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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

â…“ 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

1â…“ 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

Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Pear Tart

Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Pear Tart

Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Pear Tart

4 slices bacon

1 8 1/2 ounce package corn muffin mix

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme or 1 tsp. dried thyme, crushed

1 Egg, lightly beaten

1/4 C. milk

1 large pear or apple, cored and thinly sliced

1/3 C. crumbled Blue Cheese or shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/4 C. chopped Toasted Walnuts (optional)

Snipped fresh thyme (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper; set aside. In a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 T. of the drippings. Crumble bacon; set aside. Meanwhile, for crust, in a large bowl stir together muffin mix, flour, and the 2 tsp. snipped or 1 tsp. dried thyme. Using a fork, stir in egg and milk. Gather mixture into a ball, kneading gently until it holds together. Using floured hands, press dough into a 12×8-inch rectangle in the prepared baking pan. Arrange pear slices on top of crust. Brush pear slices and crust with 1 to 2 T. of the reserved bacon drippings.  Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with blue cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake about 5 minutes more or until edges of crust are golden and center is set. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts and additional fresh thyme. Cut into rectangles.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 422 (with walnuts) 357 (without walnuts)

Fat: 12g

Fiber: 2g

Bacon & Onion Jam Topped Baguette

Bacon & Onion Jam Topped Baguette

Bacon & Onion Jam Topped Baguette

 

1 lb. bacon

1 C. onion, chopped

1 C. dark corn syrup or sorghum

1 1/2 C. dark brown sugar

1/4 C. bourbon

1 T. balsamic vinegar

1 T. coarse black pepper

 

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1 T. tarragon, finely chopped

Baguette Slices

 

In a large pan or skillet, combine bacon and onion over medium-high heat. Cook until bacon is brown/crispy and onions are translucent, about 8-12 minutes. Add a couple T. of bourbon to the pan and stir, scraping up the bits of bacon from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low. In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. Transfer contents to the bacon mixture in the pan. Bring to a low simmer and cook until jam thickens, stirring frequently, 5-8 minutes. Thickness can be determined by observing drips from the stirring spoon. Remove from heat and serve hot. Whip together mascarpone cheese with tarragon. Spread onto the baguette or biscuit before topping with bacon jam.

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam

 

1 lb. bacon

1 cup onion, chopped

1 cup dark corn syrup or sorghum

1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup bourbon

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1  tablespoon coarse black pepper

 

For Serving:

8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1 tablespoon tarragon, finely chopped

 

In a large pan or skillet, combine bacon and onion over medium-high heat. Cook until bacon is brown/crispy and onions are translucent, about 8-12 minutes. Add a couple tablespoons of bourbon to the pan and stir, scraping up the bits of bacon from the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low. In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine. Transfer contents to the bacon mixture in the pan. Bring to a low simmer and cook until jam thickens, stirring frequently, 5-8 minutes. Thickness can be determined by observing drips from the stirring spoon. Remove from heat and serve hot. Whip together mascarpone cheese with tarragon. Spread onto the baguette or biscuit before topping with bacon jam.

Roman Cauliflower with Crispy Bacon and a Caper-Raisin Vinaigrette

Roman Cauliflower with Crispy Bacon and a Caper-Raisin Vinaigrette

Roman Cauliflower with Crispy Bacon and a Caper-Raisin Vinaigrette

6 slices of bacon

1 head cauliflower, roman or white

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

1/4 C capers, rinsed and chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 C golden raisins

1/2 shallot, minced

1 T. honey

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/4 C olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

chopped parsley for garnish

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice the bacon into lardons and cook in a cast-iron or oven-proof skillet over medium heat until brown and crispy. Set bacon aside to drain on paper towels and reserve 2 T. of bacon fat to cook the cauliflower. Meanwhile prepare the cauliflower by removing the outer leaves and cutting into quarters. Place cauliflower flat side down onto a hot pan with the hot bacon fat and transfer to the oven for 10 minutes. Rotate each cauliflower piece to its other flat side and continue cooking for another 10 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife.  Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Serve the cauliflower with the bacon, vinaigrette and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Bacon and Dried Tomato Scones

Bacon and Dried Tomato Scones

Bacon and Dried Tomato Scones

3/4 C. dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)

2 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1 T. baking powder

1 tsp. dried basil, crushed

1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

3/4 C. butter, cut up

8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled

1/4 C. sour cream

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 T. milk

1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place tomatoes in a bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain well; chop tomatoes. In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, basil, oregano, and garlic salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chopped tomatoes and bacon. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside. In small bowl combine sour cream, eggs, and milk; add all at once to flour mixture. Stir with a fork just until moistened. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough gently 10 to 12 strokes or until dough holds together. Divide in half. Pat or lightly roll each dough half to a 7-inch circle. Cut each circle in 8 wedges. Place wedges 2 inches apart on a very large ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Sprinkle tops of scones with cheese. Bake 7 to 8 minutes more or until tops are lightly browned. Serve warm. Top with additional crumbled bacon. Makes 16 scones.

 

Yield: 16

Calories: 202

Fat: 13g

Fiber: 1g

Bacon & Berry Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Bacon & Berry Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Bacon & Berry Kale Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

 

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

1 T. white wine vinegar

1 T. lemon juice

1 T. honey

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Salad:

6 C. chopped kale

2 C. sliced strawberries

2 C. raspberries

1/2 pound cooked turkey bacon (or regular bacon)

2 small avocados, halved, pit removed, then sliced

 

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette: In a small blender or food processor, combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette: oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Set aside. Salad: In a large mixing bowl, combine the kale with the dressing. Massage the kale to soften. Add the strawberries, raspberries, and bacon. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. When ready to serve, top with sliced avocado.

BLT Corn Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

BLT Corn Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

BLT Corn Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

1/2 C. yellow cornmeal

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1 T. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

2 eggs

1 C. whole milk

1 C. fresh sweet corn kernels or frozen whole kernel corn, thawed and drained

Nonstick cooking spray

2 large green or red tomatoes, sliced

8 slices thick sliced applewood smoked bacon

3 T. packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

3 C. fresh mesclun mix

1 recipe Buttermilk Dressing

1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. For corn cakes, in a small bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. In a medium bowl, lightly whisk together eggs and milk. Add cornmeal mixture to egg mixture; mix well. Stir in corn. Evenly coat a griddle or skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat on medium-high heat until hot. Pour about 1/3 C. batter for each cake onto the griddle, spread to about 4 inches in diameter. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer to platter; cover and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. (Yields about 8 corn cakes) Meanwhile, for candied bacon, line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Arrange bacon strips about 1 1/2 inches apart. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Spoon mixtures evenly oven bacon. Bake 14 to 16 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp. Transfer to paper towel; cool. Halve slices. To assemble, place one corn cake on each of four plates. Layer half of bacon pieces, the tomato slices, some mesclun, and remaining corn cakes. Drizzle with Buttermilk Dressing, and top with remaining bacon, mesclun, and cherry tomatoes.

 

Buttermilk Dressing: Combine 1/3 C. buttermilk, ¼ C. fat free Greek Yogurt, 2 tsp. snipped dill, 1 tsp. Lemon Juice and a bit of pepper to a mason jar and shake until well combined.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 442

Fat: 16g

Fiber: 4g

Cornmeal Bacon Waffles

Cornmeal Bacon Waffles

WIW: Cornmeal Bacon Waffles

2 eggs
1¾ C. buttermilk
5 T. butter, melted and cooled
1½ C. all-purpose flour
1 C. yellow cornmeal
2 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
½ lb. bacon, chopped

Combine the eggs, buttermilk and melted butter in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Now it’s time for the bacon! Mix those delicious bits into the batter so they are distributed evenly throughout. Pour the batter into your waffle iron and cook until steam is no longer being emitted from the iron. Serve with butter, syrup and a hearty helping of more bacon.

Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce

Chicken Thighs with Creamy Bacon Mushroom Thyme Sauce

4 chicken thighs

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

salt and pepper

1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning (dried thyme, oregano)

 

6 oz. white mushrooms

5 slices bacon, cooked, chopped

1 cup heavy cream

1/8 teaspoon salt

5 sprigs snipped fresh thyme

 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Season both sides of chicken thighs generously with salt and pepper and Italian herb seasoning mix (usually a combination of dried thyme, oregano and other herbs). Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken thighs skin-side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, on the skin side until nicely browned. Transfer chicken thighs, skin side up, to the foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes or until chicken thighs are completely cooked through and no longer pink in the center. In the meantime, make the mushrooms sauce: Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms (without salting – to ensure the mushrooms get caramelized) and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes flipping once. Add chopped cooked bacon to the skillet. Add heavy creamy, 1/8 teaspoon salt and snipped fresh thyme, bring to boil, stir, immediately reduce to simmer and simmer for about 2 minutes on very low heat for flavors to blend and sauce to reduce a bit. Taste and add more salt if needed. When chicken is done baking and chicken thighs are completely cooked through, add cooked chicken thighs to the skillet and spoon the sauce and the mushrooms on top of chicken thighs.

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones

Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones

3 C. flour

1 T. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 stick butter, cut into small pieces, about 5 ounces of cheddar, grated

4 green onions

10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

3/4 C. buttermilk

1 large egg

 

Preheat oven to 400°. Combine dry ingredients (flour through cayenne). Add in butter and work with your hands to combine – press butter between your fingers to form thin sheets. Add cheese, green onions, and buttermilk, and mix together. Add bacon and egg and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Turn dough out onto a flat surface and knead a few times to smooth out the dough. Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a 1/2-inch thick disk. Cut the disk into wedges. Spread wedges across a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving a little room around them. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the bottom of the scones start to brown and the cheese in the scone begins to turn golden. Best served warm

Bacon & Scallion Cornbread

Bacon & Scallion Cornbread

Bacon & Scallion Cornbread

1 C. flour

3/4C. cornmeal

3 T. sugar

1 1/2tsp. baking powder

3/4tsp. salt

1/2tsp. baking soda

1/2tsp. pepper

1 C. buttermilk

2 eggs

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated

3 T. unsalted butter

 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.  In a large (10-inch) cast-iron skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until golden but not crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in the scallion whites and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallions soften, about 3 minutes.  Whisk the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture to combine. Whisk in the scallion greens, then mix in the hot bacon mixture, leaving some fat in the skillet.  Immediately pour the batter back into the hot skillet. Transfer to the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the skillet for 5 minutes before serving.

Zucchini Noodles with Bacon, Ricotta & Peas

Zucchini Noodles with Bacon, Ricotta & Peas

Zucchini Noodles with Bacon, Ricotta & Peas

2 large zucchini, spiralized into spaghetti noodle shapes

3 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped

1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese

1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

 

Heat a large skillet with the olive oil over medium high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the spiralized zucchini noodles, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss in the skillet for no more than one minute, just long enough to warm the noodles. Remove from the heat and top with the chopped bacon, peas, dollops of ricotta cheese, chopped basil, and more salt and pepper.

Serve immediately.

Why You Need to Save Bacon Grease Like Gram Did

Why You Need to Save Bacon Grease Like Gram Did

Pop popcorn in bacon fat.

Make Caesar salad dressing with bacon drippings in place of the olive oil.

Fry chicken using four parts peanut oil and one part bacon fat.

Add about 1 T. of bacon fat per pound to raw hamburger, ground turkey, or venison meat before frying or grilling the patties.

Fry liver and onions in bacon fat.

Use bacon fat to make gravies and roux.

Sauté onions, carrots, and/or garlic in bacon fat for vegetable soups.

Use bacon fat to cook refried beans and sunny-side-up eggs.

Stir l to 2 T. of bacon fat into pots of boiling white beans, polenta, grits, or rice.

Sauté sliced brussels sprouts in bacon fat.

Add bacon fat when boiling water to cook or blanch green beans.

When baking russet potatoes, coat the skin with bacon fat before putting the potatoes in the oven.

Cook hash browns in bacon fat.

Sauté chopped Swiss chard and other hearty winter greens in bacon fat.

Fry sliced tomatoes in bacon drippings (great on sandwiches).

Use bacon fat when making skillet corn bread; you’ll get a crunchier crust.

Substitute a T. of bacon fat for other fats in single- crust pies.

If you have dogs, add it to their dog food for better flavor and digestion. Not to mention is helps keep their coats shiny and healthy.

When baking cornbread (or any other bread) use it to grease the baking pan or skillet before you add the mixture.

Add it to those green things we like to call “veggies” while you’re cooking. This way you don’t really need to add much salt, and it gives the veggies a hint of delicious porky flavor.

Use bacon fat in place of margarine for certain recipes. Get crazy and experiment. You will only find your favorite recipe by having fun with it!

Use it while frying up potatoes, steaks, shrimp, onions, eggs… practically anything you can think of frying up. Except for zombies. Don’t use bacon grease to fry up a zombie.

Add bacon fat into cream cheese to make as a sauce for different dishes. It tastes delicious poured over squash, broccoli, steaks, and potatoes. Also works well in gravy recipes.

When making pancakes, instead of using oil, use bacon grease. So genius.

Add into soups when you’re cooking over the stove- it will give your soup that extra hint of delicious savory flavor.

For an even tastier turkey sandwich (or any other lunch meat), lay warm liquid bacon grease on a plate to form a very thin layer. Lay your turkey slices (or whatever meat you like for your sandwiches) on top of the grease to just lightly coat the lunch meat. Then simply add to your sandwich. You may do this with your cheese if you would like too. This method is so tasty you won’t need to use mayonnaise. You can also use the bacon grease to fry up that sandwich after you’re done putting it together!

Bacon Fried Rice

Bacon Fried Rice

Bacon Fried Rice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

2 teaspoons sriracha or gochujang chili bean paste

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

2 slices bacon, minced

½ cup thinly sliced white or yellow onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon five-spice powder

1 medium carrot, diced

1 cup snap or snow peas

1 cup canned corn, drained

2 cups chopped spinach or mustard greens

2 large eggs, beaten

4 cups cold cooked rice

 

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, sriracha, and oil; set aside. In a wok or large skillet set over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until it’s crisp and the fat has rendered out, 1 to 2 minutes. Using the fat as the cooking oil, stir in the onion, garlic, and five-spice powder; stir-fry until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrot and cook until it is brightly colored and just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the peas, corn, and spinach and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until the greens are wilted. Add the eggs, stirring quickly to scramble them with the vegetables, then add the rice, breaking up any clumps with a spatula. Stir until the rice is heated through, 1 minute or less. Stir in the sauce and remove from the heat. Serve hot. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

WBLT (Waffled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato)

WBLT (Waffled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato)

WBLT (Waffled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato)

3 strips bacon
1 T. Butter, room temperature
2 slices sturdy Sandwich Bread
1 small ripe tomato, cut into ½ inch slices
2 leaves lettuce, washed and dried completely

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Place the bacon strips in the waffle iron and close the lid. To ensure the bacon cooks thoroughly and evenly, make sure no part of the bacon is hanging out of the waffle iron. After 4 minutes, check the bacon—thin-cut slices could be ready, though thicker cuts may need I or 2 minutes more. When the bacon is crispy without being blackened, remove it from the waffle iron and set aside. Turn the waffle iron down to low. Spread a thin, even layer of butter on one side of each piece of bread. Spread the mayonnaise on the other side of one slice of bread and place it—mayo side up—on the waffle iron, as far away from the hinge as possible. (This allows the lid to press down on the sandwich more evenly.) Distribute the bacon, tomato, and lettuce evenly across the sandwich. Top with the second slice of bread, butter side up. Close the lid of the waffle iron and cook until the bread is golden brown, 2 minutes. About halfway through, you may need to rotate the sandwich 180 degrees to ensure even pressure and cooking. Remove the sandwich, slice it in half diagonally, and serve. Variations: Add a slice of Avocado; Sub Arugula for Lettuce, Sub smoked salmon for bacon, Add sliced hard boiled egg, sub roasted red pepper for the tomato, sub pesto for mayo.

Club Salad

Club Salad

Club Salad

2 slices deli turkey, cut into ribbons
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 slice crumbled bacon
2 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
1 tablespoon low-fat mayo (or other under 50 calorie dressing)

Toss lettuce with mayo or dressing and arrange on plate. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with 5 pita chips for 245 calories.

Chicken, Bacon & Spinach Spaghetti

Chicken, Bacon & Spinach Spaghetti

Chicken, Bacon & Spinach Spaghetti

12 oz. spaghetti or angel hair
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic
2 c. diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
3 c. baby spinach
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh basil, for garnish

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook spaghetti or angel hair according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until cooked through and no longer pink, 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into strips. In a second skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and drain, then chop. Pour off half the bacon fat and add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach to skillet. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup pasta water; let simmer. Add spaghetti or angel hair and toss until fully coated. Add chicken and bacon and toss, then garnish with basil and serve.

Crispy Waffled Bacon & Eggs

Crispy Waffled Bacon & Eggs

Crispy Waffled Bacon & Eggs

4 Strips Bacon
2 Large Eggs
Salt & Pepper

Preheat waffle iron on medium. Preheat oven to lowest temperature. Line an oven safe dish or pan with paper towels. Place bacon strips in waffle iron, without any sticking out on the edges, and close the lid. Check after 4 minutes; thick cut bacon might need 1-2 minutes more. Remove when crispy without being blackened. Remove bacon to paper towel lined dish and place in oven to stay warm. Crack eggs into a small bowl. Carefully pour eggs into waffle iron (should be greased from bacon). Cook without closing the lid, until white has set, about one minute. Loosen edges carefully with heat resistant / silicone spatula then remove, supporting egg. Season egg and serve with bacon.

Chicken Bacon Spaghetti

Chicken Bacon Spaghetti


12 oz. spaghetti or angel hair
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
2 cloves garlic
2 c. diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
3 c. baby spinach
1/2 c. heavy cream
1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh basil, for garnish

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook spaghetti or angel hair according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water, and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook until cooked through and no longer pink, 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into strips. In a second skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and drain, then chop. Pour off half the bacon fat and add garlic, tomatoes, and spinach to skillet. Season with salt and pepper, then add heavy cream, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup pasta water; let simmer. Add spaghetti or angel hair and toss until fully coated. Add chicken and bacon and toss, then garnish with basil and serve.

Rabbit and Bacon Pie

Rabbit and Bacon Pie

1 rabbit, skinned, gutted and cleaned
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery root, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 sprig fresh sage
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 1/4 C. chicken stock
1 1/4 C. cider
salt and pepper
2 T. butter
5 strips thick-cut streaky bacon, cut into small matchsticks
1 leek (whites with trimmed greens), finely sliced
2 T. flour
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

4 sheets (approx. 2 lb.) puff pastry
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Season the rabbit inside and out with salt and place in a Dutch oven. Add onion, carrot, celery root, garlic, herbs, stock, and cider. Season the whole thing with pepper. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and remove only the rabbit from the dish to a cutting board. Cut or pull off all the meat, discarding the bones. Cut the meat into small chunks and return them to the Dutch oven with the vegetables. In a frying pan, melt butter and fry the bacon for five minutes until lightly browned. Add the leeks and let them sweat for 5 minutes until soft. Sprinkle in the flour (or, if you are gluten-free, your own thickening agent, such as arrowroot), stir well, and cook together for two minutes. Add the bacon and leeks to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add the chopped parsley, stir, and remove from heat. Check the seasoning and allow to cool somewhat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the inside of 4-inch ramekins or springform pans. Roll out a sheet of the pastry on a well-floured surface to about the thickness of a tea towel (3 mm or .1″). Cut big enough squares to fill each baking dish or pan, with a little bit of dough hanging over the side; trim corners. Fill the pies with the rabbit-bacon filling. Cut another piece of pastry for the lid of each pie, letting a little hang over the edge; trim corners. With floured hands, pinch the edges of the lids to the edges of the pastry lining (I pinched together and rolled in toward the center of the pie) to make sure they are well-sealed together. Cut a couple of small slits into, or stick your fork through, the top of each pie a couple of times to allow steam to escape. Brush the lid of each pie with the beaten egg. Bake for 35 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Serve hot.

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon and Candied Pecans

Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Bacon and Candied Pecans

2 lb. Brussel sprouts, cut in half
8 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, with fat reserved
1/4 C. reserved bacon fat, or olive oil
1/2 C. candied pecans
1/4lb ricotta salata
2 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. vinegar
salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss the brussel sprouts in the reserved bacon fat, or olive oil (if using), and season with a big pinch of salt. Spread onto a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes until golden brown and tender. Toss the warm brussel sprouts with the candied pecans, ricotta salata, bacon, olive oil, and vinegar, and serve warm. Enjoy!

Chef Capon’s Cheddar Bacon Waffles

Chef Capon’s Cheddar Bacon Waffles

2 C. all-purpose flour (10 oz)
¾ C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
3 eggs, separated
1.5 C. milk
1 C. unsalted butter, melted
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
2.5 oz. grated cheddar cheese
3 scallions, chopped

Preheat your waffle iron. Mine only has one setting anyway, but you want the iron to be pretty hot. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk to combine the egg yolks, milk, and butter. Set aside. In a large (and very clean) bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until they are almost combined. Add the egg whites, bacon, cheese, and scallions to the bowl, and gently fold them in until combined. Portion the batter into your waffle iron (the amount will vary by waffle iron, but I use about one C. per waffle), and cook for approximately 5 minutes, until golden brown. When the waffle has finished cooking, place directly on the wire rack in the oven, to let the steam escape. Finish cooking the remaining waffles, and enjoy!

Whole Wheat Walrus Waffles

Whole Wheat Walrus Waffles

2 lg. Eggs
1 ¾ C. Milk
¼ C. Oil (or melted butter)
2 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Baking Soda
1 ½ C. Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/8 tsp. Salt
Cooking Spray or Butter
2 pieces Cooked Turkey Bacon
1 Banana
3 Blueberries

Preheat waffle iron. In large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, honey, cinnamon and baking powder until well combined. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk just until large lumps disappear. Spray or butter your waffle iron and griddle to the directions of your waffle iron manufacturer. Keep warm under foil until all are cooked. To decorate a waffle, cut two slices from a banana for eyes. Add blueberries for pupils, and a blueberry for a nose. Cut the rest of the banana in half and place to resemble tusks. Finally, lay the bacon over the bananas to make a moustache.

Dandelion Greens Salad with Roasted Nectarines and Warm Red Onion Vinaigrette

Dandelion Greens Salad with Roasted Nectarines and Warm Red Onion Vinaigrette

Dandelions arrive in my yard during the summer months, a little later than they appear in areas with milder climates. Their fringed yellow heads speak of warmth and sunshine and remind me that soon other wildflowers will appear, and the bees will surely follow. Though dandelions attract pollinators like bees, we dig them up to make more room for native wildflowers. I reserve the tender greens for salads while saving the soft yellow blossoms for sweet fritters.

When foraging for wild dandelion greens, take care to source them from areas you know’ to be free from pesticides, such as your own yard, and avoid dandelions growing near waterways, in public parks, or near the roadside, as they may contain chemical residue.

4 medium nectarines, pitted and quartered
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
8 oz. bacon, chopped
1 small red onion, minced
1 tsp. brown mustard seeds
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
6 C. loosely packed dandelion greens, rinsed well and trimmed of tough stems

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Arrange the nectarines in an 8-inch square baking dish and roast them for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until they release their juice and begin to caramelize around the edges. Remove them from the oven and let them cool while you prepare the rest of the salad. Line a plate with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, drop in the bacon, and fry until it crisps and renders its fat, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and let it drain on the lined plate. Stir the onion into the bacon fat and fry it over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Stir in the mustard seeds and sauté for 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the vinegar to make the vinaigrette. Arrange the dandelion greens on a serving plate and place the nectarines on top. Top with the crisped bacon and dress with the warm vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Pull Apart Bacon French Toast Muffins

Pull Apart Bacon French Toast Muffins

5 C. of bread cut into 2cm/1″ cubes (fresh or stale – see notes 1 and 2)
3 rashers bacon, diced
Oil spray

3 eggs
1¼ C. milk (low or full fat)
1 tsp sugar
2 pinches salt

Maple syrup (optional)

Combine the Egg Mixture ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a fork until combined. Add bread cubes and mix well to each piece of bread is well coated with the Egg Mixture. If using fresh bread, set aside for 10 to 30 minutes in the fridge. If using stale bread, set aside for 20 minutes to overnight. If you’re in a rush, use your hands to gently squeeze the cubes to help them absorb the egg mixture faster. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Spray a medium fry pan with oil spray and heat on high heat. Add the bacon and cook until just starting to brown. Don’t cook until it is very brown because otherwise it will overcook in the oven. Remove bacon from fry pan and drain on absorbent paper. Spray 6 holes in a muffin tin. Mix the bread-egg mixture to evenly disperse the egg mixture that will have settled at the bottom of the bowl. Divide â…“ of the bread-egg mixture between the 6 muffin C.. Sprinkle with half the bacon, then press the mixture down with medium pressure using the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining bread mixture. Use your fingers to lightly compress them. Each muffin should be slightly mounded even after lightly compressing them. The bread cubes on top will puff back up when you bake it. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the top is golden brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tin. Serve with maple syrup, if using.

Rigatoni alla Castellana

Rigatoni alla Castellana

Rigatoni alla Castellana½ C. stemmed dried shiitake mushrooms
1 C. hot water
12 ounces rigatoni pasta
1 T. olive oil
4 slices thick bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch pieces
4 ounces thinly sliced cooked pork (from leftover pork chops or tenderloin)
¼ C. minced shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. brandy
1 ½ C. heavy cream
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces fresh baby spinach
½ C. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Place the dried mushrooms in a medium bowl, cover with the hot water, and let sit until reconstituted and soft, about 15 minutes. Drain the mushrooms and their liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl, squeezing the mushrooms to extract as much liquid as possible. Reserve ½ C. of the liquid and roughly chop the mushrooms. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook until al dente, 10-12 minutes (or according to package directions). Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until browned and just slightly crisp, but still chewy. Remove the bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel and set aside. Add the shallots to the pan and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add the chopped mushrooms, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the ½ C. reserved mushroom liquid, and ¼ C. brandy, and bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is nearly all evaporated. Add the cream, thyme, salt, and pepper and return to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cream is reduced and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the half of the cheese and stir to incorporate. Add the bacon, sliced pork and spinach and heat just until the pork is warmed through and the spinach is slightly wilted. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the sauce, tossing well to coat. Divide the pasta between four serving bowls, garnish each with the remaining cheese, and serve immediately.

Bennigan’s Hot Bacon Dressing

Bennigan’s Hot Bacon Dressing

Bennigan's Hot Bacon Dressing2 ounces Bacon grease
1/4 pound Red onion, dice fine
2 C. Water
1/2 C. Honey
1/2 C. Red wine vinegar
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 T. Cornstarch
1 T. Tabasco (optional)

Place the bacon grease in a saucepan over medium−high heat. Add the onions and sauté until the onions start to blacken. While the onions are caramelizing, in a mixing bowl place the water, honey, pepper sauce, and red wine vinegar. Using a wire whisk, mix the ingredients well.
Add the cornstarch and whisk well. After the onions have caramelized, add the Dijon mustard to the onions and stir together with a rubber spatula. Add the water, vinegar, pepper sauce honey and cornstarch to the mustard and onions and mix. Continue stirring until mix thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and store in refrigerator until needed. To reheat use a double boiler.

Goldens & Cherries Bacon Roll-Ups

Goldens & Cherries Bacon Roll-Ups

1/2 to 3/4 C. boiling water
2 T. butter, melted
3/4 C. Sun-Maid Goldens and Cherries
2 C. herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1 egg, beaten
1/4 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. ground hot sausage
1 lb. bacon slices, cut into thirds

Combine 1/2 C. boiling water, butter, Goldens and Cherries and stuffing mix in a large bowl. Gently stir until stuffing is thoroughly moistened, adding additional boiling water if needed. Add egg, ground beef and sausage; mix well. Shape mixture into oblong balls measuring about 3/4 inch by 1-1/2 inches. Wrap one piece of bacon around each ball and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Set aside on paper towels to drain. Makes 3-1/2 dozen.

Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Salad

Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Salad

Bacon, Chicken, and Avocado Salad¼ lb bacon, or 4–5 slices, cut into ½-inch bits
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 2 inch pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 avocado – peeled, pitted and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
¼ C. chopped red onion
½ C. chopped walnut
1 apple – cut into 1 inch chunks (optional)

In a pan over medium heat, cook the bacon “bits” until crisp. Remove and set aside, but save the bacon grease in the pan. Add the chopped and seasoned chicken thighs to the pan and sauté in the bacon grease. Cook the chicken and turn so that every side is browned. Allow it to simmer over low heat while you prepare the rest of the salad. Toss the chopped romaine, avocado, chicken and bacon together. Top with red onion and walnuts. Dress with your favorite vinaigrette.

Chipotle-Honey Glazed Bacon

Chipotle-Honey Glazed Bacon

Chipotle-Honey Glazed Bacon6 slices of premium bacon
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 tbsp of the adobo sauce

Heat a large skillet, placing the heat on medium-low. Cook the bacon from about 7 minutes on one side, then flip, and cook another 5-6 minutes on the other side. The goal here is to warm up the bacon, get the majority of the fat out, however retaining a nice texture being careful not to overcook it. During this time, add the honey, powders, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce into a small sauce pan and place on very low heat. You just want the honey to warm through, while you incorporate the other flavors. So once the bacon cooked on both sides, remove the bacon and place on some paper towel to remove any excess fat. Discard the bacon grease, saving it for later, or placing in your grease container. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. As your bacon is resting on the paper towel, brush some of the honey chipotle glaze on the top of each piece. Place on a baking sheet and cook for a few minutes. Remove the tray, flip over the bacon, brush with more glaze and return to the oven for a few more minutes. The outcome of this bacon is something wonderful. The texture changes just ever so slightly to create what almost appears to be bacon candy. It has a bit of chew from the honey, the awesome texture from the slow cooking, and the great heat from the chipotle pepper. This is a great snack, or better yet, served on that leftover turkey sandwich! Enjoy.

Agave Glazed Bacon

Agave Glazed Bacon

Agave Glazed Bacon6 slices thick-cut hickory smoked bacon
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon southwest chipotle seasoning, mix (Mrs. Dash, Tones, Konriko or homemade)
1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange slices on baking sheet; bake until almost crisp (8-9 minutes). Drain the drippings from baking sheet and discard. In small bowl, combine agave nectar, chipotle seasoning and pepper. Brush bacon with the chipotle mixture; bake until glazed (8-10 minutes). Cool.

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and PancettaSea salt
8 oz. penne
2 T. extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
3 oz. pancetta, diced
1 large rosemary sprig
6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 jalapeño or Serrano chile, thinly sliced (or substitute 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes)
Freshly ground black pepper
8 oz. brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
2 tsp. butter
Fresh lemon juice, for serving

Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente (do not overcook). Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the pancetta and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the pancetta starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, chile and freshly ground black pepper to taste, and sauté until garlic and pancetta turn richly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the brussels sprouts, a large pinch of salt and a splash of water to pan, and sauté until sprouts just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Spread sprouts mixture in pan and press down to flatten. Let it sear for a minute, then stir it up and repeat. This helps brown the sprouts. Add the butter, and sauté for another minute. Drain penne and add it to pan with brussels sprouts mixture. Cook, tossing, until everything is well mixed. Spoon into pasta bowls and top with a drizzle of oil and lemon juice, and a little cheese if you like.

Brown Sugar-Bacon Biscuits

Brown Sugar-Bacon Biscuits

Brown Sugar-Bacon Biscuits6 slices of bacon
1 T. brown sugar
coarse ground black pepper

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. granulated sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 to 1 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spread bacon across baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with brown sugar and black pepper. Bake until crisp and cooked through, about 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully use tongs to place the hot bacon on a cutting board. Don’t put the bacon on paper towels or they might stick. Ick! Allow to cool until you’re able to handle the slices and chop into medium chunks. Set aside. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, and set aside. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and black pepper. Add cold butter and use your hands to quickly break the butter into the flour until mixture resembles coarse meal. In another bowl, combine egg and buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork. Add to flour mixture all at once, stirring to incorporate. Once batter is nearly incorporated, add bacon and mix in. You may want to dump the shaggy biscuit mixture onto a lightly floured board to knead together a few times. Don’t overwork the dough and melt the butter, Just make sure it comes together. Roll or pat dough into a 1-inch thickness. Cut into 2-inch rounds using a biscuit cutter or cut into 2×2-inch squares. Reshape and roll dough to create more biscuits with excess scraps. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Serve biscuits warm with jam or a fried egg. I love these biscuits the day they are made. They can be kept in the fridge and will last for two days. The shaped, uncooked biscuit can also be frozen. Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake up in the morning.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion & Garlic

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion & Garlic

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion & Garlic6 sliced bacon, chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored and sliced
1 T. salt, or to taste
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. paprika

Place the bacon in a large stockpot and cook over medium-high heat until crispy, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic; cook and stir until the onion caramelizes; about 10 minutes. Immediately stir in the cabbage and continue to cook and stir another 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes more.