2175. HEARTY LENTIL SOUP with BACON and HERBS

serves six

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 slice bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
7 cups (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
2 cups dried lentils (about 12 1/2 ounces)
2 large fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions

Combine onion, celery, carrot, bacon and garlic in heavy Dutch oven. Stir over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Uncover; add 7 cups broth, lentils, thyme and bay leaf and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf.

Transfer half of soup to processor; cool slightly. Puree until smooth. Return puree to Dutch oven. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more broth, if desired. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine parsley and chives in small bowl. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle parsley mixture over and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bon Appétit, March 1996

Originally posted 2011-04-22 09:48:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2167. WILD RICE CASSEROLE with BACON

serves six

1/2 lb. bacon, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 cup wild rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can mushrooms
pimento (optional) adds color
Accent and seasoned salt

Wash wild rice and place in boiling salted water. Boil about 20 minutes or until partially done, drain. Fry diced bacon; pour off grease as necessary. Leave enough grease to saute onions, celery and green pepper–add when bacon is nearly done. Place in casserole, adding water to cover. Place in medium oven (350 degrees F) for approximately one hour.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Minnesota Wild Rice/C and G Wild Rice, 2803 Harborview Parkway, Superior, Wisconsin 54880

Originally posted 2011-04-14 08:56:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2472. OX CHEEKS with SNAILS, BACON and MUSHROOMS

serves six

For the ox cheeks
3 pairs of ox cheeks
1 medium onion
1 carrot
1 stick celery
1 head garlic
5 sprigs of thyme
1 pint red wine
1/4 pint port
5 pints beef or veal stock
flour

For the bacon and mushrooms
2 shallots
5oz (150g) button mushrooms
5oz (150g) baby onions
5oz (150g) snails
3 rashers of streaky bacon
handful of parsley, chopped
1oz (25g) butter

For the mashed potato
12.5oz (375g) peeled potatoes
12.5fl oz (375ml) water
1 teaspoon salt
2oz (50g) cream
2oz (50g) butter

Trim all skin and sinew off the ox cheeks

Roughly chop one onion, one carrot, half a head of garlic and one stick of celery. Place this in a heavy roasting pan along with the cheeks, thyme, red wine and port, making sure the beef is covered. Leave this to marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 24 hours, but the longer you can marinate, the better it will taste.

Remove the ox cheeks from the wine and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly coat in flour and seal in a hot frying pan with a little oil until dark and golden in colour.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Botanist, No.7 Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE England

Originally posted 2012-02-14 11:17:00. 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

W.H.O. Has No Respect

There is no doubt that our bacon filled friends were not getting a good wrap from the current worldwide panic over what was once known as the “Swine Flu.” I am wondering if the World Health Organization felt it might be offensive to our curly tailed friends to have their own flu, seeing how the american culture tends to be insanely over sensitive to our four legged friends (Although avian flu seemed to stick).

On the other hand it might have been a quick move by the bacon industry to make sure people still feel comfortable with a diet full of flavor and deliciousness.

The H1N1 virus seems to be causing some problems, whether or not it was necessary for the administration to devote billions to it I am not sure but hopefully it will go away soon and we can get back to eating bacon on vacations to Cabo San Lucas…

Originally posted 2009-05-05 17:37:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Love Friday: Bacon on the Grill

Spring has come very early to a lot of North America, and if you are anything like me you are absolutely loving it. If global warming means that I get to relax on a patio with a beer in March, then I am hard pressed to complain. The unseasonable warmth has gotten a lot of […]

Originally posted 2012-03-23 15:11:53. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2748. SPRING LEEKS, FAVA BEANS and BACON

serves two?

3 or 4 young, slim leeks ?
6 slices unsmoked bacon
1 thick slice butter
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
2 lb. fava beans in their pods
2 loosely packed tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
a handful of fresh?flat-leaf parsley, chopped??Bring a deep pan of water to a boil. Wash and thickly slice the leeks. Remove the rind from the bacon slices and cut each slice into finger-thick strips. Warm the butter in a shallow pan and add the strips of bacon. Let the bacon color lightly in the hot butter until its fat is starting to turn pale gold, then add the sliced leeks and the garlic clove. Partially cover with a lid and let the leeks soften but not color.?While the bacon and leeks are cooking, shell the beans and add them to the boiling water. Salt the water and let the beans cook for four or five minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool enough to skin. Leave the tiniest of beans unskinned, but it is probably better to skin anything larger than a thumbnail-just squeeze each bean between thumb and finger and pop it out of its skin.
When the leeks and bacon are soft and fragrant, stir in the tarragon, parsley, and the drained and skinned beans, then season. Stir gently, allow to heat through for a minute or two, then serve on warm plates.

bacon recipe courtesy of:? Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater, Ten Speed Press, 2010, p. 296

Originally posted 2012-11-16 09:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter