2960. VENISON STEAKS with BACON POTATO CAKES and CASSIS

serves six

½ onion, diced
½ carrot, diced
25 grams butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef stock
1 sprig each parsley, thyme and rosemary
1 small bayleaf
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1½ cups blackcurrants (frozen are fine)
¼ cup creme de cassis

Venison steaks
6 Denver leg-cut venison steaks
4 tablespoons olive oil

Bacon potato cakes
3 large agria or other starchy potatoes
100 grams butter
2 rashers bacon, finely diced
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon thyme leaves, bruised

Cassis sauce: In a saucepan cook the onion and carrot in the butter for 2-3 minutes until the onion softens. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Stir in beef stock, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bayleaf and pepper. Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Strain. Simmer the blackcurrants in the creme de cassis for about 10 minutes until they have softened and released their juice. Add the blackcurrants and juice to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce has the consistency of pouring cream. Strain and season with salt and pepper.

Venison steaks: Remove venison from the fridge. Season meat with salt, pepper and the olive oil and leave covered for 30 minutes before cooking. Heat a frying pan until searingly hot and add the steaks. Cook for about 3 minutes, then turn. Cook second side for another 3 minutes. Set aside on a plate, covered for 5 minutes, before serving. This resting time will ensure the venison is lovely and tender.

Bacon potato cakes: Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender. Drain. Thinly slice about 1-1½ potatoes. Cook these slices in half the butter until they are golden on both sides. Line 6 heavily buttered 12cm flan tins with an overlapping layer of the cooked potato slices. Mash the remaining potatoes. Pan-fry the diced bacon until crispy and beat into the potatoes with the remaining butter, egg yolk and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Fill the flan tins with the mashed potato. Bake at 220ºC for 10 minutes. Turn out on to the centre of each plate as a base for the venison steaks.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Allyson Gofton, c/o PO Box 18350, Glen Innes, Auckland, New Zealand

Originally posted 2013-06-16 01:12:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2887. RED WINE PINTO BEANS with SMOKY BACON

yields 8 to 10 servings

1/2 pound smoky bacon, diced
1 large onion, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large sprigs rosemary
1 pound dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt, more to taste
2 cups dry red wine
extra-virgin olive oil, for serving (optional)
coarsely grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)
coarsely ground black pepper or red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

In the bottom of a large pot over medium-high heat, brown bacon until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in onion, celery, carrots, garlic and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.

Drain beans and add to pot along with 1 tablespoon salt. Pour in enough water to just cover the beans (about 7 to 8 cups). Bring liquid to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently until beans are just tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium heat, simmer wine until it is reduced to 2/3 cup, 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove rosemary branches from bean pot and discard them. Pour wine into beans and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 to 20 minutes longer to meld flavors and thicken broth to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired; add more salt and black or red pepper to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The New York Times Magazine, February 20, 2013

Originally posted 2013-04-04 01:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2868. BORLOTTI BEANS with ROSEMARY and BACON

serves four?

8.78 fl oz (fluid ounces) dried pulses?
2 rashers bacon?
1 sprig rosemary, fresh or dried
1 leek, cleaned and cut into 1/2inch squares
1 clove garlic?
2 tablespoons chicken stock (or veal stock)?
1 tablespoon fresh herbs (parsley and chives)?
¼ lemon

Soak pulses overnight Saute leeks and bacon for 5 minutes in a hot saucepan. Add rosemary and garlic and cook until leeks are soft and silky. Add 2 tbsp stock and allow to cook until just a little liquid remains. Place this mixture into your serving dish. Cook beans in clean water until done. Rinse the beans quickly and add to leek and bacon mixture whilst still warm. Squeeze the juice of the 1/4 lemon over it, add the fresh herbs and mix everything together. Season to taste.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Nigella Lawson

Originally posted 2013-03-16 00:32:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2727. MAPLE-BACON ROASTED APPLES and CELERIAC

makes four servings

1 large celery root (celeriac), about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 apples, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss celery root with oil, pepper and salt and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Add apples, toss gently and continue roasting until the apples and celery root are tender, 6 to 10 minutes more. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just crispy. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon; discard all but 2 teaspoons of the bacon fat. Add maple syrup to the fat in the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits. Add the cooked bacon and thyme (or rosemary). When the celery root and apples are tender, gently toss them with the maple-bacon glaze and roast for about 5 minutes more.

bacon recipe courtesy of: EatingWell, 6221 Shelburne Road, Suite 100, Shelburne, VT 05482, September/October 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-26 08:44:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3061. BLUE COD wrapped in SMOKED BACON

2 x 100-150 gram blue cod fillets
2-3 rashers smoked bacon
80 ml cream
80 ml white wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh seasonal herbs (parsley, rosemary, thyme, mint, coriander)3-5 cockles?Preheat oven to 180°C. Wrap cod in bacon, place on a baking tray and bake 10-15 minutes until fish is opaque and cooked through. Meanwhile, combine cream, wine and herbs in a small pan, add cockles and simmer until liquid is reduced to a thin sauce consistency and cockles have opened. To serve, place wrapped cod on a plate, surround with cockles and pour over sauce from pan.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Fleur Sullivan, for NZ House & Garden; Fairfax Magazines,?317 New North Road, Eden Terrace, PO Box 6341 Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand

Originally posted 2013-09-25 01:28:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2886. BACON-WRAPPED HAKE with thinly-sliced POTATOES

serves four

800 grams potatoes, thinly sliced
250 ml fish stock1 bunch spring onions4 pieces hake fillets, 150g each200 grams bacon rashers1 chilli, chopped1 garlic clove, crushed1 bunch fresh rosemary?Preheat oven to 180°C. Place sliced potatoes with fish stock, spring onions, chilli and garlic in a large baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes until almost cooked through and crispy on top. Wrap hake in bacon, using a sprig of rosemary to secure. Place hake on top of potatoes. Return to oven for 15-20 minutes or until fish is cooked through and bacon is crispy.??bacon recipe courtesy of: Pick n Pay, Africa

Originally posted 2013-04-03 01:37:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2780. BACON, POTATO, ROSEMARY and FONTINA PIZZA

yields 1 (13 by 18-inch) pizza?

1 recipe fresh pizza dough (recipe below)
3 to 4 baby Yukon gold fingerling potatoes, finely sliced
1/2 small onion, finely sliced
6 slices applewood smoked bacon, finely chopped
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to grease pan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded fontina cheese
1 cup baby arugula, optional
1/2 lemon, juiced

Fresh Pizza Dough:
2 packages active dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees F.)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for bowl

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes. If you’re using a stand mixer, combine the salt and flour to the bowl and pulse a few times to mix. Add the yeast mixture, at the lowest speed, until the flour incorporates. When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough gathers into a ball. This should take about 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and pulse a few more times. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook. Get a feel for the dough as you’re making it by squeezing a small amount together between your thumb and fingers. If it’s crumbly, add more water, if it’s sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times, kneading until it’s smooth and elastic. If you’re making the dough by hand, add the yeast mixture to a large bowl and stir in the salt and the 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Then begin stirring in the flour. When the mixture becomes too stiff to stir with a spoon, knead in the rest of the flour by hand, adding just enough so that the dough is soft but not too sticky. As you work, squeeze a small amount of dough together between your thumb and fingers. If it’s crumbly, add more water; if it’s sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Form the dough into a round and put it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning it over to coat the dough entirely with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it rise in a warm spot (i.e., over a gas pilot light) until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Pizza: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Put a jelly roll pan or half sheet pan in the oven. In a large mixing bowl, combine the fingerling potatoes, onion, bacon, and rosemary leaves. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss together to coat with olive oil. Take the preheated jelly roll pan out of the oven and drizzle some olive oil over entire surface. Cut the dough into 2 pieces and reserve 1 piece for another use. Stretch the pizza dough out so it is just bigger than the pan, then lay it inside the pan so the dough comes up the sides to form a crust on the rim. Pour the potato mixture onto the pizza dough, then sprinkle with shredded fontina. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until crispy and golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with arugula and drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Tyler Florence, “Pizza,” Tyler’s Ultimate, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-12-18 08:05:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter