2986. BEEF STEW with BACON and BUTTERNUT SQUASH

yields six servings

3 pounds beef chuck
Kosher salt and black pepper
olive or vegetable oil
6 slices good quality, lean, smoky bacon, chopped 1-inch pieces
2 carrots, chopped
2 to 3 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried
3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped, divided
2 fresh bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 12-ounce bottle hard cider or 1 cup sweet vermouth
2 fat strips orange rind
1 quart beef stock
1 medium-large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
a little freshly grated nutmeg
about 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
about 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
warm crusty bread and butter, to pass at table

Bring meat to room temperature and pat dry. Cut into 2-inch pieces. Just before cooking, season with Kosher salt and black pepper. Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and stir until crisp; remove to a plate. Cook meat in batches, caramelizing on all sides. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining meat, adding additional oil if necessary. To meat drippings, add chopped carrot, celery, onion, sliced garlic, marjoram, half the thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Partially cover pot and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste, cook for 1 minute, then stir in hard cider or vermouth and a few fat strips of orange rind; deglaze and reduce liquid by half. Add stock then slide meat and bacon back into the pot, bring to bubble, cover and transfer to oven. Roast 2 1/2 hours. Remove the stew and let it stand, covered, while you roast squash. Raise heat to 425°F. Coat squash with oil and toss with remaining thyme, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Roast 30-35 minutes, turning once, until brown at edges. Once the squash is done, remove bay leaf and orange rind from the stew. Skim fat with a spoon or paper towels. Place meat in a large shallow bowl or serving dish and stir honey and mustard into sauce. Stir in squash and serve in bowls. Pass crusty bread at table for mopping.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray Show, March 19, 2013?

2964. TRIPE with ONIONS and BACON

makes six servings

2 lb. tripe, rinsed, cut into 2-inch squares
4 thick slices bacon, diced
8 medium-sized onions, sliced
1/2 cup flour
5 cups milk
1 cup parsley sprigs, plus 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
1 celery rib, chopped
1 small thyme sprig
2-inch lemon peel
1 bay leaf
ground black pepper, to taste
grated nutmeg
salt, to taste

Put the bacon in a heavy pan and cook it over low heat until the fat begins to melt. Add the onions, cover the pan and cook them gently until they are transparent. Stir in the flour and cook the mixture for a minute, stirring well. Gradually add the milk, bring it slowly to a boil and stir until the sauce is thick about two minutes. Add the tripe to the pan. Tie the parsley sprigs or stems, celery, thyme, lemon peel and bay leaf into a bouquet garni, and add it to the tripe. Season the sauce to taste with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg. Cover the pan and simmer over very low heat until the tripe is tender—about two hours. Serve the tripe at once, sprinkled with the chopped parsley.

bacon recipe courtesy of: ifood.tv

2912. NAVY BEAN BACON CHOWDER

yields six servings?

1 1/2 cups navy beans, sorted and rinsed
2 cups cold water
5-6 slices bacon?
1 medium carrot, cut lengthwise into halves, then cut into 1-inch pieces?
1 rib celery, chopped?
1 cup chopped onion?
1 small turnip, cut into 1-inch pieces?
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 large can (46 ounces) chicken broth?
1 cup milk

Soak beans overnight. Drain. Cook bacon in medium skillet over medium heat. Drain and crumble. Combine carrot, celery, onion, turnip, Italian seasoning, pepper, beans and bacon in slow cooker; mix slightly. Pour broth over top. Cover and cook on low 7 1/2 to 9 hours or until beans are crisp-tender. Ladle 2 cups of soup mixture into a 4-cup container and purée in food processor or blender. Return mixture to slow cooker. Add milk to slow cooker. Cover; cook on high 15 minutes or until heated through.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Camellia Beans, L. H. Hayward & Co., LLC, 5401 Toler Street, Harahan, Louisiana 70183