3040. OVEN-STEAMED MUSSELS with HARD CIDER and BACON

serves 2-4

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup hard cider
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
4 lb. mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 500 degrees.

Heat oil and bacon in roasting pan until bacon has rendered and is starting to crisp, about 5 minutes. Add hard cider, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves and bring to boil. Cook until cider is slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Add mussels and salt.

Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil and transfer to oven. Cook until most mussels have opened (a few may remain closed), 15-18 minutes.

Remove pan from oven. Push mussels to sides of pan. Add heavy cream to center and whisk until melted. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves, sprinkle parsley over mussels, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Andrew Janjigian, “The Best Way to Cook Mussels,” Cook’s Illustrated, September & October 2013, page 19

Originally posted 2013-09-04 01:27:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2175. HEARTY LENTIL SOUP with BACON and HERBS

serves six

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 slice bacon, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
7 cups (or more) canned low-salt chicken broth
2 cups dried lentils (about 12 1/2 ounces)
2 large fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions

Combine onion, celery, carrot, bacon and garlic in heavy Dutch oven. Stir over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook until vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Uncover; add 7 cups broth, lentils, thyme and bay leaf and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until lentils are tender, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaf.

Transfer half of soup to processor; cool slightly. Puree until smooth. Return puree to Dutch oven. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Bring soup to simmer, thinning with more broth, if desired. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine parsley and chives in small bowl. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle parsley mixture over and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bon Appétit, March 1996

Originally posted 2011-04-22 09:48:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2891. CHEESY CHICKEN BACON ROLLATINI

4 slices cheddar cheese
4 chicken breasts
1/2 cup baby spinach leaves
4 slices applewood bacon
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 cloves crushed garlic

Night before cooking: combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh thyme, sea salt, garlic & black pepper in a Ziploc bag. Butterfly the chicken breasts and drop in bag. Seal and marinate in fridge for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours.

Preparation: Take 1 butterflied breast of chicken and lay on cutting board. Lay 1 slice of cheddar cheese and 3 leaves of baby spinach inside. Starting at one end of chicken, roll tightly. Wrap 1 slice of bacon around outside and seal with a toothpick. Follow the same for the other 3 breasts. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Place 1 tablespoon butter in a baking dish and place in oven while preheating. Once preheated, remove baking dish (with melted butter) and place chicken rolls seam side down. Cook for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.

To serve: Remove toothpick and slice chicken rollatini.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Friends of Elsie, Borden Dairy, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., 10220 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153

Originally posted 2013-04-08 01:38:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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

2978. TAGLIATELLE with ERYNGII MUSHROOMS, BACON and WALNUTS

serves four

2/3 pound tagliatelle
2/3 pound dried eryngii mushrooms, reconstituted
1/4 pound bacon
1/4 cup well drained ricotta
1/2 cup shelled walnut halves, chopped
a small onion, peeled and chopped
a small bunch parsley, finely chopped
a small bunch fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground green peppercorns to taste
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Set pasta water to boil. When it does, salt it and cook the pasta. Slice the bacon into thin sticks. Dilute the ricotta with a couple of tablespoons of the hot pasta water. When the water is close to boiling, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a broad deep skillet and sauté the bacon for 2-3 minutes, until it colors. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook, stirring. When they have lightly browned, salt add the wine. Continue to cook for a few minutes more. In the meantime, cook the tagliatelle according to package instructions. Drain the tagliatelle as soon as they reach the al dente stage and turn them into the skillet. Add the ricotta and mix well over a brisk flame. Remove from the flames, dust with the chopped herbs, and serve at once.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Olive Nation, 50 Terminal Street, Building 2, 7th floor, Charlestown, MA 02129

Originally posted 2013-07-04 01:49:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3008. BACON, CORN and MASCARPONE TAGLIATELLE

yields four servings

2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1/3 pound lean, thick cut bacon, diced
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 to 6 ears fresh sweet corn on the cob, kernels scraped
2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
black pepper, espelette or cayenne pepper, to taste
1 pound egg tagliatelle or fettuccine
chopped flat-leaf parsley and chives
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in large skillet, add bacon and crisp. Remove to a plate; add onions to the drippings and reduce heat a bit. Cook to soften then add garlic, corn and thyme; cook until corn just begins to lightly brown. Add stock, bring to a bubble and reduce a minute or so. Stir in mascarpone cheese and reduce heat to low. Salt boiling water and cook pasta to al dente. Add a ladle of starchy cooking water to the sauce, drain pasta and add to pan. Toss with corn sauce, bacon and a handful of cheese. Toss vigorously to combine and serve in shallow bowls with parsley and chives on top; pass extra cheese at table.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, July 19, 2013

Originally posted 2013-08-03 01:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2774. SQUID with BACON and GARLIC OIL

yields 4 appetizer servings?

8 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardons
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme leaves

Place the bacon in a medium saute pan over medium heat and cook until lightly golden brown and the fat has been rendered. Increase the heat to high and add the garlic, olive oil, and squid, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the squid for 2 to 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Stir in the herbs and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Bobby Flay, “Tapas,” Boy Meets Grill, Food Network

Originally posted 2012-12-12 08:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter