Maple & Beer Glazed Bacon

I know we grabbed your attention just about right away because, well BACON and BEER. And I promise, you won’t be disappointed. It’s hard to imagine making bacon any better, but this recipe legit does just that. The bacon is coated in a sweet and slightly savory glaze that makes it melt in your mouth. Mix that with the saltiness of the bacon. #canteven

  • 1 package of thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp Grey Poupon mustard
  • 1 bottle Sam Adams lager

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the bacon on a baking sheet/jelly roll pan and cook for 20 – 25 minutes until slightly crispy but not fully cooked. While that’s making your house smell amazing, in a small saucepan bring the maple syrup, honey, and mustard to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the beer. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes. When the bacon is done, pour the maple mixture on top creating an even layer on each strip. Cook the bacon for 5-10 more minutes depending on how crispy you prefer it.

Maple beer glazed bacon_damndelish

Happy Eating, XO.

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Breakfast Crepe Cup

Remember when we told you about our hot apple pie crepes (dessert for breakfast, whaaat?!), well we’re bringing the crepes back. But in a more savory way. We know you’ve seen tons of recipes on Pinterest for breakfasts cups. Hell, we even jumped on the band wagon here. So, why not keep a good thing going? These crepe cups look fancy and are a great way to get all the good breakfast foods in.

  • Crepes (To make the crepes, check out the recipe here. This will make roughly six.)
  • 6 eggs (one egg per crepe)
  • 1 cup of bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1 tbsp of salt and pepper (a pinch per crepe)
  • 1 box of toothpicks

First, as always, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and make the crepes according to the recipe above. While they’re warm, fold up four corners and spear each corner with a toothpick to hold in place and create the “cup”. When you have them formed, crack the egg in the middle, and sprinkle with bacon, chives, and salt/pepper to taste.

Spray a large cookie sheet with Pam and place each of the cups on it. Bake them for 15-20 minutes.

breakfast crepe

Happy Eating, XO.

Bad Ass Mac & Cheese

Sometimes you just have to kick it up a notch, and this mac and cheese recipe does just that. It has a little bit of chedda, some truffle oil (YES! Bc we’re still obsessed with it), some bacon, and it has some…wait for it…whiskey. If this isn’t a bad ass, mans-man mac and cheese then I don’t know what is.

  • 1 box of elbow macaroni
  • 3 tbsp truffle oil
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh basil leaves
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

Sauce

  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half & half 
  • 1 tbsp whiskey (I used a little Jack)

Topping

  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

Cook the macaroni to your liking and drain. (I prefer al dente.). Add the macaroni back in to the pot and mix in the truffle oil, basil, salt, and pepper. While the pasta is cooking you can start on the sauce. But before you do, turn on your broiler to high.

Using a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the bacon, garlic, and thyme. Add in the flour, half & half, and whiskey and bring it to a boil. After roughly 3 minutes of stirring, reduce to a simmer and add in 2 1/2 cups of the cheddar, mixing until sauce thickens. Then pour it over that delicious smelling truffle macaroni and mix until it’s fully coated. On to the topping. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, 1/2 a cup cheddar cheese and melted butter. Oil up your ramekins (I used eight 8oz ones) or a baking dish and distribute the macaroni. Sprinkle on the topping and a dash of fresh basil for some color.

Broil the dish for about 3 minutes. Keep a close eye on it as you don’t want it to burn.

 Truffled Mac & Cheese

Happy Eating, XO.

 

Mouth Party

I had this at a new years eve party and its almost March and I am still thinking about it. I have problems I know. Anyway, I hit my buddy up and asked him how he made it and he turned me to this cool site. They have all sorts of recipe ideas so I went ahead and made these for a dinner party. Came out so yum, but two tips I have is to make sure the artichokes are properly dried (I had water squirt out when I bit into it, not cute and very hot!) My other tip is also in regards to moisture, make sure the chilies are dried from adobo sauce because the seeds have a lot of heat and you don’t want to over power the aioli, just give it a kick. Anyway, here is the party appetizer that will taste like a party in your mouth!

  • 2 (14 ounce) jar/can of whole artichoke hearts
  • 10 slices bacon, halved crosswise
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Dipping Sauce aka Chipotle Aioli

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated (I did 2 because I’m crazy and LOVE garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 whole canned chipotle chiles in adobo, minced

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*photo from Tablespoon, where this recipe idea originated from.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Then set up the bacon strips on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle the bacon with Parmesan. Place the artichoke heart in the center of each bacon strip. Wrap the bacon around the artichoke and, if you are clumsy and cant wrap then feel free to secure the bacon with a toothpick. Sprinkle the bites with a little Parmesan and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes, or until bacon is crispy. Meanwhile combine the mayo, garlic, honey, minced chipotle chiles and a pinch of pepper in a medium bowl. Stir until combined and smooth. Transfer to a dipping bowl and place in the fridge until ready to use.

Happy Eating, XO

BLT(EA): A BLT on Steriods

This weekend, my husband and I were at a stand off – he wanted to have breakfast and I wanted to have lunch. This doesn’t usually happen – mainly because he almost never eats breakfast. (I know, go ahead and “tisk tisk”.) – so I had to get creative. Behold, the BLT(EA), the Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Egg, and Avocado. It was easy (or would have been if I didn’t burn the bacon the first time around…) but bottom line, made both of us happy!

You’re all smart people so I’m sure you don’t need the ingredients laid out for you, but in case you’re having a “half speed” day, here you go!

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 egg, over easy
  • Layered lettuce
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 2 slices of avocado

I won’t go in to detail, we all know how to make a sandwich. But I will tell you, we “customized” our sandwiches even further. I added a little mayo to mine, he added a little cheddar to his. This is a “no holds barred” sandwich so go crazy!

BLTEA

Happy Eating, XO