stirring with a wooden spoon frequently.

Once the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pot, using a spoon place a drop in a glass of cold water to test if it hardens. Once it does, you know it’s done. Watch over it carefully as it will start to burn quickly. Add the bacon bits and peanuts and stir until combined.

Spread the mixture over a silpat or parchment lined sheet pan so that it is no more than 1/8 inch thick. Allow to set in a cool place.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate over low heat. Once the toffee has set, pour the chocolate over the toffee and spread in a thin layer overtop, sprinkle with fleur de sel and cool in the refrigerator. Once set, break into smaller pieces and enjoy!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine, Colombe du jour, January 8, 2010

Sunday, August 01, 2010


makes four omelets

12 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1½ tablespoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
12 slices crisp bacon
1 cup wild mushrooms, sliced and cooked
1 wedge smoked brie

Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the milk, and beat them well. Melt the butter in a 6-inch nonstick pan over medium heat. Pour the eggs into the pan, scramble slightly. Allow the eggs to coat the pan and cook evenly. Crumble the bacon into the eggs, add the mushrooms and 2 slices of smoked brie. Let cook for 1 minute. Using a spatula carefully fold omelet in half. Top omelet with 2 slices of smoke brie. Gently slide omelet onto plate and serve immediately. Repeat for remaining omelets

bacon recipe courtesy of: Alouette Cheese, BC-USA, Inc., 400 South Custer Avenue, New Holland, Pennsylvania 17557