2744. SPINACH, ARTICHOKE and BACON DIP with CRISPY PITAS

yields 4 cups of dip; yields 96 pita crisps

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
10 bacon strips, fried until crisp and crumbled
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Crispy Pitas, recipe follows

Heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot softens and the garlic begins to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Put the spinach in a colander and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the artichoke hearts, crumbled bacon, cooked garlic and shallot, lemon zest, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix well with a rubber spatula, and transfer to a decorative bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can blend. Serve with crispy pitas.

Crispy Pitas:
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 pitas, cut into 12 wedges each

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all of the herbs and spices in a small bowl. Put the pita wedges into a large mixing bowl and add the spice mix. Drizzle the oil over all and toss well to coat. Put the pitas onto a baking sheet, shake it to even them out and place the pan into the top half of the preheated oven until they are crispy and lightly brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool 10 minutes and mound around the dip bowl.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, “DVD Night,” Party Line with the Hearty Boys, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-11-12 09:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2704. DOUBLE CHEESE, AVOCADO and BACON SLIDERS

serves eight?

4 strips bacon?
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
8 mini hamburger buns or small Hawaiian-style sweet rolls, split and toasted if desired
2 cups baby arugula?
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded?
1 ripe, fresh avocado, seeded and peeled?
2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, sliced to fit buns?

Cut bacon strips in half crosswise and cook until crisp. Place cooked bacon on paper towels; reserve. Gently mix ground beef with soy sauce, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and marjoram. Being careful not to compact the meat, gently form into thin burger patties that are slightly wider than the buns. Grill or pan fry patties over medium-high heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, slice each avocado half crosswise to make 2 small slices per slider; reserve. Assemble the sliders: top the bottom half of each mini bun with the arugula and shredded cheddar cheese. Place burger patties on top of the shredded cheese; top each with bacon, Gouda cheese, 2 slices of avocado and the top bun.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hass Avocado Board, 230 Commerce, Suite 190, Irvine, California 92602-1336

Originally posted 2012-10-03 08:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2651. COCONUT-CRUSTED BACON-WRAPPED CHICKEN TENDERS

6-8 large chicken tenders
6-8 slices of bacon
½ cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons coconut oil

Prepare the coconut coating: in a large bowl, add coconut shreds, flour, and spices. Mix around with fork or hands.

Prepare the chicken, in one of three ways: (1) Large tender with one bacon strip. (2) Medium tender (cut from large) with about 1/3 bacon strip, toothpick to hold (2-3 pieces from one large tender). (3) Small bite-size tender (cut from large) with about ¼ bacon strip, skewer to hold with 4 pieces (one large tender).

Prepare the chicken raw and bacon raw, before coating. Lay the bacon strip on a cutting board to measure the size of your tender if you decided to cut them; if not, just wrap the big tenders. Cut bacon and wrap, secure with toothpick or skewer.

Heat skillet to medium heat, add coconut oil. Allow to heat.

Dip the large tenders, coat evenly by flipping or coating with hands, be gentle with wrapped tenders as the bacon can come undone. Repeat with the various sizes of tender combinations, coating with coconut and spices.

Add each tender to oil, one at a time, let cook for about 3 minutes, flip tender cook for 3 and repeat about 3 times. If you have a cover, cover the bacon wrapped tenders for ONE of the round of 3 for a completely cooked chicken tender. Add more parsley towards end for taste and garnish. Remove, allow to cool and enjoy!

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nick Garcia, The Cafe Wellness, May 30, 2012

Originally posted 2012-08-11 08:41:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3060. BACON-WRAPPED CATFISH NUGGETS

makes about four servings

2 lbs. catfish filets, cut into 1 ¼” pieces
2 cups milk8 strips bacon1 cup yellow cornmeal1 cup all-purpose flour¼ teaspoon garlic powder¼ teaspoon ground black pepper1 tablespoon cayenne pepper¼ teaspoon salt3 cups canola oil (for frying)8-10 6” wooden skewers?In a large bowl, place the catfish pieces, cover with milk and refrigerate for about one hour. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium-low heat until partially cooked but still limp (turning once). Remove bacon from skillet, drain on paper towels and set aside for later use. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne, and salt, and mix well. Starting with a piece of bacon, skewer the bacon, then a piece of fish, then wrap the bacon onto the skewer again, and keep alternating bacon/fish, weaving the bacon around each piece of fish. Dredge the skewered fish in the flour mixture until well coated on all sides, and shake off any excess. Heat oil in a deep 10” skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Fry the catfish skewers in the oil until golden brown and fully cooked, about 5 minutes per side, turning with tongs. Remove from oil with spatula and place on baking tray, and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Kay & Tom Van Treese, The Three-Headed Chef: Dinner After Midnight, April 25, 2013

2804. PENNE ALFREDO with BACON and BROCCOLI

1 pound penne pasta
2 cups chopped broccoli (about 2 heads)
5 slices bacon, diced
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
grilled chicken (optional)
Bring a large stock pot of water to a rolling boil. Boil pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is boiling, fry the diced bacon until crisp. Add in the broccoli florets and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until they are tender-crisp. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, add the butter and heavy cream until heated through and butter is melted. Add in the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is thoroughly melted and sauce is a smooth, creamy consistency. Drain pasta when done and add to a large serving bowl. Pour in the bacon and broccoli and toss it in with the penne. Pour the Alfredo sauce over top of the penne and stir until well combined. Serve topped with sliced grilled chicken, if desired.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Karly Campbell, Buns In My Oven, May 13, 2011

2776. STRIP STEAK with BACON and MUSHROOM SHERRY SAUCE

2 boneless strip steaks, about 10-12 oz.
4 slices bacon, cut in 1? pieces
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1/8 cup steak sauce
1/8 cup dry sherry
1 teaspoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary (save some for garnish)
salt
freshly ground pepper

Cook the bacon in a large fry pan on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and place on paper towels,?reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan. Add mushrooms to bacon drippings and cook until tender (about 5 minutes) stirring occasionally. Add the bacon, steak sauce, sherry, garlic powder?and sugar to the pan and mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add? a few pieces of the fresh rosemary. Cover to keep warm. Salt and pepper both sides of steak. Sear steaks on both sides and then cook to desired doneness (about 10-12 minutes for medium rare). Plate the steaks on warmed plates and top with the sauce, garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kathleen, “Deja Vu” Cook, July 12, 2012

2765. STAR ANISE BACON SOUP

serves 3-4

1-2 tablespoons butter
12 oz. bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1/2 – 1 cup onions
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 bag cole slaw veggie mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
5-6 dried star anise stars
2 cups or more other vegetables and/or mushrooms
salt or tamari to taste, if desired

To a large soup pot on high heat, add butter, bacon, onions, garlic powder, and ginger. Stir continuously until onions sizzle and turn translucent. Add cole slaw mix, black pepper, star anise stars, and continue to stir for about 2 more minutes. Add water and other vegetables, and cook an additional 10-15 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender. Pick out star anise stars, and serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary, November 22, 2010