3074. LEEKS en COCOTTE

makes 8 servings?

8 leeks, white and pale-green parts only
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/4 pound thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise 1/4 ” thick
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Slice each leek in half lengthwise without cutting all the way through the other side; rinse under cold water (gently opening layers) until water runs clear. Pat dry. Heat oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat. Add shallot and bacon and cook, stirring, until bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and leeks, season with salt and pepper, and cook, occasionally turning leeks and stirring gently, until leeks are bright green, about 5 minutes. Add wine to skillet; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until leeks are just tender, 8–10 minutes longer. Mix in butter. Serve leeks topped with chives.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mimi Thorrison, Bon Appétit, October 2013

Originally posted 2013-10-08 01:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2304. ROASTED CORN PIZZA with LEEK SOUBISE, BACON and RICOTTA

pizza dough

thick cut bacon, chopped and cooked until crisp

fresh corn, shucked, grilled or roasted and removed from the cob

ricotta cheese

Leek Soubise (recipe below)

Leek Soubise:

2 tablespoons butter

2 medium sized leeks, split sown the middle, washed, cut into 1/4-inch thick half moons

(discard most of the green parts of the leeks)

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups whole milk

salt

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan. Add the leeks and cook slowly until they have wilted down a bit, 10-15 minutes. Add the milk and cream and cook, uncovered on low heat until the milk has evaporated and the mixture is thick and creamy. This should take about 45 minutes to an hour. Add salt to taste. The original recipe says to blend the leeks once cooled, but I wanted texture, so I didn’t puree the leeks.

Assemble pizza: Place pizza stone on bottom rack of the oven (if you have one). Preheat oven to 500. Shape pizza dough into desired shape and place on a floured and cornmeal dusted cookie sheet that has been flipped upside down. Spread a layer of the leek soubise on the pizza dough, next the corn, followed by spoonful’s of ricotta and last, but of course not least, the bacon. If you don’t have a pizza stone, place cookie sheet (with pizza on it) on the bottom rack of the oven and bake until crust is golden brown. If you have a pizza stone, very quickly slide the pizza from the cookie sheet to the pizza stone. Bake pizza until crust is golden brown.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Breanna, Breanna’s Recipe Box, July 21, 2011

Originally posted 2011-08-29 10:18:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

2748. SPRING LEEKS, FAVA BEANS and BACON

serves two?

3 or 4 young, slim leeks ?
6 slices unsmoked bacon
1 thick slice butter
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
2 lb. fava beans in their pods
2 loosely packed tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
a handful of fresh?flat-leaf parsley, chopped??Bring a deep pan of water to a boil. Wash and thickly slice the leeks. Remove the rind from the bacon slices and cut each slice into finger-thick strips. Warm the butter in a shallow pan and add the strips of bacon. Let the bacon color lightly in the hot butter until its fat is starting to turn pale gold, then add the sliced leeks and the garlic clove. Partially cover with a lid and let the leeks soften but not color.?While the bacon and leeks are cooking, shell the beans and add them to the boiling water. Salt the water and let the beans cook for four or five minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool enough to skin. Leave the tiniest of beans unskinned, but it is probably better to skin anything larger than a thumbnail-just squeeze each bean between thumb and finger and pop it out of its skin.
When the leeks and bacon are soft and fragrant, stir in the tarragon, parsley, and the drained and skinned beans, then season. Stir gently, allow to heat through for a minute or two, then serve on warm plates.

bacon recipe courtesy of:? Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater, Ten Speed Press, 2010, p. 296

Originally posted 2012-11-16 09:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3041. LAMB SHOULDER with POLENTA and BEANS with BACON

makes 6 servings

Lamb roast:?
2 cups fresh basil leaves?
2 tablespoons olive oil?
1 3-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast, tied (a butcher can do this)?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Polenta:?
4 sprigs thyme?
1 small shallot, finely chopped?
1 garlic clove, finely grated?
1 cup coarse polenta?
1 cup heavy cream?
3 cups (or more) low-sodium chicken broth?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Beans and assembly:?
1/3 cup sugar?
1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar?
1/2 teaspoon hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)?
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more?
2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick, divided?
3 ounces thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick?
1 14-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed?
freshly ground black pepper?
3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves?
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems?

For lamb roast: Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend basil and oil in a food processor until smooth. Place lamb in a roasting pan. Season generously with salt and pepper and rub basil purée all over. Cover with foil, and cook until fork-tender, 3-3 1/2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Remove foil and roast lamb until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Let rest 30 minutes. Pour pan juices into a measuring cup and skim; set jus aside.?
For polenta: Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Mix thyme, shallot, garlic, polenta, cream, and 3 cups broth in a 13x9x2″ baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake, without stirring, until polenta is softened and liquid is almost completely absorbed, 60-75 minutes. Thin polenta with more broth, if needed.?
For beans and assembly: Bring sugar, vinegar, chili paste, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add half of leeks, reduce heat, and simmer until soft, 8-10 minutes. Drain; set leeks aside. Wipe out saucepan. Cook bacon over medium heat until fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add remaining uncooked leeks to saucepan and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add beans, bacon, and reserved boiled leeks and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Untie lamb and thinly slice. Divide polenta among bowls. Top with lamb, beans, and herbs; drizzle with jus.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Justus Drugstore, 106 W Main Street, Smithville, Missouri; Bon Appétit, September 2013

Originally posted 2013-09-05 01:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2868. BORLOTTI BEANS with ROSEMARY and BACON

serves four?

8.78 fl oz (fluid ounces) dried pulses?
2 rashers bacon?
1 sprig rosemary, fresh or dried
1 leek, cleaned and cut into 1/2inch squares
1 clove garlic?
2 tablespoons chicken stock (or veal stock)?
1 tablespoon fresh herbs (parsley and chives)?
¼ lemon

Soak pulses overnight Saute leeks and bacon for 5 minutes in a hot saucepan. Add rosemary and garlic and cook until leeks are soft and silky. Add 2 tbsp stock and allow to cook until just a little liquid remains. Place this mixture into your serving dish. Cook beans in clean water until done. Rinse the beans quickly and add to leek and bacon mixture whilst still warm. Squeeze the juice of the 1/4 lemon over it, add the fresh herbs and mix everything together. Season to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nigella Lawson

Originally posted 2013-03-16 00:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2827. CREAMY PAPPARDELLE with LEEKS and BACON

makes six servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2 medium leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise
Kosher salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
1 cup finely grated Parmesan or Grana Padano

Heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring often, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, 5-8 minutes. Add leeks and season with salt. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until leeks begin to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add cream, thyme, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and coats the back of a spoon, 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid. Add pasta, Parmesan, and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid to sauce and stir to coat. Increase heat to medium and continue stirring, adding more cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sara Jenkins, Bon Appétit, February 2013

Originally posted 2013-02-03 01:30:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter