Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Bacon is meat candy

I dont get to cook with bacon much because of living with a muslim, however i will often use halal beef bacon or make two versions of the same dish just because I know its not the same without it.

Here are two of my favorite bacon recipes.

The trick that i learned about potato salad is not my mom's. I discovered it on accident while trying to be prepared for a company pot luck. Boil the potatoes the night before. in their skins. dran them and leave them out all night. this makes the perfect flavor and texture and it is not as good when I make an impromptu version. also, the mayonnaise used is key, im also picky about the pickles. the only prepared mayo that  like is Best Foods. This is a really easy recipe.

Mom's potato salad

about 10 potatoes, boiled and cooled completely (russets are best for this recipe)
1 package bacon, chopped and cooked of course
1/2 chopped onion (optional)
2 large whole pickles ( I prefer Farman's home style kosher dills)
Enough Best Foods mayonaise to moisten all the potatoes (between 1/2-1 cup)

Peel potatoes and break into pieces. grate pickes directly into the bowl of taters. add just a splash of pickle juice. add onions, bacon and mayonnaise. season with pepper to taste. mix and refrigerate.

and that's Lori's potato salad. which everyone loves.

Second Bacon recipe is a Quiche Lorraine and a vegetarian version. I used to make this with frozen broccoli, which is also good, but last time I used fresh and its like, totally better. I forget about quiche all the time but its actually really good and easy. And its NOT just for girls. especially when full of bacon. I like the Marie Callender's pre-formed frozen pie shells, but feel free to make your own...

1 cup broccoli, steamed until just cooked (better undercooked than over cooked)
1/2 package bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or cheese blend. or whatever kid of cheese you like. gorgonzola might even be good. or gruyere.

6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste (optional)

frozen pie shell.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. prepare bacon and broccoli. chop broccoli in small pieces. layer the bacon and broccoli in the pie crust. bacon on the bottom, broccoli on top.

beat remaining ingredients, except cheese, until very smooth. stir in cheese and pour over broccoli and bacon. bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center. halfway through cooking cover with aluminum foil, to avoid burning the top layer.

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