For the Marinara:
2 strips thick-cut bacon, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 large heirloom tomatoes (about 3 pounds), blanched, peeled, and cored (keep the seeds)
salt and pepper?

For the Meatballs:
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless French or country-style bread
1/3 cup whole milk
8 ounces ground beef (15% fat)
8 ounces ground pork
1 cup finely ground (not grated) Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
2 large garlic cloves, pressed?

To serve:
1 pound of fresh pasta
parmesan cheese

First, get the sauce going (it will take about 2 hours). Saute the bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over high heat until starting to brown. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper and saute for an additional 2 minutes, stirring pretty constantly. Add the tomatoes, crushing them with your hands as you put them into the pot, and scrape the brown bits off of the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 1.5-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Immediately start the meatballs once sauce is simmering. Combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl, stirring until breadcrumbs are evenly moistened. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Place beef and pork in a large bowl and break into small clumps. Add the parmesan, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Whisk together the eggs and the garlic cloves in another small bowl. Pour over meat mixture.

Using your hands, squeeze the excess milk from the breadcrumbs, reserving the milk. Add the breadcrumbs to the meat mixture. Using your hands, quickly and gently mix all ingredients together until everything is evenly distributed, taking care to not overmix. Chill at least 15 minutes and up to one hour.

Moisten your hands with the excess milk, then roll the meat into golfball-size balls. You should have about 16 meatballs.

Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree the sauce to the desired consistency. Return to a wide, shallow saucepan and bring back to a simmer. Add the meatballs in a single layer, and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through. You’ll want to turn them about halfway through, but be careful not to break them apart before they are ready to move.

Cook pasta and drain. Remove meatballs from sauce. Add pasta to sauce pan and toss to coat. Serve with meatballs and shredded parmesan cheese.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Relay Foods: An Online Market for Sustainable Foods & Everyday Groceries; adapted from a recipe by Molly Wizenberg, Bon Appétit


yields 4 to 6 Servings

1 1/2 pounds pork loin, cut into 6-ounce portions
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons mustard
1 cup crushed unsalted crackers
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1/2 diced yellow onion, approximately 1/2 cup
2 cups sliced button mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine
Olive oil, for frying
2 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leavesPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pound pork slices between sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thickness. In a shallow medium bowl, mix together 3/4 cup flour with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. In another shallow medium bowl, combine egg, milk and mustard. In another medium shallow bowl, combine cracker and panko crumbs. Dredge pork slices first in flour, then in egg wash, and finally in crumbs. Let set on a baking sheet fitted with a cooling rack for 5 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan to drain on paper towels. In same pan with bacon fat, add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue sauteing for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup flour. Cook flour to make roux until light brown, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook for 3 minutes, reducing by 1/3, then add stock. Continue cooking to reduce by 1/3 again. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Heat 1/4-inch oil in thick saute pan or cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Cook pork evenly on both sides, about 5 minutes for the first side, 3 to 4 minutes for the second. Remove to platter when done. Add butter to sauce, stirring until it has melted. To serve, cover pork with sauce. Sprinkle with chopped bacon and fresh parsley to garnish.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Guy Fieri, “Schwein and Dandy,” Guy’s Big Bite, Food Network, May 2008


yields four servings

8 to 10 slices applewood smoked bacon
1 pound ground chuck
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package onion soup mix
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon beef stock
8 to 10 bocconcini mozzarella balls

Marinara:1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
2 (14-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in puree
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon?Meatballs:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange the bacon slices on a sheet pan. Put in the oven and bake until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan to a cutting board and chop. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, Worcestershire, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, black pepper, stock and the chopped bacon.

Form portions of the meat around bocconcini to make smooth balls. Arrange the meatballs on a sheet pan with a rack and bake until thoroughly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.


Add the oil to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the onion, garlic, basil, oregano and pepper and saute for a few minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes and the bouillon. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the meatballs from the pan to a serving platter and serve with the marinara sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Aaron McCargo Jr., “Dishes with Dad,” Big Daddy’s House, Food Network


makes 6 appetizer servings?

2 fresh jalapeno peppers
4 ounces applewood-smoked bacon, diced
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk, heated to just below simmer
12 ounces cheddar, grated (about 3 cups)?
salt to taste
8 ounces dry garganelli or penne pasta?

Roast jalapenos directly over stovetop gas burner or under preheated broiler, turning with tongs, until skins are blistered all over. Transfer peppers to small plastic bag and let stand. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard stems, skin and seeds. Chop flesh into fine dice and set aside. Cook bacon in skillet until lightly browned; transfer with slotted spoon to small bowl. Add breadcrumbs, along with small amount of bacon fat to moisten, combining well. In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Let cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Continue cooking, stirring often, until sauce is simmering and thickened. Let sauce bubble gently until quite thick, about 10 minutes longer, stirring often so it doesn’t scorch on bottom. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar; when cheese is melted, season sauce with salt as needed. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain and return to pot. Add cheese sauce and reserved jalapenos and stir together. Transfer pasta to 2-quart baking dish or six individual ramekins. Top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned on top and bubbling throughout.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Josh Rollins, The Pitcher Inn, 275 Main Street, Warren, Vermont.

Bacon Breading Recipe


Meatballs, burgers, homemade cheese sticks, even as topping for mac n cheese… bread crumbs and breading can be pretty damn versatile.

bacon-breading-pork-rindsNow imagine it with bacon…yes a bacon bread crumb. We’ve been toying with how to coat things in bacon for a while and kept getting stuck at the bacon clumping with flour.

So our answer… pork rinds. When in doubt, add more pork.

bacon-breading-baconThe rinds keep the bacon from clumping, and add to the salty and savory coating this breading will bring. Keep in mind this is a basic recipe. Feel free to add in Italian seasoning for cheese sticks, onion and garlic powder for meatballs or throw in some ranch seasoning and cheese puffs for a cheesy bacon ranch burger! The noms are endless!

Bacon BreadingBacon Breading by Whiskey Beard

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/3 cup

Ingredients:3 strips cook bacon1 oz pork rinds1 tbsp bread crumbs
Cook your bacon until crispy, drain and allow to cool to room temperature. In a food processor add your pork rinds and process until a powder. Crumble your bacon, add to the rinds and process until fine. Add bread crumbs and repeat.

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serves four

150 grams bread crumbs
100 grams polenta
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
125 grams plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
4 x 175 grams chicken breasts cut into 3 long strips
oil, for deep-frying?

For the popcorn
90 grams butter
1 bird’s eye red chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
100 grams smoked bacon lardons, fried
2 tablespoons oil
100 grams popping corn

To serve: coleslaw and pickled gherkins

To make the coating, mix the breadcrumbs, polenta, spices and sesame seeds in a bowl. Then put the flour and eggs in two more separate bowls. Coat the chicken in flour, then in egg and finally in the breadcrumb mix. Deep fry at 160°C for about 8 minutes until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper. To make the popcorn, melt the butter, chilli and spices together, then cook until the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in the bacon. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan. Add the popping corn and put on the lid. Start to shake the pan gently when you can hear the kernels popping and continue to shake gently until they stop. Take the corn off the heat and stir in the chilli bacon butter. Serve the popcorn with the chicken, coleslaw and pickled gherkins.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Simon Rimmer, Sunday Brunch, Channel 4


1 abalone, shucked, thinly sliced into large steaks, and tenderized
2 cups white flour
3 eggs, beaten
4 cup panko breadcrumb
12 canned whole jalapeño or serrano peppers (4-7 oz can), stemmed and sliced lengthwise
5 oz. pepper jack cheese, sliced into 1-2? long pieces
1/2 lb. bacon strips
oil for frying

Fill a heavy skillet to a quarter inch deep with oil and heat at a medium setting staying well under the point of smoking.

Flour an abalone steak, dip in beaten egg, and coat both sides with breadcrumb. Place a bacon strip on a plate or board and lay the breaded steak on it. Create a line of both cheese and peppers together across the center of the steak. Carefully fold the steak around the line of cheese and peppers, then spiral-wrap the bacon around the rolled up steak so that it resembles a chunky barber pole or candy-cane. Use a pair of toothpicks to secure the uncooked popper.? Repeat for all the abalone steaks.

After checking the oil temperature, place one abalone popper into the skillet. A minute or so later flip the first popper and place a second one in the skillet. After another minute, remove the first popper and place on paper towel, flip popper #2, and add a third. Continue cooking until there are no more uncooked poppers. Serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Stephanie, Life Tastes Like Food, November 15, 2011