2808. POTATO and BACON SOUP with CORN and BACON SOFRITO

1/2 cup onions, diced
1/4 cup leeks, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced bacon
1/2 cup small diced potatoes
1/4 cup cilantro
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Bacon Sofrito:
1 cup fresh corn
1/2 cup red peppers, diced into small pieces
2 tablespoons bacon fat
1/2 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Sear bacon in a sauté pan until crispy. Stir in remaining ingredients, and let mixture simmer until potatoes are nearly liquid. Top with bacon sofrito and serve hot.

Sauté all ingredients at high heat for 5 minutes. Place sofrito on top of the soup.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Lorena Garcia, Top Chef Masters, Season 4, Episode 7, Elimination Challenge, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2013-01-15 08:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2732. CHOCOLATE BEER BATTER CUPCAKES with MAPLE BACON FROSTING

makes approximately 24 cupcakes

Cupcakes1 cup Guinness1 stick butter1/2 cup cocoa powder1 cup chocolate chips2 cups flour1-1/2 cups sugar1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1 teaspoon salt2 eggs2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt1 teaspoon vanilla extract?

Maple-Glazed Bacon?
3 strips bacon
1/3 cup maple syrup?
Frosting?8 oz. block cream cheese, softened1 stick butter, softened1 cup powdered sugar1 tablespoons maple syrup1 teaspoon candied bacon drippings
Preheat oven to 350. Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside. In a pot or large sauce pan, simmer the beer and butter on medium until butter is completely melted. Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips and stir until your mixture smooth. Take off heat and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, stir eggs and yogurt together until smooth. Slowly add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Turn oven up to 375, and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay your bacon strips across a baking rack and place the rack on the foil-lined baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush each strip of bacon with a layer of maple syrup. Bake for 10 minutes, basting strips again about half way into that time. Flip your strips over, baste, and bake for another 10 minutes. Baste your bacon one last time, and stick them back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. While your cupcakes and bacon strips are cooling, start making your frosting. In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth and well-incorporated. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup and bacon grease. Mix until smooth. Spoon frosting ?into a piping bag, and frost each cupcake. Slice one piece of bacon into 1-inch strips and press one piece into each frosted cupcake. Crumble the rest of the candied bacon and sprinkle them on top of the cupcakes. Enjoy immediately, with a big glass of milk.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tina, Just Putzing Around the Kitchen, June 11, 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-31 08:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2861. YOGURT PASTA with BACON and SNAP PEAS

serves 4-6

1 pound pasta (bow tie, penne or spiral pasta works great)
One 16-ounce package (454 grams) frozen sugar snap peas
2 teaspoons (10 ml) olive oil
4 slices (175 grams) thick-cut bacon
1 cup (247 grams) plain 2% (reduced fat) Greek yogurt
3/4 cup (84 grams) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup reserved pasta water (reserve before draining cooked pasta)
Juice of one lemon
Freshly chopped chives

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Set a timer for three minutes LESS than the cooking time suggested on the pasta box then add pasta. Once the timer goes off, add frozen sugar snap peas and cook until pasta is cooked (pasta should be firm, not hard). Reserve about 1/2 a cup of the boiling pasta water then drain pasta and snap peas. (The pasta water will be used later to help make the sauce).

Meanwhile, slice bacon into 1/4-inch pieces. Then, heat olive oil over medium heat then add bacon pieces and cook, stirring occasionally until the fat renders from the bacon, is bubbling and the bacon becomes crisp.

Depending on how much bacon fat has rendered, you might want to remove a tablespoon or two – just make sure about two tablespoons are left in the pan.

Remove pan from heat, and then add the drained pasta and snap peas. Spoon Greek yogurt, and the 3/4 cup of cheese on top. Pour about a 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water over the yogurt then use tongs or two spoons to toss everything together. If the sauce seems too thick, add more pasta water. Finish the sauce by adding the juice of one lemon and season with a little salt and pepper then toss well.

To serve, transfer to bowls and serve topped with extra cheese and fresh chives (if desired).

If the pasta has cooled down too much, cook over low heat, tossing, until the sauce re-coats the pasta and then serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Adam and Joanne Gallagher, Inspired Taste, September 10, 2012

Originally posted 2013-03-09 01:03:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2892. BACON, AVOCADO and STRAWBERRY SALAD with GREEK YOGURT POPPY SEED DRESSING

yields 4-6 servings?

3 cups baby spinach3 cups torn romaine lettuce or other crisp greens10 slices bacon, crisp cooked and crumbled2 cups ripe strawberries, washed and quartered2 ripe avocados, sliced1/4 cup sliced almonds
For the Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing:1/4 cup Greek yogurt1/4 cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons white vinegar1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon poppy seedssalt and pepper to taste
To a salad bowl, add the spinach and lettuce and toss to combine. Top with quartered strawberries, sliced avocado, almonds, and crumbled bacon.?
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper until smooth. Drizzle over salad and serve promptly (or if not serving promptly, leave dressing on the side so as to not wilt the lettuce).

bacon recipe courtesy of: Alaska from Scratch, March 11, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-09 01:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chicken Souvlaki Recipe with Bacon in a Pita – “The Greek BLT”

When I was living with my parents, we would frequently visit the local Greek restaurant. Love the food, love the flavours. I haven’t been back in a remarkably long time and I was craving a nice big souvlaki on a pita. So I fired up the grill and made one for myself – and boy […]

Originally posted 2012-01-05 21:14:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3001. CHIPOTLE SWEET POTATO, BLACK BEAN and BACON TACOS

serves four

8 oz. smoked bacon, diced
2 organic sweet potatoes, peeled & diced (approx 1 1/2 lbs)1 red onion, diced1 can organic black beans, drained & rinsedchipotle peppers in adobo sauce3 cloves garlic, minced3 limeshandful of fresh cilantro1/2 cup drained Greek yogurt1 tablespoon honeycinnamon, to tastesmoked paprika, to tastecumin, to tasteKosher salt, to tasteblack pepper, to taste8 corn or flour tortillas?Preheat oven to 400°. Add the bacon to a cold skillet, heat to medium high and cook until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the skillet. Save the rest of the bacon fat for the next step.?In a large bowl, toss the diced sweet potatoes with chopped chipotle peppers, 2 tablespoons bacon fat, the juice of one lime, and plenty of cumin, smoked paprika and cinnamon, about a teaspoon.?Spread the diced potatoes in a roasting pan or baking sheet, lined with parchment paper for the least amount of mess or sticking. If you don’t have parchment paper, spray lightly with non-stick cooking oil. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt and black pepper. Roast at 400° until fork tender, about 30 minutes.?In the skillet should be about 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat. Add the diced red onions, turn down the heat to low, and allow these to caramelize while the sweet potatoes roast. Stir occasionally? making sure they aren’t sticking to the skillet.
Make the yogurt sauce. To the Greek yogurt, add a spoonful of adobo sauce, one clove of garlic (minced), the juice and zest of one ?lime, and salt and pepper to taste. Add honey to finish sauce. To the onions, add a couple teaspoons of minced garlic. Season the onions with a pinch of kosher salt, a little cumin, smoked paprika and cinnamon.
Stir in the black beans and allow them to warm up. Season with a little salt and pepper.? Warm up tortillas in a small dry skillet or in the microwave.

Add bacon to sweet potatoes and gently toss.

Scoop some black beans into a warmed tortilla. Follow with a good portion of roasted sweet potatoes and crispy bacon. Finish with a dollop of yogurt sauce and a few sprigs of cilantro. Serve with extra lime wedges for garnish.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Angela Davis, The Kitchenista Diaries, February 26, 2013

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