Thursday, October 31, 2013


makes 16 gayettes

2 cups cooked Swiss chard leaves
1 large leaf sorrel (optional)
1 cup chopped white portions of leeks or onions
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons beef consomme
1 package unflavored gelatin
1/2 lb. chicken or pork liver
2 lb. ground pork, half lean and half fat
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon crushed bay leaf
4 slices bacon

Squeeze chard, and chop with sorrel (if available). Stew the leeks or onions in the oil and butter until wilted, 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds, mix in chard, and cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until moisture is evaporated. Season with salt and pepper, set aside. Heat consomme and dissolve gelatin in it; set aside. Finely chop or grind liver, add to pork along with all the spices, consomme, and chard; mix thoroughly. (Saute a small amount, taste, and correct seasonings if necessary.)

Chill the mixture; then form into either 2-3-inch balls or thick patties. Place on a buttered baking pan. Cut bacon strips into 16 pieces and place one on each gayette. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 35-45 minutes, turning once, if desired.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Victory Garden Cookbook, by Marian Morash, p. 308; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1982

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


serves four

4 strips of bacon, diced
1 carrot
1 leek
1 celery stick
4 salmon fillets, 6 oz. each
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup red wine
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (1/4 teaspoon dried)
1/2 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Fry bacon in a heavy skillet to remove fat and set aside. Make a mirepoix of the vegetables by finely dicing carrots, leek and celery to uniform cubes. Simmer vegetables until crisp tender and place a spoonful of vegetables on top of each fillet in an oiled baking pan. Roast in the oven until the center of the salmon is just pink, approximately 10 minutes.

While salmon is baking combine the stock, wine and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce this by one half. Prepare a roux by kneading together the flour and butter, forming small balls. Add roux balls, one at a time to simmering sauce until it has reached the consistency of heavy cream. Add the diced bacon and serve over fillets.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Maritime Flavours: Guidebook & Cookbook, by Elaine Elliot and Virginia Lee, p. 61. Halifax and Boston: Formac Publishing Company Limited, 1997

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


serves six

3 lb. lean beef topside, boneless rib or sirloin joint
salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
4 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
6-8 streaky bacon rashers, stretched

Cooking Times

Roast Beef with Crispy Bacon, Mustard and Herbs

Serves: 6 Prep Time: 5 minutes Avg. cooking time for 3lb: 1 hour 40 minutes
A different take on the weekend roast. Topside, rib or sirloin joint spread with mustard and topped with crispy bacon

Cooking Times

20 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 20 minutes
25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes
Well done
30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes


  1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the mustard and parsley.
  3. Place the topside joint on a chopping board, make several slits over the surface of the joint and season. Rub with the mustard and herb mixture over the surface of the joint and inside the slits. Wrap the bacon rashers around the joint.
  4. Place the joint on a metal rack in a large roasting tin and open roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time, basting occasionally with any rich beefy juices.
  5. Leave the joint to rest for 10-15 minutes, slice and serve with sauté or roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
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Monday, October 28, 2013


serves 6-8

1 lb. pollock, cod, or other white fish fillets
8 oz. shellfish (mussels, cockles, prawns)
4 oz. salmon, cubed
1/4 stick butter
2 oz. streaky bacon, cut into matchstick strips
2 lb. mixed vegetables (onions, leeks, carrots, celery, waxy potatoes), diced
2 1/4 cups water
1/4 oz. dillisk (purple-reddish seaweed)
1/4 oz. Carrageen, a.k.a. Irish moss
2 1/4 cups milk
Garnish: fresh parsley and chives

Cook the bacon strips in butter until crisp. Add all the vegetables except the potatoes. Season with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook slowly without coloring for 5 minutes. Add water, dilisk and Carrageen and cook for 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and milk and cook until potatoes are soft. Add fish and shellfish and cook for 3-5 minutes. Check seasoning and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley and chives.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Best of Irish Potato Recipes by Biddy White Lennon, pp. 62-63. Dublin: The O'Brien Press, 12 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin 6, Ireland, 2002

Sunday, October 27, 2013


makes 16 appetizers

3/4 cup chicken livers
2 hard-cooked eggs
chopped chives or finely grated onion, to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cognac (optional)
8 slices bacon, cut in half

Cook the chicken livers in a small amount of boiling, salted water until barely done, five to eight minutes. Rub the livers and hard-cooked eggs through a fine sieve or use a food mill. Blend well and mix with the remaining ingredients except the bacon. Chill. Spread the mixture on the strips of bacon. Roll and fasten with toothpicks. Grill under a preheated broiler until the bacon is crisp. Serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne, pp. 15-16; New York & Evanston: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1961

Saturday, October 26, 2013


makes eight servings

2 lb. stewing beef cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups sodium-reduced beef stock
1 onion, sliced
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 teaspoon dried thyme
4 cups button mushrooms, halved
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
1 package dried porcini mushrooms
1 bay leaf
1 cup frozen peas

Trim and cut beef into 1-inch cubes; toss with 1/4 cup of the flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In large skillet, heat half the oil over medium-high heat; brown meat, in 4 batches and adding more oil if necessary. Transfer to slow cooker.

Add stock to skillet and bring to boil, scraping up any brown bits; pour into slow cooker.

In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; fry onion, bacon and thyme for 1 minute. Add button mushrooms; fry until softened and almost no liquid remains, about 8 minutes. Add to slow cooker.

Add celery, potatoes, porcini mushrooms, bay leaf, and 1 cup water to slow cooker; stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender.

Whisk remaining flour with 1/4 cup water; whisk into slow cooker. Add peas. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Make It Tonight, by Elizabeth Baird and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Montreal: Transcontinental Books, 2007

Friday, October 25, 2013


serves 4-6

For the pickled red onions
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of hot sauce
a sprinkle or two of salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
1 large red onion, sliced into thin rounds

For the salad
8 slices of bacon, diced
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of any mustard
8-10 oz. of baby spinach
8 oz. of feta cheese chunks

Begin with the pickled red onions. Put the sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the onion and heat just long enough to return the mixture to a simmer, 2 or 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature. For best results, rest the mixture overnight in your refrigerator.

When it's salad time, brown the bacon pieces in a heavy frying pan over medium-high heat until they're crispy. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a few pieces of folded paper towel. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the bacon fat, vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and mustard until smooth. Just before serving, toss the dressing with the spinach leaves and top with the feta, bacon, and pickled red onions. Serve and share!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Michael Smith's Kitchen: 100 of My Favorite Recipes, by Michael Smith, p. 55; Penguin Canada, 2011

Thursday, October 24, 2013


yields six servings 

For the BBQ Sauce

½ cup ketchup
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
hot sauce, a few dashes

For the Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
metal skewers

For the sauce, bring all the sauce ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 to 7 minutes. Sauce should thicken and reduce to about 1 cup.  Remove from heat. Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and set aside to serve with the chicken skewers.

Preheat the grill while you start prepping the chicken skewers.

Pat dry the chicken cubes with a paper towel then place the chicken in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper.

Process the bacon in a food processor until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Add the bacon paste to the spice mixture, then add all of it to the large bowl of chicken. Use your hands to toss the chicken to coat with the bacon paste mixture.  Place the meat onto skewers.

Place the skewers on the grill and cook covered, turning every 2 minutes or so, until all 4 sides are cooked through and chicken has browned and slightly charred. This should take 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove from grill and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes. Serve with barbeque sauce on the side.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


makes 6 cups, enough to stuff body cavity and neck of a 10-lb. bird

5 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 lb. lean veal, minced
4 cups cubed bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1/2 cup butter, softened
5 egg yolks
salt and pepper
rind of 1 lemon, grated
3 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Fry bacon until fat becomes rendered. Add onion and sauté with bacon until onion is light golden brown. Add veal, stir, and fry until it begins to take on color. Cool thoroughly. Sprinkle bread with enough milk to moisten it slightly. Squeeze out excess milk and add bread to veal mixture. Work anchovy paste into softened butter and beat with egg yolks. Stir this into veal and bread until thoroughly blended. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon rind; fold in egg whites.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Horizon Cookbook: An Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages, by the Editors of Horizon Magazine. American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1968

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


serves 4-6

2 2-lb. broiling chickens
1 pint oysters and their liquor
4 shallots or 1 small onion, minced
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 lb. bacon
2 cups fresh bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon each: pepper, thyme, and marjoram
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup chicken broth

Wipe the broilers and salt the cavities. Simmer the oysters in their liquor until the edges barely curl. Strain and reserve liquor for basting. Cook the shallots in 1 tablespoon butter. Dice the bacon, fry it for 5 minutes, and drain. Mix the oysters, shallots, bacon, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Stuff the birds and truss. Spread each bird with 1 tablespoon butter. Use remaining tablespoon butter to butter a roasting pan. Place birds in the pan and roast in a preheated 400-degree oven for 45 minutes, basting twice with the oyster liquor after the first 20 minutes. Keep chickens warm. Deglaze the pan on a low fire by pouring in chicken broth and scraping all the drippings. Simmer for 3 minutes. Serve separately in a sauceboat.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Horizon Cookbook: An Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages, by the Editors of Horizon Magazine. American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1968

Monday, October 21, 2013


12 strips maple-smoked bacon, with 2 strips reserved for garnish
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon maple extract

Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely. Reserve 2 of the chopped slices for garnish. Combine all ingredients except bacon in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until chips and butter are melted, and mixture is thick and smooth. 4.)Remove from heat. Stir in bacon. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved chopped bacon on top and lightly press with your fingertips. Cover with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator until firm, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. Slice into 7 equal rows to create 49 squares. It’s a good idea to use a ruler to ensure equal-sized pieces. Serve at about room temperature.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bacon Dessert Recipes

Sunday, October 20, 2013


makes 16 scones

3 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cups cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
course sugar for sprinkling
maple glaze (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Fold in bacon crumbles. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Divide in half and pat into 7 inch round circles. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut into 6 or 8 wedges. Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes. Top with maple glaze.

Maple Glaze
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
drop of water
1 cup powdered sugar

Combine syrup, vanilla and powdered sugar and stir until combined. Based on the consistency of the glaze, add water one drop at a time and stir – if you accidentally add too much, just add a bit more powdered sugar. Continue to stir until desired consistency is reached. Pour over scones!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jessica, How Sweet It Is, February 22, 2011

Saturday, October 19, 2013


makes 8 servings

2 cups cooked, diced chicken
2 cups raw, diced broccoli tops and stems
1 cup cooked, roughly crumbled bacon
2 cups peeled, cubed, raw daikon radish
4 tablespoons butter
1.5 cups heavy white cream or half and half
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups shredded medium cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cube daikon radish into ½” cubes. Add daikon to the pot and boil for 20 minutes or until slightly softened. Drain thoroughly. Heat butter in a 2 quart sauce pan on the stove over medium heat until melted. Add salt, pepper, mustard and half and half. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly, for one minute. Remove from heat. Add cheddar, mozzarella, and feta. Stir until melted. Prepare fresh broccoli by cutting florets and stems into smaller pieces. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In a 12 x 12 casserole, combine cheesy chicken sauce, daikon, bacon and broccoli. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Your Lighter Side, February 20, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013


6 slices of bacon
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped coarsely
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of freshly cracked pepper
1/2 cup orange juice
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 tablespoon tawny port

Cut the bacon up into a fairly small pieces. Add the bacon to a medium-size saucepan. Set on the stove over medium-high heat Cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. If it starts to burn or smoke, turn your heat down. When your bacon is crisp, turn the heat off. Drain off most of the rendered bacon fat, leaving just a teaspoon or two in the pan with the bacon. Add the brown sugar to the bacon and fat in the pan. Toss in the rosemary, kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Stir your pot to combine the ingredients well. Break up any lumps of brown sugar against the side of the pot with the back of your spoon. Pour in the orange juice. Stir well, scraping at the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits. Raise the heat to medium-high so your mixture can start to come up to a simmer. Add the cranberries to the pot. Give the pot a good stir to combine everything. Add the port. Stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat until the mixture comes up to a simmer. When it does, turn the heat down a little and cover the pot tightly. Simmer covered for about 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, uncover the pot. Stir the mixture. As you stir, smoosh the cranberries against the side of the pot to pop them. Keep the heat on medium as you do this. Turn the heat off and transfer the chutney to a bowl to cool. The chutney will keep in the fridge for about 3 days.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jessie Cross, The Hungry Mouse, December 11, 2008

Thursday, October 17, 2013


serves four

1 tablespoon juniper berries 
4 oven-ready partridges
salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1 oz. butter 
1 tablespoon sunflower oil 
1 medium onion, finely sliced
4 rashers rindless streaky bacon, cut into 2cm/1in slices
3-4 bushy sprigs fresh thyme 
2 tablespoons plain flour 
5 tablespoons dry gin 
3½fl oz orange juice (about 1 large orange)
7fl oz red wine 
12fl oz chicken stock, fresh or made with 1 stock cube
2 tablespoons cranberry sauce or red currant jelly 
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
7 oz. cooked and peeled chestnuts, halved
½ medium Savoy cabbage, tough outer leaves removed

Put the juniper seeds in a pestle and mortar and pound until roughly crushed. Sprinkle the juniper seeds over all the partridges, pressing lightly into the skin, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Melt the butter with the oil in a large flame-proof casserole or your largest saucepan over a medium heat. Add the partridges to the casserole, breast-side down, and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until nicely browned. Turn and fry on each of the remaining three sides for a further minute until browned all over. Remove from the casserole and put on a plate.

Reduce the heat and add the onion, bacon and thyme to the casserole. Fry gently for 5-6 minutes, or until the onions are softened and the bacon is beginning to brown, stirring regularly.

Sprinkle the flour into the pan and stir well. Cook for about five minutes, then add the gin and orange juice and bubble for a few seconds before slowly stirring in the wine and chicken stock. Spoon the cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly on top, stir in the orange zest and chestnuts and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Gently return the partridges to the pan and cover with a lid. Cook over a low heat for 30 minutes.

Cut the cabbage into four wedges and remove the tough central core. Remove the casserole from the heat and turn the partridges over. Nestle the cabbage between the birds, cover and continue to cook for a further 30-40 minutes, or until the birds are very tender, the cabbage has softened and the sauce has thickened. Pick out the thyme stalks and adjust the seasoning to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hairy Bikers, The Hairy Bikers' Cook Off, BBC-Food

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


serves four 

12 small shallots, blanched until soft 
300 grams pumpkin, flesh only, cut into bite sized chunks 
120 grams chunky lardons of bacon 
12 cooked chestnuts 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the red wine butter 
200 ml red wine 
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons soy sauce 
2 shallots, peeled and finely diced 
1 tablespoon whipping cream 
120 grams unsalted butter 
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
sugar, to taste 

For the turbot 
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
4 turbot fillets, each about 160g each, skin removed 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
10 sprigs flat leaf parsley, leaves picked 

Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Blanch the shallots and pumpkin chunks for 3-4 minutes, until just softened.

Place the bacon, shallots, pumpkin, and chestnuts on a baking tray that is just large enough to hold them. Add the vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper and toss until well coated. Dot the butter over the top and roast for 12-15 minutes until golden.

For the red wine sauce: pour the red wine, red wine vinegar and soy sauce into a saucepan and add the shallots. Cook over a medium heat for several minutes, until the liquid has reduced to about 4 tablespoons. Whisk in the cream.

Add 100g of the butter, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Do not let the sauce boil.

Season to taste with salt, black pepper and sugar (you shouldn't need much salt because of the soy). Keep warm.

For the turbot: heat the oil in a large frying pan. Season the turbot and fry for 1 minute over a very high heat.

Add the butter, lower the heat slightly and fry for a further 2 minutes. Turn and fry for 3 minutes more.

Once the fish is cooked, stir the parsley into the bacon mixture.

Spoon the red wine butter onto four plates, put the fish in the middle and scatter the bacon mixture over the top. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Alex Mackay, Market Kitchen, Good Food Channel, UK TV

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


serves twelve

12 pitted dried plums
5 1/3 ounces goat cheese, divided into 12 equal portions
3 slices bacon, each cut into 2-inch pieces (to total 12 pieces)

For each dried plum, make a lengthwise slit and spoon a portion of cheese into slit; wrap with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon with wooden pick; arrange on rack in broiler pan. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat 6 to 8 minutes or until browned and barely crisp, turning once. Serve hot or warm.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Georgeanne Brennan, California Dried Plums Board 

Monday, October 14, 2013


serves six

500 grams tubetti rigati
1 small green cabbage
100 grams bacon cut into strips
1 clove of garlic
100 ml olive oil
grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Slice the cabbage and cook in a boiling salted water for a few minutes, drain when tender. Put half of the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the garlic clove and the strips of speck or bacon, add the cabbage. Season with salt and paper, cook until it is dry. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water, drain when cooked reserving some cooking water. Put the drained pasta in a pan, add remaining oil and grated cheese with some cooking water stir well until creamy. Add the cooked cabbage, stir well and add some more cooking water if needed. Serve hot with freshly ground pepper.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Gluten Free Food Market, Lavida Food Ltd, Office Suite 1, Woodcockhill Rd, Meelick, Co. Clare, Ireland

Sunday, October 13, 2013


makes twelve

For the pastry
5½ oz plain flour
3½ oz cold butter, cut into cubes
1 free-range egg, beaten

For the bacon and egg filling
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
4 thin rashers rindless streaky bacon, cut into 2 inch strips
2 free-range eggs, hard boiled, peeled
4 tablespoons mayonnaise 
salt and fresh ground black pepper 
6 quails’ eggs, hard boiled, peeled
fresh rocket leaves

For the pastry pulse the flour and butter in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add the beaten egg and blend until the mixture starts to come together in a ball. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten slightly. Roll the pastry out on a floured work surface, and using a 3-inch cutter, cut out 12 rounds. Use them to line a 12 hole muffin tin. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, and freeze for one hour. Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake the pastry cases for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. For the bacon and egg filling, heat the oil in a small non-stick frying pan and fry the bacon over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes on each side until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper. Mash the hens’ eggs with the mayonnaise, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture into the pastry cases. Cut the quails’ eggs in half and place on top. Add a strip of bacon to each one and garnish the canapés with rocket leaves.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hairy Bikers, The Hairy Bikers' Christmas Party, BBC-Food

Saturday, October 12, 2013


yields twelve donuts

2 tablespoons water, warmed
1.25 oz envelope fast-rise yeast
3/4 cup whole milk, warmed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 tablespoons shortening or lard
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
vegetable oil or peanut oil, for frying

Maple Glaze:
1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk (possibly more)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Candied Bacon:
1 lb center cut bacon
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Donut: In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if you are going to kneed the dough by hand), whisk together yeast and warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.

Add milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and 1 cup of flour. Mix on medium low for 2 minutes, then switch to the dough hook. Slowly add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour a half a cup at a time. Once you have added all the flour, knead on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Turn up the speed to medium high and continue to knead dough for 3-4 minutes, until dough is smooth.

Transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with a slightly damp tea towel. Place bowl in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.

Transfer raised dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully roll out till it is 1 inch thick. Cut out doughnuts with a floured 4 inch biscuit cutter and then cut out the center of each donut with a floured 1-2 inch biscuit cutter.

Place donuts and donut holes on a lightly floured cookie sheet and cover again with a slightly damp tea towel. Place in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees.

Once oil is hot, working with 4-6 donuts at a time, carefully drop donuts into oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown and flip and fry the other side.

Remove and drain on a paper towel (or newspaper) lined plate. Continue this process until each donut has been fried.

Maple Glaze: Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect any drippings for an easy clean up. Then, in a small bowl whisk together milk, maple syrup and maple extract. Add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. If icing is to stiff, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.

While the donuts are still warm, dip the tops of each donut and donut hole into the icing and transfer to a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Save any remaining frosting to drizzle on top of the completed donut.

Candied Bacon: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and position a cooling rack on top of pan. Lightly spray the rack with non-stick spray (or grease with oil).

Combine the brown sugar, black pepper and salt in a shallow plate/dish. Press each side of each slice of bacon firmly into the spiced sugar to coat well.

Arrange the slices of bacon on top of the rack in a single layer. If there is any sugar remaining in the dish, sprinkle it on top of the bacon slices evenly.

Bake until the bacon is crisp and the sugar is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then cut each strip in half.

Arrange candied bacon on top of donuts and drizzle the top with any remaining maple glaze. Serve immediately!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jessica Segarra, The Novice Chef, June 26, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013


serves 3-4

1 bunch broccoli rabe
4-5 slices thick cut bacon
4 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon

zest of 1/4 lemon
pinch red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste

First, bring a pot of water to a boil and add int he broccoli rabe. Let the broccoli blanch for 2-3 minutes, then remove and rinse with very cold water, to stop the cooking process, then drain all of the water from the broccoli and pat dry.

In a large pan, cook your bacon over medium-high heat, for 6-8 minutes or so, until crispy. Remove with a slotted spatula onto a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Remove all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the pan (and reserve the rest for later - I like to keep excess bacon fat in the fridge to use later for extra crispy home fries) and add in the broccoli rabe (alternatively, you can just use olive oil in place of the bacon/bacon fat). Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, then add in the garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and a pinch of red pepper flakes, for another 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the broccoli is tender. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sydney Kramer, The Crepes of Wrath, May 16, 2012

Thursday, October 10, 2013


serves 3 as a main dish; 6 as a side

1 pound bowtie pasta

4 slices thick-sliced bacon
olive oil as needed

1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup frozen sweet peas
1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

2 tablespoons butter

salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan cheese for garnish

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. When boiling, cook pasta until al dente (firm to the bite), about 10 minutes. Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
Cut the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Fry bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, until just lightly golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Leave remaining bacon drippings in the skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onion to the skillet and sauté until soft and tender, about 4 minutes. Add peas and sauté a few minutes more until heated through.  If the skillet starts to get dry, add a little olive oil.

Stir in cream and simmer a few minutes until it begins to reduce and thicken.

Add cooked, drained pasta and bacon to the skillet and toss gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated and pasta is coated with the sauce. If the dish seems dry, add in some of the pasta water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and drizzle in a little more olive oil and the butter. Swirl until butter is melted. Sprinkle on some grated cheese and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Susan Filson, Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


one serving

2 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
2-4 tablespoons kimchi, drained and coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices bread
2 slices cheddar (or 1/2 cup shredded)

Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat, set aside on paper towels to drain reserving 1 teaspoon of grease in the pan. Add the kimchi and saute until it starts to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes. Heat a clean pan over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread, place one slice in the pan with buttered side down, top with half of the cheese, the kimchi, bacon, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread with buttered side up. Grill until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kevin Lynch, Closet Cooking, April 7, 2013

Tuesday, October 08, 2013


makes 8 servings 

8 leeks, white and pale-green parts only
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise 1/4 " thick
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Slice each leek in half lengthwise without cutting all the way through the other side; rinse under cold water (gently opening layers) until water runs clear. Pat dry. Heat oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat. Add shallot and bacon and cook, stirring, until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and leeks, season with salt and pepper, and cook, occasionally turning leeks and stirring gently, until leeks are bright green, about 5 minutes. Add wine to skillet; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until leeks are just tender, 8–10 minutes longer. Mix in butter. Serve leeks topped with chives.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mimi Thorrison, Bon Appétit, October 2013

Monday, October 07, 2013


serves two as a main course, or four as a starter

250 grams smoked eel fillets
200 grams dry-cure bacon, back or streaky
4 large baking potatoes
150 grams butter
150ml thick cream
grated horseradish

Prick the skin of the potatoes with a fork and sling in a 200°C oven for an hour and a half. Slice the potatoes in half, spoon out the contents into a pan placed over a low heat. Mash the potatoes. Once the potatoes are reasonably mashed start adding the butter, a little at a time, and mashing it thoroughly into the potatoes. Once all the the butter is incorporated then add the cream and mash/stir that in completely. Stick a lid on the pan and put it in the oven to keep warm. Fry the bacon up until the fat only just begins to go slightly crispy. Stick the bacon on a warm plate so it doesn’t go cold.
You’ll want the eel fillets in a total of 4-8 pieces for ease of sharing, so cut them up if you need to, then put all the pieces in the still-warm bacon pan for 30 seconds, turn them over and leave them for another 30 seconds. Put put the eel on a plate, put bacon on top, stir a bum-load of freshly ground pepper into the mash and then spoon a helping of peppered-creamy-butter-potato onto each plate. To finish this you’ll want a little spoonful of grated horseradish on the side of each plate and finely chop some chives on top of the the mash.

bacon recipe courtesy of: adapted from David Strange's, October 6, 2012; The New Forest Smokery, River Cottage, Ashford Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, SP6 1BZ UK

Sunday, October 06, 2013


serves two

100 grams unsmoked streaky bacon
3 tablespoons rapeseed oil
400 grams, potatoes, medium-sized
500 grams smoked haddock fillets
500 ml double cream
2 bay leaves
6 peppercorns
2 tablespoons curly parsley, finely chopped

Cut the bacon into pieces roughly the size of a postage stamp. Warm the oil in a nonstick frying pan and add the bacon pieces, letting them colour lightly. Cut the potatoes, without peeling them, into 1cm thick slices then cut each slice into short pieces, like tiny chips. Tip into the pan with the bacon and fry for about 15 minutes until golden and cooked right through. Meanwhile put the smoked haddock into a pan with the cream, a couple of bay leaves and 6 black peppercorns. Bring almost to the boil, then turn down and simmer for 5 minutes. Put the lid on and leave to infuse for 15 minutes or so while the potatoes finish cooking. Divide the potatoes and bacon between two warm plates, lift the haddock out of the cream and place a fillet on each plate. Stir the chopped parsley into the cream, then spoon over the fish and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nigel Slater, for The Observer, January 8, 2012, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, UK

Saturday, October 05, 2013


makes eight servings 

4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1" pieces 
1 small red onion, sliced 1/4" thick 
1/2 pound chanterelles or crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, cut into pieces 
1 garlic clove, finely grated 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
2 teaspoons sugar 
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 
8 ounces hearty greens (such as mustard greens, spinach, or baby kale), torn 
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8–10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Cook onion in same skillet, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, 6–8 minutes, using a slotted spoon, transfer to plate with bacon. Repeat with mushrooms. Remove skillet from heat. Add garlic, vinegar, sugar, and mustard, scraping up browned bits. Whisk in oil; season dressing with salt and pepper. Toss greens, warm dressing, bacon, onion, and mushrooms in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper and top with cheese.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Duane Sorenson, Bon Appétit, October 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013


serves four

1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon mustard powder pepper
4 bacon chops, each weighing 6 oz.
1/2 oz. butter
1 large onion, skinned and chopped
1/4 pint vegetable stock
4 oz. gooseberries, topped and tailed

Mix together the brown sugar, mustard and pepper and rub into both sides of the bacon chops. Melt the butter in a large frying pan or flameproof casserole. Cook the onion for 2 minutes, then add the bacon chops, half the stock and the gooseberries. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Remove chops. Puree onions and gooseberries in blender or food processor until smooth. Return the chops and puree to the pan with the remaining stock. Simmer gently for 10 minutes, until the chops are tender and cooked through.

bacon recipe courtesy of: All British

Thursday, October 03, 2013


serves four

4 whiting fillets, about 175 grams each, skin on
12 slices of thinly sliced streaky bacon
2 tablespoons olive oil

Butter Sauce 
25 grams shallots, peeled and very finely chopped
4 tablespoons dry white wine
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon cream
125 grams unsalted butter, diced
salt and freshly-ground pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Grill the bacon until crispy, keep warm. Place the shallots, white wine and water in a heavy-based pan and bring to boil. Let it simmer until reduced to a quarter. Add the cream and boil for one minute. Reduce the heat and add in all the butter. Whisk vigorously until you have a lovely silky sauce - do not let the sauce boil or it will separate. Remove from the heat, season and keep warm. Season the whiting with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tablesp. of olive oil.  Add the fillets skin side down and cook for 3-4 minutes, the skin should be crisp. Turn and cook the other side for 1 minute.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bord Bia: Irish Food Board, Clanwilliam Court, Lower Mount St, Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


serves six

2 lb. of pike or other firm white-meat fish, cut in fillets
water or fish stock, to cover
3 onions
1 stalk celery, with leaves
6 peppercorns
8 slices bacon, diced
1 cup fine, dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup sour cream
6-8 cooked crawfish tails or shrimps (optional)

Poach fish in water or stock along with 1 sliced onion, celery, peppercorns, and a little salt. When flaky, remove fish; strain and reserve stock. Fry bacon and as fat becomes rendered add 2 diced onions. Fry slowly until bacon and onion are golden brown. Butter a 6-cup soufflé dish and sprinkle bottom and sides with bread crumbs, tapping out excess. Place a layer of sauerkraut in the dish, add a layer of the onion and bacon mixture and another of fish. Repeat layers in that order until dish is full, ending with sauerkraut. Melt 3 tablespoons butter, stir in flour, and sauté over low heat for about 5 minutes or until flour begins to take on color. Measure stock and, if necessary, add enough water to make 2 cups. Add to butter and flour mixture along with the sour cream. Stir until smooth. Season with salt and paprika to taste. Place crawfish or shrimps around top of sauerkraut. Add sauce and a generous layer of bread crumbs dotted with remaining butter. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until sauce is golden brown and bubbling.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Horizon Cookbook: An Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking through the Ages, by the Editors of Horizon Magazine. American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1968

Tuesday, October 01, 2013


yields 1 (9-inch) quiche, 6 to 8 servings

8 thin slices bacon, about 6 ounces
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound cremini mushrooms or a combination of cultivated and wild mushrooms, trimmed, cleaned, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
6 medium shallots, finely chopped, about 1/2 cup
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups half-and-half
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
Freshly ground black pepper
Generous pinch freshly grated nutmeg
4 ounces grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese, about 1 cup
2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the bacon in a medium skillet, over medium-high heat until just crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the fat in the pan. Add 2 tablespoons butter, the mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring over medium heat, until the mushroom juices evaporate, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add the shallots and cook until tender and mushrooms are golden, about 3 minutes more. Add the garlic and parsley. Remove from heat, cool slightly.

Brush a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie pan with the remaining butter and sprinkle evenly with the grated Parmesan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Scatter half the Gruyere into the pan and crumble the bacon on top. Add 3/4 of the mushrooms, then the remaining cheese.

Whisk the half-and-half, eggs and yolks in large glass measuring cup. Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Pour the custard over the fillings. Top with remaining mushroom mixture and sprinkle with chives.

Bake until the quiche is just set in the center, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool completely on a rack before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Food Network Kitchens, Food Network, 2009