2995. SEARED BROCCOLINI with BACON and PARMIGIANO

serves four?

2 bunches broccolini (about 1 lb. total)?
2 thick slices bacon, sliced crosswise about 1/4 inch wide?
Kosher salt?
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed?
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice ?
1/2 teaspoon ground piment d’Espelette?
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring about 1/2 inch of water to boil over high heat. Add the broccolini, cover, and steam until just tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a large towel-lined baking sheet and let cool briefly; then pat very dry with another towel. In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring frequently, until golden, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a small bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. Increase the heat to medium high and arrange half of the broccolini? in a snug single layer in the skillet, making sure all have good contact with the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Let cook undisturbed until browned in spots, about 1-1/2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to the skillet and sear the remaining broccolini, sprinkling it with another 1/4 teaspoon salt. Return the first batch of broccolini to the skillet. Sprinkle with the bacon, lemon juice, chile, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Toss well to combine and remove from the heat. Sprinkle with the Parmigiano, quickly toss to combine, and transfer to the serving platter. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dabney Gough, Fine Cooking, Issue 113

Originally posted 2013-07-21 01:07:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3034. CHARRED OKRA with BACON JAM

makes four servings

For the bacon jam:?
8 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces?
1/4 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced?
3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar?
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth or stock?
1 tablespoon honey?
1/2 teaspoon ground piment d’Espelette?
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed?
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper?
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the okra:?
12 ounces fresh okra?
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the bacon jam:

Place the bacon in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Add the onion, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has browned, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and stir to combine.

Add 1 cup of the broth and bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add 1 more cup of the broth and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and almost all of the liquid has evaporated, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the remaining cup of broth, honey, Espelette, measured salt, and black pepper and stir to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a blender and reserve the pot. Blend until smooth, removing the small cap from the blender lid (the pour lid) and covering the space with a kitchen towel (this allows steam to escape and prevents the lid from popping off).

Return the mixture to the reserved pot, place over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter; set aside. (At this point, the bacon jam can be cooled to room temperature and then refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Rewarm before using.)

For the okra:

Trim the stems from the okra and cut each pod in half lengthwise. Place in a large bowl, add the salt, and toss to combine; set aside.

Heat a large, well-seasoned or enameled cast-iron skillet over high heat until very hot, about 3 minutes. Working in 2 to 3 batches so as not to crowd the pan, add the okra, cut-side down in a single layer, and sear undisturbed until charred on the bottom, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the okra and cook until crisp-tender, about 30 seconds more. Remove to a medium bowl.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the okra in the bowl and 1/2 cup of the bacon jam to the pan (reserve the remaining bacon jam for another use), and stir to combine. Immediately transfer to a serving dish.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Fire in My Belly: Real Cooking by Kevin Gillespie, with David Joachim; Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2012