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


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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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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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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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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makes 4-8 patties

1 large acorn squash, cut in half, seeds removed
4-6 strips bacon, diced
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut flour
salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut your squash in half and place your squash open side, face down on a baking sheet. Roast your squash for 25-30 minutes. Once your squash is soft when you poke its skin, remove it from the oven to cool. Then cook your bacon in a medium pan until cooked through, and place on a paper towel to soak up the excess fat. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat in your pan after your bacon in done cooking. Scoop out your acorn squash into a bowl and add your bacon, eggs, coconut flour, and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly until eggs are broken up completely. Use a spoon to scoop out a large spoonful of mixture and add to your hot bacon fat pan. Cook each patty for 3-5 minutes then use a spatula to flip it over and press down and cook for another 3-5 minutes. You just want to create a crust on each side of the patty. Repeat.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Juli, PaleOMG, September 25, 2012

Originally posted 2013-04-05 01:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


yields four servings

4 large Idaho potatoes, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon grill seasoning
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus additional for drizzling
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
few dashes hot sauce
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 avocados, pitted and fruit removed from the skin
juice of 1 lime
2 pounds ground turkey breast
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
4 to 6 sundried tomatoes, reconstituted for a few minutes in a bowl of hot water and chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
8 slices center-cut bacon
4 sandwich-size English muffins, toasted
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
1 large pickle, sliced lengthwise
1 small red onion, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Place potato wedges on a baking sheet and drizzle with some EVOO. Sprinkle grill seasoning over them and toss to evenly coat. Transfer to the oven and roast, turning occasionally, until golden brown and crispy, about 50 minutes.

While the potatoes are roasting, combine the blue cheese, sour cream and chives in a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set it aside to top the burger.

In another small mixing bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add the lime juice, hot sauce and some salt and freshly ground black pepper, and mix to combine. Set aside while you prepare the burgers.

Heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, about 2 turns of the pan, in a large skillet over medium-high heat. While it heats, combine the turkey, garlic, chopped sundried tomatoes and parsley in a small bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper and mix well with your hands. Pat the meat down gently in the bowl and use the side of your hand to divide it into four portions. Scoop out one portion and shape it into a patty, then place it into the hot skillet. Place the other three burgers into the pan and cook them through, 4-5 minutes per side.

Once you get all the burgers into the pan, place the bacon slices onto a baking sheet and toss them into the oven with the potatoes until crispy and golden brown, 6-8 minutes.

When the burgers and bacon are finished, spread the avocado mixture over four English muffin bottom halves. Top each half with a burger and divide the blue cheese mixture between the four burgers. Top each one off with a few slices of hard-boiled egg, pickle and onion, and cap them off with the other English muffin half. Serve these babies up with some oven fries and enjoy!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, December 7, 2007

Originally posted 2011-03-06 09:11:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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