Thankin’ for Bacon – Appetizer #2…

Our bacon Thanksgiving celebration menu so far includes:

Bacon Apple Pie – Dessert
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Appetizer

Today, we are providing another appetizer recipe.  What good host/hostess only serves ONE appetizer?

I was searching for something easy to make and complimentary to our previous appetizer, but with bacon as a role player instead of star.  Look no further than to Martha Stewart for the answer – Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip.

Ingredients

4 slices bacon, thinly sliced crosswise
1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 bar (8 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Crostini or pita chips, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 10 minutes. Drain bacon on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan. Add onion to pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 minutes. Add flour and cook 30 seconds. Add spinach, milk, sour cream, and cream cheese. Cook, stirring, until cream cheese melts, 2 minutes. Stir in bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan.
Transfer mixture to a 1 1/2-quart baking dish and top with 1/4 cup Parmesan. Bake until bubbling, 14 minutes. Heat broiler and broil until top browns, 3 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes. Serve dip warm with crostini or pita chips.

photo and recipe via marthastewart.com

Originally posted 2011-11-19 19:24:29.

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Originally posted 2014-06-17 22:18:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thankin’ for Bacon – Stuffing & Potatoes…

It’s a twofer tonight as we finish out our side dishes.  So far on our Thankin’ for Bacon Thanksgiving table we have:

Bacon Apple Pie – Dessert
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Appetizer
Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip – Appetizer
Green Beans and Bacon Sauté – Veggie Side
Carrots with Country Bacon – Veggie Side

What’s missing?  Some good old, stick to the ribs, potatoes and stuffing!

Let’s start with the taters…

Cheddar and Mashed Potato Gratin

Ingredients:

4 bacon (slices chopped)
1 cup shallot (sliced)
6 cups mashed potatoes (leftover)
1 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped, thyme and chives)
1/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 400°F.
Cook bacon and shallots in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until bacon is crisp, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
Stir in mashed potatoes and herbs. Mix in 1/4 cup milk, adding more milk if mixture is dry. Season potato mixture with salt and pepper.
Transfer to 2-quart gratin dish. Sprinkle cheese over and bake until cheese is beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.

Aren’t those yummy?!?  With something as heavy as that, I thought we’d go a slightly different route with the stuffing…

Wild Rice Cranberry and Cornbread Stuffing

Ingredients:

1 slice bacon (chopped) – Ed. Note: feel free to add more ;-)
2 tbsps butter
2 onions (chopped)
3 celery ribs (chopped)
1 1/2 cups cremini mushrooms (sliced)
1 cup cranberries (fresh)
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups cornbread (crumbled)
1 1/2 cups wild rice (cooked)
1/2 cup pecans (toasted and chopped)

Directions:

Cook bacon until crisp, remove and set aside.
Add butter to pan and melt. Add onions, celery and mushrooms. Saute for 8 to 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Add cranberries and chicken broth. Bring to boil, then remove from heat.
Add corn bread, cooked wild rice, pecans and bacon.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Roast inside turkey or in casserole dish (about 30 minutes at 350 degrees).

We wrap up our week tomorrow with the star of the show…

both recipes and photos via yummly – dish 1 | dish 2

Originally posted 2011-11-22 20:27:40.

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Originally posted 2013-03-05 16:46:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Apple Bacon Pork Roast? I’m ready for this!

Slow Cooker Apple Bacon Pork RoastThis recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Bacon Pork Roast is a slow cooker recipe for roast pork that’s both simple to make and packed with flavor. Sliced apples, apple juice, and brown sugar give this roast a sweet and autumn-like flavor.

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Originally posted 2013-10-18 02:37:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thankin’ for Bacon – Veggie Side #2…

It’s Thankin’ for Bacon week and the table is starting to fill up!  We’ve got…

Bacon Apple Pie – Dessert
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Appetizer
Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip – Appetizer
Green Beans and Bacon Sauté – Veggie Side

and today we’ll add another vegetable to the table (you’ve got to have some variety you know).

Carrots with Country Bacon

Country bacon in this recipe refers to thick-sliced or wood-smoked bacon.

Ingredients

4 thick bacon slices
2 pounds carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced into 12 cups water
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
Add carrots and next 3 ingredients to skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat 30 to 35 minutes or until liquid is reduced to a glaze and carrots are tender.
Sprinkle with thyme and reserved bacon.

via myrecipes.com

Originally posted 2011-11-21 21:26:35.

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Originally posted 2013-12-17 02:07:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Thankin’ for Bacon – Dessert…

As we lead up to Thanksgiving next Thursday, I thought I’d work on featuring a recipe each day through Wednesday that you could incorporate into your family meal.  We are callin’ it “Thankin’ for Bacon!” (It’s a rough rhyme, I know, just go with it…)

I thought we’d start with dessert.

As a kid (and still today) I didn’t dig on pumpkin pie so my Grandma would always make an apple pie just for me.  I think she’s approve of this modification to the classic…

Get the entire recipe and more great photos over at Tasty Trails.

Appetizer tomorrow.

Originally posted 2011-11-17 20:09:14.

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Thankin’ for Bacon – Veggie Side #1…

As we continue Thankin’ for Bacon week it’s time to get to what’s going on the big table!

So far we’ve got:

Bacon Apple Pie – Dessert
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts – Appetizer
Spinach, Bacon and Onion Dip – Appetizer

Today we bring a modified version of a Thanksgiving table staple, the green bean casserole.  Leave that canned soup in the cupboard and go Au natural…

Green Beans and Bacon Sauté

Ingredients

10 slices bacon, diced
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen whole green beans
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook bacon in a large skillet set over medium-high heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon pieces and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off excess grease from the skillet, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pan.
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the bacon grease and cook over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until beans are tender but still a little crunchy, about 10 minutes. Return bacon to the pan and toss with the beans before serving.

via Bent County Democrat

Originally posted 2011-11-20 20:48:37.

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It puts the butter on its skin…. (#BACON DUCT TAPE TURKEY recipe)

…or else it gets the baster again
Meat Suit Teddy

 (Recipe and original post from Cabin Goddess & Meat Suit Teddy originally found at Chicken Skin Teddy by Victor Ivanov)

I will make this, I will have a MEAT SUIT TEDDY DAMN IT!

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Chicken Skin Teddy | Victor Ivanov.christmas-garland

Duct Tape Turkey with a Bacon Meat Suit
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Kelly’s Creation

OH hell I guess I should post a recipe so I am not accused of being all bah humbugish! This was the turkey someone who had no idea how to cook a turkey made for her family when she was called into work on Thanksgiving and wanted her turkey done. She had asked the question if she just turned the oven up  really high would it cook quicker. I went OH GOD NO NO NO NO this was at 2AM and she had to be at work in 4 hours. As you can see she totally succeeded. Yep… 1-800-butterball has NOTHING on me! I wish I could find the original conversation, heck I wish I had thought to save it. I talked her through it and she was able to sleep. Apparently she did not post a note, but the boys more than likely did not move their carcasses off the couch while she was gone!

So full of myself right now! Butterball 800# has nothing on me. MUWHAHAHA Kelly Ston  Gamble |my narcasstic zen cooking ass is SO doing a full of myself dance ROFLMAO

 Kelly Stone Gamble Butterball 800# could not have been as entertaining at 2am. Thanks!
November 22, 2012 at 1:03pm

 Kriss Morton true LOL Duct tape and BEER ROFLMAO
November 22, 2012 at 1:03pm

Kriss Morton Cabin Goddess Cooks with frivolity and jazz hands……. and duct tape
November 22, 2012 at 1:04pm

Jodine Quong duct tape??? is that supposed to be a weird appetizer thing?
November 22, 2012 at 3:12pm

Jodine, honey bunny… it kind of is! Appetizers save the chef from rushing things right? Well this duct tape will too!

bacon-turkey

(This is for a small 12 – 14 lb .young turkey!)
NO BASTER NEEDED

Ingredients

1/2 stick salted butter, softened
One 12-14 lb. turkey, completely thawed and all giblets removed (3 hours a pound in the fridge to thaw, so this is about a day in a half or buy it fresh).
1 tablespoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
2 stalks celery, cut in lengths to fit turkey cavity (1-2 inch lengths)
1 medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia, quartered
1 large carrot, cut in lengths to fit the turkey cavity (1-2 inch lengths)
1 lb. of uncured bacon thick cut
1 cup of brown sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 roll of duct tape
1 piece of paper
Sharpie

Directions

Adjust the oven racks so the covered roasting pan fit easily inside. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
Weave your bacon together as shown in the video, if you don’t already know how to do it.
Rub the butter on the outside and inside the turkey. Blend the salt, pepper and paprika together. The bacon is already salty, so sprinkle the pepper on the outside (you can also add a bit of paprika) but sprinkle both salt and pepper
Put the celery, onion and carrot in the cavity. Place the turkey, breast-side up, in a large roasting pan.
Pour the boiling water into the pan. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and put the pan in the oven.
Take a big slab of duct tape and seal that oven. Don’t give me that look, just do it! Then place a note on the door, here is my standard threat note to the family! Oh and YOU cannot OPEN the oven PERIOD, not after you close it! It has to stay closed and not have the seal broken, and NO BASTER NEEDED!IMG_9175
Start a timer when the oven temperature returns to 500 degrees F. Bake for exactly 1 hour and turn off the oven. AGAIN do not open the oven door! Leave the turkey in the oven until the oven completely cools; this may take 4 to 6 hours. Reserve the pan juices and refrigerate the turkey if you are not serving it right away, I usually do either or but no matter what….
If I am not going to serve it right away, I will place it in a preheated oven at 350 (I do not remove it from the pan or remove the lid) for 15 minutes and do a quick flash under the broiler for 5 to crisp up the bacon.

How to Weave the Bacon for your Turkey

What do you cook for your family on Christmas? My mom does a Prime Rib with a golden lion cut and very similar to the above. But I am a bit to broke-ass for prime rib! Happy Holidays!

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