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

3008. BACON, CORN and MASCARPONE TAGLIATELLE

yields four servings

2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1/3 pound lean, thick cut bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 to 6 ears fresh sweet corn on the cob, kernels scraped
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
black pepper, espelette or cayenne pepper, to taste
1 pound egg tagliatelle or fettuccine
chopped flat-leaf parsley and chives
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in large skillet, add bacon and crisp. Remove to a plate; add onions to the drippings and reduce heat a bit. Cook to soften then add garlic, corn and thyme; cook until corn just begins to lightly brown. Add stock, bring to a bubble and reduce a minute or so. Stir in mascarpone cheese and reduce heat to low. Salt boiling water and cook pasta to al dente. Add a ladle of starchy cooking water to the sauce, drain pasta and add to pan. Toss with corn sauce, bacon and a handful of cheese. Toss vigorously to combine and serve in shallow bowls with parsley and chives on top; pass extra cheese at table.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, July 19, 2013

Originally posted 2013-08-03 01:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2917. BACON-WRAPPED PRETZELS with BROWN SUGAR and CAYENNE GLAZE

1 package pretzel rods
1 lb. bacon, regular cut
2 cups brown sugar
3-4 tablespoons red chili powder
dash or two of cayenne pepper

Break the pretzels in half, or cut them with a very sharp knife. Cut the bacon slices into half. Mix the sugar, chili powder and cayenne in a medium size bowl and then spread it out on a large flat dish. Coat each strip of bacon on both sides with the brown sugar mixture. Press firmly to make sure a lot of it adheres to the bacon. Wrap the bacon around the pretzel. Place the pretzel on a wire rack placed on top of a baking sheet or roasting pan. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes or until bacon cooks and appears crisp.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Barb Kiebel, Creative Culinary, Denver, Colorado

Originally posted 2013-05-04 01:37:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2938. BACON-WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN with PERSIMMONS and ARBOL CHILES

1 1/2 lb pork tenderloin
4 strips thick cut bacon
1 Fuyu persimmon, cut cross-wise into thin disks
10 dried arbol chiles
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
salt/pepper
ground ginger
ground cumin
olive oil

Sauce
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 Fuyu persimmon, peeled & chopped small
1 cup chicken broth
ground ginger
cayenne pepper
olive oil
1 tablespoon butter

Tenderloin Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°F. Clean tenderloin and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle generously with salt & pepper. Sprinkle lightly with ginger and cumin. Drizzle olive oil in baking dish large enough for tenderloin (9 x 13). Lay bacon strips crosswise in dish. On top of bacon lay persimmon slices, then arbol chiles and garlic slices. Lay tenderloin on one side of dish and roll across, wrapping bacon around persimmons, chiles and garlic. Tuck ends of bacon under tenderloin. Roast in oven until thermometer reads 160°F in thickest part of tenderloin (about 30 minutes). Remove tenderloin from oven, take out of baking dish, and let rest 10 minutes on clean dish while making sauce.

Sauce Preparation: Pour vinegar into baking dish, swirl, and let sit. Meanwhile heat a Tbs. of olive oil and butter over medium heat in a sauce pan. Add onion and saute 3 minutes. Swirl vinegar in baking dish again and pour into sauce pan with onions. Simmer 3 minutes. Add persimmon and pinches of ginger and cayenne and simmer another 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and simmer until persimmon is very soft and sauce is reduced and thickened (about 5 minutes). Slice tenderloin through bacon into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange medallions on plate and pour sauce over generously.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Wine of the Month Club/Gold Medal Wine Club, 5330 Debbie Road, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, California 93111

Originally posted 2013-05-25 01:16:00. 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

3090. CHICKEN SKEWERS with BACON PASTE

yields six servings?

For the BBQ Sauce

½ cup ketchup
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
hot sauce, a few dashes

For the Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
metal skewers

For the sauce, bring all the sauce ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 to 7 minutes. Sauce should thicken and reduce to about 1 cup.? Remove from heat. Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and set aside to serve with the chicken skewers.

Preheat the grill while you start prepping the chicken skewers.

Pat dry the chicken cubes with a paper towel then place the chicken in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper.

Process the bacon in a food processor until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the bowl as needed.? Add the bacon paste to the spice mixture, then add all of it to the large bowl of chicken. Use your hands to toss the chicken to coat with the bacon paste mixture.? Place the meat onto skewers.

Place the skewers on the grill and cook covered, turning every 2 minutes or so, until all 4 sides are cooked through and chicken has browned and slightly charred. This should take 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove from grill and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes. Serve with barbeque sauce on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kelly Salemi, Live Love Pasta, June 27, 2012

Originally posted 2013-10-24 01:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2678. GRILLED PEACH, ONION and BACON SALAD with BUTTERMILK DRESSING

yields eight servings

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream?
1/4 cup buttermilk?
2 tablespoons chopped mint?
2 tablespoons chopped parsley?
2 tablespoons snipped chives?
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar?
salt?
freshly ground pepper?
1 pound thick-sliced bacon?
1/4 cup light brown sugar?
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper?
3 pounds Vidalia or other sweet onions, cut into 1-inch-thick slabs?
extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing?
4 large ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges?

Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, buttermilk, mint, parsley, chives and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate.?

Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the bacon slices on the sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with the brown sugar and cayenne. Bake for about 25 minutes, until caramelized (the bacon will crisp as it cools). Let cool, then cut the bacon into bite-size pieces.?

Meanwhile, light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until softened and browned, 10 minutes. Separate the onions into rings. Brush the peaches with olive oil and grill over moderately high heat until tender, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.?

In a large bowl, toss the onions with the peaches and bacon. Add the buttermilk dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Linton Hopkins, Food & Wine, July 2012

Originally posted 2012-09-07 08:49:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter