2109. CRAWFISH SWEET POTATO CHOWDER with BACON and ROASTED CHILES

makes eight servings

1 large red bell pepper
4 large poblano peppers
1 large jalapeño pepper
6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
2 cups onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups chicken stock
2 cups half and half
1 cup whole milk
1 can mashed sweet potatoes, 15.5 ounces
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon Creole mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 15 ounce can sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch dice
1 1/2 pounds crawfish tails

Garnishes:
parmesan croutons
bacon pieces from above recipe
chopped scallions

Place bell, poblano, and jalapeño peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet and place under oven broiler on top rack. Turn peppers so that all sides blister and blacken. Remove peppers from the oven, place in a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap so that the peppers steam. When peppers have cooled enough to handle, remove the blackened skins, stems, seeds and ribs and chop coarsely. Set aside.

In a 6-quart, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, cook bacon over low heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. (Bacon will be part of the garnish.)

In remaining bacon fat, add onion, celery and garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken stock until flour mixture is smoothly incorporated into the stock. Add half and half, milk, mashed sweet potatoes and roasted peppers. Add salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, paprika, mustard, and Worchestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Add diced sweet potatoes and crawfish and allow to heat through, 1 to 2 minutes. Just before serving, garnish with Parmesan croutons, bacon and scallions.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Penelope Malcolm, Americus, Georgia, 1st Place Winner (Soups Category), Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest, Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission and Louisiana Cookin Magazine

Originally posted 2011-02-15 11:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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2737. ENDIVE and WATERCRESS SALAD with BACON-CIDER DRESSING

serves six

4 slices center-cut bacon
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black papper
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups (1/2-inch) diagonally cut Belgian endive
3 cups chopped radicchio
1 cup trimmed watercress

Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to pan; cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan; coarsely chop bacon. Combine 2 teaspoons drippings, oil, and next 6 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add remaining ingredients; toss well. Sprinkle with chopped bacon.

bacon recipe courtesy of: “The Enlightened Cook: Radically Simple Cooking,” Cooking Light, November 2012, p. 246

Originally posted 2012-11-05 09:41:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Halloween Holiday Planning: Bacon Candy!

That nip is in the air these days, especially in the evenings, the leaves and changing colours and falling to the grounds, and kids are settling into their classes as the initial excitement of back to school season settles into a comfortably routine. Fall is here to stay, that is for sure. As the nights […]

Originally posted 2012-10-17 17:53:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2901. GRILLED CHEESE GUACAMOLE and BACON BRUSCHETTA

yields 20-25 appetizers

3 medium just-ripe avocados
3 tablespoons sour cream
salt and pepper
dash or two of cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon lime juice
1 skinny French baguette, sliced
butter
garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices center cut bacon, fried until crisp and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped finely
cilantro leaves or Italian parsley, optional
lime wedges, optional?

Prepare the easy guacamole: Cut avocados in half and scoop out the avocado into a medium bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cayenne and a squeeze of lime juice.?

Make the grilled cheese toasts: Preheat oven to broil and set rack in the middle of the oven. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Spread each slice lightly with butter, and sprinkle with garlic salt. Broil the bread slices 1 to 2 minutes, just until beginning to crisp. Top the bread slices with shredded cheddar. Broil again until the cheese is melted and toasts are browned lightly on the edges (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from the oven.?

Assemble the bruschetta: Place the grilled cheese toasts on a platter. Spread each toast with a generous smudge of guacamole, a few bacon pieces and tomatoes, and a garnish of cilantro or Italian parsley. Serve immediately with lime wedges added to the platter for optional squeezing.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lori Lange, RecipeGirl.com, January 28, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-18 01:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Happy Birthday Julia…

Julia Child would have been 100 years old today!

I grew up with Julia on “Good Morning America” and while watching my DVR’ed episode of “The Chew” this evening (yes, I “zoom” through it every night after “PTI“) I was reintroduced to one of her most favorite recipes – Boeuf Bourguignon!

So here’s to you Julia! Who knows where televised food shows would be today without your pioneering spirit and love for food!

Boeuf Bourguignon

Ingredients

6 ounces bacon
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 pounds lean stewing beef (cut into 2-inch cubes)
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 carrot (sliced)
1 onion (sliced)
3 cups full-bodied young red wine (like Chianti)
2-3 cups brown beef stock or canned beef bouillon
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 crumbled bay leaf
18-24 small white onions (brown-braised in stock)
1 pound quartered fresh mushrooms (sauteed in butter)
parley sprigs

Directions:

Head on over to “The Chew” website for the step by step!

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Originally posted 2012-08-16 00:40:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter