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

2935. AVOCADO and BACON MAHI MAHI TACOS

serves six

1¼ lbs boneless skinless mahi mahi
12 whole wheat tortillas (6?)
2 medium avocados, Sliced
4 strips apple-smoked bacon, crumbled
½ cup diced tomatoes
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup sour cream
1½ tablespoons butter
1½ tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon tequila
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sea salt & coarse black peppercorn
Cooking spray to grease

On cutting board cut mahi mahi into 1? cubes, then season with salt & pepper and transfer to large bowl. Melt butter in microwave, then combine with lime juice, tequila, and chili powder, whisking thoroughly. Pour marinade over fish and toss until all pieces are well coated. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 1 – 6 hours.

Heat skillet over medium flame and lightly toast each tortilla, flipping with kitchen tongs to crisp both sides. Place on wire rack to cool until needed.

Generously grease same skillet, then saute red onion over medium-high heat. As onions begin to brown, add in mahi mahi and stir continuously for 6-8 minutes until fish is evenly cooked. Reduce flame to low before stirring in tomatoes, then allow ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes.

Cook bacon in microwave and crumble with hands, then slice avocados. When ready, build tacos with a layer of sliced avocado, one serving spoon of mahi mahi, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkling of bacon. Immediately serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Christine Fischer, Cooking with Cakes, April 29, 2013

Originally posted 2013-05-22 01:42:00. 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

2739. CHOPPED SALAD with BACON and FRIED GARBANZO BEANS

serves six

3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
4 slices (1/4 pound) bacon
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small shallot, finely chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, preferably English, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed and sliced
1 can (15 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup small feta cheese cubes
6 tablespoons ranch dressing

Heat 6 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add garbanzo beans and fry, stirring often, until crisp and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and chili powder; set aside.

Carefully discard oil in skillet and wipe clean. Return skillet to medium heat, add bacon, and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic, shallot, and remaining 6 tablespoons oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to make a dressing. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, butter beans, and cheese, tossing gently to combine. Transfer to bowls, drizzle ranch dressing over the top, garnish with bacon and garbanzo beans, and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Traci Des Jardins, O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2011

Originally posted 2012-11-07 09:33:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2702. TURKEY CHILI, CHEDDAR and BACON BURGERS

makes four servings

8 slices applewood bacon
1 1/3 lb. ground turkey or ground turkey breast
1/2 small red bell pepper, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder or 1 tablespoon dark chili powder mixed with 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt, to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (one turn of the pan)
4 thick deli slices cheddar cheese
4 crusty onion Kaiser rolls, split
4 leaves lettuce
1/2 cup barbecue sauce, any brand

Broil the bacon or cook it in the microwave until crisp. To cook in the microwave, place 4 slices bacon per row between paper towels and cook 4 minutes on high. To cook under broiler, place bacon on slotted pan and broil 6 inches from heat, 3 minutes on each side. Drain cooked bacon and reserve.

Mix ground turkey with bell peppers, scallions, poultry seasoning, chipotle chile powder, and salt, and form 4 big patties. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and cook patties in vegetable oil until cooked through, 5 or 6 minutes on each side. Melt cheese over burgers the last minute they are in the pan by tenting the pan loosely with foil.

Place bun bottoms on plates and top each with lettuce, cheeseburger, and 2 slices bacon. Spread a few tablespoons barbecue sauce on each bun and set in place.

bacon recipe courtesy of: pp. Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals for Kids, by Rachael Ray. New York: Lake Isle Press, Inc., 2004, pp. 218-219

Originally posted 2012-10-01 08:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3023. KENTUCKY BOURBON BACON CHEX MIX®

makes twenty servings

1 bag (15 oz) Chex Mix® traditional snack mix?
1 cup pecan halves?
1/2 lb. bacon (6 to 8 slices), crisply cooked and crumbled?
1/2 cup packed brown sugar ?
1/2 cup butter?
1/4 cup light corn syrup?
2 tablespoons bourbon?
3/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder?

Heat oven to 300°F. Line two 15x10x1-inch pans with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix snack mix, pecans and bacon. Set aside.

In 2-quart saucepan, heat brown sugar, butter and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbly around edges. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Cool 2 minutes. Carefully stir in bourbon and chipotle chili powder. Pour over snack mixture; toss until evenly coated.

Spread snack mixture on pans. Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, to caramelize mixture. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store covered in refrigerator.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Betty Crocker, General Mills, Inc., P.O. Box 9452, Minneapolis, MN 55440?

2982. ROASTED PEAR, BACON and SPINACH SLAW with KUMQUAT TAHINI DRESSING

serves 2 as a meal

For Salad:
2 cups shredded green or purple cabbage
2 cups finely chopped spinach
3 strips of bacon
3 shallots
1 pear
1 tablespoon sunflower oil and 1 teaspoon, kept separate
1 pinch of salt
?Dressing:1 tablespoon tahini1 tablespoon coconut milk (or cream)1/2 teaspoon maple syrup1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar4 kumquats1 pinch chili powder1 pinch smoked salt1 pinch black pepper?Preheat oven to 350. Chop both the pear for the salad and the kumquat for the dressing in thin slices. Put in two separate baking pans (the smallest you have). For the pear, drizzle 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil and a pinch of salt over. Stir well, then put both pans into the oven. Let the kumquat cook for about 8 minutes, and the pear 15. When you remove the kumquats from the oven, give the pears a stir.?Meanwhile, chop your shallots and saute them in 1 tablespoon of sunflower seed oil over medium low heat for 6 minutes. Then keep them in the pan but push them to the side and add your bacon to the pan. Let bacon cook on both sides until crisp. While this cooks, chop your cabbage and spinach well. Put in a bowl. When your bacon is done, chop it finely and add to your slaw with 1/2 of your shallots. Put the other 1/2 in a small jar with your roasted kumquats and the rest of the dressing ingredients. When your pear is done, add it to your salad and top with the dressing. Stir well and serve as a meal or a side.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Skylor Powell, Sprout Health, for Healthy Way to Cook, May 8, 2013