2973. MANGO, BACON and STREAKY BACON SALAD

¼ cup of blanched almonds, chopped
A selection of salad greens
1 mango, peeled and diced
70 to 80 grams of feta, crumbled
4 rashers of streaky bacon
1 lemon
2 spring onions, finely sliced
Freshly ground black pepper

In a dry pan, toast the chopped almonds briefly until golden and remove from the heat. In the same pan fry the bacon rashers until crispy, drain on absorbent paper. Assemble the salad greens onto two plates, sharing the diced mango, feta and sliced spring onions between each plate. Chop or rip the warm bacon into bite sized pieces and scatter over the greens with the toasted almonds. Dress the salads with a squeeze of lemon juice and a little black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bron Marshall, March 21, 2006

Originally posted 2013-06-29 01:03:00. 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

2990. CUSTARDY BAKED ORZO with SPINACH, BACON and FETA

makes six servings?

salt?
1 cup orzo?
12 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces?
1 1/2 pounds leeks, white and tender green parts only, thinly sliced?
10 ounces baby spinach?
8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled?
freshly ground pepper?
4 large eggs?
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt?
1/2 cup milk?

Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl.?

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until browned, 8 minutes. Add the leeks and cook until tender, 8 minutes. Add the leek mixture to the orzo, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet. Add the spinach to the skillet and cook until wilted; transfer to a colander and press out the excess liquid. Add the spinach to the orzo, fold in the feta and season with salt and pepper.?

In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the yogurt and milk, season with pepper and stir into the orzo. Scrape the mixture into an oiled 12-by-8-inch baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes, until the eggs are set and the top is browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mike Isabella, Food & Wine, February 2013