2817. CLAMS, BACON and DASHI

serves four

canola oil for frying
6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into pieces
600ml water
5-cm piece ginger, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
4 spring onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1 teaspoon instant dashi
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1.5kg clams, cleaned of grit

In a frying pan, heat a little oil, add the bacon and fry until crisp. Drain on paper towels. In a large wide saucepan, heat the water with the ginger and 3 of the spring onions. When it comes to the boil, add the dashi, stir to dissolve then add the soy sauce and mirin. When the mixture comes back to the boil, add the clams, cover with a tight-fitting lid and steam for a few minutes until all have opened (discard any that don’t open). Spoon the clams into warmed bowls, add some broth to each, garnish with the remaining spring onion and sprinkle with the bacon. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Ginny Grant, Cuisine Magazine,? PO Box 6341, Wellesley St, Auckland 1141, Auckland 1021, New Zealand

Originally posted 2013-01-24 08:38:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2837. BEEF and BACON LO MEIN

yields four servings

1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
1/2 pound beef flank steak, cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
1 medium carrot, cut into thin 2-inch strips
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
1/2 pound thin spaghetti, cooked and drained

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove to paper towels to drain. Discard drippings. In the same skillet, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Remove beef and pan juices; keep warm. In the same skillet, saute the broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, onion and ginger in remaining oil for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, water chestnuts and garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Dissolve bouillon in boiling water; stir into vegetables. Stir in soy sauce and beef with pan juices. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in bacon and spaghetti.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Taste of Home, April/May 2002, p. 45

Originally posted 2013-02-13 01:18:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2954. STEAMED BACON BUNS with HOISIN

makes four servings?

1/2 pound thick-cut smoky bacon, cut into 2-inch pieces?
sixteen 1/8-inch-thick coins peeled fresh ginger?
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth?
1/4 cup mirin?
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar?
2 tablespoons sugar?
1 tablespoon soy sauce?
One 16.3-ounce tube buttermilk biscuit dough (8 biscuits)
hoisin sauce, Sriracha, sliced scallions, sliced radishes and bread-and-butter pickles, for serving?

In a large skillet, cook the bacon and ginger over moderately high heat, turning the bacon once, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Spoon off all of the fat in the skillet. Add the chicken broth, mirin, vinegar, sugar and soy sauce to the skillet and simmer over very low heat, turning the bacon occasionally, until it is tender and the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, about 10 minutes. Cover and keep warm.

Meanwhile, fill a roasting pan with 2 inches of water and set 4 ramekins in the corners of the pan. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray with vegetable oil spray. Arrange the biscuits in the baking pan and set it on top of the ramekins in the roasting pan, over the water. Cover the roasting pan very tightly with foil and bring to a boil over high heat. Steam the biscuits until fluffy and cooked through, about 8 minutes.?

Carefully split each biscuit with your fingers and arrange them on a platter; spread the bottoms with hoisin sauce and Sriracha and top with the glazed bacon. Drizzle each bun with some of the glaze and garnish with sliced scallions, radishes and pickles. Close the buns and serve right away.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Grace Parisi, Food & Wine, February 2013

2903. STIR-FRIED LOTUS ROOT with BACON and VEGETABLES

serves 4 as a vegetable side dish

1/4 cup cloud ears
1 large lotus root section (about 8 ounces)
2 ounces Chinese bacon
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
4 slices ginger, smashed
8 ounces snow peas, strings removed
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 cup finely shredded scallions

Put the cloud ears in a small bowl with enough cold water to cover for 30 minutes. When softened drain and discard the water. Remove the hard spots from the cloud ears, cut into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.

Trim the lotus root ends. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lotus root, removing the rootlike strands, and rinse under cold water. Slice the lotus root lengthwise in half. Cut each half into 14-inch-thick slices to make about 2 cups. Rinse the lotus root again in case there is any mud lodged in it. Drain the slices in a colander and shake out any excess water.

Remove the hard rind and thick layer of fat attached to the Chinese bacon and discard. Cut the bacon crosswise into scant 1/4-inch-thick slices to make about 1/2 cup. In a small bowl combine the broth, rice wine, soy sauce. and sesame oil.

Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in the peanut oil, add the ginger slices, and stir-fry 10 seconds or until the ginger is fragrant. Add the bacon and stir-fry 45 seconds or until it begins to release its fat. Add the lotus root and stir-fry 1 minute or until well combined. Add the snow peas, carrots, and cloud ears and stir-fry 1 minute or until well combined. Swirl the rice wine mixture into the wok, sprinkle on the salt and pepper, and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or until the lotus root and snow peas are crisp-tender. Stir in the shredded scallions.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Global Gourmet®, Forkmedia LLC, PO Box 2261, Wimberley, Texas 78676-2261; Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories, by Grace Young, Simon & Schuster 2010

2785. BACON KEBOBS with CITRUS-GINGER GLAZE

serves six

1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger root
2-3 cups of large diced pineapple
3 green or red bell peppers, large diced
1 red onion, large diced
12 strips of applewood smoked bacon
3 in. heavy-duty tooth picks

Heat orange juice in small saucepan with ginger and reduce juice by 1/3. Let sauce cool, and pour sauce over pieces of diced pineapple and peppers. In a sauté pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil, sauté peppers, onion and pineapple over medium high heat until half cooked (about 1-2 minutes). Cool all ingredients and set aside. Cook bacon in the oven until bacon is cooked but not crisp. (This will make the bacon easier to place on the kebob). Assemble ingredients on a tooth pick starting with the end of a bacon strip, pineapple, pepper, fold bacon back onto tooth pick, add onion, pepper, fold bacon again so the end of the bacon strip is on the tooth pick. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, heat kebobs on a greased cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or heat on a grill until meat crisps and vegetables and pineapple are hot-serve.?

bacon recipe courtesy of: Patrick Cudahy, One Sweet Apple-Wood Lane, Cudahy, Wisconsin 53110

2761. BRAISED BACON, PEA SHOOT and WATERCRESS SALAD

yields six servings

6 4 oz. pieces molasses and soy braised bacon, warm (recipe below)
3 ounce pea shoot, washed and spun dry
1.5 ounces of watercress
6 ounces of buttermilk herb dressing (recipe below)
3 deviled yard eggs
6 pieces slow roasted tomato

Molasses and Soy Braised Bacon
1 pound slab of bacon, cut into 4 oz. pieces
1.5 ounces of ginger root, peeled and chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 jar of molasses
1 cup of soy sauce
star anise
1 teaspoon of sriracha chili sauce

Score the fat presentation side of the bacon pieces. Brown the tops in a hot skillet. Remove from the pan and pour out most of the fat. Sauté garlic and ginger in the same pan. Add the rest of the ingredients, bring to a boil and then put the bacon back into the pan. Braise the bacon In a 225-250 degrees oven for 1.5 hours. This dish is easily burned so keep the oven very low and checked often. It’s okay to turn over the bacon during the cooking process. The bacon should be tender.

Buttermilk Herb Salad Dressing (yields four servings)
1/8 an ounce of chives
1 ounce of basil
1/8 of a bunch of flat leaf parsley
1/8 of a clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
1/16 of a cup of white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of honey
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup of buttermilk
1 teaspoon of salt

In a blender, combine herbs, garlic, mustard, vinegar, and honey. Puree. Mix together mayo, buttermilk, and salt. Add herb mixture, stir to fully combine.

Toss together the pea shoots, watercress and the dressing. Place the braised bacon on one end of the bowl, top with greens. With a squeeze bottle, squeeze a zig zag on the other side of the plate. Place egg and tomato on that side of the plate.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119