Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie with Chocolate Whipped Cream

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Did you know that August 20th is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day? Having National Pecan Pie Day just wasn’t enough. ‘Merica had to come up with CHOCOLATE Pecan Pie Day… Heck yeah we did! I wonder how long we’ll have to wait until National Bacon Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is declared?

Because believe it or not, bacon, chocolate, and pecan pie go together like peas, carrots and Forrest Gump. This pie is filled with layer upon layer of wonderful, sweet and savory flavors. All this nutty, bacon-y, chocolate-y goodness starts with a flaky, buttery crust. Next comes our variation on a traditional pecan pie filling. Adding semi-sweet chocolates, candied bacon, AND smooth bourbon to our toast pecans gives this pie a “Yeah, baby!” flavor explosion. Top this dreamy pie with a dollop of Chocolate Whipped Cream for a pie that is perfection on a plate.

Basic Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 – 4 tablespoons chilled water

Chocolate Bacon-Pecan filling:
3 large eggs
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter, salted or unsalted
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 1/3 cups toasted pecans, lightly chopped
1/2 cup chopped, candied bacon
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract
3 – 4 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup cold heavy whipping cream

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1. Using a food processor or pastry blender, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add in butter and combine until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsps. water and continue mixing until the dough is crumbly, but holds together. (Add 1 Tbsp. additional water if necessary).

2. Flatten dough into 1″ thick disk and refrigerate for about an hour. You can prepare your other pie filling and whipped cream while you wait.

3. Preheat the oven to 375ºF and position the oven rack in the center of the oven.

4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, syrup, vanilla, salt, melted butter, and bourbon.

5. Stir in the pecans, candied bacon bits (learn how to make candied bacon HERE), and the chocolate chips. Set aside.

6. Using a chilled whisk, stir together vanilla, sugar, cocoa powder, and 2 Tbsps. of cream in a chilled mixing bowl to form a thick paste.

7. When the cocoa powder is dissolved, add the remaining heavy cream and beat until stiff peaks form. You may also use a hand mixer (be sure the beaters are chilled).

8. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

9. Place your pastry dough on a floured surface and roll dough into a 14-inch circle with a floured rolling pin. Place your dough into a 9″ pie plate and gently fit into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.

10. Scrape the pie filling into the pie shell and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the filling puffs up slightly but still feels slightly jiggly and moist in the center.

11. Let pie cool completely before slicing. Serve with a dollop of chocolate whipped cream and a sprinkling of chopped candied bacon.

A pie complete with bacon and booze. Alas, a pie that the great Dean Winchester would go to hell and back for.

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Originally posted 2013-08-19 00:55:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

How To Celebrate International Bacon Day

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Instead of us giving you ideas on how to celebrate International Bacon Day, we thought we’d let our fans give their ideas instead! For a recent contest on our Facebook page, we received over 200 awesome entries from our fans about how they will be celebrating IBD. We’ve selected our favorite comments and are sharing them with you. We hope they will inspire your creativity about IBD. Or perhaps you already know how you’ll be celebrating International Bacon Day? Add your own ideas to the comments section!

“We are throwing another bacon party. This year is the 3rd. About 20 people attend bringing any dish with bacon. Last year I made the chicken bacon wraps and chocolate dipped candy bacon strips. Mmmm Bacon!”

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“Since it is also my birthday, I plan to have some Bacon chocolate chip cookies made with a shot of Maker’s Mark!”

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“By smoking some bacon in my smoker and adding it to almost everything I cook that day! Maybe even put some in ice cream!”

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“We are having a cookout. I’m making bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and bacon wrapped scallops and jalapeños. We will have about 20-30 people and they are to bring a side that MUST HAVE BACON IN IT!”

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“I work for a public radio station, so I’m celebrating Bacon Day with eight on-air announcements encouraging people to put a little more meat candy in their lives with a link to the Bacon Today blog!”

“Wake up to a bacon-featured breakfast, followed by Facebooking my latest bacon finds, followed by a BBBLT, because a single portion of bacon is ludicrous. Then maybe a nap so I can dream of bacon, followed by a bacon-wrapped something with a bacon-infused sauce. Dessert will have bacon mixed in and sprinkled on top. At that point, all I’ll be able to do is pass out due to my self-induced bacon-o-thon, but I’m not complaining. And since my doctor may read this, I will follow this day with a mega workout so I may eat more bacon at will.”

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“I will be celebrating International Bacon Day by attending San Diego’s 2nd annual Bacon Fest. I will be introducing my boyfriend to this wonderful event as well. My plan so far is to wear my specially-selected apparel (a t-shirt that reads ‘this girl loves bacon’) and to eat and/or drink all the bacon delicacies that are available to me. I can honestly say that International Bacon Day is my favorite holiday!”

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“I will recite all the lyrics to “Rappers Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang, but instead of the normal lyrics, “I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast, but we’re like hot butter on your breakfast toast…” I will substitute the lyrics, “I am sick with gout, my doctor’s not fakin’, my LDL’s so high because I’m crazy for bacon.”

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Originally posted 2014-08-25 02:33:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls

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You can’t really go wrong with bacon, cheese and potatoes. Thrown these Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls in a deep fryer, and you’ve got an addictive appetizer that is perfect for your next football party. Double this recipe to feed a hungry crowd. Substitute your favorite cheese if you’re not a pepper jack fan. These taste fantastic on their own, or spice it up with the addition of your favorite hot sauce or spicy seasonings. Mmm!

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1/4 lb ground pork
5 slices of hickory-smoked bacon, chopped
4 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded
Instant mashed potatoes (6-7 servings worth)
2 eggs
1 cup flour
Hamburger seasoning to taste
Vegetable oil for frying
Garlic powder (optional)
Extra handful of shredded pepper jack cheese (optional)

Make 6-7 servings of mashed potatoes by following the directions on the box. If you like lots of flavor, add some garlic powder and a small handful of shredded cheese to the mashed potatoes. Then chill the potatoes for 1 hour in the fridge. May substitute cooked, fresh potatoes.

While the potatoes are chilling cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat then place on a plate with paper towels to absorb the extra grease, then chop into bits.

Brown the ground pork over medium heat and season the pork with hamburger seasoning. Once browned, drain the grease and put pork into a medium-sized bowl. Add the bacon bits and toss pork and bacon to mix well. Cover bowl with foil to keep warm and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs. In another small bowl, combine the flour with some hamburger seasoning and mix well.

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When ready to make your potato balls, toss in the shredded cheese with the pork mixture.

Pull out the chilled potatoes and form palm-sized patties. Spoon in a pile of pork and cheese mixture. Fold the edges over the filling to form a ball.

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and pour in vegetable oil so that there is about 2 inches of oil in the pan.

Dip the ball in the egg wash until completely covered, then roll in the seasoned flour.

Place balls in the pan and cook until the outsides are golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove balls from oil and serve immediately. Makes about one dozen large Bacon Stuffed Potato Balls.

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Bacon Lovers Form Canadian Political Party Attacking the Establishment

The Republic of Bacon can sometimes be seen as a loose collection of ne’er-do-wells. We can barely agreeing on most anything except that bacon is a great condiment, bacon is and always shall be delicious, and that the best way to make bacon is to bake it. But we do have political leanings, as well. […]