Bacon “Hacks”…

Found this article over on Lifehacker today and while most of the “hacks” were things that have been floatin’ around the interwebs for a while, I did actually learn something from the article:

3. A Strip of Bacon Saves Meatloaf from Sticking to the Pan

Next time you make a meatloaf place a strip of uncooked bacon on the bottom of your pan before adding other meatloaf ingredients. The fat from one slice of bacon creates enough lubricant to prevent sticky or burned meatloaf.

Well there you go!  Now we know and we all know that knowing is half the battle ;-)

Read the rest of the article here…

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Originally posted 2011-10-11 19:56:23.

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Originally posted 2013-02-22 15:48:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf

From the “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” file comes this recipes for your enjoyment…

It’s Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf.

Let me say that again…

CHEESY…BEEF….& BACON…BURGER MEATLOAF.

Your mouth is saying “Yum!”, your eyes are saying “Oh, good lord!” and your stomach is saying “Good luck!”

Recipe after the jump.

Cheesy Beef & Bacon Burger Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 lb. bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled and divided
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef sirloin
1 1/2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. dry bread crumbs
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 c. catsup
1/4 t. hot pepper sauce
3 T. Dijon mustard

Directions:

Set aside 1/2 cup bacon for topping. Combine remaining bacon, ground beef, cheese, eggs, crumbs, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl; set aside.
Mix together catsup, hot sauce and mustard; set aside 3 tablespoons of mixture. Add remaining catsup misture to beef mixture; blend well.
Press into an ungreased 9″x5″ loaf pan; spread reserved catsup mixture over top and sprinkle with reserved bacon.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until done. Remove from oven; let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Serves 6 to 8.

Photo and content idea via Full Bellies, Happy Kids.  Recipe from the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook

Originally posted 2010-08-09 11:58:29.

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Originally posted 2013-09-26 17:32:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Top 5 Moments from United States of Bacon

usob-top-5On May 31st, Destination America will air 2 brand-spanking new episodes of our favorite TV show: United States of Bacon. Because the only thing better than eating a pile of bacon is watching someone else eat a pile of bacon. Chef and host Todd Fisher has traversed the country in search of restaurants serving up the best bacon dishes. Tough job, but somebody had to do it.

To celebrate the new episodes, we’re featuring our favorite Top 5 Moments on United States of Bacon. These clips will make your jaw drop and your stomach grumble with their bacon amazingness. Be sure to tune in on May 31st to catch the last 2 episodes of this epic show! And check our Facebook page for details on our Viewing Party Event.

1. The Bacon Tower

If you haven’t seen the picture of the foot-high Bacon Tower, then you’re doing the Internet wrong. But have you seen the video of the Bacon Tower toppling? It’s in this clip featuring Seattle’s “Red Mill Burger” restaurant. Move over, Space Needle, the Bacon Tower should become the symbol of the Emerald City!

2. The Walking Ched

A triple-decker bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two panko-crusted, deep-fried mac and cheese “buns.” It’s such a diabolical concoction of over-indulgence that you just have to see how it’s made.

3. Bacon Turtle Burgers

A trifecta of meat, each turtle burger is made of 2 hamburger patties, 3 hot dogs, and 10 strips of bacon. Forget the bun, who needs it? So adorable, you might not want to eat it. Wait, did I just say? Of course you’d want to eat it! It’s not that adorable…

3. Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf Sandwich.

You’ve seen bacon-wrapped meatloaf, how about an epic sandwich-sized version? At half a foot tall, good luck fitting this into your mouth! This behemoth is topped with 4 layers of bacon. Watch the video on how this bad boy is made. Warning: it will make you ravenously hungry!

5. Bacon Ice Cream Sundae with Bourbon Caramel

The Sweet Rose Creamery in Santa Monica serves up this concoction that is a bacon and ice cream lover’s ultimate fantasy! The Bacon Ice Cream Slider is served on a warm brioche bun, topped with bacon strips and drizzled with cinnamon syrup. It’s the ultimate bacon summer dessert!

Originally posted 2013-05-27 01:05:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2697. HOISIN-GLAZED (BACON, GROUND BEEF and GROUND PORK) MEATLOAF SANDWICHES

makes twelve servings

Hoisin glaze:
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 1″ piece ginger, peeled, minced
1 garlic clove, minced

Meatloaf:
Nonstick vegetable oil spray2 cups 1/2″ cubes day-old crustless white bread (from 2 slices)
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
4 slices bacon, minced
1 1/3 cups thinly sliced scallions (dark-green parts separated)
3 celery stalks, minced (about 1 cup)
1 4″ piece ginger, peeled, minced
7 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
2 large eggs, beaten to blend
3 whole star anise, finely ground in a spice mill (about 2 teaspoons ground), or 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salad (optional):
1 cup each matchstick-size pieces peeled carrots, cucumbers, and radishes
3/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of sugar
4 teaspoons (or more) vegetable oil, divided
12 thick slices white sandwich bread, toasted
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro?

For hoisin glaze: Bring all ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens to a glaze, 8-10 minutes.?
For meatloaf: Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat the bottom and sides of loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside. In a large bowl, soak bread cubes in chicken broth, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed and bread is beginning to fall apart, 4-5 minutes. Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon is starting to crisp. Add scallions (white and pale-green parts only), celery, ginger, and garlic; cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, 3-4 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.?
Combine scallion and bread mixtures in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons hoisin glaze, remaining scallions (dark-green parts), beef, pork, and remaining 4 ingredients. Using your hands, work all ingredients together until very well incorporated and mixture is beginning to get sticky. Pack mixture into prepared pan, pressing to eliminate any air pockets and mounding in center. Cover with foil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil; place loaf pan on top.?
Bake meatloaf for 30 minutes. Uncover and spread 2 tablespoons hoisin glaze over top. Bake until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted into center of meatloaf, about 1 hour longer. Let meatloaf rest for 20 minutes. Using flexible spatulas, transfer meatloaf to a platter or cutting board. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool, cover, and chill.?
For salad: Toss vegetables, next 3 ingredients, and 2 teaspoons oil in a medium bowl to coat. Cover and chill, tossing occasionally, for 1 hour or up to 1 day ahead.?
Cut meatloaf into 12 slices. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches and adding additional oil by teaspoonfuls as needed, fry meatloaf slices until browned in spots and heated through, about 2 minutes per side.
Place toasts on plates; brush with hoisin glaze and top with a meatloaf slice. Drain salad, if using; mound on top of meatloaf, dividing equally. Garnish with cilantro.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Bon Appétit, March 2012

Originally posted 2012-09-26 08:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2781. BACON-TOPPED PETITE TURKEY MEATLOAF with BARBECUE SAUCE

makes five servings

3/4 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
2 tablespoons onion, minced
2 tablespoons diced red pepper
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 large egg
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1.3 lb raw 93% lean ground turkey
5 slices center cut bacon, cut in half
2 1/2 tablespoons barbecue sauce?

Preheat the oven to 350°. Lightly spray a petite loaf pan with oil (if you don’t have a petite loaf pan you could use a muffin tin). In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, onion, red pepper, breadcrumbs, BBQ sauce, egg, paprika and salt. Add the turkey and combine until mixed through. Create 5 equal loafs and place them into the loaf pan. Place the 2 bacon halves over each loaf and top each with 1/2 tbsp additional BBQ sauce. Bake about 25 minutes or until cooked through.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Gina Homolka, Skinnytaste, July 11, 2012