Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

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Yep, that’s right. This recipe is a giant ball of bacon and cheese. What’s not to love? And if you’re a bacon-loving turophile (a cheese fancier), like I am, then you’re probably already planning out your next party just so you can make one of these tasty cheese balls and celebrate it’s deliciousness with your friends and family. I mean, it’s a wonderful cheese ball, but it’s not like I’m going to eat the whole thing in one sitting… *checks to make sure no one is looking, eats a chunk of cheese ball* Actually, never mind. you don’t even need to throw a party. Go on, make one for yourself! There’s no shame in eating the whole ball of cheese, right? Right…?! *eats another chunk of cheese* Mmm.

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Ingredients:

Two 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
One 1 oz. package Ranch dressing mix
2 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
1 cup cooked, finely chopped bacon
6 Ritz crackers (crushed)

Instructions:

In a medium-sized bowl, mash cream cheese. Add the Ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits to the cream cheese and stir.

Crush the 6 Ritz crackers and mix them with the chopped pecans in a small bowl. Shape the cream cheese mixture into a ball, and roll the ball in the chopped nut mixture until it’s evenly covered.

Cover and refrigerate until the ball is firm, about 1 hour. Serve with more Ritz crackers. Enjoy!

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2821. CREAMY BACON and OLIVE TAPENADE SPAGHETTI

yields four servings 

6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon capers
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces spaghetti
5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
freshly grated parmesan cheese and additional chopped fresh basil for garnish, optional 

In the bowl of a food processor, place the olives, chopped garlic, anchovy paste, capers, lemon zest, walnuts, chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the processor running, stream in the olive oil and process until fully combined; set aside. 

Bring 3-4 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Break spaghetti in half lengthwise, add to boiling water and salt according to taste. Cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water; set both spaghetti and pasta water aside. 

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 4-5 minutes; remove bacon from skillet and set aside. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet. Place skillet with bacon drippings back over medium heat. Add in the onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add in the minced garlic, cook 1 additional minute. To the onions, add in the reserved olive tapenade mixture, cream cheese and about 1/4 cup of the pasta water and cook until cream cheese melts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add in the reserved spaghetti, reserved bacon, minced basil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; mix until fully combined, adding in enough of the remaining pasta water to loosen up the cream cheese mixture and create a sauce. 

To serve, place spaghetti onto a serving platter or dinner plate and garnish with parmesan cheese and additional fresh basil.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sirbarney (member), Relish.com

Originally posted 2013-01-28 08:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3028. THREE-CHEESE and BACON SPREAD

makes 8 servings (about 2 tablespoons spread)?

1/3?cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese?
4?oz (half of 8-oz package) fat-free cream cheese, softened?
1?tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese?
2?tablespoons fat-free (skim) milk?
1/8?teaspoon paprika
dash pepper?
2?tablespoons real bacon bits
1/4?cup raisins?
2?medium green onions, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)

In small bowl, beat Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, paprika and pepper with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in bacon bits, raisins and onions until well blended.

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

3022. BBQ PULLED PORK SANDWICHES with STRAWBERRY BACON SALSA

makes eight servings

2 lb. pork shoulder or Boston butt
12 oz. ginger ale
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup strawberry jelly
2 tablespoons apple cider or balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce
1 1/4 cup diced strawberries
3 strips cooked and crumbled bacon
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon seeded and minced fresh jalapeño
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
8 sourdough of French sandwich rolls
8 tablespoons chive and onion cream cheese, or herbed boursin cheese

Place the pork in a slow cooker. Pour ginger ale over pork, cover & cook on high for 4 hours or until meat is tender. Drain & shred using 2 forks. Meanwhile, in the last few minutes of cooking add the barbecue sauce, jelly, vinegar & hot sauce to a sauce pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. Keep warm. Stir into shredded pork. In a bowl, place the strawberries, bacon, onion, cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Toss until combined. Split rolls. Spread roll tops with cheese. Spoon pork over bottom rolls. Top with salsa. Replace top rolls.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Thecatladycooks (member), BetterRecipes.com

2959. CHANTERELLE MUSHROOM, LEEK and BACON TART

serves 2-3

For the filling:
6 pieces of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
½ medium leek, thinly sliced
1 to 1½ pounds fresh Chanterelle mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh chopped herbs, i.e. thyme and oregano
salt & pepper

For the crust:
1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking powder
4 oz. cream cheese
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon very cold water
1½ teaspoon cider vinegar

Make the crust: Place the flour, salt, and baking powder in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Whirl briefly to combine. Add the cream cheese, egg yolks, water, and cider vinegar and process until a smooth dough forms. Remove the dough from the processor, wrap with plastic, and refrigerate the dough for ½ hour.

Make the filling: Saute the bacon in a medium pan until it is crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Set aside. Pour off most of the bacon fat from the pan and add the leeks. Sprinkle the leeks with a little salt, then cook them on low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are soft. Remove the leeks from the pan and set aside. Add the chanterelles to the pan, add the fresh herbs and saute the mushrooms until they have released their juices and are tender. If the pan is too dry, add a tablespoon of butter or olive oil. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out the dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 12? round. Place the dough on an ungreased baking sheet or pizza stone. Spread the leeks, bacon and mushrooms over the tart – leaving a one inch border around the edge. Cover the filling with shredded Gruyere. Then fold the edge over the mushroom mixture and cheese, crimping the edge to make it fit.

Bake the tart until it is golden brown, approximately 25-30 minutes. Cut into four wedges and serve warm.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mary Miller, A Passionate Plate, October 3, 2011

2949. BACON and CHIVE CROISSANT PINWHEELS

1 tube refrigerated croissant dough
4 oz. chive and onion cream cheese, softened to room temperature
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 375. Line a muffin tin with muffin cups and set aside. Take the dough out of the can and pinch together all of the seams, then roll out lightly with a rolling pin. Gently spread the cream cheese evenly across the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch at the top. Sprinkle the cream cheese with the salt and pepper, then evenly sprinkle the chopped bacon. Starting at the bottom, roll it tightly into a log and seal the dough together at the top. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 even slices and place each slice cut side up in the muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 13-17 minutes until golden brown.? Let cool slightly.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Heather, Heather’s Dish, May 1, 2012

2941. BACON-PEAR MACARONI AND CHEESE

makes 6 servings?

8 ounces dried elbow macaroni (2 cups) or other short tubular pasta (2 1/3 cups)?
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2 cloves garlic, minced?
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour?
1 teaspoon dry mustard?
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper?
2 1/2 cups whole milk?
6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, rind removed and shredded?
1 8?oz. package cream cheese, cubed and softened?
2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed?
2 tablespoons butter or margarine?
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar ?
2 red and/or green pears, thinly sliced?
2 tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese?

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to hot pan; cover to keep warm. Set aside.?

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet. Crumble and set aside. Reserve 3 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet.?

Cook onion and garlic in bacon drippings over medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir in flour, dry mustard and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat. Add smoked Gouda cheese and cream cheese; cook and stir until almost melted.?

Pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta. Stir in oregano and all but 2 tablespoons of the crumbled bacon. Transfer mixture to an ungreased to 2-quart rectangular baking dish; cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 25 minutes.?

Meanwhile, melt butter in a clean, large skillet. Stir in brown sugar; add pear slices. Cook, turning occasionally, until pears are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove foil from the baking dish. Stir about half of the cooked, sliced pears into the macaroni and cheese. Spoon the remaining pear slices atop macaroni and cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan and reserved crumbled bacon. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes or until Parmesan has softened. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Midwest Living ?