Nothing can go wrong with Bacon
Did somebody say bacon? Well who does not love bacon? Bacon is one of the tastiest foods that were ever invented. Now despite the fact that bacon isn’t really something that a health nutritionist can really recommend, but there are those times when we tend to get tired of eating chicken and beef, and we crave for bacon. Whatever the recipe is, whenever bacon is concerned, people love it, period. Now who does not like bacon?
Now what makes bacon something to be desired by many is the fact that you can easily cook bacon, with nothing. Nevertheless, it can also go well with eggs and toast in the morning. It can also be stuffed inside chickens or placed as sandwich fillings. Even soup can be made out of bacon. That is how great bacon is. Today, we will be talking about a full bacon meal; starting from the soup that is made of bacon, side dish that is still bacon and a main course that will surely bring you to bacon-heaven.
Below are mouth-watering bacon recipes of Potato and Bacon Soup, Roasted Asparagus & Bacon and Feta & Bacon Stuffed Chicken with Onion Mash. Let us move a step ahead, step into the world of bacon, and leave the normal bacon and eggs recipe to your favorite roadside diner.
Potato & Bacon Soup
A thick potato soup that is made with bacon. Perfect as a starter, whether it is lunch or dinner.
- 450g chopped bacon (unglazed)
- 8 peeled and cubed potatoes
- 50g butter
- 2 sticks of diced celery
- 4 tablespoons of plain flour
- 1 chopped onion
- 3 finely chopped cloves of garlic
- 1ltr chicken stock
- 250ml double cream
- 1tsp dried tarragon
- 1tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Salt & pepper to taste
1. In a large pan, cook all the bacon over medium heat until done. Once done, remove the bacon from the pan and take 4tbsp of bacon fat. Get rid of the rest.
2. Get one or two slices of bacon and dice it.
3. Use the remaining fat in the pan to sauté your onions and celery until they begin to go clear. Add the garlic until you see them turn golden brown. Add the potatoes and coat everything in bacon fat.
4. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes and add back the bacon to the pan.
5. Add the chicken stock, enough to cover the potatoes. Let it simmer until potatoes are soft.
6. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the flour, cook it into the butter for 1-2 minutes. Add the double cream, tarragon and coriander.
7. Bring the mixture of ingredients to a boil while stirring constantly, until it thickens.
8. Stir the cream mixture that you just made in the saucepan to the potato mixture. Let it sit until completely thickened into a half and return to the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
9. Place in a bowl and add the diced bacon as toppings. Serve.
Great for those cold nights when you want something warm and creamy to eat. Not to mention, it is completely made out of bacon. Now for another “bacon-terrific” recipe.
Roasted Asparagus & Bacon
This very popular side dish has been served at parties and social gatherings for a very long time. You may have even tried it before, a testament to this perfectly designed side dish.
- 4 slices of bacon
- 1 bunch of trimmed asparagus
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius
- Make sure that you toss the asparagus in the olive oil, getting everything coated especially the spear. Divide the asparagus into 4 equal pieces per bunch. Wrap each bunch with a piece of bacon, use toothpicks to hold them in place if needed.
- Place them upon the roasting tray, then add salt and pepper to taste.
- Roast for 10-15 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the asparagus is tender.
- Let it cool for a few minutes and serve.
What a great way to enjoy asparagus with our favorite ingredient. Now for the main course, this will really end that bacon craving of yours.
Feta & Bacon Stuffed Chicken with Onion Mash
This meal is not for the faint hearted, literally. It is completely out of the health books but a good fulfilling meal that we need to eat occasionally to know what life really means.
- 350g cut bacon into 2.5cm pieces
- 3 skinless & boneless chicken breast fillets
- 150g crumbled feta cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tbsp soured cream
- 4 peeled potatoes and cubed
- 100g dried breadcrumbs
- 1/8 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tbsp ground black pepper
- 1 large chopped onion
- 30g butter
- 125g plain flour
1. Preheat your oven to 180C. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat, turning occasionally until both sides are brown but not stiff. Once the bacon is done, set aside the bacon fat and put the bacon on paper towels to dry.
2. Once the bacon is properly cooled down, in a small bowl mix the feta cheese and 3tbsp of soured cream, black pepper and oregano. Once done, set it aside.
3. Lay the chicken breast flat on your counter cut a small pocket about five cm into the chicken breast. Repeat with all the chicken breasts and pour in the bacon filling inside.
4. Pour the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in a separate bowls.
5. Press the chicken breasts in the flour.
6. Dip it into the beaten egg.
7. Then next into the breadcrumbs.
8. Reheat all the bacon drippings that were saved over medium heat. Cook the chicken until golden brown on both sides for about 2mins each. Make sure to save the bacon fat again. Transfer the already golden brown chicken into a baking pan, and place in the preheated oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes until the insides are no longer pink.
9. While cooking the chicken, place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with water-salt solution. Let it boil over high heat, and once the boiling starts, reduce to medium-low and cover. Let it simmer for 20minutes until soft. When done, drain.
10. While boiling the potatoes, cook the remaining onion in the bacon fat that is left on the pan. Cook in medium heat for 10minutes until golden brown. Once the potatoes are done and drained, mash it together with the golden brown onion, butter and the remaining 3tbsp of your sour cream.
11. Once the chicken is cooked, serve with your mashed potatoes.
These recipes are clearly hearty meals that can quench the soul of that eternal hunger. Surely, bacon is something that is completely out of this world. These are easy to make meals that are packed with bacon-goodness.
Linda Rosario, a food enthusiast from Chef Needs “The Kitchen that Every Restaurant Needs” for these great recipes. Linda also loves arts and crafts and works as a pre-school teacher.