2711. BACON, EGG and CHICORY SALAD

serves four

7 oz. smoked rindless streaky bacon, diced
6 medium eggs
6 heads mixed red and green chicory
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts optional

Dressing
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons English mustard
1 scant teaspoon caster sugar
sea salt
4 tablespoons walnut or hazelnut oil
3 tablespoons groundnut or vegetable oil

Fry the bacon in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently until golden, then drain on a double thickness of kitchen paper and leave to cool. At the same time, bring a medium-sized pan of water to the boil, gently lower in the eggs and simmer for 7 minutes. Drain the pan, refill with cold water and leave the eggs to cool.

Trim the heads of chicory and separate into leaves, discarding any damaged outer ones.

To make the dressing, whisk the vinegar, mustard, sugar and a little salt together in a medium-sized bowl, then gradually whisk in the oils a tablespoon or two at a time until combined into a thick, deep-yellow dressing. Give it another quick whisk just before serving.

Shell and halve the eggs, which should still be slightly runny in the centre. Arrange the leaves, bacon and eggs on a platter or individual plates, drizzling over the dressing as you go (you may have some left over). Scatter over the walnuts if wished and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Annie Bell, Daily Mail Online, February 4, 2012

Originally posted 2012-10-10 08:53:00. 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

Better with Bacon – Maple Bacon Caramel Corn…

I am TOTALLY making this over the weekend…

Maple Bacon Caramel Corn

Ingredients:

5 slices bacon
6-8 cups air popped popcorn
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup or corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla or maple extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup pecan pieces or halves (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250° F. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate, crumble or chop into chunky pieces and reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the drippings.
Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray and put the popcorn in it, along with the pecans if you’re using them.
Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and reserved bacon drippings in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil without stirring, swirling the pan occasionally, for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and baking soda. It will foam up at first.
Quickly pour over the popcorn and stir to coat well, adding the reserved bacon. Tongs work really well for this! Spread onto a cookie sheet or roasting pan and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Cool.

Makes about 7 cups.

via babble

Originally posted 2011-10-25 20:44:17.

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Originally posted 2014-02-15 08:53:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2955. TORTELLINI with RICOTTA, SPINACH and BACON

serves four

250 grams tortellini
2 rashers lean back bacon
25 grams walnuts pieces
zest ½ lemon, juice of 1
1 tablespoon finely grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for serving
100 grams bag salad spinach
2 tablespoons ricotta

Heat the grill. Boil the pasta according to pack instructions, then tip into a colander and cool under gently running water. Meanwhile, grill the bacon on a baking tray until golden and crisp at the edges. When almost ready, tip the walnuts onto the tray to toast a little. Snip the bacon into strips.

Mix the lemon zest and juice, Parmesan and oil in a large bowl. Season with pepper, then tip in the spinach, tortellini, bacon and walnuts. Toss well, add the ricotta in small blobs, then gently toss. Season to taste, then serve with a drizzle more oil and more Parmesan, if you like.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Jane Hornby, Good Food Magazine, Building 800, Guillat Avenue, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne ME9 8GU

Originally posted 2013-06-11 01:35:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2821. CREAMY BACON and OLIVE TAPENADE SPAGHETTI

yields four servings 

6 ounces pitted black olives, drained
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoon capers
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces spaghetti
5 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
freshly grated parmesan cheese and additional chopped fresh basil for garnish, optional 

In the bowl of a food processor, place the olives, chopped garlic, anchovy paste, capers, lemon zest, walnuts, chopped basil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Process until finely chopped. With the processor running, stream in the olive oil and process until fully combined; set aside. 

Bring 3-4 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Break spaghetti in half lengthwise, add to boiling water and salt according to taste. Cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water; set both spaghetti and pasta water aside. 

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add in the bacon and cook until crisp, approximately 4-5 minutes; remove bacon from skillet and set aside. Remove and discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the skillet. Place skillet with bacon drippings back over medium heat. Add in the onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add in the minced garlic, cook 1 additional minute. To the onions, add in the reserved olive tapenade mixture, cream cheese and about 1/4 cup of the pasta water and cook until cream cheese melts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add in the reserved spaghetti, reserved bacon, minced basil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; mix until fully combined, adding in enough of the remaining pasta water to loosen up the cream cheese mixture and create a sauce. 

To serve, place spaghetti onto a serving platter or dinner plate and garnish with parmesan cheese and additional fresh basil.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Sirbarney (member), Relish.com

Originally posted 2013-01-28 08:23:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2760. BACON and EGG SPINACH SALAD with POPPY SEED DRESSING

yields 10-12 servings?

Poppy Seed Dressing?
1/3 cup red wine vinegar?
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon?
3/4 teaspoon ground dried mustard?
2 teaspoons salt?
3 tablespoons yellow onion, finely minced?
2/3 cup sugar?
1 tablespoon poppy seeds?
1 cup canola oil

Bacon and Egg Salad?
12-15 oz baby spinach?
4-6 slices crisp bacon, crumbled?
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced?
1 small or 1/2 large red onion, sliced very thin?
1 cup thinly sliced button mushrooms, about 5-6 medium?
1/2 cup dried cranberries?
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese, (4 ounces)?
1/2 cup candied walnuts

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake to combine. Or add to a food processor and while processing, slowly add the oil. In this case the onion could be coarsely chopped as it will become fine during processing. Place the spinach, bacon, eggs, red onion, mushrooms, cranberries, cheese and walnuts to a large bowl. Pour dressing over all and gently toss. May save some eggs and bacon to garnish top of salad.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Helen Horton, Saucy Cuisine, September 3, 2011

Originally posted 2012-11-28 09:06:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2202. BUTTER LETTUCE SALAD with PEPPERED BACON, D’ANJOU PEARS, CANDIED WALNUTS and GORGONZOLA VINAIGRETTE

serves eight

1 head butter lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 D’Anjou pear, sliced
2 strips of peppered bacon, cooked and chopped into pieces
1/2 cup candied walnuts

Dressing:
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 small shallot
1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper

Put all of the salad dressing ingredients in a blender and blend well. Toss the greens with half the dressing, then add the walnuts, bacon and pear slices. Taste. If the salad needs more dressing, add a little bit at a time. Gently toss one more time and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Caroline Fey, Mariposa Kitchen, San Francisco, California

Originally posted 2011-05-19 10:17:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter