2816. TOFU WANZI (FRIED TOFU and BACON FRITTERS)

makes about 3½ dozen

2 (12½-oz.) boxes soft or silken tofu
1 (12½-oz.) box firm tofu
? cup panko bread crumbs
? cup flour
¼ cup sesame oil
5 scallions, finely chopped
4 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
Canola oil, for frying

Place all the tofu on a bed of about 6 paper towels on a baking sheet and cover with 6 more paper towels and another sheet. Place a cast-iron skillet on sheet to weight it down; let sit until tofu is drained of most of its liquid, at least 6 hours or overnight, in the refrigerator. Transfer pressed tofu to a large bowl; mash coarsely with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, flour, sesame oil, scallions, bacon, eggs, and salt and pepper until evenly combined.

Pour oil to a depth of 2? in a 6-qt. Dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Portion 2 tbsp. of the tofu mixture and shape into a miniature football shape using two spoons; repeat with remaining tofu mixture. Fry until golden brown and crisp, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and serve immediately, with a dipping sauce, if you like.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mei Chin, Saveur 100, Issue #144, 2012

Originally posted 2013-01-23 08:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2939. SPINACH BACON LASAGNA

yields 8-12 servings

1 pound ricotta cheese
8 ounces finely chopped spinach, drained
1 tablespoon Romano cheese
2 eggs
16 no-boil lasagna noodles
?
Sauce:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk, warmed
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded provolone
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 pound bacon
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the ricotta, spinach, Romano and eggs in a medium bowl.

Pour 2 quarts hot water into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Soak the noodles until pliable, and then drain on paper towels. Pour out the water and dry the dish.

For the sauce: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, and then whisk in the flour until a paste bubbles, but avoid browning. Slowly stir in the warm milk until the sauce thickens, and then bring to boil and stir in the nutmeg, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in the Gruyere and Parmesan over low heat until melted, and then fold in the cream. Remove from the heat.

For assembling the lasagna: Spread 1 ladleful of sauce over the bottom of the baking dish, and top with 4 noodles. Spread approximately one-third of the ricotta mixture, one-third of the provolone, one-third of the mozzarella and a three-fourths ladleful of sauce on top. Repeat twice with layers of noodles and filling. Finish with 4 no-boil noodles and cover with the remaining sauce.

Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy, and then drain the bacon grease, reserving 1/4 cup. Crumble the bacon when cool enough to handle. Combine the bacon grease with the breadcrumbs in a small bowl, and then sprinkle on top of the lasagna with the Parmesan. Bake until top is brown, another 20 minutes, and then top with the crumbled bacon. Let cool 15 to 30 minutes, and then garnish with parsley and serve.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Jacob Piercy, “Lasagna,” The Perfect 3, Cooking Channel

Originally posted 2013-05-26 01:24:00. 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

3046. JAGERSCHNITZEL with BACON MUSHROOM GRAVY

yields 4 to 6 Servings

1 1/2 pounds pork loin, cut into 6-ounce portions
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons mustard
1 cup crushed unsalted crackers
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 pound bacon, diced
1/2 diced yellow onion, approximately 1/2 cup
2 cups sliced button mushrooms
1/4 cup red wine
Olive oil, for frying
2 cups beef stock
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leavesPreheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pound pork slices between sheets of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thickness. In a shallow medium bowl, mix together 3/4 cup flour with salt, pepper, garlic and paprika. In another shallow medium bowl, combine egg, milk and mustard. In another medium shallow bowl, combine cracker and panko crumbs. Dredge pork slices first in flour, then in egg wash, and finally in crumbs. Let set on a baking sheet fitted with a cooling rack for 5 minutes.

In a medium saute pan over medium heat cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan to drain on paper towels. In same pan with bacon fat, add onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue sauteing for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup flour. Cook flour to make roux until light brown, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook for 3 minutes, reducing by 1/3, then add stock. Continue cooking to reduce by 1/3 again. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Heat 1/4-inch oil in thick saute pan or cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Cook pork evenly on both sides, about 5 minutes for the first side, 3 to 4 minutes for the second. Remove to platter when done. Add butter to sauce, stirring until it has melted. To serve, cover pork with sauce. Sprinkle with chopped bacon and fresh parsley to garnish.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Guy Fieri, “Schwein and Dandy,” Guy’s Big Bite, Food Network, May 2008

3035. CHEESE-STUFFED BACON MEATBALLS

yields four servings

Meatballs:
8 to 10 slices applewood smoked bacon
1 pound ground chuck
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 package onion soup mix
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon coarse black pepper
1 tablespoon beef stock
8 to 10 bocconcini mozzarella balls

Marinara:1/4 cup olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves
1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
2 (14-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in puree
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon?Meatballs:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange the bacon slices on a sheet pan. Put in the oven and bake until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan to a cutting board and chop. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the beef, Worcestershire, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, black pepper, stock and the chopped bacon.

Form portions of the meat around bocconcini to make smooth balls. Arrange the meatballs on a sheet pan with a rack and bake until thoroughly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Marinara:

Add the oil to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the onion, garlic, basil, oregano and pepper and saute for a few minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes and the bouillon. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the meatballs from the pan to a serving platter and serve with the marinara sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Aaron McCargo Jr., “Dishes with Dad,” Big Daddy’s House, Food Network

3014. GARGANELLI MACARONI & CHEESE with ROASTED JALAPENOS and BACON

makes 6 appetizer servings?

2 fresh jalapeno peppers
4 ounces applewood-smoked bacon, diced
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk, heated to just below simmer
12 ounces cheddar, grated (about 3 cups)?
salt to taste
8 ounces dry garganelli or penne pasta?

Roast jalapenos directly over stovetop gas burner or under preheated broiler, turning with tongs, until skins are blistered all over. Transfer peppers to small plastic bag and let stand. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard stems, skin and seeds. Chop flesh into fine dice and set aside. Cook bacon in skillet until lightly browned; transfer with slotted spoon to small bowl. Add breadcrumbs, along with small amount of bacon fat to moisten, combining well. In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add flour and whisk to combine. Let cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Continue cooking, stirring often, until sauce is simmering and thickened. Let sauce bubble gently until quite thick, about 10 minutes longer, stirring often so it doesn’t scorch on bottom. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar; when cheese is melted, season sauce with salt as needed. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain and return to pot. Add cheese sauce and reserved jalapenos and stir together. Transfer pasta to 2-quart baking dish or six individual ramekins. Top with breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned on top and bubbling throughout.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Josh Rollins, The Pitcher Inn, 275 Main Street, Warren, Vermont.

2950. BACON-WRAPPED ABALONE POPPERS

1 abalone, shucked, thinly sliced into large steaks, and tenderized
2 cups white flour
3 eggs, beaten
4 cup panko breadcrumb
12 canned whole jalapeño or serrano peppers (4-7 oz can), stemmed and sliced lengthwise
5 oz. pepper jack cheese, sliced into 1-2? long pieces
1/2 lb. bacon strips
oil for frying
toothpicks

Fill a heavy skillet to a quarter inch deep with oil and heat at a medium setting staying well under the point of smoking.

Flour an abalone steak, dip in beaten egg, and coat both sides with breadcrumb. Place a bacon strip on a plate or board and lay the breaded steak on it. Create a line of both cheese and peppers together across the center of the steak. Carefully fold the steak around the line of cheese and peppers, then spiral-wrap the bacon around the rolled up steak so that it resembles a chunky barber pole or candy-cane. Use a pair of toothpicks to secure the uncooked popper.? Repeat for all the abalone steaks.

After checking the oil temperature, place one abalone popper into the skillet. A minute or so later flip the first popper and place a second one in the skillet. After another minute, remove the first popper and place on paper towel, flip popper #2, and add a third. Continue cooking until there are no more uncooked poppers. Serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Stephanie, Life Tastes Like Food, November 15, 2011