Sausages and Baconized Sauerkraut Recipes

It’s 3am. You’ve just got out of your local bar, club or favourite watering hole. You’re staggering clumsily to find some sort of public transportation to take you to your humble abode (because we’re responsible citizens here at the Republic of Bacon, aren’t we?). But something hits you. It hits you right down deep in […]

Originally posted 2012-04-03 16:44:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Waffle Bread Pudding

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This sweet and savory bread pudding recipe comes from Sessions Public in San Diego. It’s perfect for a Sunday breakfast or brunch! Sessions Public is a casual, charming neighborhood eatery with an ever-changing draft beer selection on the cusp of Ocean Beach and Point Loma in coastal San Diego. Opened in 2010 by San Diego native, Abel Kaase, the restaurant reflects the casual beach culture of its surroundings.

The restaurant’s eclectic selection of local and imported brews is paired with an approachable, yet creative menu with signature dishes such as Duck Fat Fries, Bacon Lollipops and Pork Belly Tacos. As a nod to the San Diego area code, happy hour is offered until 6:19 p.m. daily. Lunch and dinner are also available, as well as weekend brunch.

Bacon Waffle Bread Pudding

4 cooked waffles, cut into squares
6 strips of bacon (cooked and chopped)
1 cup eggs
2 cups cream
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup brown sugar

Combine eggs, cream, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar and mix until combined. Pour mixture over waffles and bacon in a greased 8” x 9” pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 1.5 hours. Garnish with chopped bacon and a mint leaf. Enjoy!

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Chick-N Bacon Tater Melt Munchie Meal Review

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Night owls, rejoice! Jack in the Box’s new Munchie Meal items and Munchie Peel instant-win game were designed with you in mind. The Munchie Meal is only available after 9:00 PM, and includes 2 items with DELICIOUS BACON!

I sampled the Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal. This includes the new Chick-n-Tater Melt: crispy chicken, hash browns, bacon, Ranch dressing and an ooey gooey three cheese sauce, all on a buttery croissant. At first I was a bit baffled at the concept. Is it a breakfast sandwich? Is it lunch sandwich? Is it both??

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I ordered mine with no Ranch, and was surprised at how tasty it was! The cheese sauce really made the sandwich, and the chicken and hash browns were extra crispy. And you can’t really go wrong when bacon and a croissant bun are involved. The Munchie Meal also came with 2 tacos, a soda and “halfise” fries, a 50/50 french fry/curly fry mix. It’s a ton of calories for a tiny price. You know, for people who have really worked up an appetite.

The cutesy box made it a little more apparent who the target market for the “munchies” meal is… “Couch Bingo” lets you play bingo from the comfort of your own sofa, which is apparently where the Munchie Meal is meant to be devoured!

Another bacony M.M option is the Loaded Nuggets meal. This item includes chicken nuggets covered in cheese sauce and bacon. If only the Hella-peno Burger and the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger included BACON!!

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This is late night food that includes a side of WINNING! With Jack’s #munchiepeel instant win game, Jack in the Box is giving away over $1,000,000 in food and other prizes, with one in four entries being a winner. Peel off the sticker from the iconic purple box to see if you’re an instant winner! Alas, I was not a winner.

For us non-winners, Jack is giving away a second chance to win the ultimate prize at JacksMunchiePeel.com: a VIP experience for four in Las Vegas kicking back at the MTV Real World Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Money can’t buy it and only Jack in the Box can provide it.

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Available on Jack’s Late Night Menu exclusively from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., you can enjoy your Munchie Meal combo complete with 2 tacos, halfsie fries (half regular, half seasoned curly) and a 20 oz. drink. Click Here to find a location near you!

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Pub 1842 Peanut Butter Bacon Crunch Burger

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This recipe is from Chef Anthony Schutz, Executive Chef at Pub 1842 located in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. This playful riff on the cheeseburger combines creamy peanut butter, salty bacon and crunchy potato chips to pack a surprising one-two crunch that is hard to forget! PUB 1842 is an American pub featuring a wide selection of global beers, unique cocktails and hand-crafted provisions. This is a place to have fun, smile and toast the everyday with a full beer in hand-and preferably a shot of whiskey too.

Chef Anthon Schutz’s exceptional management skills and passion for quality and service led him to his current role as executive chef of Michael Mina’s casual concept, PUB 1842 at MGM Grand where he continues to demonstrate his love of cooking nightly. “I am lucky to be surrounded by very talented people who all have the same goal. We want to be the best and know we can make our restaurant one of the best in Las Vegas.” Follow Pub 1842 and the MGM Grand on Twitter.

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Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the Bacon Marmalade (Makes 1 lb. enough for 10 Burgers)

1 lb. Bacon
3 Tbsp. Brandy
6 Tbsp. Sherry Vinegar
1 Cup Yellow Onions, Sweet, diced
½ Cup Shallot
4 sprigs Thyme leaves
½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
4 Tbsp. Coleman’s Dry Yellow Mustard Powder
½ Tbsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper

For the Pimiento Cheese Spread (Makes 1 lb. enough for 10 Burgers)

½ cup canned Piquillo peppers, drained and chopped
½ cup roasted garlic
1/4 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Hot Sauce, such as Crystal’s or Frank’s
1 ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
½ Cup Heavyweight Mayonnaise
1 Cup Cheddar Cheese

For the Burger

Four 8 oz. Burger patty
3 cups Ridged Potato Chips
4 Burger Buns, Sliced
8 Tbsp. Crunchy Peanut Butter, room temperature
2 Dill Pickles, cut in half
4 Pepperoncinis
12 Tbsp. Pimiento cheese spread (see included recipe)
12 Tbsp. Bacon Marmalade (see included recipe)

Directions:

To make the Pimiento Cheese Spread

Shred cheese and rough chop pimientos
Smash and rough chop garlic
Combine mixture with paprika, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise.
Let the flavors combine overnight.

To Make the Bacon Marmalade

1. Dice the bacon well and add to a large shallow saucepan. Simmer the bacon in 5 ½ cups of water. Cook until all the water has been evaporated and the bacon is rendering in its own Fat.
2. Once the bacon has rendered 80% of the way pull 75% of the bacon out of the pan and spread it out on a sheet pan with parchment underneath. Cook the 75% of the bacon in a convection oven at 350? for 7 minutes until the bacon starts to become crispy. Pull the bacon out and let rest at room temperature to bring to a full crisp.
3. Add the shallots and onions to the saucepan and cook until translucent. Add the brandy and sherry vinegar and de-glaze the pan.
4. Add the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and mustard powder. Mix it thoroughly and bring the liquid down to au reduce. Add the thyme leaves and set aside.
5. Take the shallot, onion and bacon mixture and put it into a food processor and blend thoroughly into a pulp. Place the pulp into a large bowl and fold in the crispy bacon.
6. Spread on a sheet tray to cool.

To assemble the burger
1. Season your patties with salt and cracked black pepper, grill, and rest.
2. Spread tempered butter on your buns and toast.
3. Spread 3 tablespoons of bacon marmalade on bottom bun, and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on top bun.
4. Top burger with 3 tablespoons of pimiento cheese.
5. Assembly Sequence: bottom bun with bacon jam, burger patty with pimento cheese, ridged chips, top bun with peanut butter.

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International Bacon Day

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TOP 10 WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY!

I’m sorry, I don’t mean to shout, but I can’t help it… International Bacon Day is coming up!! I’m excited. Are you excited? You should be excited! It comes but once a year, folks. Like Christmas. Or Super Bowl Sunday. Or Thanksgiving. Only this holiday is ALL ABOUT THE BACON. One day a year to truly celebrate your love for bacon. Think of all the turkey you eat on Thanksgiving–and you don’t even really like turkey!

But you love bacon, and you need to do right by bacon on bacon’s special day. Don’t hold back on bacon’s holiday. Break out of your usual bacon routine. Give everything you can to bacon on this day of all days, and make bacon proud. Fryin’ up some store-bought bacon and eating it with your eggs isn’t gonna cut it. Not this time. Not on Bacon’s Day!

If you’re wondering how you can do right by bacon, I’ll tell you how. I’ll give you 10 glorious ways to indulge your bacon love and spread the bacon joy this International Bacon Day!

10. Cure Your Own Bacon
9. Eat Bacon With Every Meal
8. Join a Bacon of the Month Club
7. Introduce a vegetarian to vegetarian “bacon” products
6. Make Bacon-Infused Bourbon
5. Cook a Recipe from “Bacon Nation”
4. Make a Bacon Dessert
3. Throw a Bacon Tasting Party
2. Create Your Own Bacon Recipe
1. Attend the Bacon Festival in San Diego.

10. Cure your own bacon

It’s not hard to make your own bacon. Really, it’s not. Imagine being able to determine exactly how your bacon tastes, and exactly how thick each slice is. It all starts with an uncured slab of bacon. You can get one at your grocery store or from your local butcher. He or she will probably be so happy that you’re asking for a slab of bacon, they’ll probably strike up a conversation with you about it and offer their advice on how to cure it. Or you can read this previous post about how to cure bacon.

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9. Eat Bacon With Every Meal

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Start off the morning by cookin’ up a pound (or 2 or 3 or 7) of bacon and add it to your meals throughout the day. Bacon and eggs for breakfast. A BBBBBLT for lunch. Candied bacon for a snack and some bacon-wrapped filet for dinner. See how easy it is? Want someone else to cook for you on Bacon Day? Use the new Wordmap on Yelp to find the bacon in your neighborhood!

8. Join a Bacon of the Month Club

Is there anything better than getting bacon delivered to you every month? There’s really nothing better that I can think of. Unless magical bacon elves could also show up at your door and cook the bacon for you… Get your hooves on a Bacon of the Month Club!

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7. Introduce a vegetarian to vegetarian “bacon” products

Did you know there are lots of “bacon” products that have no actual bacon in them? Here’s a list of non-meatatarian products that your vegetarian friends would love to know about. Bacon hot sauce, bacon flavored syrup, bacon seasoning, bacon popcorn, bacon cheese straws, bacon soda, bacon pretzels, bacon lip balm, bacon dental floss, bacon cologne, bacon soda and bacon soap!

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6. Make Bacon-Infused Bourbon

If you’re a bacon fan and a cocktail drinker, you’ve gotta try making bacon-infused bourbon. Read our previous post on the process here. Not a bourbon fan? Just use your favorite type of alcohol and create your own bacon cocktail concoctions.

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Credit: Toasted Oak Restaurant – Novi, MI

5. Cook a Recipe from “Bacon Nation”

Are all of your bacon ideas dried up in the recipe department? Order a copy of “Bacon Nation” and find 125 new bacony good recipes to inspire you in the kitchen! Like Bacon Peanut Toffee, or Bacon Swizzle Sticks.

Chocolate Peanut Bacon Toffee pg 278  Bacon Swizzle Stick pg 19

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4. Make a Bacon Dessert

If you’ve never tried a bacon dessert, what are you waiting for? If you think that bacon and sweets don’t go together, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Because savory salty bacon just loves some sweet sugar accompaniment. For those who love dark chocolate and nuts in their dessert, try our Bacon Almond Fudge recipe. Need a gluten-free recipe? Try our Peanut Butter & Bacon Cookies! Or go All-American with our Bacon Weave Apple Pie. Or try Maple Bacon Caramels.

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3. Throw a Bacon Tasting Party

When the theme is Bacon, there’s no limit to the types of parties that you can throw. Have a bacon tasting party! Buy several different types of bacon, cook them up, and sample all the different flavors of bacon. Pair each one with a specific dish or appetizer. Or pair bacon and wine. Or bacon and beer! Or bacon and cocktails, utilizing some of that bacon infused-booze you created in #6 (see above). Here are some appetizers we made at our last Tasting Party.
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2. Create Your Own Bacon Recipe

What’s your second favorite food? You know, the one that comes right after bacon? Okay, whatever that food is, imagine how much better it would be with your first favorite food. If you answered “chocolate,” make some chocolate covered bacon. If you said “cheese,” make some cheesy bacon bombs. If you said PB&J, make a PBB&J. Heck, make a PBBBBBB&J! On Bacon’s holiday, it’s okay to go crazy! Here are a couple of favorite recent recipes from other blogs to help inspire you.

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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf “Cupcakes” from Yummly.com

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Bacon Chocolate Mocha Ice Cream Cake from IbreatheImHungry.com

1.Attend the Bacon Festival in San Diego

Is there any better place to be on International Bacon Day than a Bacon Festival? None that we can think of. If you’re lucky enough to live in the San Diego area, the San Diego Bacon Fest is THE place to be on Bacon Day. Or if you’re on the east coast, you can head to the BaconFest VA in Roanoke, Virginia.

We want to hear how YOU will be celebrating International Bacon Day this year. Leave your ideas and photos in the comments section.

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Calamari with Shrimp, Mango and Bacon Salsa Recipe

I haven’t really experimented a lot with fish and bacon here at the Republic of Bacon. I think it’s time to dive in and really explore. Sure I’ve done some bacon-crusted salmon and steamed some mussels in a beautiful tomato-bacon broth. Of course we can’t forget the two ways I prepared bacon wrapped scallops. There’s […]

Originally posted 2012-05-03 19:55:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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