2587. CRUMBED EGGPLANT STACK with BACON

serves four

2 (about 300 grams each) eggplants, trimmed
95 grams (1 1/2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh continental parsley
75 grams (1/2 cup) plain flour
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg, lightly whisked
canola oil, to shallow-fry
4 bacon rashers, halved crossways
410 grams can spicy Italian-style chopped tomatoes
40 grams (1/4 cup) pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
80 grams baby rocket leaves

Cut each eggplant crossways into six 1cm-thick slices. Combine breadcrumbs and parsley on a plate. Place flour on a plate. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk milk and egg in a bowl. Dip eggplant in flour mixture. Shake off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then in breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat. Add enough oil to a large frying pan to come 1cm up the side. Heat over medium heat. Cook half the eggplant for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat with remaining eggplant. Preheat grill on medium-high. Place the bacon on a tray lined with foil. Cook under grill for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Heat the tomato and olive in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stack the eggplant, bacon and rocket on serving plates. Drizzle over the sauce.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kathy Knudsen, Good Taste, June 2010

Originally posted 2012-06-08 08:25:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2899. POTATO, BACON and PEA CURRY

serves three?

3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 teaspoons olive oil
6 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely sliced
2 small sweet bell peppers (or 1 regular bell pepper), thinly sliced
½ cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
15 grape tomatoes, quartered
1½ teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
? teaspoon red pepper flakes
¾ cup of frozen peas, cooked according to package directions
1 tablespoon red or green curry paste
¼ cup vegetable stock

First, get your potatoes ready. Peel and cube them into 1-inch pieces, then place in a pot and cover with water. Bring it to a boil, then boil for 8-10 minutes, until tender. When ready, drain the water from the potatoes and run them under cold water so that they stop cooking. Set them aside until you’re ready to use them.

Heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in your pot over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until crispy, about 5-8 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside to drain on paper towels. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pot.

Add the shallot and bell pepper and saute until they are softened and beginning to caramelize over medium heat, about 8-10 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and cook until browned and softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and tomatoes, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and the tomatoes have begun to soften. Add in the combined curry powder, turmeric, ginger, coriander, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, and stir. Add the cooked potatoes, the cooked peas, and the crispy bacon, if you’re using it. Stir everything together and add in the curry paste and ¼ cup of vegetable stock. When most of the vegetable stock has simmered away, taste, adjust seasonings as necessary, and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sydney, The Crepes of Wrath, February 25, 2011

Originally posted 2013-04-16 01:04:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2739. CHOPPED SALAD with BACON and FRIED GARBANZO BEANS

serves six

3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
4 slices (1/4 pound) bacon
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small shallot, finely chopped
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, preferably English, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 large head romaine lettuce, trimmed and sliced
1 can (15 ounces) butter beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup small feta cheese cubes
6 tablespoons ranch dressing

Heat 6 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully add garbanzo beans and fry, stirring often, until crisp and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and chili powder; set aside.

Carefully discard oil in skillet and wipe clean. Return skillet to medium heat, add bacon, and cook, turning occasionally, until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces.

In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic, shallot, and remaining 6 tablespoons oil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to make a dressing. Add tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, butter beans, and cheese, tossing gently to combine. Transfer to bowls, drizzle ranch dressing over the top, garnish with bacon and garbanzo beans, and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Traci Des Jardins, O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2011

Originally posted 2012-11-07 09:33:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2801. ROTELLE with BACON, WATERCRESS and CHERRY TOMATOES

makes four servings?

1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips?
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved?
1 teaspoon salt?
3/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper?
1 bunch watercress (about 5 ounces), tough stems removed?
3/4 pound rotelle?
2 tablespoons butter?
2 tablespoons olive oil?
1 scallion including green top, cut into thin slices?
grated Parmesan cheese, for serving?

In a large frying pan, cook the bacon until golden brown and just crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 1 teaspoon of the fat. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper to the pan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the tomatoes soften slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the watercress and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 1 minute. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rotelle until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and toss with the bacon, 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water, the tomato mixture, the butter, and the olive oil. If the pasta seems dry, add more of the reserved pasta water. Top with the sliced scallions. Serve with grated Parmesan.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Food & Wine Magazine.com

Originally posted 2013-01-08 08:15:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2293. BAGELS with BACON-CHIVE CREAM CHEESE

serves four

1/2 cup chopped chives

1 teaspoon whole milk

8 ounces regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

4 slices crispy bacon

4 bagels, sliced in half

4 thick slices tomato

In the bowl of a food processor, combine chives and milk. Pulse several times, scraping down sides with a rubber spatula. Add cream cheese in 3 batches, scraping sides as needed until well blended. Add salt and pepper. Store mixture in a plastic container. (Can be made in advance and refrigerated for 2 to 3 days.)

Crumble bacon and add to cream cheese mixture. Toast bagels, spread with cream cheese, and top with a tomato slice.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Rori Trovato, O, The Oprah Magazine, March 2003

Originally posted 2011-08-18 11:47:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3015. WATERMELON SALAD with BACON VINAIGRETTE

3 cups watermelon, cubed
3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
4 ounces bacon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped
splash, sherry vinegar
black pepper
basil (garnish)

In a large bowl combine 3 cups cubed watermelon, 3 large ripe tomatoes, chopped, and 1/3 cup cubed mozzarella. For the vinaigrette, render 4 ounces chopped bacon in olive oil until crisp. Add some chopped shallot, a splash of sherry vinegar, and lots of black pepper. Toss with the watermelon and tomatoes. Garnish with fresh basil.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Mark Bittman, for Today Food, NBC News

Originally posted 2013-08-10 01:26:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2794. PAN-FRIED BACON with POACHED EGG and BALSAMIC TOMATOES

serves two

1 teaspoon sunflower oil
4 rashers of rindless smoked back bacon?1 teaspoon white wine vinegar?2 free-range very fresh eggs (fridge cold)8 cherry tomatoes, halvedgood handful of watercress?drizzle of good-quality balsamic vinegar?freshly ground black pepper
Brush a large non-stick frying pan with sunflower oil, using the tip of a pastry brush. Place the pan over a medium heat and add the bacon. Cook for two minutes until lightly browned, then turn and dry-fry on the other side for another three minutes. While the bacon is cooking, half fill a medium non-stick saucepan with water, add the vinegar and bring to the boil. Turn the heat to low, so the water is only just bubbling. Crack the eggs into the water, one at a time, spacing them well apart. Cook for 2½ minutes. The eggs should rise to the surface within a minute. If the egg white sticks to the bottom of the pan, lift it gently with a wooden spoon. Alternatively, you can use a hob-top egg poacher, lightly greased with sunflower oil. Add the tomatoes to the pan with the bacon and season with plenty of black pepper. Cook the tomatoes for about a minute until just beginning to soften, turning them once. Put a small pile of watercress on each plate. Place some bacon and tomatoes on the plates and drizzle with a dash of balsamic vinegar. Take the eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon and place them on top. Season with a little more pepper and tuck in right away while it’s all lovely and hot.

bacon recipe courtesy of: The Hairy Bikers, Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight, BBC-Food

Originally posted 2013-01-01 08:19:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter