3041. LAMB SHOULDER with POLENTA and BEANS with BACON

makes 6 servings

Lamb roast:?
2 cups fresh basil leaves?
2 tablespoons olive oil?
1 3-pound boneless lamb shoulder roast, tied (a butcher can do this)?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Polenta:?
4 sprigs thyme?
1 small shallot, finely chopped?
1 garlic clove, finely grated?
1 cup coarse polenta?
1 cup heavy cream?
3 cups (or more) low-sodium chicken broth?
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper?

Beans and assembly:?
1/3 cup sugar?
1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar?
1/2 teaspoon hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)?
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more?
2 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick, divided?
3 ounces thick-cut bacon, sliced crosswise 1/4″ thick?
1 14-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed?
freshly ground black pepper?
3/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves?
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems?

For lamb roast: Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend basil and oil in a food processor until smooth. Place lamb in a roasting pan. Season generously with salt and pepper and rub basil purée all over. Cover with foil, and cook until fork-tender, 3-3 1/2 hours. Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Remove foil and roast lamb until golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Let rest 30 minutes. Pour pan juices into a measuring cup and skim; set jus aside.?
For polenta: Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Mix thyme, shallot, garlic, polenta, cream, and 3 cups broth in a 13x9x2″ baking dish; season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake, without stirring, until polenta is softened and liquid is almost completely absorbed, 60-75 minutes. Thin polenta with more broth, if needed.?
For beans and assembly: Bring sugar, vinegar, chili paste, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/3 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add half of leeks, reduce heat, and simmer until soft, 8-10 minutes. Drain; set leeks aside. Wipe out saucepan. Cook bacon over medium heat until fat renders and bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Add remaining uncooked leeks to saucepan and cook, stirring often, until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add beans, bacon, and reserved boiled leeks and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Untie lamb and thinly slice. Divide polenta among bowls. Top with lamb, beans, and herbs; drizzle with jus.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Justus Drugstore, 106 W Main Street, Smithville, Missouri; Bon Appétit, September 2013

Originally posted 2013-09-05 01:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2927. CREAMY POLENTA with BACON and CRANBERRIES

yields four servings

Polenta:
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
1 1/4 cups polenta or yellow cornmeal
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Freshly ground black pepper

To Assemble:10 to 12 strips thick-cut applewood smoked bacon (about 1 pound)
1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature (about 8 ounces)
3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries?For the polenta: Bring the broth, 2 1/2 cups water and the salt to a boil in a heavy 5-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in the polenta. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the Parmesan, milk and butter. Stir until the butter and Parmesan have melted. Season with salt and pepper.

For assembly: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until brown and crispy, 15 to 17 minutes. Drain on paper towels. When the bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Whisk together the mascarpone cheese, maple syrup and salt in a small bowl until smooth.

Transfer the polenta to 4 bowls or serving plates. Divide the bacon pieces and spoon on top. Dollop each serving with the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with the dried cranberries.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Giada De Laurentiis, “Rise and Shine,” Giada at Home, Food Network

Originally posted 2013-05-14 01:14:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2979. FRIED CHICKEN with CHILI and BACON POPCORN

serves four

150 grams bread crumbs
100 grams polenta
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
125 grams plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
4 x 175 grams chicken breasts cut into 3 long strips
oil, for deep-frying?

For the popcorn
90 grams butter
1 bird’s eye red chilli, finely chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
100 grams smoked bacon lardons, fried
2 tablespoons oil
100 grams popping corn

To serve: coleslaw and pickled gherkins

To make the coating, mix the breadcrumbs, polenta, spices and sesame seeds in a bowl. Then put the flour and eggs in two more separate bowls. Coat the chicken in flour, then in egg and finally in the breadcrumb mix. Deep fry at 160°C for about 8 minutes until crisp and golden, then drain on kitchen paper. To make the popcorn, melt the butter, chilli and spices together, then cook until the mixture begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and stir in the bacon. Heat the oil in a deep heavy-bottomed pan. Add the popping corn and put on the lid. Start to shake the pan gently when you can hear the kernels popping and continue to shake gently until they stop. Take the corn off the heat and stir in the chilli bacon butter. Serve the popcorn with the chicken, coleslaw and pickled gherkins.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Simon Rimmer, Sunday Brunch, Channel 4

2773. POLENTA with BACON-WRAPPED SHRIMP and PORT WINE FIG SAUCE

1 cup polenta
6 thick slices bacon, chopped into chunks
1 shallot, chopped
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons butter

Port Wine Fig Sauce:
1 teaspoon butter
1 shallot, chopped
1 cup dried figs, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 cup port wine
1 1/2 cups red wine
1 cinnamon stick
6 cloves
10 whole Allspice
10 whole black peppercorns
4 pieces star anise

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp:
6 slices thin cut bacon
12 large shrimp, tail on shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon thyme, picked
Salt and pepper, to taste?
Oil, as needed

Garnish:
Frisee greens (for example arugula)?
Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste

Polenta: Render bacon and caramelize the shallots, then strain the contents and reserve the bacon fat. Add the milk, cream, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer then whisk in the polenta. Simmer on low until most of the liquid has cooked out and the polenta is soft. Stir in the butter.

Port Wine Fig Sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the butter and sauté the shallot, dried fig and red onion. Season with the salt. When the mixture has sweat out, add the sugar and turn the heat to high. Caramelize the sugar, then add the port, red wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, black peppercorns and star anise. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Reduce the sauce until it is sauce consistency, nape. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer. Turn the heat off, then let the halved figs sit in the sauce to reconstitute.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp: Cut the bacon strips in half, lay them all out and sprinkle the thyme on each strip. Wrap the shrimp, thyme on the inside, starting at the head end of the shrimp. Then, in a large sauté pan over medium high heat, using a bit of oil, sauté the bacon wrapped shrimp. The pan needs to be hot enough that the bacon doesn’t stick to the pan but not too high because you don’t want the bacon to brown before the shrimp is cooked through. When the bacon is golden brown the shrimp should be done. Season to taste.

Assembly: Place the polenta in the center of a small plate, then place the shrimp on top of it in an interlocking position. Drizzle the sauce and place the figs. Two shrimp and two figs per plate. Garnish with some frisee greens tossed with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Grayson Schmitz, Top Chef, Season 9, Episode 2, Elimination Challenge; Bravo

2723. BACON POLENTA with SAUTEED CRIMINI MUSHROOMS and THYME

1/2 cup chopped bacon (about 4 ounces)
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and saute the bacon until crisp, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towel. Pour out bacon drippings, leaving just 2 tablespoons dripping in the skillet.

Add shallots and saute until just starting to turn brown, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, raise heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and slowly whisk in polenta. Cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta is soft and thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.

While the polenta is cooking, heat olive oil in another large skillet set over medium heat. Add crimini mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms are tender and just starting to brown. Stir in fresh thyme. Remove from heat. Season with freshly ground black pepper and lightly with salt (remember, there will be salt in the polenta from the bacon and the chicken broth).

Just before serving, stir the reserved bacon and Parmesan cheese into the polenta. Divide the mixture across 6 plates (I typically serve this as a side) and top the polenta servings with even amounts of the mushroom mixture. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Dara Michalski, Cookin’ Canuck, September 1, 2010