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Bacon-Stuffed French Toast

Bacon-Stuffed French Toast

Bacon-Stuffed French Toast

 

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/3 C. packed brown sugar

8 slices white bread, preferably stale

8 slices bacon, cooked

4 eggs

1/2 C. milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

4 tsp. butter

vegetable oil

 

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and brown sugar. Spread one side of each slice of bread with cream cheese mixture. Sandwich 2 slices of bacon between 2 pieces of bread with the cream cheese side facing in. Repeat for remaining slices of bread to make a total of four.  In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip each French toast “sandwich” in egg mixture. Try to only get the egg mixture on the exterior of each piece of bread and not let it soak through to the middle where the bacon is or it will turn out soggy, plus any egg that gets in the middle won’t really cook. Heat a large nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. Add butter and a little vegetable oil. Cook each stuffed French toast until golden brown on bottom and then flip over. Add more butter and oil to pan if necessary. Cook until second side is golden brown. Cut each piece in half and serve with maple syrup.

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

Fried Eggs with Ramps and Bacon

4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces

8 ramps, aka wild leeks, trimmed and cleaned

2 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

chili pepper flakes to taste

 

Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until crispy, about 8-10 minutes, and set aside reserving the grease in the pan. Add the ramps and sauté until tender and slightly golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, and set aside with the bacon. Crack the eggs in the pan and cook until the whites are set and the bottom is slightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Serve the eggs with the bacon and sautéed ramps on the side and season everything with salt, pepper and chili pepper flakes to taste.

Cheddar Bread with Bacon and Sage

Cheddar Bread with Bacon and Sage

Cheddar Bread with Bacon and Sage

 

1 T. olive oil

4 slice thick cut bacon (sliced crosswise into ½‑inch strips)

1 ¼ C. all-purpose flour

1 T. baking powder

1 tsp. kosher salt

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

3 ounce English white cheddar cheese (cut into ½‑inch dice)

1 large egg

1 C. whole milk (plus more if needed)

1 T. loosely packed minced fresh sage leaves

 

Set the oven rack in the center position and preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 3 C. loaf pan or ovenproof terrine mold. Line with parchment overhanging both long sides by about 2 inches. Grease the parchment and set aside. Place the oil and bacon into a 10 to 12-inch cast iron or heavy bottom non-stick skillet, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until crisp on the edges but still chewy, about 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne. Add cheese, bacon, egg, milk, and sage; stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. You may need up to an additional 2 T. milk to achieve a consistency that remains thick but falls from the spoon when tested. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. It should come to the rim for best browning. Tap the pan a few times flatly on the counter to release any trapped air. Bake until slightly puffed and golden brown on top, about 30 minutes depending on size and shape of pan. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out very clean and nearly dry. Remove the bread from pan and allow it to cool at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve alone, with butter or jam, or as the base for a savory appetizer. I suggest spicy, sautéed shrimp.  Try at breakfast with a poached egg.

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

Braised Fennel with Cannellini and Bacon

8 slice bacon, sliced cross wise into ½ pieces

1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)

1 medium red onion, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼‑inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)

1 can (15 ½ ounces) white beans

1 chicken broth

2 teaspoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus whole leaves for garnish

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

 

Heat a large heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until almost crisp. Using a slotted spoon transfer the bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard all but about 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Add fennel and onion to the same pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and edges are brown, about 10 minutes.  Add beans, stock, chopped oregano, red pepper flakes, 1‑teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and butter; remove from heat. Garnish with oregano leaves. Serve as a side dish or over toast as a rustic meal.

Pima-Papago Cactus and Eggs

Pima-Papago Cactus and Eggs

Pima-Papago Cactus and Eggs

 

2 to 3 5- to 7-inch fresh nopales (prickly pear cactus pads) with thorns removed or 1 7 1/4-ounce can natural cactus in salt water, drained

Salt

4 strips bacon, diced

1/2 C. chopped onion

1/2 to 1 tsp. ground New Mexican red chili or chili powder

4 to 6 eggs

Ground pepper (optional)

 

Rinse fresh nopales well under cold running water and examine carefully to make sure all tiny thorns have been removed.  Trim around the edges with scissors to remove the base of thorns.  Use a sharp knife or vegetable peeler to remove a thin layer of peel.  Rinse again, cut into thin strips, and simmer in lightly salted water for 5 to 6 minutes, until tender.  Rinse and drain.  If using canned nopales, rinse and drain. Cook bacon until crisp in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add onion and chili to the drippings in skillet.  Sauté over medium heat until onion is translucent.  Stir in reserved cactus strips and bacon.  Sauté briefly.  Break desired number of eggs on top of cactus mixture.  Cover tightly and cook over low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, until whites are set and yolks are cooked to taste.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, if desired.

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

California Raisin Bacon Brussels Sprouts

1 Pound Brussels sprouts

3 slices hickory smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 C. California raisins

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

Red pepper flakes; for garnish

 

Wash, trim and quarter Brussels sprouts; arrange in microwave-safe container with 1 T. water. Cover, and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp; remove with slotted spoon to drain on paper towels; set aside. Reserve 1 T. drippings in skillet; add onion and cook over medium heat until tender. Then, stir in cooked Brussels sprouts, raisins, salt and pepper; toss to combine and continue to cook just until heated through. Sprinkle cooked bacon pieces on top. Turn into large serving dish; garnish with cooked bacon pieces and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, as desired.

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

Creamy Asiago Bacon Wrapped Roasted Onions

4/8 slices thick cut bacon

2 large onions, peeled and cut in half

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

1 C. beef broth (or mushroom broth)

1/2 C. heavy cream

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 C. of asiago cheese (or parmesan), grated

 

Pre-cook the bacon until it’s starting to get cooked but it’s still soft and pliable and set aside on paper towels to cool. Wrap the onion halves with the bacon, optionally pinning it on with toothpicks, and place them in a baking dish before drizzling them with oil and seasoning with thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the mixture of the broth, cream and Worcestershire around the onions and roast in a preheated 375F/190C oven until the onions are nice and tender, about 30-45 minutes depending on how thick they are. (You may need to cover with foil if the edges of the bacon start to get too dark to prevent burning.)

Sprinkle the cheese on and bake until it has melted, just a few minutes. Option: Throw some full cloves of garlic into the pan with the sauce!

Yield: 4 servings

Calories 179

Fat 13.5g

Fiber 1.7g,

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

Mushroom, Bacon, and Parmesan Spaghetti

8 oz. spaghetti

8 pieces bacon about half a pack

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 C. onion diced (about 1/4 of an onion)

8 oz. baby bella mushrooms

1 C. heavy cream

1 C. parmesan grated

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. thyme

 

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti 10-12 minutes until done. Drain and set aside.

While spaghetti is cooking, cut bacon into bite size pieces and cook over medium heat in a large Sauté Pan until done, about 8-10 minutes. Remove bacon from pan and place on a plate. To the large sauté pan add in garlic and onions and cook 5-6 minutes until onions are soft. Add mushrooms and cook another 3-4 minutes until they are tender. Add in the bacon. Change heat to medium low. Pour in heavy cream and stir well. Slowly add parmesan, salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme, and mix to ensure it doesn’t clump. Let simmer 2-3 minutes to thicken. Add pasta and stir so it’s fully covered. Serve warm and enjoy!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rainbow Roasted Veggies

2 C. cherry tomatoes

4 oz baby bella mushrooms, halved

2 large yellow bell peppers, sliced

1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced

2 heads broccoli, cut into florets

2 large red onions, chopped

¼ C. olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1 lb. fatty bacon

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 lb.)

 

Preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange the tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, squash, broccoli, and red onions in rows on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper, set aside. On a large cutting board, lay out the bacon slices side-by-side, overlapping slightly. Place the pork tenderloin on top of the bacon, then season with salt and pepper. Wrap the bacon up and around the tenderloin. Place the tenderloin on top of the bed of veggies on the sheet pan. Roast in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until all the veggies are tender, and the inside of the pork tenderloin reads at least 145°F on an instant read thermometer. Remove from the oven, and let rest for 5-10 minutes for the juices to redistribute and the bacon to crisp up. Remove the pork tenderloin to a cutting board, and slice into 1/2-inch slices. Serve with roasted veggies. (Recipe yields about 3 oz pork and 1 C. veggies per serving.)

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

Three-Cheese Baked Macaroni

8 oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni

3 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2″ thick pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 large eggs

12 oz. canned evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

pinch fresh grated nutmeg

6 oz. (about 1 1/2 cup) shredded sharp white cheddar

2 oz. (about 1/2 cup) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 oz. (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup) fresh grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, stir in pasta and cook a couple minutes short of al dente, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on brand. Drain well and set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, add bacon and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni 6 minutes (it will be undercooked). Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer bacon mixture using a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, cayenne, nutmeg, cheeses and two to three tsp. bacon fat, if desired. Stir in cooked pasta and the cooked bacon and garlic mixture. Scoop mixture into an 8″ or 9″ baking dish coated with nonstick spray, spreading smooth with an off-set spatula. Place dish into the oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling at edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles with Mushroom Gravy

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles with Mushroom Gravy

Bacon Wrapped Green Bean Bundles with Mushroom Gravy

3 slices of bacon

1 lb. fresh or frozen green beans defrosted and trimmed

Mushroom Gravy

3 T. butter

1 cup fresh button mushrooms stemmed and sliced

1 tsp. garlic

1/4 cup flour

1 cup beef broth

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 tsp. basil

Salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 350. Cut your bacon slices in half and stretch slightly. Grabbing about 6-7 green beans, bundle together and wrap bacon around center of each bundle. Set aside. Meanwhile to make your Mushroom Gravy, in sauté pan add your butter and melt, once melted add your mushrooms and sauté until tender. Add your minced garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in your flour, then slowly add your beef broth and heavy cream. Gradually stir until thickened. Season with salt, pepper and basil. Pour in the bottom of a 11″x7″ baking dish and top with your green bean bundles. Bake for about 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp and green beans are tender.

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Cheddar and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

8 slices applewood-smoked bacon (6 oz)

6 ounces Cheddar cheese, at room temperature (about 1 C. grated)

4 slices (from a medium to large loaf) country bread, sliced 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick

1/4 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/16 inch thick

2 T. unsalted butter (1 oz), at room temperature

 

Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, turning it once after 10 minutes, until crisp, about 20 minutes total, depending on the thickness. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Divide half the cheese between 2 slices bread and then divide the apple slices between them. Place 4 slices cooked bacon on each sandwich, top with the remaining cheese, and sandwich with the remaining bread slices. Spread the outside of each sandwich with 1/2 T. butter per slice of bread. (You can cover and refrigerate the sandwiches for an hour or so before heating them.) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese has melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side, pressing down with a spatula to flatten the sandwiches. (If the bread looks golden and done but the cheese hasn’t completely melted, arrange the sandwiches in a single layer on a baking sheet and finish them in the still-warm oven.) Transfer the grilled cheese sandwiches to a cutting board and cut them in half or, if you prefer, into bite-size pieces (about 8 per sandwich). Arrange the grilled cheese on a plate or platter and serve.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 453

Fat: .5g

Fiber: 1.2g

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

Apple and Cheddar Quiche

2 large apples (cored and cut into bite sized chunks)

1 C. apple cider

4 strips bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)

6 sheets phyllo (thawed as directed on package)

1/4 C. olive oil

1/2 tsp. rosemary (chopped)

1 C. strong cheddar (grated)

4 eggs (lightly beaten)

1 C. half and half

 

Simmer the apple slices in the cider until they just start to turn tender, about 3-5 minutes, remove and set them aside. Simmer the remaining cider to reduce to about 2 T.. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a pan and set aside. Brush a sheet of phyllo pastry with the olive oil and fit it into the bottom of a greased 9 inch pie dish or springform pan with the ends hanging over the side of the pan and repeat with the remaining sheets placing them on top. Toss the apple slices in the reduced cider and spread them out over the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the bacon, rosemary and cheddar cheese on top of the apples. Mix the eggs and half and half, pour into the pan and fold the edges of the phyllo dough that is hanging over the sides. Bake in a preheated 375F/190C oven until golden brown and set in the center, about 25-45 minutes.

Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad

Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad

Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad

 

1/4 cup (78 ml) white wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 ½ teaspoons honey

Small pinch of salt and black pepper

¾ cup (177 ml) light flavored olive oil

 

20 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

Salt & ground black pepper

Lime or lemon zest

Lettuce of your choice

8 slices bacon, cooked

4 hard boiled eggs, cut into wedges

2 avocados, peeled and sliced

16 cherry tomatoes, halved

Blue cheese crumbles

 

To a small bowl add the vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk while drizzling in the olive oil, set aside. Preheat grill on medium high. Thread the shrimp onto skewers. Sprinkle the shrimp with salt, pepper and lime or lemon zest. Grill the shrimp for 5 minutes, or until they have a slight char. Turn and cook for a couple more minutes. Remove from the grill. When cool enough to handle, remove from the skewers. To a large serving platter, arrange the lettuce. Arrange the rest of the ingredients all over the lettuce. Serve with the dressing.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 496

Fat: 34g

Fiber: 9g

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

 

Note: You need firm outer onion rings, so choose large sweet onions, which will provide this. You will also need wooden toothpicks.

2 large sweet onions such as Vidalias, Walla Wallas, or Texas Sweets

1/2 c. of your favorite hot sauce, such as Sriracha or Frank’s RedHot

1 1/2 lb. thin-sliced bacon

Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate

 

Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Trim the ends off the onions and peel off the thin papery skins. Slice each onion crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Carefully pop the centers out of each slice, keeping the 2 outermost layers together. (Two layers make a sturdier foundation for the bacon.) Set aside the largest onion rings. You should have 8. Save the remaining onion pieces for another use. Pour the hot sauce into a mixing bowl or shallow dish. Brush each onion ring with the sauce. mSpiral each onion ring with bacon, slightly overlapping each strip, until the ring is covered. (You’ll need 2 to 3 strips of bacon for each onion ring.) Use toothpicks to secure the ends of the bacon. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Arrange the onion rings on the grill grate, away from the fire (using indirect heat), and close the lid. Cook until the bacon is golden brown and sizzling, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the onion rings on a wire rack spread with paper towels. Variation: Use barbecue sauce instead of hot sauce, if you prefer. Or brush the onion rings with melted butter and season them with your favorite barbecue rub. Or brush them with warm maple syrup and dredge the onion rings in brown sugar before wrapping them with bacon.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 260

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 1g

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

It’s still too early for herbs and tomatoes from my garden, but I don’t think Covid-19 is going anywhere fast, so hanging onto this recipe for later this season

Caprese Chicken with Bacon

8 bacon strips

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

2 plum tomatoes, sliced

6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

Place bacon in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Place chicken in an ungreased 13×9-in. baking pan; brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with tomatoes and basil. Wrap each in two bacon strips, arranging bacon in a crisscross. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Top with cheese; bake 1 minute longer or until melted.

Kale & Bacon Breakfast Skillet

Kale & Bacon Breakfast Skillet

Kale & Bacon Breakfast Skillet

1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil or ghee

6 bacon slices, chopped into small pieces

1/2 medium onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup chopped white mushrooms

5 large kale leaves, stemmed and chopped

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

 

In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook until just soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the kale, salt, and pepper and cook until the kale wilts and turns dark green, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm.  Change it up: Use another hearty green such as Swiss chard instead of kale.

Seared U-10 Scallops with Bacon Jam and Basil

Seared U-10 Scallops with Bacon Jam and Basil

Seared U-10 Scallops with Bacon Jam and Basil

1/2 lb. scallops preferably U-10

6 oz. bacon preferably center cut

1 cup finely chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped grape tomatoes

1 T. sherry vinegar or balsamic

1 T. sugar

salt and pepper

olive oil

a handful of basil leaves

 

Fry up the bacon over medium heat until nice and crispy. Move to a paper towel and blot the excess grease off. Add the onion to the pan and caramelize for 10 minutes over medium heat until softened.

Add the chopped tomatoes, vinegar, and sugar, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for 10 more minutes so the tomatoes can soften, and the flavors can meld together. Heat up a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Pat your scallops dry with a paper towel, and season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan, then sear the scallops for about 2 minutes on each side (you don’t want to overcook these beauties)! Chop up the bacon and stir it into the onion tomato jam and serve alongside the seared scallops. Chiffonade or chop the basil leaves and sprinkle over the dish and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on the plate. Enjoy!

 

Yield: 2 servings

Calories: 544kcal

Fat: 39g

Fiber: 2g

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder

Cheesy Ham Chowder

10 bacon strips, diced

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup diced carrots

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 cups whole milk

1-1/2 cups water

2-1/2 cups cubed potatoes

1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

Pepper to taste

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

 

In a Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In the drippings, sauté onion and carrots until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the potatoes, corn, bouillon and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add cheese and ham; heat until cheese is melted. Stir in bacon.

 

Serving Size: 1 C.

Calories: 418

Fat: 28g

Fiber: 2g

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bacon, Fig Jam, & Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Bruschetta Bread (Olive oil toasted artisan bread)

4 oz. fig jam

6 oz. plain goat cheese

4 slices of cooked bacon crumbled

2 T. fresh basil finely chopped

 

Spread goat cheese on each slice of Bread. Spread fig jam over the goat cheese. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over the fig jam. Garnish with fresh basil. Serve at room temperature.

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

 

12 oz. fettuccine

4 slices bacon

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs, beaten

3/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1/3 C. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

 

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and drain half the fat in skillet. Add chicken to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook, flipping halfway through, until no longer pink, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and return bacon to skillet. Toss, then add cooked pasta and toss until combined. In a small bowl, beat together eggs, Parmesan, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over pasta and toss until coated, then add a couple tablespoons pasta water until creamy. (Add more pasta water by the tablespoonful as necessary.) Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve immediately.

 

 

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Note: You need firm outer onion rings, so choose large sweet onions, which will provide this. You will also need wooden toothpicks.

 

2 large sweet onions such as Vidalias, Walla Wallas, or Texas Sweets

1/2 c. of your favorite hot sauce, such as Sriracha or Frank’s RedHot

1 1/2 lb. thin-sliced bacon

Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate

 

Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Trim the ends off the onions and peel off the thin papery skins. Slice each onion crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Carefully pop the centers out of each slice, keeping the 2 outermost layers together. (Two layers make a sturdier foundation for the bacon.) Set aside the largest onion rings. You should have 8. Save the remaining onion pieces for another use. Pour the hot sauce into a mixing bowl or shallow dish. Brush each onion ring with the sauce. mSpiral each onion ring with bacon, slightly overlapping each strip, until the ring is covered. (You’ll need 2 to 3 strips of bacon for each onion ring.) Use toothpicks to secure the ends of the bacon. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Arrange the onion rings on the grill grate, away from the fire (using indirect heat), and close the lid. Cook until the bacon is golden brown and sizzling, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the onion rings on a wire rack spread with paper towels. Variation: Use barbecue sauce instead of hot sauce, if you prefer. Or brush the onion rings with melted butter and season them with your favorite barbecue rub. Or brush them with warm maple syrup and dredge the onion rings in brown sugar before wrapping them with bacon.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 260

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 1g

Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad

Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad

Bacon Chicken Chopped Salad

1 package (22 ounces) frozen grilled chicken breast strips

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

1/4 cup canola oil

8 cups chopped romaine

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

 

Heat chicken according to package directions. Cool slightly; coarsely chop chicken. For dressing, place cheese, vinegar, water and pepper in a small food processor; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. In a large bowl, combine romaine, chicken, tomatoes and bacon. Serve with dressing.

 

Serving Size: 2 1/3  C.

Calories: 348

Fat: 22g

Fiber: 2g

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops and Cauliflower Sheet-Pan Dinner

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops and Cauliflower Sheet-Pan Dinner

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops and Cauliflower Sheet-Pan Dinner

2 packages (10 oz each) fresh cauliflower florets (about 5 cups)

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

8 strips bacon

4 boneless center-cut pork loin chops, 3/4 inch thick (about 1 lb.)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

 

Heat oven to 425°F. Spray bottom of 18xl3-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, toss cauliflower, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the salt and red pepper. Spread cauliflower mixture evenly in sheet pan. Roast 20 minutes; stir. Meanwhile, place bacon on microwavable plate. Cover; microwave on High 3 to 4 minutes or just until edges begin to brown but are still soft and pliable. Rub pork chops with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle with thyme, rosemary and black pepper. Arrange 2 bacon pieces over top of each pork chop, and place in sheet pan with cauliflower, tucking ends of bacon underneath each pork chop. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of pork chop reads at least 145°F. Garnish cauliflower with lemon peel before serving.

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

Crockpot Cowboy Beans

 

1 lb lean ground beef

12 oz bacon

1 med onion diced

16 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed

16 oz can white beans drained and rinsed

32 oz pork ‘n beans

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 to 2 tbsp liquid smoke

 

In a large skillet, brown ground beef. Drain and set aside. Add bacon to the skillet and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked through, stirring frequently. Add onions and cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent. Add ground beef and bacon mixture to a large 6 quart slow cooker. Add pork ‘n beans, drained kidney and white beans, ketchup, brown sugar and liquid smoke. Stir gently to combine. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high 2 to 3 hours, stirring as needed. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a few T. of water. Serve with tortillas chips, corn chips, sour cream, cheese, whatever you want. Anything goes!

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

 

24 oz. pkg. frozen hash browns, thawed

5 eggs

2 chopped green onions

1/2 c. cottage cheese

½ C. grated Cheese

1/4 t. pepper

1/2 t. garlic powder

1 t. Tabasco sauce (or other pepper sauce)

8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

 

In mixing bowl combine hash browns, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese and spices and mix very well. Pour into large casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Add bacon and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Caesar Salad with Roasted Onion, Preserved Lemon, and Bacon

Caesar Salad with Roasted Onion, Preserved Lemon, and Bacon

Caesar Salad with Roasted Onion, Preserved Lemon, and Bacon

 

1 medium red onion, quartered

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

4 thick slices nitrate-free bacon

4 (l-inch) slices artisanal bread, cut into 1-inch cubes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 small heads assorted garden lettuce (about 1/2 pound lettuce leaves total), roughly chopped

2 cups shaved Parmesan cheese

1 cup loosely packed microgreens or small, soft herbs (such as parsley or chervil)

1 teaspoon finely chopped preserved lemon

DRESSING

1 egg

3 oil- or brine-packed anchovy fillets

1 1//2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1//4 cup fresh herb leaves (such as a mixture of parsley, chives, tarragon, and basil)

1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed

1//4 cup champagne vinegar

2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Juice of 1/2 small lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

 

Make the salad: Preheat the oven to 35O°F. Place the onion quarters in a small casserole dish, coat with the oil, and roast for 30 minutes, or until soft. Set aside to cool. While the onion roasts, heat a large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Set the bacon aside to drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Increase the oven temperature to 4OO°F. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl, drizzle the butter on top, and mix (hands work best) until the bread is evenly coated. Transfer the bread to a baking sheet and toast for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice, until golden brown on all sides. Set aside to cool. Make the dressing: While the bread toasts, place the egg in a small bowl, add boiling water to cover (just about a cup), and let stand for 10 minutes. (This is called coddling the egg; it cooks most of the white outside but not the yolk.) Gently break open the egg and pour the liquid parts into a blender or food processor, discarding the cooked parts. Add the anchovies, mustard, herbs, garlic, vinegar, shredded Parmesan, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste, and blend well. With the machine running, add the oil in a slow, steady stream, blending until completely smooth.  Place the lettuces in a large mixing bowl. Slice and add the onion, then crumble and add the bacon. Add the croutons, shaved Parmesan, microgreens, and preserved lemon. Just before serving, toss the salad with just enough dressing to coat the leaves evenly.

Bacon Wrapped Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Eggs

1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee, plus more to grease the pan

12 bacon slices

2 1/2 cups baby spinach

2/3 cup chopped white mushrooms

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

12 large eggs

1 teaspoon minced fresh chives

Pinch of sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin with coconut oil. In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until the fat has just rendered but the bacon is still soft and pliable, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Set the bacon aside on a paper towel. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat from the skillet. Return the skillet to the heat, add the spinach, mushrooms, and garlic powder, and stir. Cook until the spinach becomes soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and set aside. Place 1 piece of bacon inside each well of the prepared muffin tin, wrapping it around the sides. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the vegetable mixture into each well inside the bacon. Crack 1 egg into each well on top of the vegetables. Sprinkle evenly with the chives, salt, and pepper. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the eggs are cooked to your desired doneness. Watch closely to prevent overcooking. Gently run a spatula or small butter knife around the edge of each bacon wrapped egg to release it from the pan. Serve warm.

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil. plus more for drizzling

4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices Kosher salt

8 ounces rigatoni

1/2 C. grated pecorino cheese, plus more for serving

 

Using the sauté function, heat the oil and pancetta in the pressure cooker pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pancetta is browned and crisp and the fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and cook for 1 minute. Use your hands to crush the whole tomatoes directly into the pot. Make sure to add all the juices from the can. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Taste the sauce at this point and add salt to taste. Stir in the pasta and 1/2 C. water. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Manually release the pressure. Stir in the pecorino. If the pasta is too al dente, cover the pot with the lid (but don’t lock it on), and let it sit for 5 minutes; the pasta mil cook a little more in the residual heat of the pot. Otherwise, serve immediately, with more pecorino, olive oil, and black pepper on top.

The Fairmont’s Rooftop Honey-Pepper Bacon

The Fairmont’s Rooftop Honey-Pepper Bacon

The Fairmont’s Rooftop Honey-Pepper Bacon

1 pound thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon

1/3 C. high-quality honey

Cracked black pepper

Preheat the oven to 35O°F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange the bacon on the foil in one layer, then drizzle with the honey and season evenly with cracked pepper. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp. Drain the bacon for 1 to 2 minutes on paper towels, then transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

8 oz bacon, diced

3/4 C. diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 1/2 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. milk

8 oz dry penne pasta

1 C. frozen peas

1/2 C. sour cream

salt and pepper

grated Parmesan, for serving

 

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but about 2 tsp. of the bacon grease in the skillet. To the hot bacon grease, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Pour in the chicken broth and the milk, and bring to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling, add the dry pasta and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the skillet and allow the pasta to cook until al dente, about 15 minutes. Once the pasta is cooked, add the peas and continue to cook until they have defrosted. Stir in the sour cream and the reserved bacon. Taste and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, topped with parmesan cheese.

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

1 ounce (30g) dried porcini mushrooms

3/4 cup (180ml) dry white wine

6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon (about 6 ounces; 170g), cut into thin strips

1 pound (450g) mixed fresh cultivated and wild mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, maitake, hedgehog, or oyster, woody ends trimmed, thinly sliced

Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

1 medium onion (about 7 ounces; 200g), sliced

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves (from about 8 sprigs)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (28-ounce; 795g) can peeled whole tomatoes and their juices, crushed by hand or coarsely puréed with an immersion blender

1 pound (450g) dried tubular pasta, such as penne or rigatoni

3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves and tender stems (about 1/2 medium bunch)

1 ounce (30g) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

 

In a small heatproof bowl or measuring cup, combine dried porcini mushrooms with white wine and microwave until wine is steaming-hot. Alternatively, heat wine and mushrooms in a small saucepan until steaming. Set aside and let soak until porcini are fully softened, 10 minutes. Using your hands, lift porcini from wine and squeeze well to remove any excess liquid; reserve porcini-infused wine. Chop soaked porcini coarsely.  Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or large sauté pan, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate.  Add fresh mushrooms and chopped porcini to pot with rendered bacon fat and return to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are browned, about 8 minutes. Add a splash of olive oil at any point if pot becomes too dry.  Add onion, garlic, and thyme and cook, stirring, until onion and garlic are softened and lightly golden, about 6 minutes; again, add olive oil as needed if pot becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper. Add bacon back to pot, then add crushed or puréed tomatoes. Pour in porcini-infused wine through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any sediment. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to maintain a bare simmer. Season with salt.  Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain pasta, reserving about 2 cups of pasta-cooking water. Add cream to pasta sauce along with drained pasta. Bring to a simmer, adding reserved pasta-cooking water as needed to thin sauce, until pasta is al dente and sauce forms a creamy sheen that coats pasta. If sauce ever becomes too thick, add more pasta water to thin it out. Remove pasta and sauce from heat and stir in parsley and cheese. Serve, passing more cheese at the table.

Orecchiette with Bacon Meatballs

Orecchiette with Bacon Meatballs

Orecchiette with Bacon Meatballs

12 ounces ground pork

4 slices bacon or uncured smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces*

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, divided

2 – 3 T. olive oil

8 ounces dried orecchiette pasta

2 small shallots, thinly sliced

3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped (2 C.)

4 C. kale or spinach, coarsely chopped

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 C. shaved Parmesan (optional)

 

In a medium bowl combine pork, bacon, garlic and 1/4 tsp. of the pepper until well mixed. Using a tsp., scoop the mixture into the palm of your hand and shape into 1-inch meatballs. Pieces of the bacon should be visible. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add half the meatballs. Cook and stir until meatballs are browned on all sides and the bacon is crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer meatballs to paper towel; drain. Repeat with remaining meatballs. Reserving 1 T. bacon drippings in the skillet; set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water; drain. Reserving about 1/4 C. of cooking liquid. Cook shallot in reserved bacon dripping, over medium-high heat, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan with wooden spoon to release the brown bits. Return meatballs to the skillet. Add tomatoes; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add pasta and kale; toss to combine, adding pasta liquid as needed to moisten the pasta. Season with salt and remaining 1/4 tsp. pepper. Top with Parmesan before serving.   Extra thick bacon does not work with this recipe. It’s too big for the mini meatballs and doesn’t stay incorporated into the meatballs when cooking.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 673

Fat: 37g

Fiber: 5g

Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

WIW: Cheddar & Chive BLT Waffle

 

1.5 C. plain or all purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

0.5 tsp. baking soda

0.5 tsp. salt

pepper to taste

70ml / 0.3 C. melted butter

2 large eggs

230ml / 1.25 C. whole milk

50g / 1 C. grated strong cheddar cheese

1 tsp. chopped chives

 

For the sandwich filling:

8 slices crispy bacon

1 large tomato

handful of lettuce

2 T. mayo

 

In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. In another bowl whisk together the butter, eggs and milk. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just enough to incorporate all the ingredients. Do not over mix. Add the cheese and chives and mix gently again. Heat your waffle iron and add approximately 1/2 C. of batter to each of the plates. The amount of batter will depend on the size of your waffle iron. Cook for 4-6 minutes until the waffles are starting to get crispy on the outside. Remove and allow to cool while you prepare the sandwich fillings. Layer the bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo between two waffles, cut in half and serve immediately.

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Cracklin’ Cornbread

Makes one 9-inch round loaf

4 ounces bacon

2 C. Coarse Yellow Cornmeal

1 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. baking powder

1½ C. whole-milk buttermilk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

 

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Put a 9-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven to preheat for at least 10 minutes. Run the bacon through a meat grinder or very finely mince it. Put the bacon in a skillet large enough to hold it in one layer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t burn, until the fat is rendered and the bits of bacon are crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the bits of bacon to a paper towel to drain, reserving the fat. You need 5 T. bacon fat for this recipe. Combine the cornmeal, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and bits of bacon in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 T. of the bacon fat and combine the remaining 4 T. fat, the buttermilk, and egg in a small bowl. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just to combine; do not overmix. Move the skillet from the oven to the stove, placing it over high heat. Add the reserved T. of bacon fat and swirl to coat the skillet. Pour in the batter, distributing it evenly. It should sizzle. Bake the cornbread for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm from the skillet.

Bacon Apple Smothered Pork Chops

Bacon Apple Smothered Pork Chops

Bacon Apple Smothered Pork Chops

3 slices thick cut bacon, cut into ¼ inch slices

2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (for a roux use equal parts fat and flour)

1½ cups chicken stock

1 teaspoon fish sauce

4 (¾-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon ghee (butter was just fine)

1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

2 fat garlic cloves, minced

2 fresh thyme sprigs

 

Render the bacon drippings by frying the bacon in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, remove crisp bacon to a paper towel lined small plate or bowl. Over medium-low heat, whisk the arrowroot powder into the drippings to form a smooth roux or add the AP flour to make a roux, cooking the rawness out, whisking constantly for a golden color. Pour in the broth and fish sauce and stir until incorporated. Increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook until it’s thickened (around 3 minutes). Cover the saucepan and set it aside. Season the chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the chops and cook on each side for 1 minute or until golden-brown. Transfer the chops to a plate. Toss the onions and apple—along with a sprinkle of salt—into the empty skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onions are browned on the edges (about 5 minutes). Be sure to scrape up as much of the browned porky bits on the bottom of the skillet. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Transfer the chops back into the skillet, and smother ’em with the cooked onions and apple. Pour the reserved sauce onto the chops, add the thyme sprigs.  Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce the heat to low, and cover the skillet. Simmer for 30 minutes or until the pork chops are fork tender. Plate the chops, and top them with gravy and the reserved bacon bits.

Corn, Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

Corn, Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

 

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

4 large eggs, beaten

½ pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cloves minced garlic

⅓ cup chopped red onion

1 heaping cup peas

1 heaping cup corn

sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper

4 cups cooked white rice

1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free), plus more for serving

chopped green onions, for garnish, optional

hot sauce, for serving, optional

 

Heat the oil in a wok or heavy duty frying pan over medium-low heat. Pour in the eggs and cook through, stirring them often. Remove to a dish and cut into bite-sized pieces. Turn the heat up to medium and add the bacon. Cook until crispy or however you like it. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Turn off the heat and let the grease cool a little – drain it off leaving about a tablespoon in the pan. Turn the heat back to medium and add the garlic, onion, peas & corn with a couple dashes salt & pepper. Cook, stirring often until the peas & corn are tender. Stir in the rice and soy sauce, cook, stirring often, until the rice is hot. Stir in the egg and bacon. Garnish with green onion. Serve with extra soy sauce and hot sauce.

Maple Ice Cream with Bacon Bark

Maple Ice Cream with Bacon Bark

Maple Ice Cream with Bacon Bark

 

For the Maple Ice Cream:

 

2 tablespoons organic cane sugar

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons skim milk powder

1⅓ C. whole milk

¾ cup grade B maple syrup

2 C. heavy cream

3 egg yolks

 

For the Bacon Bark:

 

Butter for the baking sheet

1 pound bacon

14 tablespoons unsalted butter

2¼ C. organic cane sugar

½ cup packed dark brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2½ teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoon baking soda

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

 

Make the maple ice cream: Prepare an ice bath in the sink or in a large heatproof bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, skim milk powder, and milk. Stir with a hand mixer or whisk until smooth. Make sure the skim milk powder is wholly dissolved into the mixture and that no lumps remain (any remaining sugar granules will dissolve over the heat). Stir in the maple syrup and cream. Clip a candy thermometer to the saucepan and set the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often with a rubber spatula and scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking and burning, until the mixture reaches 110ºF (45ºC), 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl. While whisking, slowly pour ½ cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks to temper them. Continue to whisk slowly until the mixture is an even color and consistency, then whisk the egg-yolk mixture back into the remaining milk mixture. Return the pan to the stovetop over medium heat and continue cooking the mixture, stirring often, until it reaches 165ºF, 5 to 10 minutes more. Transfer the pan to the prepared ice bath and let cool for 15 to20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the ice cream base through a wire-mesh strainer into a storage container and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, or until completely cool. Make the bacon bark: Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Butter two 12-by-18-inch rimmed baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. On one baking sheet, lay out the bacon strips in a single layer. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup of the bacon grease from the pan and discard the rest or reserve it for another use. Let cool, then break the bacon into small pieces and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, cane sugar, brown sugar, salt, reserved bacon grease, and ¼ cup water. Clip a candy thermometer to the pan and set the pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until just combined, then continue to cook without stirring until the mixture reaches 305ºF. Be very careful—the toffee will bubble up as it boils. It is very hot and will cause serious burns if it spatters on you. Using oven mitts, remove the pan from the heat, remove the thermometer, and add the vanilla. The vanilla might spatter when it hits the hot toffee, so be careful. Add the baking soda and whisk vigorously for a few seconds to combine. Then add the bacon pieces and fold into the toffee. Pour the toffee evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Before the toffee cools, sprinkle the chocolate across the top. Wait a minute or two, then use a spatula to spread the now melted chocolate across the top of the toffee. Let cool completely, then refrigerate for 1 hour, until the toffee has hardened. Chop the toffee into bite-size pieces and set aside.  Transfer the cooled base to an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the ice cream to a storage container, folding in the pieces of bacon bark as you do.

Use as much of the bacon bark as you want; you won’t necessarily need the whole batch. Serve

immediately or harden in your freezer for 8 to 12 hours for a more scoopable ice cream.

Honey Balsamic Roasted Pork with Grapes

Honey Balsamic Roasted Pork with Grapes

Honey Balsamic Roasted Pork with Grapes

1  boneless pork tenderloin (about 1 to 1¼ lb.)

Freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste

6 strips bacon

2 T. honey

2 T. balsamic vinegar

2 T. red wine

2 T. chopped fresh rosemary (plus additional for garnish)

2 T. minced shallots

2 cups seedless red and green grapes

 

Season pork with salt and pepper. Wrap bacon strips around pork, securing with toothpicks. Cook in a large skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown on all sides. Place pork in a large shallow baking dish. Preheat oven to 375°F. Stir together honey, vinegar, wine, rosemary and shallots in a small bowl and pour over pork. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Add grapes to pan and cook for 15 minutes more or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 150°F. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Transfer to a platter and surround with grapes and any sauce in dish. Sprinkle with additional chopped fresh rosemary, if you like.

Cheesy Bacon Chicken with Honey Mustard Drizzle

Cheesy Bacon Chicken with Honey Mustard Drizzle

Cheesy Bacon Chicken with Honey Mustard Drizzle

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. light mayonnaise

1 T. honey

2 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. butter

1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms

Black pepper, to taste

3/4 C. shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
8 tsp. real bacon bits
1/4 C. sliced green onions tops

 

Cover the chicken breasts in plastic wrap and gently pound to 1/4-inch thickness. For the honey mustard, in a small bowl, whisk together next 4 ingredients (mustard through vinegar). Set aside. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add the mushrooms and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until they are tender and browned. Remove from pan and set aside. Coat the skillet with nonstick cooking spray and turn heat to medium-high. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, or until underside is golden brown. Turn, and top each breast with 1/4 C. mushrooms. Add black pepper to taste, and sprinkle each breast with 3 T. cheese and 2 tsp. bacon. Add 2 T. of water to the pan and immediately cover. Cook for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through. To serve, top each breast with 1 T. green onions, and drizzle with a scant T. of the honey mustard sauce.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 265

Fat: 10g

Fiber: 1g