Bacon Recipes

Red Potatoes with Bacon and Gorgonzola

My family refers to these red potatoes with bacon and gorgonzola as "crack" potatoes because they are so addicting! Better yet, they are easy to prepare and make the perfect side dish for just about anything. We enjoy them with hamburgers, steaks, pork chops, ribs, and even seafood. 

When selecting red potatoes, look for small to medium sized tubers as they will cook faster and be much easier to smash. Larger potatoes are a bit more difficult to work with and often fall apart during the smashing. If this occurs, simply use your hands to form potato patties. Be certain that potatoes are fork tender and lightly oil the bottom of a glass for a more uniform smash.


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Yield: 12 potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:

12 small red potatoes
3 teaspoons Himalayan Pink Salt or coarse Sea Salt (2 teaspoons for salting water and 1 teaspoon for seasoning)
4-5 slices thick Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Peanut Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Gorgonzola Cheese crumbles

DIRECTIONS:

1. Thoroughly wash potatoes and place in a large pot. Add enough water to cover potatoes with about an inch of water above.

2. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and bring water to a boil over high heat. 

3. Reduce heat to simmer and cook potatoes until completely tender; about 30 minutes. 

4. While potatoes are boiling, prepare bacon. Fry in a skillet or bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Drain grease from bacon and after it's cooled, chop into pieces and set aside.

5. Drain cooked potatoes and let cool for a few minutes.

6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Lightly grease the bottom of a drinking glass. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and gently smash each one to form a patty.

8. Brush each potato patty with a light coat of oil, then season with salt and pepper.

9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, turning potatoes over once.

10. Remove potatoes from oven and top each with bacon crumbles and Gorgonzola cheese. 

11. Return to oven and bake for 3-4 minutes or until cheese becomes bubbly and light golden brown.

12. Remove from oven, transfer to serving plate and serve immediately. 

 

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos Stuffed with BBQ Meatloaf and Cheese

When making the BBQ Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Onion Bombs from the previous post, you'll likely have some leftover meat. Here's a way to utilize leftover meatloaf and squeeze an extra meal out of it.

Not only are these stuffed jalapenos perfect for a fast dinner, they also make fabulous appetizers. They pair well with garlic butter rice, brown rice, fries, and loaded baked potatoes. 

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Yields: 12 individual peppers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 large Jalapeno peppers, cut in half with seeds removed and stems intact (cut stems to 1/2")
1/2-cup raw BBQ meatloaf
6 slices thick Bacon
1/4-cup Cheddar Cheese, finely shredded

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Fill each jalapeno half with meatloaf mixture; about 1 Tablespoon per pepper.

3. Cut bacon in half and wrap diagonally around each pepper to cover meatloaf. (Start on the top and gently pull bacon to extend length as you wrap).

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4. Place in a baking pan and bake for 15-18 minutes; until bacon is slightly crispy with brown edges. Remove from oven and carefully top each pepper with a pinch of shredded cheese.

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5. Return to oven and bake for 2-3 minutes; until cheese is melted and bubbly.

6. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to serving dish and enjoy.

 

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Black Beans and Rice with Bacon and Andouille Sausage

Success-thai-jasmine-white-rice-the-cheap-gourmetAs a food blogger, I am often asked to test and review products. Such is the case with Success® Rice. You're likely familiar with the brand, as they revolutionized the boil-in-bag process; making it a breeze to prepare perfect rice in 10 minutes.

Success Rice sent a package of their fragrant Thai Jasmine white rice, which has a nutty flavor and flowery fragrance. Jasmine rice is one of my favorites and I use it often.

I was given free reign to prepare any type of dish I wanted. As one who loves to experiment with different techniques and flavor profiles, I decided to try a Brazilian-Thai fusion entree.

I scoured Success Rice Pinterest page for ideas. I was inspired by several pins and am now armed with a new arsenal of rice recipes. It offers a wealth of information and great options for easy family dinners, comfort foods, lunch recipes, seasonal dishes and much more.

I also visited the Success Rice website, which offers hundreds of recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert. They have a great Healthy Living section and provide an abundance of product information, cooking tips, and frequently asked cooking questions.

The following recipe is a take on Brazilian black bean stew and Thai garlic butter rice. 

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Black Beans and Rice with Bacon and Andouille Sausage
Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

 INGREDIENTS:

 Bacon, Sausage, Black Bean Stew

 4-5 slices hickory smoked Bacon, diced

2 links Andouille Sausage, quartered and diced

1/2 large White Onion, finely chopped

1 medium Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped

2 (16 oz) cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed

3 large Garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried Oregano

1 tsp dried Parsley

1 tsp Adobo seasoning

1 tsp ground Cumin

1 tsp ground Black Pepper

1 Bay leaf

2 cups Beef Broth

1 medium Tomato, medium chopped

2 individual packages Success Jasmine Rice

DIRECTIONS:

 1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add chopped bacon and stir frequently to render fat. Cook until edges begin to brown, then add sausage. Stir together and cook for about 5 minutes or until sausage skin begins to crisp.

 2. Add onion and green pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until onion becomes translucent. Stir frequently.

 3. Add the black beans, garlic, seasonings, and bay leaf. Stir together and cook for 2-3 minutes.

 4. Add beef broth and reduce heat to medium low. The stew needs to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until beans begin to break down and easily mashed with a fork.

 5. In a large saucepan, add 3 quarts water and rice packages.  Bring to a boil and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes. 

 6. Remove rice with tongs or fork and drain thoroughly. Cut bag open and pour into a serving dish.

 7. Add chopped tomatoes and gently fold into stew.

8. Transfer stew to a bowl and serve items side by side or spoon the stew on top of the rice.

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I'm very glad I had the opportunity to experiment with Success Jasmine Rice and hope I've inspired you to try something new. One thing is certain, the company lives up to their name and provides a no-fail rice that is aromatic, flavorful and easy to prepare.

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Bacon, Gorgonzola and Scallion Belgian Waffles

Ready to gourmet-up your waffle? Love eating waffles for dinner? If so, you will love this Bacon, Gorgonzola, and Scallion Belgian Waffle! This sweet and savory treat is super easy to prepare and will leave you satisfied and full.

Not only is this bacon and cheese waffle a great meal, it is also a great appetizer. Rather than serve it whole, cut into 8 slices and serve with warm maple syrup and confectioner's sugar. It's amazing!

While I prefer homemade waffle mix, you can substitute with boxed mix. One of my favs is Krusteaz brand. You can also change up this recipe by using different types of bacon and cheese. 

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BACON, GORGONZOLA, AND SCALLION BELGIAN WAFFLES RECIPE

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4-5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices Cherrywood or Applewood Bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 Scallions, thinly sliced. Reserve 2 Tablespoons for garnish
1/2 cup Gorgonzola Cheese, grated
2 cups all-purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1-1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons Sugar
3 Eggs
2 cups Buttermilk
2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
1 Tablespoon Bacon grease

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add bacon slices and cook each side for 4-5 minutes; until crisp. Transfer bacon slices to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease. When cool, chop bacon into small bits.
2. Slice scallions thinly and set aside.
3. Grate cheese and set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk ingredients until well combined.
5. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and bacon grease.
6. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Batter will be somewhat lumpy.
7. Fold in bacon bits, cheese, and scallions.
8. Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
9. Lightly spray waffle iron with non-stick spray.
10. Add about 1 cup of batter per waffle. Close waffle iron and cook until light turns green.
11. Transfer waffles to serving plate and top with maple syrup and scallions.


Deep Fried Bacon and Cheese Biscuit Appetizers

Okay, so I know there is absolutely nothing healthy about these deep fried bacon and cheese biscuit appetizers, but sometimes a person needs a little guilty pleasure. This is one of mine. Chances are it will become one of yours too!

Not only are these bacon and cheese biscuits deliciously tasty, they are also super easy to make. You can enjoy these wicked appetizers in about 20 minutes from start to finish. Experiment with different types of bacon and cheeses to create your own flavor profile.


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DEEP FRIED BACON AND CHEESE BISCUIT APPETIZERS
Yield: 20 appetizers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

6 cups vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
1 can of 5 count Buttermilk biscuits
10 slices bacon – medium to thick cut works best
20 1-inch cube Mozzarella cheese
20 toothpicks

NOTE: It's best to use a deep fryer, but if you don't have one use a large skillet.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in deep fryer or skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. While oil is heating, quarter each biscuit and set aside.
3. Cut Mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes.
4. Cut bacon slices in half.
5. Gently flatten biscuit quarters into rounds. Place cheese cube in center; fold sides over cheese; and roll into a ball. Wrap with ½ slice bacon and cover as much of the biscuit as possible. Secure with toothpick.
6. Carefully drop biscuits into hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip. Remove from oil when bacon is crisp. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease. Serve and enjoy!

 


Bacon Wrapped New Potatoes

My husband saw someone making bacon wrapped new potatoes on a TV show and decided to try them. They were so yummy that they quickly became one of our favorite side dishes.

Besides being delicious these bacon wrapped new potatoes are easy to prepare and quick to cook. They can be baked, broiled or grilled and make a great side dish or appetizer.

Since the bacon is secured to potatoes using toothpicks it's best to soak the picks in water for a few minutes to prevent them from burning – unlike the ones in the photos.


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BACON WRAPPED NEW POTATOES
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Servings: 12-18 potatoes (varies depending on number of potatoes in cans)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12-15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

8 slices thick Bacon, cut in half (adjust according to number of potatoes)
2 (15 ounce) cans whole new potatoes, drained
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toothpicks

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place toothpicks in small bowl, cover with water, and soak for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Wrap each potato with half-slice of bacon and secure with toothpick.
4. Place potatoes in baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp. Turn potatoes halfway through cooking time.
5. Remove from oven and transfer to plate lined with paper towels to absorb grease. Let sit 2-3 minutes then transfer to serving plate.

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Bacon and Bleu Cheese Potato Pockets

Bacon and blue cheese potato pockets are one of my favorite side dishes. Not only are they easy to prepare, they are perfect for grilling out and tailgate parties. They pair well with hamburgers, steaks, hot dogs, and chicken and can even serve as a vegetarian dish if you don't add the bacon.

I add coconut oil to add another layer of flavor to my bacon and bleu cheese potato pockets. Sometimes, I'll swap it out for bacon grease or olive oil, but you can also use vegetable or peanut oil depending on personal preference. If you're feeling extra adventurous consider adding chopped jalapeno peppers with or without the seeds.

Bacon and Bleu Cheese Potato Pockets
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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:

4-6 slices thick Bacon, cooked and chopped
2 large Russet Potatoes, quartered and thinly sliced
1 small Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
4 ounces Bleu Cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; about 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb grease. Let cool and chop into small pieces.
3. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together except coconut oil.
4. Tear off 4 sheets of aluminum foil. Place 1/4 of mixture on the center of the foil.

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5.Add 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil to each. Pull foil together in the center and fold over edges.

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6. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes. Carefully unwrap foil and serve immediately. 

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Italian Sausage, Bacon, and White Beans Casserole

This Italian sausage, bacon, and white beans casserole is a hearty meal that will keep you warm on chilly winter nights. It's packed with amazing flavor and topped with refrigerated biscuits for a complete one-dish meal.


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ITALIAN SAUSAGE, BACON, AND WHITE BEANS CASSEROLE
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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 to 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

6 slices thick Bacon, chopped
1 pound bulk Italian Sausage
1 medium Onion, chopped
3 large cloves Garlic, finely chopped
1 can (15 ounces) Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
2 medium Tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon dried Basil
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon dried Parsley
1 can (12 ounces) refrigerated Buttermilk biscuits

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

2. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook chopped bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Transfer bacon to a small bowl lined with a paper towel to absorb grease.

3. Add Italian sausage to skillet and cook until no longer pink inside; about 8 minutes.

4. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent; about 2-3 minutes.

5. Stir in beans, tomatoes, and herbs. Heat to boiling over high heat; about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to casserole dish.

6. Separate refrigerated biscuits and arrange over casserole.

7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until casserole is thoroughly heated and biscuits are golden brown. Let sit for 5 minutes and transfer to serving plates.

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Bacon Buttermilk Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting

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I'm excited to share my Bacon Buttermilk Pancake Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting recipe. Not to brag, but these are the best cupcakes I have ever baked. Not only do you receive the goodness of a bacon-stuffed pancake, but also the divine decadence of maple buttercream frosting topped with a piece of chocolate covered bacon. Life doesn't get much better than this!

I created the bacon buttermilk pancake cupcakes with maple buttercream frosting as an entry into the Denny's/Foodbuzz BACONALIA challenge. Not only do I have a chance to win cash and a gift card to Denny's restaurant, I was able to experiment with one of my favorite foods – BACON!

These cupcakes taste like buttermilk pancakes, but are the texture of carrot cake. They are very easy to make and perfect for birthday parties, cook-outs, and special occasion events.

It's best to prepare the bacon beforehand to provide ample time to drain excess grease. I used thick sliced smoked bacon and baked in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. You can find the recipe for spicy hot chocolate covered bacon here. You don't have to garnish with chocolate bacon, but it takes the cupcake to an entirely new level.

BACON BUTTERMILK PANCAKE CUPCAKES WITH MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING AND CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

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Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bacon Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
Cupcake Bake Time: 10-12 minutes

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
12 slices thick Bacon
2-1/2 cups Cake Flour (can substitute with all-purpose or wheat flour, if desired)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon ground Ginger
1 stick unsalted Butter, softened
3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
2 large Eggs
1-1/4 cups pure Maple Syrup
1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Buttermilk (shake well)
3/4 cup Walnuts, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Line 18"x13" baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange bacon slices, leaving a bit of room between each slice.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until dark golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and transfer to paper towel lined plate to absorb grease.
4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
4. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ginger together.
5. In a large mixing bowl, add butter and sugar. Using a handheld mixer on medium setting beat butter and sugar together until creamy.
6. Add eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix until ingredients are incorporated.
7. Add one-third of flour mixture and mix for about 30 seconds. Add one-third buttermilk and mix for another 30 seconds. Repeat, alternating one-third flour and one-third buttermilk at a time.
8. Chop 6 slices of bacon into small bits.
8. Add bacon bits and walnuts to mixture and gently stir ingredients by hand to incorporate.
9. Line muffin tin with paper or tin cupcake liners or lightly grease muffin pan with butter, vegetable oil, or vegetable oil spray.
10. Bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
11. Transfer to baking rack and let cool to room temperature.

MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Yield: 2-1/2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup unsalted Butter, softened
3 ounces Philly Cream Cheese, softened
2/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Pancake Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Confectioner's Sugar

DIRECTIONS:
1. In a medium mixing bowl, add butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and salt. Using handheld mixer on medium setting beat ingredients together until creamy.
2. In a measuring cup, combine maple syrup, pancake syrup, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle into butter mixture until ingredients are incorporated.
3. Slowly add confectioner's sugar, about 1/4-cup at a time, into frosting mixture. Increase speed to high and beat until frosting forms fluffy peaks.
4. Place frosting in refrigerator and chill for one hour.
5. Frost cupcakes using a flat icing knife or decorator bag with large tip.
6. Break remaining 6 pieces of bacon into 3 pieces per slice.

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Outrageous Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffle

Bacon buttermilk belgian waffleIf you crave dessert for breakfast, you'll love this Outrageous Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffle recipe. The past few weeks I've been experimenting with bacon recipes to submit in the Denny's/Foodbuzz BACONALIA challenge. Regardless of whether I win or not, I've had a blast playing with bacon. My kitchen has become so aromatic that my neighbors are calling wanting to sample my creations.

The following Outrageous Bacon Buttermilk Belgian Waffle recipe is made from a homemade batter that is slathered in organic creamy peanut butter and topped with brown sugar glazed bananas and homemade maple syrup whipped cream. Are you drooling yet?

I'm certain you could make this recipe using a boxed waffle or pancake mix. If so, I'd recommend using less water because the batter needs to be rather thick to accommodate the bacon slices. Before we get to the recipe, please note that this recipe is being submitted for competition to win prizes in the Denny's Foodbuzz BACONALIA challenge.

This recipe requires a bit of multi-tasking. Prepare the maple syrup whipped cream first and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Next, prepare the bacon and drain excess grease before preparing the waffle batter. While the waffles are cooking, prepare the glazed bananas.

OUTRAGEOUS BACON BUTTERMILK BELGIAN WAFFLE WITH PEANUT BUTTER, BROWN SUGAR GLAZED BANANAS AND HOMEMADE MAPLE SYRUP WHIPPED CREAM

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HOMEMADE MAPLE SYRUP WHIPPED CREAM
Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 15 to 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:
1. Chill a medium size metal bowl in freezer for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Remove bowl from freezer and add heavy cream.
3. Using a handheld mixer, beat cream on medium setting until it begins to thicken.
4. Add vanilla extract and nutmeg to maple syrup and gradually drizzle into cream while beating at medium-high speed until whipped cream is thick. Place in refrigerator until ready for use.

BACON
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
12 slices thick Smoked Maple Bacon

DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat griddle or large skillet over medium-heat.
2. Place bacon slices on griddle and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
3. Transfer bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease. Set aside.

BUTTERMILK BELIGAN WAFFLE MIX
Yield: 4 waffles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 to 4 minutes per waffle

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Cake Flour (can substitute with all-purpose or whole wheat, if desired)
1 Tbsp. granulated Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 cup Buttermilk (shake well)
3 Tbsp. unsalted Butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 large Egg
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil for waffle iron

DIRECTIONS:

1. Lightly brush waffle iron with vegetable oil, then preheat to desired temperature. I prefer the high setting for golden brown, crispy waffles.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently whisk ingredients until well incorporated.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, melted butter, and egg. Whisk until ingredients are incorporated.
4. Slowly add flour mixture to liquid ingredients and gently stir until combined. The batter will be lumpy and thick.
5. Pour 3/4- to 1-cup waffle mixture to hot griddle. Using a wooden spoon, spread mixture to edges.
6. Place 3 slices of bacon on top of mixture.

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7. Gently close waffle maker top to prevent bacon breakage.
8. While waffles are cooking, start preparing brown sugar glazed bananas.
9. Remove waffles and transfer to serving plate. Cover with foil or place in warm oven until ready to eat.

BROWN SUGAR GLAZED BANANAS
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
2 medium ripe Bananas
1 Tbsp. unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat a small skillet over medium heat.

2. Add butter and heat until melted.

3. Slice bananas into 1/2-inch diagonal slices.

4. Add to melted butter and cook until medium golden brown.

5. Add brown sugar and gently stir until bananas are coated.

6. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until brown sugar begins to bubble. Remove from heat.

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BUILDING THE PERFECT BACON BUTTERMILK BELGIAN WAFFLE

1. Place Belgian waffle on serving plate.

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2. Slather with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy).

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3. Top with 2 Tbsp. maple syrup whipped cream.

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4. Top with 1/4 cup brown sugar glazed bananas.

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5. Serve with a glass of cold milk or freshly squeezed orange juice.

If you love bacon you might also enjoy my recipe for Spicy Hot Chocolate Covered Bacon.


Spicy Hot Chocolate Covered Bacon

Spicy-chocolate-covered-bacon-on-a-silver-platter If you've never tried spicy hot chocolate covered bacon you are in for the treat of a lifetime! The saltiness of the bacon combined with heat of freshly ground chili peppers and slathered in melted chocolate offers a taste bud sensation like no other!

Before divulging the spicy hot chocolate covered bacon recipe, allow me to tell you how it came to be. Last November, I was invited to participate in "A Chile and a Spoon Competition" hosted by Marx Foods.

Marx Foods provided a variety of dried chili peppers to food bloggers and allowed competitors to create any dish we wanted as long as it contained one or more of the sample peppers and could be eaten with a spoon. My entry was Smokin' Hot Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.

I've been like a kid in a candy store since receiving the generous supply of chili peppers from Marx Foods. I've made a few dozen varieties of chili powder and used them in soups, stews, side dishes, desserts, marinades, sauces, and as meat rubs.

My all-time favorite use of freshly ground chili powder is pairing with chocolate. I can say with certainty I have not made one chocolate dessert without chilies since the chocolate lava cake entry. So, when my favorite foodie website on the planet, FoodBuzz.com, announced they were hosting a bacon recipe contest with a grand prize of $500 cash AND $100 Denny's restaurant gift card, the idea of spicy hot chocolate covered bacon came to mind. 

Please note the following recipe was created as part of the Denny's and or FoodBuzz BACONALIA challenge and is an entry for a chance to win.

This recipe calls for thick sliced bacon. If the bacon is too thin it will fall apart when coated in melted chocolate. I used hardwood smoked bacon, but I bet maple or pepper-crusted would be delicious as well.

While you can use any type of chili peppers, I highly recommend Marx Foods. They have a fabulous supply of unique peppers and the flavors are absolutely divine!

I won't keep you in suspense any longer. Here's the chocolate covered bacon recipe. Enjoy!

SPICY HOT CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON

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Yield: 54 pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 22-25 minutes


INGREDIENTS:

18 slices thick hardwood smoked Bacon
1 dried Mulato Chili (mild)
1 dried Organic Limo Rojo Chili (hot)
7 ounces Chocolate Candy Discs or Baker's Dipping Chocolate

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Remove stems from chili peppers. Roast chilies in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic; about 5 to 6 minutes. Frequently turn to prevent scorching.

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3. Grind peppers in coffee grinder or food processor until fine powder. Transfer to small container and set aside.

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4. Line 18"x13" baking sheet with parchment paper. Place bacon strips side-by-side, leaving a little room to prevent sticking. Lightly sprinkle each side with chili powder.

5. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until bacon is dark golden brown and crisp. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess grease.

6. Using a double-boiler, melt chocolate candy discs over low heat or microwave according to package directions. Transfer melted chocolate to a medium bowl large enough to accommodate your hands.

7. Using kitchen shears, cut bacon slices in thirds. Add to melted chocolate and gently toss with hands until evenly coated.

8. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently shake off excess chocolate and place bacon pieces on baking sheet.

9. Place in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to serving dish or resealable container. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Stuffing Wrapped in Bacon Appetizers

My husband made bacon wrapped stuffing appetizers for our Super Bowl party. They were so yummy that we've added them to our 'Favorites' menu and have indulged twice since Super Bowl Sunday.

Not only do the stuffing wrapped in bacon appetizers taste great, they are super easy to make. We used packaged stuffing mix, but these appetizers could be made using homemade stuffing as well. Additionally, you can substitute bacon with prosciutto or hard meats such as salami or pepperoni. We used one-half round of sandwich pepperoni for one of the stuffing balls and it was quite tasty as well!

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 BACON WRAPPED STUFFING APPETIZERS

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Yield: 12 balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15-18 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

 3 cups homemade stuffing or 1 box stuffing mix
6 slices Bacon, cut in half

DIRECTIONS:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. If using homemade stuffing proceed to step 3. If using boxed stuffing, cook according to package directions.Remove from stove and let cool for 5 minutes.
3. Use a cookie scoop to create stuffing balls or roll 2 Tablespoons of stuffing mixl into 2-inch balls.


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5. Wrap with 1/2 slice bacon and secure with a toothpick


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6. Place stuffing balls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-18 minutes or until bacon is crisp and top of stuffing is lightly browned.
7. Transfer to serving platter and enjoy!

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Brie Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

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This recipe for brie cheese and bacon stuffed chicken in phyllo came to me after making my Greek Feast for Two Dinner Menu. I had plenty of leftover phyllo dough and wanted to try something besides dessert recipes.

The process for making brie cheese and bacon stuffed chicken in phyllo is relatively simple, but does require extra organization. The chicken breasts need to be flattened out for ease of rolling them up. I place the chicken breasts in a resealable bag and flatten with a rolling pin. Take the phyllo dough out of the refrigerator as you begin to prepare the chicken. Cook the bacon ahead of time so it is cool enough to break into small pieces. 

Brie Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Chicken in Phyllo

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Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 35 to 40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 (6-oz) boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
2 slices Bacon, cooked extra crispy, chopped
2 ounces Brie Cheese
8 Phyllo Pastry sheets, thawed
3 Tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook bacon slices in medium skillet over medium-high heat. If desired, cut bacon into small chunks prior to cooking. Turn bacon slices or stir bacon bits until extra crispy. Transfer to paper towel lined plate to drain excess grease.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

3. Place chicken breasts, one at a time, in quart-size resealable plastic bag. Using a rolling pin or heavy glass bottle, gently pound and roll chicken breasts to 1/2-inch thickness.

4. Cut brie cheese into 2-inch slices. Place 1-ounce of cheese approximately 2-inches from the narrow end of the breast. Top with crumbled bacon.

5. Fold chicken over cheese and bacon and roll twice; making certain ends are closed. Secure with toothpicks. Set aside.

6. Use 4 sheets of phyllo dough per chicken breast. Melt butter in microwave. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each phyllo sheet with butter. Place buttered sheets on top of one another.

7. Place chicken breast in center of phyllo dough. Carefully remove toothpicks. Wrap sides of phyllo, than wrap ends; making a package.

8. Transfer chicken breasts to oven-safe glass baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until phyllo dough is medium-golden brown.

9. Let sit for 5 minutes. Slice chicken breasts open. Transfer to serving dish and enjoy!

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Baked Spicy Macaroni and Cheese with Ground Beef and Bacon Casserole

Baked spicy macaroni and cheese with ground beef and bacon casserole is one of our family favorite recipes. This one-dish meal is a cheap gourmet version of America's all-time favorite comfort food. It pairs well with a fresh salad and piping hot dinner rolls.

Baked spicy macaroni and cheese with ground beef and bacon casserole is a great dish to take to pitch-in parties and cook-outs. It can be served for lunch or dinner, as an entrée or side dish, and makes a great leftover meal that can be taken to work and reheated in the microwave.

This Mac' and Cheese casserole can be transformed into a healthier version by using whole wheat pasta, substituting ground beef with ground chicken or turkey, and using turkey bacon instead of pork. I have used low-fat cheddar cheese in the past, but found it to be a bit too rubbery in this particular recipe. I hope you, your family and friends enjoy this macaroni and cheese recipe as much as we do!

BAKED SPICY MACARONI AND CHEESE WITH GROUND BEEF AND BACON CASSEROLE

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Serves: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10 – 12 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
1 to 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 pound lean Ground Beef, Chicken or Turkey
6 slices Bacon, (Pork or Turkey)
1 16-ounce box Corkscrew Pasta (or Elbow Macaroni, Penne or Bowtie)
1 or 2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeds removed and diced
2 medium cloves Garlic, minced
1 16-ounce jar Ragu Cheddar Cheese Sauce
1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1 teaspoon dried Basil
Salt and pepper, as desired

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place bacon strips in large skillet and cook over medium heat approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side. Bacon should be crisp on both sides for ease in breaking into smaller pieces.
3. Transfer cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up grease.
4. Crumble ground beef into skillet, allowing it to cook in the remaining bacon grease. Stir frequently and break up any large pieces using a spatula. 

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5. Using a 3-quart pot, add 2 quarts of water, pinch of salt and a splash of olive oil. Bring to a boil, add pasta and cook as per package instructions.

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6. While ground beef and pasta are cooking, wash jalapeno peppers, remove seeds and dice. If you prefer super spicy, chop entire pepper including the seeds.
7. Remove skin from garlic cloves and mince.
8. Break bacon into bite-size pieces and add along with jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves to ground beef during the last 3 to 4 minutes of cooking.
9. Lightly grease a 9x12 baking dish with olive oil.
10. Drain pasta using a colander and transfer to baking dish.

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11. Drain hamburger mixture in colander and rinse with water to remove excess grease.
12. Add hamburger mixture and Ragu Cheddar Cheese Sauce to pasta. Gently stir to incorporate ingredients.

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13. Top casserole with shredded Cheddar Cheese. Evenly sprinkle with dried Oregano and Basil.

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14. Place Mac' and Cheese in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cheese melts and begins to turn brown on top. 

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15. Using oven mitts, remove casserole from oven. Allow to sit for 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to dinner plates and serve immediately.

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Rock Shrimp Stuffed with Asiago Cheese and Jalapenos

Rock shrimp stuffed with asiago cheese and jalapenos is the perfect summertime food. This delightful seafood dish can be cooked on the grill, under the broiler, on a flat top griddle or in a skillet. Talk about versatile!

Rock shrimp stuffed with asiago cheese and jalapenos makes a great appetizer and is perfect for entertaining. It also makes a great entree and can be paired with red potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, green beans, seasoned rice or anything else you enjoy combining with shrimp.

Rock shrimp are deep water crustaceans, harvested in 120 to 240 feet of water. They have a hard exoskelton and taste similar to lobster. When preparing this recipe, you will need to remove the shell by using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors to snip the back of the shell away from the body and tail. Rock shrimp have a sand vein which can be removed by rinsing under cold running water.

NOTE: Prior to preparing the rock shrimp recipe, place 12 toothpicks in a small container filled with water. Soaking the toothpicks prevents them from burning and makes them easier to remove when the shrimp is cooked.You can also use wooden or metal skewers if desired. Place 3 to 4 shrimp per skewer and cook as directed below.

ROCK SHRIMP STUFFED WITH ASIAGO CHEESE AND JALAPENOS

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Serves: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

INGREDIENTS:
24 Rock Shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 ounces Asiago Cheese, shredded
1 medium Jalapeno Pepper, seeds removed and minced
12 slices Bacon

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place 12 toothpicks or wooden skewers in a container filled halfway with water.
2. Wash shrimp in cold running water. Remove shell and butterfly shrimp by cutting lengthwise along the back, leaving tail section intact. Be careful not to cut all the way through. Pat dry with paper towel.
3. Finely grate asiago cheese.
4. Mince jalapeno pepper and mix with cheese.

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5. Cut bacon slices in half.
6. Stuff each shrimp with 1 teaspoon of cheese mixture.

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7. Wrap each shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon and secure with toothpick or place on skewer.

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8. Place shrimp on a broiler pan or grill and cook until bacon begins to crisp; about 4 minutes.
9. Turn shrimp and cook until bacon is done; about 4 minutes.
10. Transfer to plate and serve immediately.

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Gourmet Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich Recipe: BLT Never Tasted So Good!

I am a huge fan of Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwiches. As a child, my mom served BLT sandwiches at least once a week. She grew the lettuce and tomato in her garden and mom's BLTs were always bursting with flavor. After moving away from home it was hard to create a sandwich that tasted as good as mom's.

Yesterday, I had a craving for bacon lettuce tomato sandwiches. It's been at least a year since I last ate one and I wanted something spectacular. I'm probably one of the most frugal people you will ever meet and I can't stand waste; especially when it comes to food.

We had a few slices of leftover lunch meat and a tiny portion of Brie cheese. My mind went into overdrive as I concocted the following recipe on-the-fly. Personally, I think it's one of the best BLTs I've ever consumed. I hope you enjoy it too!

I cooked everything using a flat electric griddle. The same results can be obtained by using a skillet and toasting the bread, or by baking the bacon. If you have never baked bacon, it's super easy to do. Simply line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place the bacon on the sheet and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 18 minutes; flipping slices halfway through.

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Gourmet Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich Recipe

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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Ingredients:

4 slices Italian bread
8 slices Bacon
2 slices Deli Ham
2 slices Deli Pastrami
2 slices Deli Salami
1 small Tomato, sliced thin
3 Romaine lettuce leaves, chopped
3 Tablespoons Butter (or margarine)
4 slices Brie cheese, cut about 1/4-inch thick

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat electric griddle to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place bacon slices on griddle and cook for 4 minutes; flip bacon and cook 4 more minutes or until desired crispness.
  3. While bacon is cooking, prepare Romaine lettuce and tomatoes.
  4. Place butter in microwave-safe dish. Heat in microwave for about 30 seconds or until butter melts.
  5. Using a pastry brush, coat one side of each slice of bread with butter.
  6. Place 2 paper towels on a plate and transfer bacon from griddle to allow grease to drain.
  7. Using a spatula, push bacon grease into the griddle's grease container.
  8. Reduce griddle heat to 350 degrees. 
  9. Place deli meat slices on one side of griddle. Cook for 1-1/2 minutes per side.
  10. Place bread, buttered side down on other side of griddle.
  11. Place 2 slices of Brie cheese on bread and allow to melt.
  12. Add 4 strips bacon to each remaining bread slice.
  13. Top with deli meats.
  14. Using a butter knife, spread Brie cheese from edge to edge of the bread.
  15. Add lettuce and tomato on top of deli meats.
  16. Place brie cheese side of bread on top of the BLT sandwich.
  17. Transfer to serving plate. Cut in half and serve immediately.

Serve with seasoned fries, potato chips, potato salad, cole slaw or fruit cup.

 


Chicken Breast Stuffed with Brie Cheese & Wrapped in Bacon

Last night, I whipped up an amazing chicken breast stuffed with brie cheese and wrapped in bacon. Unfortunately, my digital camera broke and I was unable to photograph my creation. However, it was so amazing I HAD to share the recipe with you. Once I purchase a new camera, I'll make the recipe again and add some photos to this post. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this delicious entree as much as we did!

Chicken Breast Stuffed with Brie Cheese and Wrapped in Bacon

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Ingredients:

2 6-ounce Chicken Breasts
3 strips Bacon
4 slices Brie Cheese

Directions:

  • Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry with a paper towel.

  • Place chicken inside a quart-size plastic bag.

  • Using a hammer, gently pound chicken until it's about 1/2-inch thick. Or, use a meat mallet.

  • Place two 1/4-inch slices of Brie cheese in the center of the breast.

  • Fold chicken breast twice, making sure cheese stays tucked inside.

  • Wrap each breast with 1-1/2 slices of bacon. Secure with toothpicks.

  • Place on broiler pan, then place in broiler.

  • Broil for 7 minutes, then turn chicken breast and broil for another 7 minutes.

  • Remove from broiler and let sit for 3-4 minutes.

  • Remove toothpicks.

  • Transfer to serving plate and enjoy!