3040. OVEN-STEAMED MUSSELS with HARD CIDER and BACON

serves 2-4

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup hard cider
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
4 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees.

Heat oil and bacon in roasting pan until bacon has rendered and is starting to crisp, about 5 minutes. Add hard cider, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves and bring to boil. Cook until cider is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add mussels and salt.

Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil and transfer to oven. Cook until most mussels have opened (a few may remain closed), 15-18 minutes.

Remove pan from oven. Push mussels to sides of pan. Add heavy cream to center and whisk until melted. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves, sprinkle parsley over mussels, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Andrew Janjigian, “The Best Way to Cook Mussels,” Cook’s Illustrated, September & October 2013, page 19

Originally posted 2013-09-04 01:27:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2986. BEEF STEW with BACON and BUTTERNUT SQUASH

yields six servings

3 pounds beef chuck
Kosher salt and black pepper
olive or vegetable oil
6 slices good quality, lean, smoky bacon, chopped 1-inch pieces
2 carrots, chopped
2 to 3 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram or 1 teaspoon dried
3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped, divided
2 fresh bay leaves
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 12-ounce bottle hard cider or 1 cup sweet vermouth
2 fat strips orange rind
1 quart beef stock
1 medium-large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
a little freshly grated nutmeg
about 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
about 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
warm crusty bread and butter, to pass at table

Bring meat to room temperature and pat dry. Cut into 2-inch pieces. Just before cooking, season with Kosher salt and black pepper. Preheat oven to 325°F. Heat oil, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven. Add the bacon and stir until crisp; remove to a plate. Cook meat in batches, caramelizing on all sides. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining meat, adding additional oil if necessary. To meat drippings, add chopped carrot, celery, onion, sliced garlic, marjoram, half the thyme, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Partially cover pot and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste, cook for 1 minute, then stir in hard cider or vermouth and a few fat strips of orange rind; deglaze and reduce liquid by half. Add stock then slide meat and bacon back into the pot, bring to bubble, cover and transfer to oven. Roast 2 1/2 hours. Remove the stew and let it stand, covered, while you roast squash. Raise heat to 425°F. Coat squash with oil and toss with remaining thyme, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Roast 30-35 minutes, turning once, until brown at edges. Once the squash is done, remove bay leaf and orange rind from the stew. Skim fat with a spoon or paper towels. Place meat in a large shallow bowl or serving dish and stir honey and mustard into sauce. Stir in squash and serve in bowls. Pass crusty bread at table for mopping.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray Show, March 19, 2013?

2284. ARTISANAL PORK STEW with BACON, PARSNIPS, APPLES and POTATOES

serves six

30 x small pearl onions (approx 2 x 10 inch bags)

5 thick-cut slices of (apple-wood smoked) bacon cut crosswise in to ¼ inch thick strips

3½ pounds of cubed pork shoulder or country ribs with fat trimmed

Coarse Kosher Salt

4 large shallots, chopped (about a cup)

1 cup finely chopped parsnips

6 teaspoons chopped fresh sage

½ cup + 1 tablespoon apple brandy

2 cups low-salt organic chicken broth

12 oz’s hard apple cider

1½ pounds baby red potatoes, scrubbed and halved

2 large Granny Smith apples; peeled, cored and cut in to 1inch cubes

2 tablespoons (¼ stick) butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard

Cook onions in a large saucepan of boiling (salted) water for 2 minutes. Transfer onions to bowl of water to cool. Peel onions & set-aside. Cook bacon in a heavy large pot over medium-heat until lightly browned. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain (a slotted spoon is helpful). Sprinkle cubed pork with coarse kosher salt and pepper, and add pork to same pot (retaining bacon fat) and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until browned, about 7 minutes per batch. Transfer browned pork to a large bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Add shallots & parsnips to pot (retaining residual pork and bacon juices & fat). Cover pot and cook, until beginning to soften. About 5 minutes. Stir in 3 teaspoons chopped sage. Stir for 1 minute. Add ½ cup apple brandy and cook until almost evaporated. Add chicken broth, hard cider, reserved bacon and pork with any accumulated juices. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until pork is tender – about 1 hour & 15 minutes. Add potatoes and pearl onions to the stew, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 30 minutes. Add apples and cover and cook until potatoes are tender. 15 – 20 minutes. Stir butter and flour in a small bowl to form a paste. Add to pot and whisk to blend. Stir in mustard, 2 teaspoons sage and 1 tablespoon of apple brandy. Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer until thickened, stirring often; 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Crispin Cider, 405 Central Ave SE, Suite 10, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414