2975. SPINACH, CHICKPEA and BACON BRUSCHETTA

serves four


4 generous diagonal slices of ciabatta
3 cloves garlic
8 slices back bacon, grilled
200 grams chick peas
150 grams young spinach leaves
2 tablespoons crème fraiche
salt
pepper

Halve one clove of garlic and rub it around the edges of the ciabatta slices, brush with olive oil and grill to golden. Top each with two slices of grilled bacon. Peel, crush and finely chop the other cloves and place in a saucepan with the crème fraiche, place over a very low heat for a few minutes to infuse. Add the chick peas to the pan with seasoning and warm through. Finally, turn up the heat and add the spinach leaves. As soon as they wilt, remove from the heat and spoon over the ciabatta and bacon. Serve.


bacon recipe courtesy of: Riverford Farm Shop, Staverton, Totnes, TQ9 6AF UK

Bacon at Wendy’s

A representative of Wendy’s contacted us recently and asked if we’d like to try some of their menu items, particularly their new “Pick Two” promotion, where you get two items for $4.99. Neither Naseem nor I had been to Wendy’s in years, so we decided to give it a go.

wendys-006I decided to try their half BLT Cobb salad and a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger. I’ll start with the burger and keep it brief, as the less said, the better. I understand this is a “junior” burger, probably made with small children in mind. However, that was one seriously small, flat bun with an even smaller beef patty. The veggies were unimpressive and the flavor was bland. The one good thing I can say about this burger is that the bacon was crispy, and therefore stood out in texture and flavor on the sandwich. More often than not, fast food bacon is sort of limp and greasy; this bacon was an exception. However, that’s where the compliments end.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the salad. The greens were fresh and plentiful, as were most of the other ingredients. The chicken breast was fairly moist and flavorful, and the bacon, again, was crisp. Sadly, there was only one small slice of bacon. For a salad claiming to have its roots in the noble BLT, bacon should probably get a more prominent role. That said, this was an overall good salad, especially for a fast food restaurant.

wendys-009Naseem went a different route and ordered the fabled Baconator. Her burger experience was much better than mine. First of all, the Baconator comes on a Kaiser bun, which was a nice touch. The beef  patty was actually larger than the bun, and there were three (crispy!) slices of bacon. Point and point. The only real drawback here was the condiment mixture of ketchup and mayo, but I’ll admit that’s a matter of preference. Neither of us likes the two mixed, especially on a burger with no veggies. I’m sure if ordered without the condiments, she would have liked it even better. I’m not sure this burger really deserves the name Baconator, but maybe if you added a few slices like some have done at Burger King

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3069. PAN-FRIED WHITING with CRISPY BACON and BUTTER SAUCE

serves four


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

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

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


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

Carl’s Chocolate Bacon Pudding

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Here at the Bacon Today Headquarters, we are anxiously anticipating the season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5 on Sunday! One of the highlights of last season was the scene where Chandler Riggs’s character ate a ginormous can of chocolate pudding on a rooftop after narrowly escaping a horde of zombies. After this episode, fans tweeted a record number of tweets about the pudding scene. Fan art, t-shirts and memes have also become popular. Here at Bacon Today, we eat our chocolate pudding with bacon, and so we threw this together to celebrate the season premiere. Here’s to Carl, and here’s to seven pounds of Chocolate Bacon Pudding!

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