2744. SPINACH, ARTICHOKE and BACON DIP with CRISPY PITAS

yields 4 cups of dip; yields 96 pita crisps

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 shallot, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
10 bacon strips, fried until crisp and crumbled
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Crispy Pitas, recipe follows

Heat the vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium low heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook, stirring frequently, until the shallot softens and the garlic begins to brown, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Put the spinach in a colander and squeeze out all of the excess water. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the artichoke hearts, crumbled bacon, cooked garlic and shallot, lemon zest, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix well with a rubber spatula, and transfer to a decorative bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before serving so the flavors can blend. Serve with crispy pitas.

Crispy Pitas:
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 pitas, cut into 12 wedges each

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all of the herbs and spices in a small bowl. Put the pita wedges into a large mixing bowl and add the spice mix. Drizzle the oil over all and toss well to coat. Put the pitas onto a baking sheet, shake it to even them out and place the pan into the top half of the preheated oven until they are crispy and lightly brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool 10 minutes and mound around the dip bowl.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, “DVD Night,” Party Line with the Hearty Boys, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-11-12 09:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2846. BACON and EGG PITA POCKETS

makes four servings

6 eggs
1/3 cup alfredo sauce
1/4 cup chopped bacon
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
dash of pepper
2 pita (pocket) breads, each 6-inches in diameter?

Put the eggs in the saucepan and add enough water to cover the eggs so the tops of the eggs are 1 inch below the top of the water. Put the saucepan on top of the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. When the water boils, take the saucepan off the heat and put the cover on top. Let the covered saucepan stand for 18 minutes. Then take off the cover and put the saucepan in the sink. Run cold water over the eggs until they don’t feel warm anymore.?

Take the eggs out of the cold water and lightly tap the egg on a tabletop or other hard surface to crack the shell all over. Then roll the egg between your hands to loosen the shell. Starting at the large end of the egg, peel off the shell. Use the table knife to chop the eggs into bite-size pieces on the cutting board. Put the chopped eggs in the bowl.
?Measure out the alfredo sauce and the bacon pieces. Put them in the bowl. Measure out the onion powder. Add it in the bowl, too.?Rinse about 2 handfuls of parsley with cold water. Pat it dry with a paper towel. Use the kitchen scissors to snip the leafy part of the parsley into little pieces. Measure out 1 tablespoon. Toss the parsley into the bowl. Sprinkle a little pepper into the bowl, too. Mix it all up with the wooden spoon.??Use the sharp knife to cut each pita bread in half on the cutting board. You should now have 4 halves. Open the halves to make pockets. Spoon the egg mixture into each of the pockets.?Wrap each pocket sandwich loosely in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Microwave each sandwich on High 20 to 30 seconds, until warm. Be careful when you take the plastic wrap off the sandwiches because hot steam may come out.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Pillsbury, General Mills, Inc., P.O. Box 9452, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440

Originally posted 2013-02-22 01:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2704. DOUBLE CHEESE, AVOCADO and BACON SLIDERS

serves eight?

4 strips bacon?
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
8 mini hamburger buns or small Hawaiian-style sweet rolls, split and toasted if desired
2 cups baby arugula?
2 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded?
1 ripe, fresh avocado, seeded and peeled?
2 oz. smoked Gouda cheese, sliced to fit buns?

Cut bacon strips in half crosswise and cook until crisp. Place cooked bacon on paper towels; reserve. Gently mix ground beef with soy sauce, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and marjoram. Being careful not to compact the meat, gently form into thin burger patties that are slightly wider than the buns. Grill or pan fry patties over medium-high heat, about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, slice each avocado half crosswise to make 2 small slices per slider; reserve. Assemble the sliders: top the bottom half of each mini bun with the arugula and shredded cheddar cheese. Place burger patties on top of the shredded cheese; top each with bacon, Gouda cheese, 2 slices of avocado and the top bun.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hass Avocado Board, 230 Commerce, Suite 190, Irvine, California 92602-1336

Originally posted 2012-10-03 08:02:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2566. COLLARD GREENS and BACON EGG ROLLS

makes 10 egg rolls

1 16 ounce bag of frozen collard greens

8 ounces of chicken stock
1 teaspoon of granulated garlic, crushed red pepper, onion powder and kosher salt
1/2 medium onion chopped
2 strips of thick cut nitrate free bacon roughly chopped
safflower oil
egg roll wrappers
 
In a cast iron pot fry bacon until crispy. Remove from pan. Add onion; cook until translucent. Add greens and seasonings and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about an hour until tender. Let cool drain and add salt and bacon. Taste greens for seasoning and salt adjustments.
 
In a 12 inch frying pan add enough oil to fill pan half way. Heat oil to about 315-325 degrees. Roll your egg rolls. Fry turning constantly until golden brown about 12 minutes. 
bacon recipe courtesy of: Piper L (member), for Chow.com, 235 Second Street, First Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105