2876. ESCALOPE of CHICKEN with SAGE and BACON

serves four

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
12 sage leaves
24 slices cured bacon
little olive oil
little freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the dressing
4oz. black olives
handful basil leaves, coarsely torn
7oz. tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and diced
7oz. red onions, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
risotto or new potatoes, to serve

Cut each chicken breast into three equal pieces, cover with clingfilm and bash with a meat tenderiser or heavy-based pan. (You don’t want to beat them wafer thin, but bashing prevents the meat shrinking during cooking). Remove the clingfilm. Place a sage leaf on each piece of chicken and wrap in two slices of cured bacon (so the bacon holds the sage leaf in place). Put a little olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken for about 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently, or until golden and cooked through. Season with a knob of butter, some freshly ground black pepper and a little freshly squeezed lemon juice. To make the dressing, mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Place the risotto or new potatoes in the centre of each plate, spoon the black olive and red onion dressing around, arrange the chicken on top and serve at once.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Woman & Home

Originally posted 2013-03-24 01:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3048. BAKED SWEET POTATOES with OLIVES, CHILLI, BACON and SMOKED MACKEREL

serves four

4 large orange-fleshed sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
150 grams unsmoked back bacon, thinly sliced
6 spring onions, sliced
2 red chillies, seeded and sliced
200 grams smoked mackerel fish fillets, skinned
75 grams black olives, pitted and chopped
25 grams butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Roast the sweet potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour, or until a knife slides easily into them. When almost ready, heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon for four minutes over a high heat, until golden. Add the spring onions, chilli, mackerel and olives, and cook for two to three minutes more. When the potatoes are ready, cut a slit down the middle and place a knob of butter in each one. Fill with the mackerel and bacon mixture, and serve hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tonia George, Red Magazine online; Hearst Magazines UK/National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP

Originally posted 2013-09-12 01:08:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2994. SWORDFISH with OLIVE-RAISIN TAPENADE with BROCCOLINI and BACON

yields four servings

1 cup olives, chopped
½ cup raisins, plumped in hot water
½ cup tomatoes, small diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade
4 oz olive oil
2 oz balsamic vinegar
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper, to taste

Broccolini:
2 bunches broccolini, cleaned
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 oz olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Eggplant Puree:
3 eggplants, whole
1 lemon, juiced
3 oz olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Swordfish:
4 (6 oz) swordfish fillets?
olive oil, to coat
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Olive and Raisin Tapenade: Toss together ingredients and season to taste.

For the Broccolini: Blanch broccolini in salted water, shock in ice bath, and drain off excess water. Heat sauté pan with olive oil and slightly brown garlic. Add broccolini and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Eggplant Puree: Char eggplant over open grill until soft. Peel skin off eggplant and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Mix in bowl with basil and mint.

For the Swordfish: Season swordfish with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Sear until golden on both sides. Let rest.

To Plate: Place broccolini on plate. Make a line of eggplant puree. Lay swordfish across both. Top with tapenade.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tiffany Derry, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7?

Originally posted 2013-07-20 01:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2587. CRUMBED EGGPLANT STACK with BACON

serves four

2 (about 300 grams each) eggplants, trimmed
95 grams (1 1/2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh continental parsley
75 grams (1/2 cup) plain flour
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
canola oil, to shallow-fry
4 bacon rashers, halved crossways
410 grams can spicy Italian-style chopped tomatoes
40 grams (1/4 cup) pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
80 grams baby rocket leaves

Cut each eggplant crossways into six 1cm-thick slices. Combine breadcrumbs and parsley on a plate. Place flour on a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk milk and egg in a bowl. Dip eggplant in flour mixture. Shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat. Add enough oil to a large frying pan to come 1cm up the side. Heat over medium heat. Cook half the eggplant for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with remaining eggplant. Preheat grill on medium-high. Place the bacon on a tray lined with foil. Cook under grill for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Heat the tomato and olive in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stack the eggplant, bacon and rocket on serving plates. Drizzle over the sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kathy Knudsen, Good Taste, June 2010

Originally posted 2012-06-08 08:25:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2821. CREAMY BACON and OLIVE TAPENADE SPAGHETTI

yields four servings 

6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon capers
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces spaghetti
5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
freshly grated parmesan cheese and additional chopped fresh basil for garnish, optional 

In the bowl of a food processor, place the olives, chopped garlic, anchovy paste, capers, lemon zest, walnuts, chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the processor running, stream in the olive oil and process until fully combined; set aside. 

Bring 3-4 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Break spaghetti in half lengthwise, add to boiling water and salt according to taste. Cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water; set both spaghetti and pasta water aside. 

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 4-5 minutes; remove bacon from skillet and set aside. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet. Place skillet with bacon drippings back over medium heat. Add in the onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add in the minced garlic, cook 1 additional minute. To the onions, add in the reserved olive tapenade mixture, cream cheese and about 1/4 cup of the pasta water and cook until cream cheese melts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add in the reserved spaghetti, reserved bacon, minced basil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; mix until fully combined, adding in enough of the remaining pasta water to loosen up the cream cheese mixture and create a sauce. 

To serve, place spaghetti onto a serving platter or dinner plate and garnish with parmesan cheese and additional fresh basil.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sirbarney (member), Relish.com

Originally posted 2013-01-28 08:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2908. BACON MUSHROOM CALZONES

yields two servings

1/3 of pizza dough
6 slices of fried bacon
1/4 cup sliced olives
4 large sliced sauteed mushrooms
2 anchovies (optional)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg for egg wash
marinara sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Divide the pizza dough in half, to make two calzones. Roll out the dough into a circle so that it’s about 1 foot in diameter. Place the mozzarella cheese on half of the dough, top with bacon and olives. Usually I saute my mushrooms first, but you can omit this step and place the olives on top of the cheese and bacon and if you are using the anchovies add it now. Fold the half of the dough with no ingredients over the half with the ingredients and roll up the ends, or press them with a fork. Add a little bit of water if you need them to stick together. Brush the calzones with egg wash. Bake for about 20 to 25 minute, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jo Cooks, August 21, 2011

2869. BACON CHEDDAR RANCH PASTA SALAD

serves four

3 cups bow-tie pasta, uncooked
? cup cheddar cheese crumbles
6 slices cooked bacon, diced
2-3 small tomatoes, seeded & diced
? cup fresh broccoli, chopped
? cup red onions, diced
? cup black olives
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup creamy ranch dressing
1 clove garlic, minced
½-1 teaspoon oregano

Cook pasta until al dente. Be careful not overcook. Drain pasta and rinse with cold water until pasta is cool. Add drained pasta to a large bowl. Add in the bacon, broccoli, red onions, black olives, and tomatoes. Toss to combine. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, garlic and oregano. When ready to serve, mix the dressing in with the pasta mixture until well coated. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Divas Can Cook, June 26, 2012