Archive for March, 2013

MAN FOOD: Honey Tea Whiskey BLT

Thursday, March 28, 2013 Review by Brian
MAN FOOD: Honey Tea Whiskey BLT

MAN FOOD: Honey Tea Whiskey BLT

Now this is exactly what BaconScotch is about. Nothing more to say – ENJOY!

VIA: http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/08/man-food-honey-tea-whiskey-blt.html#&disp=174910

Ingredients:

6-10 slices of bacon 
White bread toasted 
Sliced fresh tomato
Lettuce
Mayonnaise
American cheese (optional)
1 cup Honey Tea Whiskey (we used Red Stag by Jim Beam)

1. Soak your bacon in a tupperware container with your sweet tea whiskey over night in the fridge.

2. Grill bacon on skewers, or bake in the oven until cooked through. (We like ours crispy on a BLT).

3. Layer your toasted white bread with mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato and bacon. Serve and be loved.

For additional photos and assembly instructions, please visit: http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/08/man-food-honey-tea-whiskey-blt.html#&disp=174910

Bacon-wrapped Chicken with Spinach Cream Cheese

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Review by Brian
Bacon-wrapped Chicken with Spinach Cream Cheese

Bacon-wrapped Chicken with Spinach Cream Cheese

Similar to the Chicken Wellington, this is a fantastic bacon-wrapped version of it. Cream cheese, wrapped in chicken, wrapped in Bacon. I can’t wait to try this.

VIA: http://www.pepper.ph/what-would-popeye-do-to-cream-cheese-chicken-breast-and-bacon/

Ingredients:

3 pcs chicken breast, large
salt and pepper
2-3 tsp olive oil
3 strips bacon
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup blanched spinach, chopped
1/4-1/2 tsp salt

For additional cooking and assembly instructions, please visit: http://www.pepper.ph/what-would-popeye-do-to-cream-cheese-chicken-breast-and-bacon/

Egg Salad BLT Sandwich

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Review by judywrites

This could be a yummy way to use up all the extra hard-boiled eggs from Easter!

Egg Salad BLT

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup¬†fat-free mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons¬†thinly sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons¬†reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons¬†whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon¬†freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon¬†grated lemon rind
  • 8¬†hard-cooked large eggs
  • 8¬†(1 1/2-ounce) slices peasant bread or firm sandwich bread, toasted
  • 4¬†center-cut bacon slices, cooked and cut in half crosswise
  • 8¬†(1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato
  • 4¬†large Boston lettuce leaves

Preparation

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well.
  2. Cut 2 eggs in half lengthwise; reserve 2 yolks for another use. Coarsely chop remaining egg whites and whole eggs. Add eggs to mayonnaise mixture; stir gently to combine.
  3. Arrange 4 bread slices on a cutting board or work surface. Top each bread slice with 1/2 cup egg mixture, 2 bacon pieces, 2 tomato slices, 1 lettuce leaf, and 1 bread slice. Serve sandwich immediately.
  4. Beer note: A basic guideline of pairing a beverage with food is “like with like,” and bread and beer are yeasty kindreds. With an Egg Salad BLT sandwich, reach for a Samuel Adams Pale Ale ($7). The bready yeast and malt flavors are balanced with bitter hops that add some welcome snap to the meal. A cold, characterful American pale ale is also a more thirst-quenching choice than wine. –Jeffery Lindenmuth

Thank you Maureen Callahan, Cooking Light and AllRecipes.com

The Elvis Cake

The Elvis Cake

Ran across this delicious looking cake while looking for something to do with a bunch of bananas. If you like bacon and peanut butter, you’ll love this cake. I wouldn’t mind this for my next birthday party.

VIA: http://crumbsandcookies.blogspot.sg/2012/07/elvis-cake.html

Ingredients:

Note: This is my lazy way of preparing the batter- in just a blender. I assure you that the original steps are not like this but they do require a few more bowls.

1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp lemon zest
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
85g sugar
1/4 cup oil
100g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Prepare a 6 inch round cake tin. Preheat oven to 350F.

In a blender (or food processor), blend the banana and buttermilk until creamy and smooth. Add the eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and blend until smooth. Add the sugar and blend on medium speed for one minute. Gradually drizzle in the oil, blending until completely incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and pulse them in, being careful not to over mix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Let it cool completely, preferably also chilled overnight, before slicing into two layers.

Peanut Butter Frosting
adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

This should yield more than enough to fill and frost the entire cake.

1 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tbsp heavy cream (I didn’t need this)
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 1/8 cups icing sugar

Beat the butter, peanut butter, cream, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and slowly add the icing sugar and beat until incorporated and smooth. Increase mixer speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy.


Caramelized Banana Filling

You could double this quantity and omit the fresh sliced bananas.

1/2 tbsp butter
1 banana, sliced
1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Place a saucepan on medium high heat. Add the butter and when it melts and starts to sizzle, add the banana slices. Ensure that the banana slices are spread out in one layer. Cook until one side of the banana is caramelized before flipping. When the second side is almost done, add the brown sugar and stir it around to coat the bananas. Remove from heat. It’s okay if some of your bananas end up mushy.

For additional photos and assembly instructions, please visit: http://crumbsandcookies.blogspot.sg/2012/07/elvis-cake.html

Eggs Benedict with Bacon & Arugula

Friday, March 8, 2013 Review by judywrites

I am sucker for an Eggs Benedict recipe. We will eat this dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner or just because!

Eggs Benedict with Bacon & Arugula

This one sounds and looks yummy – maybe we will try it for Easter brunch.

Ingredients

  1. 8 large whole eggs
  2. 4 large egg yolks
  3. 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  4. Salt
  5. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
  8. 8 slices of applewood-smoked bacon, halved crosswise
  9. 5 ounces baby arugula
  10. 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  11. 4 English muffins, split and toasted

Directions

  1. In a heatproof bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water, whisk the 4 egg yolks with the wine and a pinch of salt until doubled in volume and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the melted butter, whisking constantly, until a thick, creamy sauce forms, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the lemon juice and Tabasco and season the hollandaise with salt. Keep the hollandaise sauce warm, whisking occasionally.
  2. In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel‚Äďlined plate. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat in the skillet. Add the arugula, toss quickly in the hot oil and transfer to a plate; season with salt.
  3. Bring a large, deep skillet of water to a simmer over moderate heat and add the vinegar. One at a time, break the eggs into a small bowl and pour them into the simmering water, leaving plenty of space between them. Poach the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the eggs to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Arrange the toasted English muffin halves on plates and top with the bacon, poached eggs, arugula and hollandaise sauce. Serve immediately.

Thank you Bon Appetit and Tara Lazer.