3056. HONEY MAPLE BRIOCHE with BACON JAM

12 oz bread flour4 oz all purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of ground clove
1.5 teaspoon table salt
1 oz dark brown sugar
1/2 oz honey
1/2 oz maple syrup (plus more for glaze)
1 large egg
2 1/4 oz package instant/rapid rise yeast
7 oz whole milk
1.5 oz unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in small pieces
bacon jam (recipe below)
powdered sugar
bourbon


Bacon jam
1.5 lbs uncooked bacon, cut into pieces (about 1-inch)
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) smoked paprika
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) chile powder
1 teaspoon (plus more to taste) dried thyme
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 vidalia onion, thinly sliced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2–3 cloves of garlic, smashed
4 tablespoons (plus more) dark brown sugar
8 oz bourbon
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon ground mustard
2 tablespoons (plus more) maple syrup
1 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons (plus more) sriracha
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon coffee extract (or 2 tablespoons brewed coffee)
olive oil (as needed)

Place uncooked bacon in a medium sized pot or small dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle with paprika, chile powder and dried thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to crisp. (Add a little olive oil if the bacon begins to stick to bottom of pot before it is crisp.) Remove with a slotted spoon onto paper towels, keeping all bacon fat in pot. Add the butter to the pot with the bacon fat and let it melt, swirling it around. Add the sliced onions, shallots, smashed garlic cloves and the dark brown sugar. Stir to combine. Over medium heat, let the mixture begin to caramelize. This should take about 10 minutes. Pour in the bourbon, stir and cook for about 5 minutes—until the alcohol smell goes away. Stir in the remaining ingredients to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour or until most of the liquid is evaporated and it is thick and syrupy. Throughout the simmering, be sure to stir occasionally and taste. Add in more bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, sriracha to taste while it simmers away. Once the mixture is thick, transfer to a blender or food processor and puree until it is finely chopped, if you have a lot in the pot, you can use an immersion blender. (If the mixture is hot, puree in small batches. Use a kitchen towel instead of the lid if you’re using a blender.) Let the mixture cool. You can spread the jam into a quarter-inch layer on a sheet pan and cover with parchment paper.

Brioche
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flours, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Add the salt, sugar, honey, maple syrup and egg to one side of the bowl. On the other side, add the yeast.

Turn the mixer on low and add the milk in a steady stream. Once all the milk has been added, turn the mixer up to medium and knead until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl (about 10 minutes). If the dough looks dry, add a little more milk. If it looks wet, add a little more bread flour.

Add the butter to the dough (while the mixer is still going) in small increments, waiting for the butter to be incorporated before adding any more. Once all the butter has been incorporated, knead for about 5 minutes until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl and it makes a slapping sound in the mixer. Remove the dough and place in a greased bowl, cover tightly with plastic and place in the fridge to ferment overnight (at least 8 hours).

Remove dough from fridge and punch down. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Cut the dough in half and cover the unused half so that it doesn’t dry out. With the remaining half, roll it out into a square using a rolling pin slightly larger than the longest side of your loaf pan. (Try rolling it out first WITHOUT adding flour to the surface first. If you find that it sticks, then use a small amount of flour.)

Spread the bacon jam in an even layer all over the dough; go right up to the edges. Then tightly roll up the dough working from one end to the other, slighly pinching so that the dough seals as you go. Once it is all rolled up, pinch the seam and apply a little pressure to make sure that it stays together. With a VERY sharp knife, cut the roll in half (lengthwise) so you end up with two long half circles.

Lie the two halves next to each other with the cut sides facing up. Starting in the middle, have one halve cross over the other. Alternate the twists twice above the middle and twice below the middle. You will have twisted the two haves together, alternating over each other. Place into a greased loaf pan, cutside up. Repeat with remaining dough half. Cover and proof for about an hour, or until doubled inside.

Bake in oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Be sure to rotate pans halfway through. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing and letting cool completely on a rack.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chris Falman, Baker By Design

Originally posted 2013-09-20 01:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2680. BACON-WRAPPED SCALLOPS with MACADAMIA NUT JASMINE RICE

4 tablespoons guava jelly
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
16 large scallops
thick-sliced maple bacon
bamboo skewers
jasmine rice
macadamia nuts
green onions
salt
pepper

Guava Sauce: Bring water to simmer, add guava jelly, honey and water wisk until blended. Simmer about 8 min. Sauce will thicken. Keep sauce warm. Teriyaki sauce: Wisk hoisin and teriyaki sauces together and simmer 8 min. Keep sauce warm. Rice: Cook desired amount of rice, chop coarsely mac nuts and add desired amount to cooked rice, chop green onions and add desired amount to cooked rice, season with small amounts salt and peppa.?Scallops: Partially cook bacon and wrap scallop (be sure to remove foot from scallop), then skewer, two per skewer. Place in preheated 450′ oven until they are done, time will vary. To serve: Place rice in center of plate lay two skewers crossing each other. Drizzle guava and teriyaki sauce over scallops and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mark (contributor), for AlohaWorld.com, Recipe Number 1188420606

Originally posted 2012-09-09 08:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3090. CHICKEN SKEWERS with BACON PASTE

yields six servings?

For the BBQ Sauce

½ cup ketchup
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons yellow onion, grated
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
hot sauce, a few dashes

For the Chicken
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces
metal skewers

For the sauce, bring all the sauce ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 5 to 7 minutes. Sauce should thicken and reduce to about 1 cup.? Remove from heat. Transfer the sauce to a small bowl and set aside to serve with the chicken skewers.

Preheat the grill while you start prepping the chicken skewers.

Pat dry the chicken cubes with a paper towel then place the chicken in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine smoked paprika, sweet paprika, salt, sugar, and cayenne pepper.

Process the bacon in a food processor until a smooth paste forms, scraping down the bowl as needed.? Add the bacon paste to the spice mixture, then add all of it to the large bowl of chicken. Use your hands to toss the chicken to coat with the bacon paste mixture.? Place the meat onto skewers.

Place the skewers on the grill and cook covered, turning every 2 minutes or so, until all 4 sides are cooked through and chicken has browned and slightly charred. This should take 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove from grill and allow chicken to rest 5 minutes. Serve with barbeque sauce on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kelly Salemi, Live Love Pasta, June 27, 2012

Originally posted 2013-10-24 01:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2715. STEELHEAD TROUT with CURRANT BACON and ONION SAUCE

serves two

2 8-oz. steelhead trout fillets
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste
4 strips of thick bacon
1 cup onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup dried currants
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey

Preheat oven to broil. Prep baking sheet by lining with foil and greasing lightly. Remove pin bones from fillet if necessary. Slow cook bacon on medium low heat until done. Remove and place on paper towel. Chop when cooled. If less than 1/4 cup of grease is left in the pan, add more grease or oil. When heated, add chopped onion. Cook onions until light brown, about six minutes. When tender and lightly carmalized, add honey, vinegar, and currants. Let reduce until most of the liquid is gone. Remove from burner and set sauce aside. Place filet onto greased & lined baking sheet skin down. Sprinkle and lightly rub 2 tsp oil onto surface of filet. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Place pan onto rack about 3? from broiler for 4-6 minutes or internal temperature is 130. Spoon sauce onto filet and serve with steamed broccoli or other veggie. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: the quaint life (member), Fast Paleo, May 9, 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-14 08:46:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2682. SUGAR-ROASTED PEACH and CORNBREAD SUNDAES with BACON SYRUP

serves eight?

For the cornbread: ?
4 oz. (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened; more for the baking dish ?
9 oz. (2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the baking dish ?
3 oz. (1/2 cup) fine yellow cornmeal ?
2 teaspoons baking powder ?
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
For the bacon syrup:
6 slices thick-cut bacon, preferably applewood-smoked
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
For serving:
8 sugar-roasted peach halves, warmed (recipe below)
Vanilla gelato or ice cream
Minced fresh sage, for garnish
Aleppo pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)
For the sugar-roasted peach halves:
2 slices thick-cut bacon
4 ripe semi-firm medium peaches (about 8 oz. each), halved and pitted
2 teaspoons raw sugar, such as demerara or turbinado
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 large sprigs fresh summer or winter savory, thyme, or rosemary

For the sugar-roasted peach halves: Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F. Cook the bacon in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, flipping occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Pour the bacon fat from the skillet into a small heatproof bowl, leaving a slick of fat in the skillet; you’ll need 4 tsp. reserved fat. (If you don’t have enough, make up the difference with extra-virgin olive oil.) Raise the heat under the skillet to medium high.? Sprinkle the cut sides of the peaches evenly with the sugar and a tiny pinch each of salt? and pepper. Arrange the peaches in the skillet cut side down and tuck the herbs around them. Tear the bacon slices in quarters and tuck the pieces around the peaches. Drizzle 2 tsp. of the reserved bacon fat evenly over the peaches and let them cook undisturbed until the cut sides begin to brown, about 5 minutes.? Sprinkle the uncut sides of the peaches with a tiny pinch of salt, then transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the peaches are just tender, about 10 minutes.? Flip the peaches, drizzle with 2 tsp. more of the reserved bacon fat, and continue to roast until they’re tender but not falling apart, about 5 minutes more. Enjoy the bacon as a cook’s treat, or save it for another use; discard the herbs. Let the peaches cool slightly before serving. ??Make the cornbread: Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand-held electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Adjust the mixer speed to low and add the cream, milk, and sour cream; mix until combined. The batter may look curdled at this point. Add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined and scraping down the sides as needed. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, smooth the top, and firmly tap the dish on the counter to break any air bubbles. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Let the cornbread cool in its dish on a rack until warm. ? ?Make the bacon syrup: In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, flipping occasionally, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain and then coarsely chop. Pour off all but 1 Tbs. of the fat from the skillet. Add the maple syrup and honey to the skillet and heat over medium heat, stirring to combine. Return the bacon to the skillet and stir to combine and heat through, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and let the syrup cool to warm. ??Serve: Cut eight 2-inch cubes from the cornbread (you’ll have leftover cornbread). If made ahead, warm the cubes in a 250°F oven for 10 minutes, or lightly toast them in a toaster oven. Put a cube of cornbread on each of 8 plates. Arrange the peaches and scoops of gelato near the cornbread. Top with the bacon syrup, sage, and a tiny pinch of Aleppo pepper, if using.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Bill Taibe, Fine Cooking, Number 118, July, 2012, pp. 84-85?

Originally posted 2012-09-11 08:26:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3034. CHARRED OKRA with BACON JAM

makes four servings

For the bacon jam:?
8 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces?
1/4 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced?
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar?
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock?
1 tablespoon honey?
1/2 teaspoon ground piment d’Espelette?
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed?
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper?
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the okra:?
12 ounces fresh okra?
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the bacon jam:

Place the bacon in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add the onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and stir to combine.

Add 1 cup of the broth and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add 1 more cup of the broth and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the remaining cup of broth, honey, Espelette, measured salt, and black pepper and stir to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and reserve the pot. Blend until smooth, removing the small cap from the blender lid (the pour lid) and covering the space with a kitchen towel (this allows steam to escape and prevents the lid from popping off).

Return the mixture to the reserved pot, place over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter; set aside. (At this point, the bacon jam can be cooled to room temperature and then refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Rewarm before using.)

For the okra:

Trim the stems from the okra and cut each pod in half lengthwise. Place in a large bowl, add the salt, and toss to combine; set aside.

Heat a large, well-seasoned or enameled cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Working in 2 to 3 batches so as not to crowd the pan, add the okra, cut-side down in a single layer, and sear undisturbed until charred on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the okra and cook until crisp-tender, about 30 seconds more. Remove to a medium bowl.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the okra in the bowl and 1/2 cup of the bacon jam to the pan (reserve the remaining bacon jam for another use), and stir to combine. Immediately transfer to a serving dish.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking by Kevin Gillespie, with David Joachim; Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012

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