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

2851. CRAB and BACON FLAUTAS

serves six

1 cup crab meat, well drained
1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup sliced green onion
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/4 cup cream cheese, softened1 teaspoon cayenne pepper hot sauce1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce1 6″ white corn tortilla, well crumbled1 tablespoon mayonnaise1 tablespoons capers, drained1/4 teaspoon lemon zest6 8″ flour tortillas1/2 batch salsa?Combine all ingredients except the tortillas in a large bowl. Place ¼ cup crab mixture down the middle of each tortilla. Fold in the sides, then roll up tightly. Secure with a toothpick. Place flautas in a deep fat fryer heated to 350ºF. Fry until golden and drain on a paper towel lined surface. Serve with salsa.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Mission Food Service, 1159 Cottonwood Lane #200, Irving, Texas 75038

Originally posted 2013-02-27 01:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2821. CREAMY BACON and OLIVE TAPENADE SPAGHETTI

yields four servings 

6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon capers
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces spaghetti
5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
freshly grated parmesan cheese and additional chopped fresh basil for garnish, optional 

In the bowl of a food processor, place the olives, chopped garlic, anchovy paste, capers, lemon zest, walnuts, chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the processor running, stream in the olive oil and process until fully combined; set aside. 

Bring 3-4 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Break spaghetti in half lengthwise, add to boiling water and salt according to taste. Cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water; set both spaghetti and pasta water aside. 

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 4-5 minutes; remove bacon from skillet and set aside. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet. Place skillet with bacon drippings back over medium heat. Add in the onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add in the minced garlic, cook 1 additional minute. To the onions, add in the reserved olive tapenade mixture, cream cheese and about 1/4 cup of the pasta water and cook until cream cheese melts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add in the reserved spaghetti, reserved bacon, minced basil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; mix until fully combined, adding in enough of the remaining pasta water to loosen up the cream cheese mixture and create a sauce. 

To serve, place spaghetti onto a serving platter or dinner plate and garnish with parmesan cheese and additional fresh basil.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sirbarney (member), Relish.com

Originally posted 2013-01-28 08:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3045. CAMPFIRE GRILLED ROMAINE SALAD with CRISPY BACON and CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

4 heads of romaine lettuce
12-14 slices of thick-cut bacon
4 avocados
2-3 limes
2-3 tomatoes
2 poblano peppers
2 zucchini
1 clove garlic, grated

For the chimichurri sauce:
1 bunch cilantro, chopped roughly
1 bunch Italian parsley, chopped roughly
1-2 bunches oregano, chopped roughly
1 small red onion, minced finely
10 drops Tabasco
1 tablespoon?capers, chopped roughly
2 cups olive oil
2 cloves garlic, grated
Zest of 1 lime, grated
Juice of 2 limes

Cook the bacon in a pan on top of fire to preferred texture and reserve the fat. Coat the poblano peppers lightly in oil, place on grill, and char all around. Take the peppers off the grill place in a bowl. Cover to steam (this will help peel them later). Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, score lightly, toss with oil and rub with garlic. Grill with cross hatching technique both sides. Cut romaine in half lengthwise, wash, dry, coat lightly with olive oil, and season with salt. Place on grill to get light smoke flavor and light grill marks. Cut avocados in half, remove pit, cut into slices (in the skin) and remove with large spoon. Set slices on plate, sprinkle with salt and squeeze lime juice over them. Cut ripe tomatoes into wedges and season with salt.

For the chimichurri sauce: Combine all ingredients, season with salt. When the ingredients have time to meld, they taste even better.

To assemble: Place half a zucchini on each plate. Cut the grilled half head of romaine and place as an ‘X’ on top of zucchini with core at bottom. Arrange tomatoes, sliced avocado, and roasted peppers around the romaine. Drizzle generously with the chimichurri sauce and top with crisp hot bacon.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jennifer Biesty, Scala’s Bistro, 432 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA

3011. PAPPARDELLE with PUMPKIN, BACON and TORN BREAD

makes four servings?

400 grams peeled, seeded, butternut pumpkin
200 grams piece sourdough bread?
4 slices rindless short-cut bacon?
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil?
2 tablespoons baby capers?
2 cloves garlic?
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley?
375 grams fresh pappardelle
1 lemon?
150 grams fresh ricotta

Preheat oven to 220C fan-forced. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Meanwhile, coarsely grate pumpkin. Cut crusts from bread, then tear into small pieces. Thinly slice bacon.

Line a large oven tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on tray, drizzle with 1 tbs oil and scatter over capers. Season with salt and pepper, then toss to combine. Spread mixture to cover half the tray. Place bread and bacon on other half of tray. Drizzle with 1 tbs oil and toss bread mixture to combine. Bake, stirring each mixture halfway through, for 12 minutes or until bread is golden and pumpkin is tender.

Meanwhile, thinly slice garlic and roughly chop parsley, reserving a few leaves to serve. Add pasta to boiling water, return to the boil, then cook for 2 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 180ml (3/4 cup) cooking water.
Heat remaining 2 tbs oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 1/2 minutes or until golden. Add pasta, reserved cooking water, pumpkin and bread mixtures. Squeeze over juice from lemon, tear over half the parsley, then toss to combine.
Divide pasta among bowls, then top with small spoonfuls of ricotta. Tear over reserved parsley to serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sophia Young & Jessica Brook, MasterChef, August 2012

2962. SMOKED TROUT, WATERCRESS, CRISPY BACON and GRIBICHE SANDWICH

sandwich bread, sliced and buttered
watercress or rocket
streaky bacon, 2 rashers per person, cooked until crisp
smoked trout
salt and freshly ground black pepper
gribiche sauce (recipe below)

Gribiche
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped tarragon leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped chervil leaves
2 hard-boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons capers, finely chopped
3 tablespoons gherkins, finely diced

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate until needed.

To assemble: Place the buttered bread on a clean surface or chopping board. To each slice add a layer of watercress then two rashers of the crisp bacon. Top with chunks of smoked trout then spoon over some dollops of the gribiche. Season with salt and black pepper and finish the sandwiches with another slice of bread.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Al Brown, Cuisine, #118, PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

2747. YELLOWTAIL TARTAR with BACON and TANGERINE DRESSING

yields four servings

Bacon and Tangerine Dressing:
3 tangerines, zested and juiced
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1/4-inch strips
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

Crostini:
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 baguette, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Yellowtail Tartar:
1 pound yellowtail tuna, 1/4-inch dice
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, picked and chopped
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon chipotle puree
3 scallions, thinly sliced
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
1 shallot, brunoised
1/2 lemon, juiced
Olive oil, for drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bull’s blood, for garnish
Chervil, for garnish

Special Equipment: 2 1/2-inch ring mold

Note: Bull’s blood is a variety of heirloom beet, typically grown and used for its dark purple leaves.

For the bacon and tangerine dressing: Strain the tangerine juice through a mesh strainer into a small saute pan. Bring the juice to a simmer and reduce to a syrup consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon in a little olive oil until crispy, about 7 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, reserving the fat from the pan in a small bowl.
Whisk together the mustard, 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat, the tangerine zest and the tangerine reduction in a small bowl.

For the crostini: Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Toast the fennel seeds in a small saute pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes, and then grind in a spice grinder. Brush both sides of the baguette slices with a little olive oil and season generously with salt, black pepper and ground fennel seed. Grill until the bread is toasted, 3 minutes per side. Remove and reserve.

For the tartar: Combine the yellowtail, parsley, capers, vinegar, mustard, chipotle puree, scallions, thyme, shallots, lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil in a large bowl. Adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper. Plate with the ring mold.

Drizzle some of the dressing around the plate and garnish with reserved bacon pieces. Dress the bull’s blood and chervil with some of the vinaigrette, season with salt and black pepper, and use to garnish the tartar. Serve with the crostini on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bobby Flay, “Worst to First: The Final Battle,” Worst Cookes in America, Food Network