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

2935. AVOCADO and BACON MAHI MAHI TACOS

serves six

1¼ lbs boneless skinless mahi mahi
12 whole wheat tortillas (6?)
2 medium avocados, Sliced
4 strips apple-smoked bacon, crumbled
½ cup diced tomatoes
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup sour cream
1½ tablespoons butter
1½ tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon tequila
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt & coarse black peppercorn
Cooking spray to grease

On cutting board cut mahi mahi into 1? cubes, then season with salt & pepper and transfer to large bowl. Melt butter in microwave, then combine with lime juice, tequila, and chili powder, whisking thoroughly. Pour marinade over fish and toss until all pieces are well coated. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 1 – 6 hours.

Heat skillet over medium flame and lightly toast each tortilla, flipping with kitchen tongs to crisp both sides. Place on wire rack to cool until needed.

Generously grease same skillet, then saute red onion over medium-high heat. As onions begin to brown, add in mahi mahi and stir continuously for 6-8 minutes until fish is evenly cooked. Reduce flame to low before stirring in tomatoes, then allow ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes.

Cook bacon in microwave and crumble with hands, then slice avocados. When ready, build tacos with a layer of sliced avocado, one serving spoon of mahi mahi, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkling of bacon. Immediately serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Christine Fischer, Cooking with Cakes, April 29, 2013

Originally posted 2013-05-22 01:42:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3051. YUCATAN BURGERS with ASADERO CHEESE, BACON, and AVOCADO SOUR CREAM

1 Haas avocado, pitted and diced
1 cup Mexican sour cream
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
12 slices bacon, diced
2 ounces achiote paste
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 pounds ground chuck
1 teaspoon Mexican chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
1/2 pound asadero cheese (or other Mexican cheese)
6 hamburger buns, split

Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium-high.
To make Avocado Sour Cream, place the avocado in a small mixing bowl and mash with the back of a fork until relatively smooth. Add sour cream, lime juice, garlic, and oregano; mix until well combined. Refrigerate until serving. Place a large fireproof non-stick skillet on the grill. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. To make the patties, in a large bowl add achiote paste and orange juice; stir until well combined. Add beef, chili powder, allspice, salt, and pepper. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and form the portions into patties to fit the buns. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, just until done, about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. During the last few minutes of cooking, top the burgers with equal amounts of Asadero cheese and place the buns, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.To assemble the burgers, place a generous amount of avocado sour cream on the cut sides of buns. On each bun bottom, place a patty topped with cheese and equal amounts of bacon. Add the bun tops and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sutter Home Winery, Inc., St. Helena, CA 94574

Originally posted 2013-09-15 01:30:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2754. SHRIMP and BACON QUESADILLAS

serves two

4 bacon slices, chopped
8 oz. peeled and deveined medium shrimp (36 to 42 per lb.), halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
2 flour tortillas (10-inches wide)
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions, divided
sliced avocado
salsa
sour cream

Cook bacon in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Pour off grease, then add shrimp to pan and cook until pink, about 1 minute, stirring often. Set aside.

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Set a tortilla in pan and sprinkle half of it with half the bacon, shrimp, cheese, and onions. Fold tortilla over filling and press down gently. Cook, covered, until browned, turning once, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Repeat to make second quesadilla.

Cut each quesadilla into 4 pieces. Serve with avocado, salsa, and sour cream.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kathryn Rex, Redmond, Oregon, “Fast & Fresh,” Sunset: Living in the West, October 2011

Originally posted 2012-11-22 09:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2830. GUACAMOLE with BACON, GRILLED RAMPS (or GREEN ONIONS) and ROASTED TOMATILLOS

makes about three cups

4 medium (about 8 ounces total) tomatillos, husked, rinsed and cut in half crosswise
4 ramps (wild spring leeks) or large green onions OR a 1-inch-diameter bunch of garlic chives
a little olive or vegetable oil
1 large fresh serrano or small fresh jalapeño, stemmed
4 thick slices (about 4 ounces) bacon
3 ripe medium-large avocados
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
about 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra leaves for garnish
salt

Heat a gas grill to medium or light a charcoal grill and let it burn until the coals are medium-hot and covered with gray ash. Lay the halved tomatillos cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet or metal baking pan and slide onto the grill. Brush the ramps (or green onions or garlic chives) with oil. Lay them directly on the grill, along with the chile (no oil needed). Grill the ramps (or their stand-ins) and the chile, turning occasionally, until soft and richly browned—the ramps will take 4 to 5 minutes, the chile about 10.

Cook the tomatillos about 3 to 4 minutes, until soft and browned on one side, then flip them over and cook the other side. Cool everything. Finely chop the ramps (etc.) and chile, then scrape into a large bowl. Chop the tomatillo into small pieces and scrape them in with the ramps, then scrape in any juice that remains on the baking sheet.
While the grilled vegetables are cooling, cook the bacon in a single layer in a large skillet over medium heat, turning every once in a while, until browned and crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels, then chop into small pieces.
Cut the avocados in half, running a knife around the pit from top to bottom and back up again. Twist the halves in opposite directions to release the pit from one side of each avocado. Remove the pit, then scoop the flesh from each half into the bowl with the tomatillos. With an old-fashioned potato masher, a large fork or the back of a large spoon, coarsely mash the avocado with the tomatillo mixture. Stir in the lime juice, cilantro and half of the bacon. Taste and season with salt, usually about 1 teaspoon. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.
When that time comes, scrape the guacamole into a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining bacon. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rick Bayless, Epicurious.com, January 2013

Originally posted 2013-02-06 10:50:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2892. BACON, AVOCADO and STRAWBERRY SALAD with GREEK YOGURT POPPY SEED DRESSING

yields 4-6 servings?

3 cups baby spinach3 cups torn romaine lettuce or other crisp greens10 slices bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled2 cups ripe strawberries, washed and quartered2 ripe avocados, sliced1/4 cup sliced almonds
For the Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing:1/4 cup Greek yogurt1/4 cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons white vinegar1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon poppy seedssalt and pepper to taste
To a salad bowl, add the spinach and lettuce and toss to combine. Top with quartered strawberries, sliced avocado, almonds, and crumbled bacon.?
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper until smooth. Drizzle over salad and serve promptly (or if not serving promptly, leave dressing on the side so as to not wilt the lettuce).

bacon recipe courtesy of: Alaska from Scratch, March 11, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-09 01:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2704. DOUBLE CHEESE, AVOCADO and BACON SLIDERS

serves eight?

4 strips bacon?
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
8 mini hamburger buns or small Hawaiian-style sweet rolls, split and toasted if desired
2 cups baby arugula?
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded?
1 ripe, fresh avocado, seeded and peeled?
2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, sliced to fit buns?

Cut bacon strips in half crosswise and cook until crisp. Place cooked bacon on paper towels; reserve. Gently mix ground beef with soy sauce, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and marjoram. Being careful not to compact the meat, gently form into thin burger patties that are slightly wider than the buns. Grill or pan fry patties over medium-high heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, slice each avocado half crosswise to make 2 small slices per slider; reserve. Assemble the sliders: top the bottom half of each mini bun with the arugula and shredded cheddar cheese. Place burger patties on top of the shredded cheese; top each with bacon, Gouda cheese, 2 slices of avocado and the top bun.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hass Avocado Board, 230 Commerce, Suite 190, Irvine, California 92602-1336

Originally posted 2012-10-03 08:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter