2994. SWORDFISH with OLIVE-RAISIN TAPENADE with BROCCOLINI and BACON

yields four servings

1 cup olives, chopped
½ cup raisins, plumped in hot water
½ cup tomatoes, small diced
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chiffonade
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chiffonade
4 oz olive oil
2 oz balsamic vinegar
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
salt and pepper, to taste

Broccolini:
2 bunches broccolini, cleaned
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 oz olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

Eggplant Puree:
3 eggplants, whole
1 lemon, juiced
3 oz olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

Swordfish:
4 (6 oz) swordfish fillets?
olive oil, to coat
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Olive and Raisin Tapenade: Toss together ingredients and season to taste.

For the Broccolini: Blanch broccolini in salted water, shock in ice bath, and drain off excess water. Heat sauté pan with olive oil and slightly brown garlic. Add broccolini and heat through. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Eggplant Puree: Char eggplant over open grill until soft. Peel skin off eggplant and put in food processor. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Mix in bowl with basil and mint.

For the Swordfish: Season swordfish with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Sear until golden on both sides. Let rest.

To Plate: Place broccolini on plate. Make a line of eggplant puree. Lay swordfish across both. Top with tapenade.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tiffany Derry, Top Chef, Season 7, Episode 7?

Originally posted 2013-07-20 01:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3029. BRUSSELS SPROUTS with BACON and RAISINS

makes four servings?

1 teaspoon olive oil?
2 thick slices bacon?
4 cups brussels sprouts (about 1 pound), trimmed, halved
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper?
1/4 cup golden raisins?
1 medium shallot, finely chopped?
1 tablespoon unsalted butter?
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth?
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Let cool. Coarsely crumble. (Make sure crumbled bacon is unreachable by children, or it will disappear before you need it again.)

While bacon cools, add brussels sprouts to drippings in skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until well browned in spots and beginning to soften, 5–7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add raisins, shallot, and butter; cook, stirring often, until shallot is soft, about 3 minutes. Add broth to skillet; increase heat and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until broth has evaporated, 1–2 minutes. Stir in vinegar and crumbled bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jenny Rosenstrach & Andy Ward, Bon Appétit

Originally posted 2013-08-24 01:16:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3028. THREE-CHEESE and BACON SPREAD

makes 8 servings (about 2 tablespoons spread)?

1/3?cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese?
4?oz (half of 8-oz package) fat-free cream cheese, softened?
1?tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese?
2?tablespoons fat-free (skim) milk?
1/8?teaspoon paprika
dash pepper?
2?tablespoons real bacon bits
1/4?cup raisins?
2?medium green onions, thinly sliced (2 tablespoons)

In small bowl, beat Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, paprika and pepper with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Stir in bacon bits, raisins and onions until well blended.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Cheerios, General Mills, Inc., P.O. Box 9452, Minneapolis, MN 55440

2812. BACON-WRAPPED BRATS with RED CABBAGE

yields four

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound red cabbage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/4 cup sugar or light brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Salt and pepper
3 crisp apples, such as Braeburn, Liberty, Gala, diced
2 tablespoons golden raisins
1 teaspoon cumin seed or caraway seed
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaves
12 wurst or brat sausages of your favorite variety
12 slices lean, center-cut smoky bacon
Mustards and pickles to pass at the table

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and let soften a couple of minutes then wilt in cabbage. Toss with sugar and vinegar to coat, season with salt and pepper. Add apples, raisins, cumin or caraway seed, cinnamon stick and bay; reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook to tender and when the liquids come out of cabbage, 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Remove sausages and dry them. Wrap each of them with one slice of bacon, overlapping as you work. Arrange the bacon-wrapped sausages on a slotted broiler pan and bake to crisp, around 30 minutes. Serve sausages with cabbage, buttered rye or pumpernickel bread, or some buttered egg noodles tossed with herbs like dill, chive and parsley. Pass mustards and pickles at table.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray Show, October 12, 2012 | KWP Studios Inc., CBS Television Distribution, 328 8th Ave, Suite 149, New York, NY 10001

2810. BACON, OATMEAL, and RAISIN COOKIES

makes 18–20?

8 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/4-inch squares?
2 1/4 cups cake flour?
1 teaspoon baking powder?
1 teaspoon kosher salt?
1/2 teaspoon baking soda?
1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar?
2/3 cup sugar?
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature?
2 large eggs?
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract?
1 cup old-fashioned oats?
2/3 cup raisins

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until deep golden brown and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels.

Whisk flour and next 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat both sugars and butter in a large bowl, occasionally scraping down sides, until well blended, 2–3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add vanilla; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 4–5 minutes. Mix in dry ingredients.

Fold bacon, oats, and raisins into batter and stir until evenly incorporated (dough will be sticky; chill briefly for easier handling, if desired). Using a 2-oz. ice cream scoop or 1/4-cup measure and forming dough into balls, scoop batter onto prepared sheets, spaced at least 3 inches apart. Chill dough for 1 hour or cover and chill overnight.

Arrange racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 375°. Bake cookies, rotating pans halfway through, until edges are light golden brown and centers are still slightly soft, 20–22 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely. do ahead: Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Autumn Martin, Hot Cakes, for Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Seattle, Washington | Bon Appetit, March 2012

2513. CATALAN SPINACH with RAISINS, PINE NUTS and BACON

serves about 4 people

2 strips of thick cut smoked bacon, cut into small pieces (or 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil)
1 pound fresh washed baby spinach (or frozen: thaw & ring out water)
2-3 cloves of garlic, smashed with side of knife, skin removed
½ cup pine nuts (Spanish)
½ cup raisins
pinch of salt (to taste)
pinch of hot pepper flakes (to taste, optional)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the cut up bacon and occasionally stir. Once the bacon starts browning, add the garlic, smashed without skin, and sauté until turns golden brown. Remove garlic and reserve. At this point, add in the pine nuts and the raisins. Frequently stir. The raisins will magically inflate and the pine nuts will turn golden brown. Add in the spinach in small batches, stirring, allowing any excess liquid to cook off. Repeat. Add salt and pepper flakes to taste. (Spaniards do not use black or white pepper in traditional dishes like this. They say it changes the flavor too much.) If you really like garlic, add the garlic in at this point. Cook with stirring until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Erin Swing (The Gluten-Free Organic Chemist & Chef), The Sensitive Epicure, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 12, 2011