2424. STEAMED BACON and SMOKED BEAN CURD with WINTER-SACRIFICE BEANS

7 oz. smoked bacon slices, thickly cut, rinds discarded if necessary
7 oz. smoked bean curd
1/2 cup winter-sacrifice beans (SUBSTITUTION NOTE: 2-3 tablespoons black fermented beans and a spoonful or two of chili oil with sediment)
1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 tablespoon peanut oil or lard
fresh coriander (cilantro) or parsley to garnish (optional)

Place the bacon in a steamer and steam over a high heat for 5-10 minutes, until cooked. Cut each slice into about 3 pieces. Cut the bean curd into thickish slices to complement the bacon.

Lay alternate slices of bacon and bean curd into the bottom and up the side of an earthenware or china bowl. Place any remaining slices on top. Spoon the beans, the chili flakes, and the oil or lard over. (You can prepare up to this stage in advance).

Place the bowl in a steamer and steam for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour, until the flavors have blended.

You can simply serve the dish in a steaming bowl, and just give everything a good stir with chopsticks before digging in. For greater elegance, however, cover the bowl with a serving dish, swiftly invert, and then serve it unmolded with a garnish of fresh coriander or parsley.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Revolutionary Chinese Cookbook: Recipes from Hunan Province by Fuchsia Dunlop. Page 93. W.W. Norton & Company, 2006

Originally posted 2011-12-28 10:43:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2096. BUFFALO TERIYAKI and BACON WINGS

Marinade:
1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

Sauce:
1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cayenne
2 strips of bacon (preferably smoked), cooked very crisply, crumbled.
10-15 chicken wings (about 2 lbs)

Combine 1/4 cup Frank’s Red Hot and 1/4 cup of the teriyaki sauce in a ziplock bag big enough to hold the wings. Add the wings, and give it a good shake to coat everything. Let it marinate for as long as you can.

When you are ready to make the wings, pull them out of the marinade an hour before baking. Arrange them on a baking sheet and let them dry in the fridge for at least an hour. Again, this is optional, but the more time they have to dry, the crispier they will be.

Heat the oven to 425. Bake the wings for about 40 minutes, until golden brown. If you have an elevated wire rack, arrange the chicken on the rack with a pan underneath. If not, you can do them right on the pan and flip halfway through. Drumsticks will take longer than wings, so keep that in mind if you are doing drumsticks as well.

Make the sauce. In a small saucepan combine the Frank’s, Teriyaki, butter, brown sugar, and cayenne. If you want a milder wing you can leave out the cayenne. Heat on medium low to melt the butter and the brown sugar. Adjust your heat level to taste with cayenne, or more Frank’s. Cook for 5-10 minutes on low to thicken.

Cook a strip or two of bacon. Crumble or dice. When the wings are done, pull them out of the oven. Add the bacon bits to the sauce and give it a quick stir. Toss the wings with the sauce, and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Drew, Le Chef’s Kitchen, February 10, 2010

Originally posted 2011-02-02 12:14:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2793. MAPLE BACON ICE CREAM

yields 8-10 servings

1 cup grade B maple syrup
4 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
5 egg yolks
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon (about 6 slices)
special equipment: candy thermometer, ice cream maker

In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, reduce the maple syrup to 1/2 cup. Set aside. Over moderate heat in a medium saucepan, heat the half-and-half with 1/2 cup sugar until hot and just bubbling around the edges. In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks with 1/2 cup sugar, then add 1 cup hot half-and-half mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly. Pour the whole egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture coats the back of the spoon and registers 170 degrees F on a thermometer. Do not let boil. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl and whisk in the maple syrup. Cover with parchment paper letting the paper touch the surface of the mixture, to prevent a skin from forming. Chill the mixture until very cold, at least 6 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with heavy foil. Place a baking rack over the lined sheet pan and arrange the bacon slices across the rack next to each other. Bake until crispy, about 15 minutes. When cool enough to handle, finely chop. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Place the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring with a fork, until the sugar starts to melt. Stop stirring and cook until the sugar is a golden caramel color, about 10 minutes. Add the bacon and stir to coat. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and let harden. Chop the candied bacon into small pieces. Freeze the custard in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, 20 to 30 minutes and at the last minute, add the candied bacon and let churn until just combined. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Claire Robinson, “Beachy Keen,” 5 Ingredient Fix, 2011, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-12-31 08:11:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2247. FOCACCIA with CRISPY BACON, VIDALIA ONION, ROSEMARY and FETA CHEESE

makes one 10×16-inch focaccia

1 1/2 – 2 pounds store bought pizza dough
olive oil as needed
6-7 slices bacon
1/2 cup thinly chopped Vidalia onion
1 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/2-3/4 cup sliced halved cherry or grape tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced pitted black olives
approx. 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle.

Add a generous amount of olive oil to a large baking tray. Add the dough and cover with plastic wrap or a piece of parchment paper and let it rise a bit in a warm place.

Crisp up 6-7 slices of bacon. Drain on paper towels, then pour off most of the rendered bacon fat and add about 1/2 cup thinly chopped onion and 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary and cook to soften.

Once the onions have softened, let them cool down completely. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Crumble the cooked bacon and combine that with the cooked onions. Add a few sliced grape tomatoes, a few sliced pitted black olives and a handful of crumbled feta cheese.

Toss that together and add it to the top of the focaccia dough, pressing it in with your fingers and pressing outward as you go.

Place the tray on the center rack of the preheated oven. Let it go for about 10 minutes, then take it out of the oven and brush a little olive oil around the outside edge of the dough. Place it back into the oven, rotating the tray halfway. Let it finish baking and browning up. It’ll take approx. 25 minute’s total. Cool on a cooling rack to help keep the bottom crust nice and crisp.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dan Eaton, YNN Rochester, 71 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester, New York 14620, June 7, 2011

Originally posted 2011-07-03 10:34:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2512. PIQUANT CACTUS with BACON and CORNBREAD

yields six servings

4 to 6 large cactus pads (about 8 inches x 4 inches)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 bacon strips
2 tablespoons or red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
cornbread, optional

Slice cactus pads into 1/2-in. wide strips; place in a saucepan. Add onion, water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cover and cook over medium heat until cactus is tender, about 15 minutes. Drain. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet until crisp; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. To drippings, add vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Add cactus and bacon; toss to coat. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm with corn bread if desired.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Birds & Blooms Magazine, December/January 1998, page 55 | Taste of Home, RDA Food & Entertaining Affinity, 5400 South 60th Street, Greendale, Wisconsin 53129

Originally posted 2012-03-25 09:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2295. GRILLED CHEDDAR and BACON on RAISIN BREAD

serves four

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

8 slices raisin bread

1/2 pound thinly sliced extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

8 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and drained on paper towels

On a large sheet of wax paper butter one side of each bread slice and turn slices over. Arrange Cheddar on unbuttered sides of bread, covering bread evenly, and top 4 cheese-lined slices with bacon. Flip remaining cheese-topped bread onto bacon.

Heat a non-stick skillet over moderate heat until hot and cook sandwiches in batches, pressing lightly with a metal spatula, until undersides are golden, about 1 minute. Turn sandwiches over and cook, pressing again, until undersides are golden and cheese is melted, about 1 minute.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Gourmet, March 1995

Originally posted 2011-08-20 13:12:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2549. PATE MOUSSE with BACON and WALNUTS

yields three cups
8 slices bacon, diced
1 pound chicken livers 
½ cup brandy 
¾ cup heavy or whipping cream 
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
¼ cup mayonnaise 
1 teaspoon dried thyme 
Large pinch ground nutmeg 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts 
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley 
crumbled crisp bacon and chopped fresh Italian parsley, or whole walnut meats and chopped parsley (garnish)
One day before serving, fry the diced bacon in a medium-size skillet until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sauté the livers in the hot bacon fat over medium-high heat until brown on the outside but still pink inside, 4 or 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and reserve. Pour the brandy into the skillet over medium heat and stir, scraping loose browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the cream and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until reduced to about 1 cup. Process the livers, onion, and reduced cream in a food processor fitted with a steel blade until smooth. Add the mayonnaise, thyme, nutmeg, salt to taste, and lots of pepper. Process until smooth. Add the diced bacon, walnuts, and 3 tablespoons parsley and process just until blended. Transfer the liver mixture to a crock or decorative serving dish and refrigerate covered overnight to allow the flavors to blend. Garnish the pate with crumbled bacon and parsley or walnuts and parsley. Serve with crusty bread or assorted crackers.




bacon recipe courtesy of: The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso, for Cookstr

Originally posted 2012-05-01 08:09:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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