2444. SCALLOPS with CRISPY BACON, STRAWBERRIES and BASIL ESSENCE

yields two servings

2 scallops
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
4 peppercorns
¼ cup white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ lb cold butter, cubed
½ lb thick cut bacon, small diced
½ red onion, small diced
4 strawberries, small diced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ teaspoon lemon juice
¼ bunch fresh basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste

Dry scallops with a paper towel. In a small saucepan, sweat shallots and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns, and white wine, reduce to au sec. Add cream and reduce by half. Slowly whisk in cold butter. Strain through chinois and season. Sauté bacon until crispy. Drain and let cool. Toss with remaining ingredients and season with 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend basil with ¼ cup olive oil. Strain through chinois. Season scallop with salt and pepper. In a hot sauté pan, sear scallop until brown. Flip over and cook to medium rare.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Alex Reznik, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7, Quickfire Challenge, Bravo TV

Originally posted 2012-01-17 10:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2718. BACON and ARTICHOKE HUMMUS

serves eight

1/2 pound bacon, small diced and cooked until crisp
2 cups chick peas, drained
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
4 cloves garlic
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Olive oil

Combine all of the ingredients except the bacon and oil in the bowl of a food processor. While food processor is running, slowly add olive oil until the ingredients have a creamy consistency. Pour into a serving bowl and fold in the bacon. Add additional salt and pepper as needed.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Smithfield, 200 Commerce Street, Smithfield, Virginia 23430

Originally posted 2012-10-17 08:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2860. EEL with SAGE and BACON

8 pieces of eel, 3 to 4 inches each2 tablespoons lemon juice2 tablespoons vegetable oil1/2 pint (300ml) red wine1 large onion, peeled and chopped2 tablespoons fresh parsleywhole sage leavesbacon rashers, enough to wrap the eel1 egg yolk2 tablespoons cream?Put the eel into a dish and pour over the lemon juice, oil, wine, onion and parsley. Leave to marinade for an hour or so. Remove eel from the marinade and wrap in sage leaves and then bacon. Either place these pieces with the join side down into your crock pot or skewer with a cocktail stick or tie with string. Pour the marinade over the pieces. Cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours. Combine the cream and egg yolk and mix into the sauce. Allow it to reheat for 15 mins or so. If you prefer, you could thicken the sauce with cornflour or cornstarch.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Miau Wantz Her Fillet, May 2, 2010

Originally posted 2013-03-08 01:48:00. 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

2874. PACIFIC COAST SALMON ROLLS with BACON and FENNEL TARTAR SAUCE

yields two servings

3 rashers bacon
1/2 bulb fennel, cored and trimmed
250 grams sockeye salmon fillet, no bones or skin
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
buns
lettuce
red onion

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Cut the bacon into ¼ strips and dice the fennel. Toss the bacon and fennel together in a small pan, and cook, stirring 3-4 times for 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fennel tender, but not brown.

Drain the bacon and fennel mixture on paper toweling. When completely cool, stir the mixture into the mayonnaise along with the cilantro and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cut the salmon into 1 to 2” cubes, toss with the olive oil, and season generously with salt and pepper.

In the bottom of a double boiler with a steamer insert, bring about 1” of water to the boil. Place the salmon in the steamer, ensuring no pieces overlap. Cover, reduce the heat to med. and steam for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the salmon is firm to the touch and just before beads of white fat appear on its surface (see note). Remove to a plate and cool completely.

Serve on soft rolls with lettuce, red onion and plenty of tartar sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Theresa Carle-Sanders, Island Vittles: Quick Bites from Pender Island, BC, August 28, 2012

Originally posted 2013-03-22 01:39:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2790. ROASTED BRANZINO with BACON, SHRIMP and FRENCH BEANS

makes two servings

fresh branzino, cleaned and butterflied
2 pieces of good bacon
12 small cleaned shrimp
2 tablespoons good whole grain mustard
1 cup of panko bread crumbs
vegetable oil spray
juice of one fresh lemon
handful French beans ends trimmed

Beans: Steam until tender then sauté with a little butter and lemon juice and season to taste. Add some lemon zest and serve in the fish when ready.

Start by places one strip of bacon on each side of the fish. Now mix together the mustard and the mayo and paint the inside of the fish covering the bacon as well. Place about 12 small cleaned shrimp on the fish scattering evenly and finish with a layer of panko bread crumbs. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and spray a light coating of vegatable oil on the bread crumbs before putting in the oven. Now roast until the fish is golden brown about 15-20 min and you can see the fat has rendered out of the bacon. Now slid onto a plate and serve with the French beans in the middle and a little more lemon juice.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Benny Doro, February 19, 2011

Originally posted 2012-12-28 08:44:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2995. SEARED BROCCOLINI with BACON and PARMIGIANO

serves four?

2 bunches broccolini (about 1 lb. total)?
2 thick slices bacon, sliced crosswise about 1/4 inch wide?
Kosher salt?
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed?
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice ?
1/2 teaspoon ground piment d’Espelette?
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring about 1/2 inch of water to boil over high heat. Add the broccolini, cover, and steam until just tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a large towel-lined baking sheet and let cool briefly; then pat very dry with another towel. In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a small bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Increase the heat to medium high and arrange half of the broccolini? in a snug single layer in the skillet, making sure all have good contact with the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Let cook undisturbed until browned in spots, about 1-1/2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the skillet and sear the remaining broccolini, sprinkling it with another 1/4 teaspoon salt. Return the first batch of broccolini to the skillet. Sprinkle with the bacon, lemon juice, chile, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss well to combine and remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano, quickly toss to combine, and transfer to the serving platter. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dabney Gough, Fine Cooking, Issue 113

Originally posted 2013-07-21 01:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter