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

2808. POTATO and BACON SOUP with CORN and BACON SOFRITO

1/2 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup leeks, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced bacon
1/2 cup small diced potatoes
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Bacon Sofrito:
1 cup fresh corn
1/2 cup red peppers, diced into small pieces
2 tablespoons bacon fat
1/2 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Sear bacon in a sauté pan until crispy. Stir in remaining ingredients, and let mixture simmer until potatoes are nearly liquid. Top with bacon sofrito and serve hot.

Sauté all ingredients at high heat for 5 minutes. Place sofrito on top of the soup.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lorena Garcia, Top Chef Masters, Season 4, Episode 7, Elimination Challenge, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2013-01-15 08:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2444. SCALLOPS with CRISPY BACON, STRAWBERRIES and BASIL ESSENCE

yields two servings

2 scallops
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
4 peppercorns
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ lb cold butter, cubed
½ lb thick cut bacon, small diced
½ red onion, small diced
4 strawberries, small diced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ bunch fresh basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste

Dry scallops with a paper towel. In a small saucepan, sweat shallots and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, and white wine, reduce to au sec. Add cream and reduce by half. Slowly whisk in cold butter. Strain through chinois and season. Sauté bacon until crispy. Drain and let cool. Toss with remaining ingredients and season with 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend basil with ¼ cup olive oil. Strain through chinois. Season scallop with salt and pepper. In a hot sauté pan, sear scallop until brown. Flip over and cook to medium rare.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Alex Reznik, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7, Quickfire Challenge, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2012-01-17 10:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2890. HALIBUT with YUZU and BACON AIOLI

quarter pound halibut, sushi grade, sliced into 2-inch by 1-inch pieces?
1 cup bacon, rendered & fat reserved
?1 egg yolk
?1.5 tablespoons yuzu?
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
?1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped?
1 tablespoon parsley fluid gel or purée
?salt and pepper, to taste??
scallion, chiffonade for garnish??
seaweed chiffonade for garnish

To make aioli, whisk the yolk in a bowl until frothy. In a steady stream, add bacon fat to create an emulsification. Once thickened, add bacon bits, Yuzu, and shallots. Fold in cilantro. Adjust seasoning. Arrange fish on plate and drizzle with sauce, garnish with parsley, scallions and seaweed.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Josie Smith-Malave, Top Chef, Season 10, Episode 12, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2013-04-07 01:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2665. BACON-WRAPPED SCALLOPS with JALAPENO-PAPAYA SAUCE

yields four servings

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, plus 2 tablespoons
8 slices bacon
1 1/4 pounds sea scallops
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup prepared quinoa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Prepare one cup of quinoa according to package directions. When cooked, stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro. Cover and set aside. Halve bacon slices crosswise and wrap slices around 1 pound of the sea scallops. Secure with wooden picks, if necessary. Heat oil in a large, oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Add all the scallops and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Place skillet in oven and bake 5 minutes, until scallops are cooked through (opaque). While scallops are cooking, prepare papaya sauce. In a small bowl, combine diced papaya, 2 tablespoons cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and cumin. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove 2 cooked scallops from the pan and reserve in refrigerator for another recipe Serve remaining scallops with quinoa and papaya sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Robin Miller, “Wrap It Up,” Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller, Food Network, 2006

Originally posted 2012-08-25 08:55:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3041. LAMB SHOULDER with POLENTA and BEANS with BACON

makes 6 servings

Lamb roast:?
2 cups fresh basil leaves?
2 tablespoons olive oil?
1 3-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast, tied (a butcher can do this)?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Polenta:?
4 sprigs thyme?
1 small shallot, finely chopped?
1 garlic clove, finely grated?
1 cup coarse polenta?
1 cup heavy cream?
3 cups (or more) low-sodium chicken broth?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Beans and assembly:?
1/3 cup sugar?
1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar?
1/2 teaspoon hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)?
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more?
2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick, divided?
3 ounces thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick?
1 14-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed?
freshly ground black pepper?
3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves?
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems?

For lamb roast: Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend basil and oil in a food processor until smooth. Place lamb in a roasting pan. Season generously with salt and pepper and rub basil purée all over. Cover with foil, and cook until fork-tender, 3-3 1/2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Remove foil and roast lamb until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Let rest 30 minutes. Pour pan juices into a measuring cup and skim; set jus aside.?
For polenta: Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Mix thyme, shallot, garlic, polenta, cream, and 3 cups broth in a 13x9x2″ baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake, without stirring, until polenta is softened and liquid is almost completely absorbed, 60-75 minutes. Thin polenta with more broth, if needed.?
For beans and assembly: Bring sugar, vinegar, chili paste, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add half of leeks, reduce heat, and simmer until soft, 8-10 minutes. Drain; set leeks aside. Wipe out saucepan. Cook bacon over medium heat until fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add remaining uncooked leeks to saucepan and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add beans, bacon, and reserved boiled leeks and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Untie lamb and thinly slice. Divide polenta among bowls. Top with lamb, beans, and herbs; drizzle with jus.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Justus Drugstore, 106 W Main Street, Smithville, Missouri; Bon Appétit, September 2013

Originally posted 2013-09-05 01:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2874. PACIFIC COAST SALMON ROLLS with BACON and FENNEL TARTAR SAUCE

yields two servings

3 rashers bacon
1/2 bulb fennel, cored and trimmed
250 grams sockeye salmon fillet, no bones or skin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
buns
lettuce
red onion

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Cut the bacon into ¼ strips and dice the fennel. Toss the bacon and fennel together in a small pan, and cook, stirring 3-4 times for 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fennel tender, but not brown.

Drain the bacon and fennel mixture on paper toweling. When completely cool, stir the mixture into the mayonnaise along with the cilantro and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cut the salmon into 1 to 2” cubes, toss with the olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper.

In the bottom of a double boiler with a steamer insert, bring about 1” of water to the boil. Place the salmon in the steamer, ensuring no pieces overlap. Cover, reduce the heat to med. and steam for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the salmon is firm to the touch and just before beads of white fat appear on its surface (see note). Remove to a plate and cool completely.

Serve on soft rolls with lettuce, red onion and plenty of tartar sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Theresa Carle-Sanders, Island Vittles: Quick Bites from Pender Island, BC, August 28, 2012

Originally posted 2013-03-22 01:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter