2744. SPINACH, ARTICHOKE and BACON DIP with CRISPY PITAS

yields 4 cups of dip; yields 96 pita crisps

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
10 bacon strips, fried until crisp and crumbled
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Crispy Pitas, recipe follows

Heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot softens and the garlic begins to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Put the spinach in a colander and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the artichoke hearts, crumbled bacon, cooked garlic and shallot, lemon zest, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix well with a rubber spatula, and transfer to a decorative bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can blend. Serve with crispy pitas.

Crispy Pitas:
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 pitas, cut into 12 wedges each

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all of the herbs and spices in a small bowl. Put the pita wedges into a large mixing bowl and add the spice mix. Drizzle the oil over all and toss well to coat. Put the pitas onto a baking sheet, shake it to even them out and place the pan into the top half of the preheated oven until they are crispy and lightly brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool 10 minutes and mound around the dip bowl.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, “DVD Night,” Party Line with the Hearty Boys, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-11-12 09:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2718. BACON and ARTICHOKE HUMMUS

serves eight

1/2 pound bacon, small diced and cooked until crisp
2 cups chick peas, drained
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
4 cloves garlic
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil

Combine all of the ingredients except the bacon and oil in the bowl of a food processor. While food processor is running, slowly add olive oil until the ingredients have a creamy consistency. Pour into a serving bowl and fold in the bacon. Add additional salt and pepper as needed.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Smithfield, 200 Commerce Street, Smithfield, Virginia 23430

Originally posted 2012-10-17 08:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2700. ROASTED BLACK GROUPER with ARTICHOKE-BACON MASHED POTATOES, SAUTEED SPINACH and LEMON CAPER SAUCE

yields four servings

4 7 oz. black grouper fillets2 lb peeled yukon gold potatoes
1 1/2 lb unsalted butter
1 qt heavy cream
4 artichokes hearts (fresh or canned, if fresh blanch for two minutes)
6 bacon strips, cooked and coarsley chopped
2 cups dry white wine
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons capers
3 sliced shallots
salt and pepper?
Sauce: Bring the wine with the shallots, garlic and capers to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until almost dry. Add the rest of the heavy cream and reduce to 1/2 of the original volume and add the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Slightly cool and slowly incorporate butter.
Potatoes: In a heavy pot bring potatoes to a boil in salted water to taste. Cook until soft. In a sauce pan heat 1/2 qt heavy cream and 3/4 butter. When the potatoes are cooked, carefully drain and pass through a food mill (ricer) or whip on a Kitchen Aid (mixer) slowly adding the cream and butter mixture until incorporated. Chop the artichokes and add the bacon season with salt to taste.
Fish: Season fish with salt and pepper. Heat up a pan and add 1 tablespoon of oil (your preference). Brown on one side and finish cooking in a 375° oven until cooked (about 6-8 minutes).
To finish: Spoon the sauce in the center of a warm plate. Place the mashed potatoes in the center as well and place the spinach, followed by the fish on top. Garnish with fresh flat leaf parsley.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Baleen Los Angeles, 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 | Americas Cuisine.com

Originally posted 2012-09-29 08:58:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter