2865. MINI APPLE PIES with BACON

4 tablespoons butter
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/4-inch cubes
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled?

Heat oven to 400°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add apples; cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon and the salt. Cook about 5 minutes longer or until tender. Cool. Cut remaining 2 tablespoons butter into small pieces, then mix with flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar. Rub ingredients together or use fork to mash together until crumbly. Add crumbled bacon. Sprinkle flour lightly on work surface. Unroll crust on work surface. Using 4-inch round cutter, cut dough into 7 circles. Gently press dough rounds into muffin cups, being careful not to stretch the dough too much. Sprinkle bottom of each dough cup with cornstarch. Spoon apple mixture into each dough cup; top with bacon mixture. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until pie crust is golden brown.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Adam and Joanne Gallagher, Inspired Taste; Pillsbury

Originally posted 2013-03-13 00:17:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3056. HONEY MAPLE BRIOCHE with BACON JAM

12 oz bread flour4 oz all purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of ground clove
1.5 teaspoon table salt
1 oz dark brown sugar
1/2 oz honey
1/2 oz maple syrup (plus more for glaze)
1 large egg
2 1/4 oz package instant/rapid rise yeast
7 oz whole milk
1.5 oz unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in small pieces
bacon jam (recipe below)
powdered sugar
bourbon


Bacon jam
1.5 lbs uncooked bacon, cut into pieces (about 1-inch)
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) smoked paprika
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) chile powder
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) dried thyme
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 vidalia onion, thinly sliced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2–3 cloves of garlic, smashed
4 tablespoons (plus more) dark brown sugar
8 oz bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons (plus more) maple syrup
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons (plus more) sriracha
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon coffee extract (or 2 tablespoons brewed coffee)
olive oil (as needed)

Place uncooked bacon in a medium sized pot or small dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with paprika, chile powder and dried thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to crisp. (Add a little olive oil if the bacon begins to stick to bottom of pot before it is crisp.) Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towels, keeping all bacon fat in pot. Add the butter to the pot with the bacon fat and let it melt, swirling it around. Add the sliced onions, shallots, smashed garlic cloves and the dark brown sugar. Stir to combine. Over medium heat, let the mixture begin to caramelize. This should take about 10 minutes. Pour in the bourbon, stir and cook for about 5 minutes—until the alcohol smell goes away. Stir in the remaining ingredients to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour or until most of the liquid is evaporated and it is thick and syrupy. Throughout the simmering, be sure to stir occasionally and taste. Add in more bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, sriracha to taste while it simmers away. Once the mixture is thick, transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until it is finely chopped, if you have a lot in the pot, you can use an immersion blender. (If the mixture is hot, puree in small batches. Use a kitchen towel instead of the lid if you’re using a blender.) Let the mixture cool. You can spread the jam into a quarter-inch layer on a sheet pan and cover with parchment paper.

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In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Add the salt, sugar, honey, maple syrup and egg to one side of the bowl. On the other side, add the yeast.

Turn the mixer on low and add the milk in a steady stream. Once all the milk has been added, turn the mixer up to medium and knead until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl (about 10 minutes). If the dough looks dry, add a little more milk. If it looks wet, add a little more bread flour.

Add the butter to the dough (while the mixer is still going) in small increments, waiting for the butter to be incorporated before adding any more. Once all the butter has been incorporated, knead for about 5 minutes until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl and it makes a slapping sound in the mixer. Remove the dough and place in a greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic and place in the fridge to ferment overnight (at least 8 hours).

Remove dough from fridge and punch down. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cut the dough in half and cover the unused half so that it doesn’t dry out. With the remaining half, roll it out into a square using a rolling pin slightly larger than the longest side of your loaf pan. (Try rolling it out first WITHOUT adding flour to the surface first. If you find that it sticks, then use a small amount of flour.)

Spread the bacon jam in an even layer all over the dough; go right up to the edges. Then tightly roll up the dough working from one end to the other, slighly pinching so that the dough seals as you go. Once it is all rolled up, pinch the seam and apply a little pressure to make sure that it stays together. With a VERY sharp knife, cut the roll in half (lengthwise) so you end up with two long half circles.

Lie the two halves next to each other with the cut sides facing up. Starting in the middle, have one halve cross over the other. Alternate the twists twice above the middle and twice below the middle. You will have twisted the two haves together, alternating over each other. Place into a greased loaf pan, cutside up. Repeat with remaining dough half. Cover and proof for about an hour, or until doubled inside.

Bake in oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Be sure to rotate pans halfway through. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing and letting cool completely on a rack.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chris Falman, Baker By Design

Originally posted 2013-09-20 01:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2945. MAPLE BLUEBERRY BACON BREAKFAST CARNITAS

2-3 pound pork shoulder roast
2 cups blueberries
½ cup apple juice
¼ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried sage
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
lots of salt
dash of black pepper
4-5 strips of bacon
fresh parsley, chopped (to garnish)

Place pork roast in the slow cooker. Pour in the apple juice into the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour the maple syrup over the roast then add the cinnamon, dried parsley, dried sage, nutmeg and salt and pepper on top of the roast. Then finish by topping the roast off with blueberries. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Once the pork is done cooking, pull the meat out and shred. Pour some of the remaining liquid in the slow cooker on top of the pork to keep in moist and flavorful. Now cook the bacon in a pan on the stove top. When the bacon is done cooking, remove half of the fat, leaving behind some in your pan. Then place the bacon on a paper towel covered plate and let cool. Dice into pieces. Take half of the diced bacon and mix with your newly shredded pork. Mix together. Place your bacon fat pan over medium high heat. Use your hands or a large spoon to collect a ball of the shredded pork and bacon, then press down to create a patty. Put on skillet, press down more with a spatula, and let cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until crispy, then flip. Once your carnitas are crispy, add to plate, top with more bacon and some fresh chopped parsley. Serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Juli, PaleOMG: Paleo Recipes, January 16, 2013

Originally posted 2013-06-01 01:27:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2376. SWEET POTATO COCONUT CURRY with CHICKEN and BACON

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
2 pounds organic chicken breast, trim to bite sized pieces
1 can (15 ounces) sweet potato purée
4 slices cooked bacon, chopped (set aside some for the topping)
1 can (17.5 ounces) of unsweetened light coconut milk
a few pinches smoked paprika, sea salt, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie Spice
1 packet powdered stevia
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro (plus some for garnish)

Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add chopped onions and garlic, cook a few minutes until softened and slightly browned. Increase heat to medium high and add chicken. Cook about 10 minutes until the chicken is browned on all sides, stirring occasionally. In a bowl combine the sweet potato puree with the coconut milk and spices.

Add the coconut and sweet potato sauce to the chicken. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Add cherry tomatoes. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings to taste. Simmer about 25 minutes partially covered.

Stir in cilantro and cooked bacon at the end. Garnish with additional bacon pieces and cilantro. You can also serve with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt or some sour cream.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Marla Meridith of Family Fresh Cooking, for Marcus Samuelsson, October 14, 2011

Originally posted 2011-11-10 10:44:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3086. MAPLE BACON BROWN SUGAR SCONES

makes 16 scones

3 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cups cold butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
course sugar for sprinkling
maple glaze (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Cut in butter until it forms coarse crumbs. Stir in buttermilk and vanilla. Fold in bacon crumbles. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently. Divide in half and pat into 7 inch round circles. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cut into 6 or 8 wedges. Bake at 425 for 12-14 minutes. Top with maple glaze.

Maple Glaze
1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
drop of water
1 cup powdered sugar

Combine syrup, vanilla and powdered sugar and stir until combined. Based on the consistency of the glaze, add water one drop at a time and stir – if you accidentally add too much, just add a bit more powdered sugar. Continue to stir until desired consistency is reached. Pour over scones!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jessica, How Sweet It Is, February 22, 2011

Originally posted 2013-10-20 01:09:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Vanilla Bourbon Bacon Molasses Cookies with Bourbon Glaze

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When I was a little girl, my grandma used to make her famous Molasses cookies for me and my siblings whenever she and grandpa would come to visit. These are still a family favorite and whenever I make them, they remind me of being with her. While the traditional recipe for these is just as delicious to me as it was back then, I felt like I could easily bring it into the wonderful world of bacon. So here you have it. A cookie jam-packed with not only bacon, but booze as well! Well, the cookies are just as bacolicious without the booze, but we know you really want it!

For the cookies, you will need:
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup of cooled bacon grease (or shortening)
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
Chopped Vanilla Bourbon Bacon

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Line an edged baking sheet with foil. Lay the bacon strips onto the foil, then place in the oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees and set the timer for about 20 minutes. Once cooked, drain bacon strips over the pan then set them aside. Pour the hot bacon grease into a small measuring cup and let it cool completely (put it in the fridge to speed this up). You will use this bacon grease to replace the shortening in this recipe. If you do not have enough grease, fill the rest of the 3/4 cup with shortening.

While the grease is cooling, measure out the remaining ingredients and chop up the bacon. Use as much bacon as you want and enjoy a few pieces while you’re waiting for your grease to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the grease/shortening and sugars. Beat in the eggs. Add remaining ingredients. Drop dough by spoonful onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Do not flatten. If the dough is too soft, refrigerate until more firm. Bake about 9 minutes. Carefully remove them from the cookie sheet and allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes.

Bourbon Glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup bourbon
1/2 cup dark brown sugar

In a medium saucepan melt butter, then add the brown sugar. Whisk in the bourbon, stirring constantly. Once it begins to bubble, turn the heat down to medium-low. Let the mixture bubble for 10 minutes or so. It will bubble and rise in the pan so keep whisking it! The longer you let it bubble, the thicker your glaze will be.

To serve, drizzle the glaze over the cookies or serve the cookies with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of the Bourbon Glaze on top!

These cookies are perfect for family get-togethers and summer picnics and potlucks. They’re also ideal for using up all of the leftover bacon grease you’ve been accumulating in your refrigerator!

3017. PEAR and BACON GALETTE

For the crust:
1 1/8 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:
5 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
2 pears, peeled
1 lemon
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

Place flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse once or twice to get everything combined. Add the cold butter, and process until the mixture becomes the consistency of cornmeal.

Transfer mixture to a bowl, and sprinkle the ice water over it. Using a rubber spatula or your hands, mix in water and create a ball shape out of the dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and flatten to a small disk, then place in the freezer for 10 minutes while you make the filling.

Preheat the oven to 350. Cook bacon over medium heat in a skillet until almost crispy; transfer bacon to a plate layered with paper towels. Save bacon fat to grease your baking sheet.

Chop peeled pears in half and scoop out the core, then slice into thin (1/8 inch thick) slices lengthwise. Place pears in a bowl, and add sugar and cinnamon. Zest your lemon over top, then cut in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Using your hands or a spatula, toss the pears in the juice and spices. When bacon has cooled a bit, add bacon and toss again.

Remove crust from freezer. Unwrap the plastic wrap to expose the dough, and layer another piece of plastic over top, to make a plastic-dough-plastic sandwich. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick, making a large circle. Carefully remove the top layer of plastic wrap, then flip crust onto a bacon-greased baking sheet. Peel off the other plastic wrap.

Scoop filling onto the middle of the crust and spread out, leaving 2 inches of crust all around. Fold excess crust over to contain the filling.

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350, until crust is lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mallory, Total Noms, March 6, 2011