Tuesday, July 07, 2015


5 slices bacon 
2 cups minced chicken 
1 cup grated carrot 
1/2 cup bread crumbs 
1 tablespoon light soy sauce 
1 dash salt and pepper 
1 tablespoon sesame oil 
2 cloves garlic 
3 small diced pearl onion

1 cup grated carrot 
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

Make mini patties: Mix mince chicken and fine dice bacon with dice garlic and onion with light soy sauce. Add carrot and bread crumbs and seasoning with sesame oil mix well. Shape 6 mini ball then lightly flatten it then brush it with hoisin sauce. In pan with little oil pan grill both side of the mini burger. Put on parchment paper and bake at 200 C / 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes or longer depending on the size of the burger. Serve with fresh grated carrot and top additional hoisin sauce.

bacon recipe source: Lee Goh (member), Allthecooks.com, January 10 2014

Monday, July 06, 2015


serves four

Cajun Catfish
4 catfish fillets
½ cup fish breading
1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
1½ to 2 cups frying oil

Honey Dijon Bacon Potato Salad
5 cups baby Yukon gold potatoes, cooked and quartered
1 medium red onion, diced
1½ cups celery, diced
1 cup bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Creole mustard
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce to taste

Potato salad: Combine all ingredients and mix well. Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate.

Catfish: Combine fish breading and Creole seasoning in shallow bowl. Coat catfish in breading, lightly shaking off any excess. In large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Fry catfish until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Place on paper towel to drain. Serve immediately with potato salad.

bacon recipe source: Viking Range, LLC (@VikingRange), Greenwood, Mississippi; The Catfish Institute, Jackson, Mississippi

Sunday, July 05, 2015


serves four

1 pound cheese or meat tortellini
4 ounces sliced bacon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups arugula (about 1 bunch)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 7 to 8 minutes. Reserve the bacon and discard the drippings. Wipe out the skillet and return it to medium heat. Add the butter and swirl or stir with a wooden spoon as it starts to foam and sputter. Remove from heat as soon as it begins to turn golden brown and smells nutty, about 1 minute. Break the bacon into small pieces and add to the skillet with the arugula, salt, pepper, and cooked tortellini; toss well. Divide among individual bowls.
bacon recipe source: Sara Quessenberry, Real Simple (@realsimple), April 2007

Saturday, July 04, 2015


makes eight servings

4 small red onions
1 tablespoon olive oil
170 grams cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup strong dark ale
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 25 cm packaged soft flatbreads
1 1/2 cups torn mesclun mix
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
6 slices crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled

 Peel and halve onions. Brush with oil, then sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Grill onions on the rack of a covered charcoal or gas grill directly over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until charred and slightly softened, turning once halfway through grilling. Cool.

In a bowl whisk together cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper until smooth. Chop two grilled onions; stir into cream cheese mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Quarter remaining two onions; set aside.

Grill flatbreads on rack of a covered grill directly over medium-high heat for 2 to 4 minutes or until crisp, turning once halfway through. Transfer to cutting board. Spread half of cream cheese mixture onto each flatbread. Top with arugula, tomatoes, bacon and quatered onions. Slice and serve.

bacon recipe source: The Breeze (@thebreezenz), Level 3/239 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland/PO Box 8880, Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Friday, July 03, 2015


serves 4-6 

500 grams Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed, halved through the root 
125 grams smoked, streaky bacon, chopped 
olive oil, for frying 
100 ml masala 
50 grams flaked almonds 
3 tablespoons double cream

Fill a bowl with cold, iced water. Bring a pan of salted water to a boil and add the sprouts. Bring back to a boil and simmer for 2–3 minutes, drain, then plunge the sprouts directly into the cold water and leave for 5 minutes.

Put a non-stick frying pan or sauté pan over a medium heat and fry the bacon in a little oil until crisp. Add the marsala and reduce by half, then take off the heat and leave to cool.

In a dry pan over a medium heat, toast the almonds for a minute or two, stirring regularly, until golden. Set aside in a bowl.

Put the pan with bacon in it over a medium heat. When it starts to fizzle, add the sprouts and the cream and bring back to a gentle boil. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 3 minutes.

Scatter the toasted almonds over the sprouts and serve.

bacon recipe source: Good Food Channel (@GoodFoodChannel), UK-TV

Thursday, July 02, 2015


makes about 36 pieces

1/2 lb. (half a package) bacon
Square wonton wrappers
4 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. guava paste
Cooking oil (for deep frying)
Water (to glue the wontons)

Slice the entire package of bacon down the middle so you have shorter pieces to cook. Fry these in a hot skillet until they are crispy, but not burned. Drain on paper towels and chop roughly into smaller pieces.

Separate the thin sheets of wonton. I used both 1 and 2 sheets. Two sheets add more crunch. This will depend on your personal preference.

Cut up the guava into small pieces.

To build the wontons, place small pieces of guava in the center of the wonton.

Spread with cream cheese, drop a few pieces of the roughly chopped bacon into this little cream cheese nest.

Dip your fingertip in water and run a tiny bit of water around the edges of the wonton. This acts like glue. You can also use egg white for this. Grab the corners of the wonton and squish corners together to create a little pouch.

Heat your oil in a deep skillet. The depth of the oil should just cover the wontons.

Fry quickly in the very hot oil. It should only take about 10-15 seconds, if that. Work in small batches. Don't do more than 3 or 4 at a time. They cook very quickly.

Drain cooked wontons on a paper towel.

Let them cool slightly before eating. They’re great at room temperature.

Serve and receive your praises.

bacon recipe source: Marta Darby (@Smrtqbn), My Big Fat Cuban Family, March 26, 2015

Bacon Guava Cream Cheese Bites 

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  • 1/2 lb. (half a package) Farmland® Classic Cut Bacon
  • Square wonton wrappers (I used the small ones.)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 4 oz. guava paste
  • Cooking oil (for deep frying)
  • Water (to glue the wontons)
1) Slice the entire package of bacon down the middle so you have shorter pieces to cook.
2) Fry these in a hot skillet until they are crispy, but not burned.
3) Drain on paper towels and chop roughly into smaller pieces.
4) Separate the thin sheets of wonton. I used both 1 and 2 sheets. Two sheets add more crunch. This will depend on your personal preference. I tried some both ways and I was equally happy.
5) Cut up the guava into small pieces.
6) To build the wontons, place small pieces of guava in the center of the wonton.
7) Spread with cream cheese, drop a few pieces of the roughly chopped bacon into this little cream cheese nest.
8) Dip your fingertip in water and run a tiny bit of water around the edges of the wonton. This acts like glue. You can also use egg white for this. Grab the corners of the wonton and squish (<—yes, that’s the technical term for it) corners together to create a little pouch.
9) Heat your oil in a deep skillet. The depth of the oil should just cover the wontons.
10) Fry quickly in the very hot oil. It should only take about 10-15 seconds, if that. Work in small batches. Don't do more than 3 or 4 at a time. They cook very quickly.
11) Drain cooked wontons on a paper towel.
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12) Let them cool slightly before eating. They’re great at room temperature.
13) Serve and receive your praises.
Makes about 36 pieces.
- See more at: http://www.mybigfatcubanfamily.com/my_big_fat_cuban_family/2015/03/bacon-guava-cream-cheese-bites-recipe.html#sthash.risKDMzw.dpuf

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


yields four servings

1 package kelp noodles
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
1/4 onion, diced
1 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup black olives, sliced
extra virgin olive oil, to taste
balsamic vinegar, to taste

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the olive oil and vinegar and toss. Drizzle on oil and vinegar to taste and toss.

bacon recipe source: Heather Resler, Cook it Up Paleo (@CookItUpPaleo), June 1, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


2 rashers bacon, chopped
1 onion finely chopped
1 large potato peeled and chopped into cubes
1 chile finely sliced
1 corn cob kernels removed
2 tablespoons butter
1 glass white wine
4 cups milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper
7 oz. flaked marlin
2 spring onions finely chopped

Melt butter in pan. Add bacon, fry till crispy, remove. Add onions and chili sauté till translucent. Add potatoes and corn. Add about 1/2 cup of water and simmer till the potatoes are just fork tender. Add white wine. Bring to boil and evaporate wine. Add milk. Season to taste. Bring to simmer and gently cook about 5 minutes. Meanwhile flake the marlin. Add to chowder. Let sit about 5 minutes for flavors to meld. Serve in your pretty bowls and garnish with spring onions.

bacon recipe source: Gilli Wrightston, So So Simple Food, February 21, 2008

Monday, June 29, 2015


serves one

2 slices crusty artisan bread
3-4 oz. of crescenza cheese
2 strips thick-sliced smoked bacon, cooked
1 ripe peach, sliced and coarsely chopped/mashed
butter or oil for grilling

Layer sandwich with crescenza cheese, bacon, peaches and another layer of crescenza cheese. Heat oil or butter in pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Place sandwich in pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, turning often to ensure the bread doesn’t burn. If the bread is cooking too fast, reduce the heat so the cheese has time to melt. Remove from pan, cut in half and enjoy!

bacon recipe source: The La Crema Blog, La Crema Winery (@LaCremaWines), July 10, 2013

Sunday, June 28, 2015


8 whole herring, gutted, cleaned, and patted dry (see below)
4 slices of bacon
salt & pepper

How to process your whole herring: First you have to scale it. Using a teaspoon, hold the fish by the tail, and scrape opposite the scales. Be firm, but you don’t have to go too hard, since herring scales are light. Turn the fish around, you may want to hold it by the head sometimes, and just scrape until you’ve got most of the scales off.

Sharpen your paring knife. Place your scaled fish on the cutting board and slice into the fish’s “vent” and up to the “neck.” Use your hands and a teaspoon to scrape out the innards. You will either discover two white or orange pouches. That will tell you if it’s male (white = fish sperm) or orange (female = eggs).

Rinse your scaled, gutted fish, and get ready to cook it!

Fire up your broiler (I used my toaster oven, this also would be great on a grill in a basket) and salt and pepper your fish. Depending on the size of your bacon, you should be able to wrap half a piece of bacon around your smelt. Put them on a grill on a tray so the bacon can drain and leave the fish crispy, and pop them into the oven. Turn at least once about 6 minutes in, cook for around 15 minutes total, until crispy.

bacon recipe source: Kirk Lombard, Sea Forager (@Seaforager), January 8, 2014

Saturday, June 27, 2015


serves four

2 pounds of ground beef 80% lean/20% fat blend
8 slices of apple wood smoked bacon
8 ounces Crescenza cheese
8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
4 brioche buns, or alternative artisanal bread, toasted
8 tablespoons of Thousand Island dressing (recipe below)
Handful of washed wild arugula

Thousand Island dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 ounce pickles, minced
1/2 ounce shallots, minced
1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Heat a griddle or sauté pan over medium high heat, coat with olive oil. In a bowl, combine beef and salt and pepper to taste to form four 5-inch patties. Cook patties for about 8-9 minutes in pan, flipping once, to desired doneness. While burgers are cooking, place all the bacon in a skillet, cook for about 5 minutes on each side, reserve. Just before patties are cooked, place the Crescenza and Gorgonzola on top until melted; remove from heat and let rest.

Mix ingredients for the Thousand Island dressing in a bowl and set aside.

Halve the toasted brioche buns, then spread dressing on each side. Layer the bacon and arugula to complete the burger. Serve warm.

bacon recipe source: 25 Degrees Restaurant, 412 Walnut Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; Katherine Spiers, KCET, May 7, 2013

Friday, June 26, 2015


Chocolate Cake:
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup buttermilk or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Glaze:
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2-4 tablespoons milk
6-8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your Bundt pan well. Sift cake mix into a small bowl to remove any lumps and add instant pudding mix to it. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, sour cream, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in cake mix and instant pudding mix until smooth. Add chocolate chips and stir again. Dump into prepared pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
Glaze: Combine powdered sugar, butter and 2 Tbsp. milk. Add more milk if needed to reach a pourable consistency.
Pour glaze over cooled cake and spindle bacon on top. Go heavy on the bacon, your man will appreciate it.
bacon recipe source: Lizzy Mae Early, Your Cup of Cake (@LizzysCupOfCake), August 15, 2013

Thursday, June 25, 2015


makes 4-6 servings

2 pounds sunchokes, scrubbed well and cut into 1-inch wedges
1 pound carrots, cut into 2-inch diagonal pieces
1 pound parsnips, cut into 2-inch diagonal pieces
3/4 cup olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2/3 cup)
6 shallots, thinly sliced (about 2/3 cup)
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 500ºF.

In a medium bowl, combine the sunchokes, carrots, parsnips, olive oil, the salt, and the pepper. Transfer the vegetables to a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until lightly caramelized and tender, stirring once midway through cooking.

While the vegetables are roasting, place the bacon in a small saute pan over medium-high heat and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shallots, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the bacon fat is rendered and the shallots are lightly caramelized. Drain, discarding all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan.

Transfer the bacon/shallot mixture to a medium mixing bowl. Add the garlic, parsley, and sugar, and whisk to combine. Whisk in the vinegar. Slowly whisk in the remaining olive oil, and set aside.

Transfer the roasted vegetables to the mixing bowl, and toss with the vinaigrette to combine. Serve warm.

bacon recipe source: Emeril Lagasse, for Good Morning America (@GMA), ABC-TV

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


serves four

1 pound bucatini
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling, plus 1 tablespoon
8 slices smoky bacon, chopped
3-4 spring Vidalia onions with a few inches of green tops intact, very thinly sliced or 2 leeks, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, then washed and dried
4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 red chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped or 1 jalapeño or red Fresno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup dry white wine
black pepper
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley (a couple of handfuls), chopped
a handful of basil leaves, torn or shredded
a generous handful of grated Pecorino cheese, plus some to pass at table

Heat a large pot of water to a boil for bucatini, season water with salt then cook pasta to al dente.

In a deep skillet or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp; remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve on a paper towel-lined plate. Drain off some fat if the pan has more than a couple of tablespoons of drippings. Add the sliced spring Vidalia onions or leeks, garlic and hot pepper and sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add the tomatoes and stir to combine; cover the pan. Shake the pan occasionally and cook until the tomatoes begin to burst, 6-8 minutes. Uncover the pot and mash up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, add the wine and stir for 1-2 minutes. Season the sauce with some salt and black pepper, to taste, then reduce the heat to low.

When the pasta is ready, add a ladle of the starchy cooking water to the sauce along with the parsley, bacon and bucatini and toss for 1-2 minutes with an extra tablespoon of olive oil. Turn off the heat and toss in the basil and cheese; serve immediately.

bacon recipe source: Rachael Ray.com, August 8, 2012

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


serves 1-2

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 slices of bacon
1 clove garlic, minced
2 chopped green onions
1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons fregola (pasta)
2/3 cup canned tomatoes
2/3 cup water or chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Warm the garlic in the oil in a pan. Scissor the bacon into thin-ish strips and then add it to the pan and cook until the bacon is crispy.

Decant the bacon onto a paper towel but leave the juices in the pan. Into this warmed oil, add the spring onions and cook for about a minute. At this point, tip in the fregola and stir it around making sure each grain is slick with the bacon grease. This will just take a second or two. Make sure you’re doing this over medium-low heat because you don’t want to brown the fregola.

You can now add the tomatoes and the water or broth. Stir the mixture around a little and then crank up the heat until the fregola comes to a boil. At this point we’re going to treat the dish a lot like cooking rice on the stove. Put on a lid and turn the heat down to the lowest it will go. The fregola has to soak up all the juices!

After about 12 minutes the fregola should be cooked through. Just like with rice, use a fork to fluff up the pasta. The little morsels of pasta will be tender and there should be little to no liquid left in the pan. You can top this tasty pasta with more green onions but definitely with a handful of shaved parmesan!

bacon recipe source: Food Without The Fuss, April 18, 2013

Monday, June 22, 2015


serves 2 and is easily doubled

8 ounces dried spaghetti
4 slices thick-sliced bacon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
juice of 1 lemon
small handful coarsely chopped parsley
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
salt and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
2 large eggs, poached

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place uncooked bacon on a single layer atop the foil. Place in the oven and allow to cook until  bacon is crisp, 8 to 12 minutes depending on how crisp you like your bacon. Remove from the oven and placed the bacon on two paper towel atop a dinner plate. Allow to rest until cool enough to handle. When cool, chop coarsely.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a large pinch of salt to the boiling water and add dry spaghetti. Cook until al-dente then drain.

While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the sliced garlic and cook over low heat until the oil is fragrant and the garlic is just slightly golden. Remove from the heat and add butter. Stir to melt.

In a large bowl, toss together warm drained pasta, garlic oil with butter, lemon juice, parsley, bacon, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Poach eggs, according to your own genius.

Divide between bowls and top with egg. Sprinkle with a bit more cheese and crushed red pepper flakes. This breakfast is best served the day it is made.

bacon recipe source: Joy Wilson, Joy the Baker (@joythebaker), September 2, 2013

Sunday, June 21, 2015


makes six

For the doughnuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

For the maple bacon glaze:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons whole milk
5 strips bacon, cooked & crumbled 

Make the doughnuts: Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts. Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown. Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly. The butter will begin to smell nutty. Remove from heat and immediately and set aside to cool. In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Add browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined being sure not to overmix batter. Transfer batter into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip the tip with a pair of scissors and pipe batter into each doughnut mold about  three-quarters full with batter. Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. While the doughnuts cool, make the glaze.

Make the glaze: In a medium bowl, mix the confectioner's sugar with maple syrup and vanilla extract until sugar starts dissolving. Slowly add milk to thin out the glaze. You might only need 1 tablespoon so mix as you go. Add more if necessary.

Spoon glaze over each doughnut. While glaze is still wet, add the bacon crumbles on top of each doughnut. Doughnuts are best served the day they're made. Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate if you have any left after day one.

bacon recipe source: Tracy Benjamin, Shutterbean (@shutterbean), November 6, 2013

Saturday, June 20, 2015


yields four servings

2 cups shelled boiled peanuts
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 small clove fresh garlic
4 tablespoons good-quality olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper, as needed
1/4 cup cooked bacon, chopped fine, for garnish
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, for garnish

1 loaf kalamata olive bread or baguette, thinly sliced
Olive oil, for drizzling
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan

For the hummus: Set the peanuts on a baking sheet lined with paper towels and allow to air dry for 30 minutes.

Transfer to a clean kitchen towel and roll the peanuts around while applying light pressure with the palm of your hand. This will remove some of the skins off of the peanuts.

Place the peanuts, lemon juice, tahini, parsley, coriander, cumin, paprika and garlic in a food processor. Process for 1 minute and then, with the motor still running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil. The hummus should have a smooth, loosely spreadable consistency. Adjust with a tablespoon of hot water if needed. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to your serving bowl of choice. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, the crumbled bacon and feta cheese.

For the toast: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lay your thinly sliced bread pieces on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Bake until golden brown and fully crisped, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve alongside your delicious hummus.
bacon recipe source: Levon Wallace, Chef of Proof on Main, 21c Museum Hotel (@21cLouisville), Louisville, KY

Friday, June 19, 2015


1 lbs. chicken tenders (about 10 chicken tenders)
10 strips bacon, sliced in half length-wise
½ -1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
⅔ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons chili powder

Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder,italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chicken tenders, (top and bottom) completely coating them generously in the spices. Wrap two sliced bacon strips around the chicken tender. Tuck in and loose ends. Mix together brown sugar and chili powder. Sprinkle this mixture generously over bacon wrapped chicken, top and bottom. Press the sugar mixture into the chicken to pack it on. Place the chicken on a greased grill pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is done and bacon is crisp. You can broil for the last few minutes if desired to crisp up the bacon more. Serve hot. Garnish with parsley if desired. 

bacon recipe courtesy of: Monique, Divas Can Cook (@divascancook), January 1, 2014

Thursday, June 18, 2015


yields four servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken (chicken breast or tenders)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil - combined)
5 medium tomatoes, chopped in large cubes
1 cup cooked spinach
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
6 bacon strips, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
1 and 1/3 cups half and half
1 and 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
10 oz penne pasta
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving

In a large skillet, on high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until hot. Add chicken and cook on one side on high heat for 1 minute. While it cooks, sprinkle the uncooked sides of the chicken with paprika and Italian seasoning. Flip the chicken over, and cook on the other side for 1 minute on high heat. Reduce heat to medium, flip chicken over again and cook, covered, for several minutes until no longer pink in the center. Remove chicken from the pan and keep chicken warm.

To the same pan (but without chicken), add chopped tomatoes, spinach, garlic, crushed red pepper, 1/3 of the chicken (sliced into small strips) and half the bacon (already cooked and drained of fat). Mix everything.

Add half and half and bring to boil. Only after half and half starts boiling, add grated Parmesan cheese - immediately reduce to simmer and stir, while simmering, until the cheese melts and makes the sauce creamy, only about 1 minute (at most 2 minutes). Then, immediately remove from heat. Season with more crushed red pepper and salt, if needed.

In the mean time bring a large pot of water to boil, add pasta and cook it according to instructions. Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water and drain again.

Add pasta to the skillet with the sauce. Add remaining half of bacon (cooked and drained of fat). Season with more salt if necessary. Slice the remaining 2/3 of chicken into thin strips. To serve, top the pasta with chicken strips and grated Parmesan cheese.

bacon recipe source: Julia's Album (@JuliasAlbum), February 26, 2015