Posts Tagged ‘bacon fat

20
Jan
20

meatball enchilada

left over meatballs, mind you, a ground chicken blend with sauce already a bit spicy from my heavy hand on the red pepper flakes.  Pasta, noodles, gnocchi  ??  Take two, Wraps ! going towards the Mexican style.

Step one make some white floured tortillas , cook in the trusty cast iron skillet with a touch of oil brushed on. (I won’t bore you with the recipe for flour tortillas, a bit of bacon fat mixed into white flour and water is all it takes)

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there is something about having a tortilla (or flatbread) puff up like this, a sign of good luck?

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chop or slice the aforementioned meatballs

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keep it simple with a few ingredients like shredded mozzarella, finely processed broccoli, meatballs and sauce. 

lay down some sauce, meatballs, broccoli and cheese

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roll up, closely nestle in a pan, a bit of oil in the pan before placement

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top with sauce, cheese and broccoli, I don,t go wild with the sauce like traditional enchiladas, I like the wraps with a bit of crunch and the ability to be eaten like a wrap.

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bake the babies till heated through, cheese melted, crunchy edges, flame them under the broiler if desired.

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MMMMMMMM… not overly sloppy

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were just about done here….  

beverage suggestion ?

Thanks for stopping by !!!

 

14
Oct
19

Bacon and eggs pasta, AKA spaghetti carbonara

A popular dish in many forms and interpretations with different types of pasta. The basic ingredient bacon (or pork belly)  with eggs.  AKA spaghetti carbonara, ETC.

Simple Ingredients let the pictures tell the story…….

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TOASTED BREAD, BREADCRUMBS

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ADD BEATEN EGG

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CHEESE

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ADD THE BREADCRUMBS

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SIDE OF TOMATO

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PARM

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SOME DISHES TO DO …. AND STUFF TO PUT AWAY…

 

 

22
Feb
19

Chili Bean Wrap

A simple chili bean mix , made a few flour tortillas to wrap it up.

Saute some diced green peppers, in this case 1, add some diced onion and saute till translucent. Add some seasonings. Now some boneless pork ribs thin sliced are added in, the pork cooks quickly and then add can of Rotel tomatoes with chili peppers. The seasonings can be your choice, a bit of ground cumin, cumin seeds, dried cilantro, etc. Perhaps some garlic or garlic powder. The red chili beans were cooked in the microwave to hurry them along, in water to cover and then at low power for about 20-30 minutes. As the beans cook, let the tomato mixture simmer and reduce and add liquid like some broth or wine and continue to simmer. When the beans were finished, add to the tomato mixture and simmer to incorporate.

A quick mix of water, bacon fat, salt and flour to a dough, rolled and browned in a hot cast iron skillet for the wraps. A bit of yogurt for topping, nothing fancy. (but a few diced green onions would look nice for the picture and a sprig of cilantro)

17
Apr
18

Sausage stuffing

A small recipe,  ingredients and quantities by eye.

Course diced pork

Bacon

Bacon fat

Seasonings of choice

green onion

Garlic

Combine the above in a food processor and with plastic wrap, roll and  tie into sausages. Refrigerate at least overnight.

Diced bread crumbs

Diced celery and onion

Seasonings, Bell’s or other

Salt and pepper

Stock or water

Prepare the traditional stuffing recipe, saute the onion and celery with butter, the bread cubes were placed in an oven beforehand to dry out somewhat.

Mix and add enough stock to dampen the mixture. Add the sausage meat.

Place in a buttered pan and bake at about 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Good as a side dish or small meal with salad.

23
Sep
17

Ratatouille

Roasted vegetables have been made before but when following this recipe, I thought, would it worth the extra work? Yes it was. Bacon fat was utilized instead of the olive oil. The result was a delicious dish, seemingly better once refrigerated.

Here’s the recipe I more or less followed.

https://cooking-without-limits.com/2016/07/24/ratatouille/

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salting the zuchs and the eggplant, sea salt.

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prep the rest if the veggies, some cherry tomatoes processed, served as the tomatoe juice.

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Veggies, towel dried…

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Fry time…

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A pleasing colorful mix…

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Added tomato juice…..

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Stove top cooking….

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Layering the veggies for final cooking.

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Very savory dish, more flavor than I expected as I held back on adding additional herbs or spices. I would have to make this with olive oil vs. bacon fat for a comparison. Refrigerated, excellent side dish, such as with braised chicken thigh with cherry tomato.

and also as a pizza topping.

 One half of the sheet pan pizza with the ratatouille.

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25
Aug
17

Traditional Warm German Potato Salad

imageTraditional Warm German Potato Salad

From…. https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=163339

Via:…… https://recipereminiscing.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/traditional-warm-german-potato-salad-tradisjonell-tysk-varm-potetsalat/

One of the starts of a day, potato salad for breakfast?  Well now that I am at the age of expansion (not by size 😌) of blogging and cooking skills, more time to plan the start of the day since this day does not require to work for the clock, so to speak. Sit in the yard outside in the cool morning. Breezing through the WordPress reader with the trusty cup of coffee and Diane also came to sit outside for some time and enjoy the late summer morning air. A  reliance  on social media and connectivity for inspiration, catching up on the news both local and global,  Hmmm… this recipe look like something that would give me some first day nourishment. With the ingredients on hand, it was an easy, savory dish !

  1. Scrubbing potatoes…
  2. Prep ingredients…..
  3. Start the cooking……
  4. Sweat the onions and celery….

 

 

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starting the dressing

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dicing potatoes

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cooking the dressing

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finishing the dressing

NOTE: I added a bit more sugar to the dressing, the apple cider vinegar used was of the home-made variety so it was a bit more pungent.

 

Finish by mixing in the dressing…. serve warm.

 

 

NOTE: if mobile device is below 20 % battery, then photostream won’t sync, once on charger though it works.

 

14
Jun
16

Shrimp and squid soup

A scaled down inspiration recipe from  http://goanwiki.com/2016/06/10/sopa-de-camarao-recieta-shrimp-soup-recipe/    With a bit of a changeup.

You figure that being a New Englander born and raised that clam chowder would be a staple on the  table. Quahogs are the large clams farmed from certain areas close to the beach or from the water with a bull rake. Shucking quahogs and preparing chowder and clam cakes were a part  of my childhood, enough to where it has satisfied me to taste both only about once or twice a year. Those in the area will reminisce about Rocky Point , so I won’t carry on. Not too fussy about the clam cakes, but a good bowl of watery chowder swimming with quahogs and potatoes is a good tasting.

This recipe seems to get away from the clams and focus on my favorite sea foods (or as the joke goes “I eat all the food I see” (see food)).

What I had on hand was some shrimp and calamari, grape tomatoes and bacon with rendered fat. The Mrs. had made a salad and made bacon for garnish leaving me rendered fat and  a piece for reserve.

Scaled down and with a couple of substitutions , it was done.

Chicken broth was substituted for the water from chicken that the wife cooks. Also the water that the shrimp and calamari defrosted in was utilized. Butter was augmented with the rendered bacon fat. The milk was replaced with a slight amount of heavy cream. I hesitated on adding hot pepper flakes but the cracked black pepper we use is spicy in itself. Some scallions were added for color. Bacon was crumbled for garnish.

The recipe process was largely unchanged so the photos tell the story.

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MMMMMMMM…. Delicious, I skipped the bread , with an effort on weight maintenance, but your right , it would go good with oyster crackers. Another good meal to get fish in the diet.

 

 

26
May
16

Stir it up

A simple stir fry served with gnocci. 

Boil water as you fry some diced bacon. 
A couple of medium potatoes, microwaved, removed from skins, mixed with flour and egg, salt and a bit of oil. Combined in a small food processor so I had 2 batches. Save one for another meal. Added additional flour as needed and gave it a quick knead. Roll out to ropes and cut , nothing fancy here. Roll off a fork if you want the ridges.

Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving bacon fat,  add squid, fry till curly and browned. Remove from pan. 

Add the gnocci to the boiling water.

Add sliced veggies to the pan stir fry and season to your liking . Here you can be creative as to what you have on hand. 

Return the bacon bits and squid to the pan mix all.

Scoop out the gnocci with a slotted spoon to plate , top off with the stir fry veggie mixture.

Garnish as desired , usually grated parmesean , or I was thinking of a sauce , bechamel, cheese etc. 

DONE !

21
Mar
16

Lamb shoulder chop

Easy preparation for a lamb shoulder chop. 

Fry up the chop over high heat in a thick skillet preferably in bacon fat. 

Add some chopped white onion. 

Serve the chop over greens with a baked potato side, microwave a single potatoe about 8 minutes, remove from microwave, wrap in foil and let stand several minutes.

One of the advantages of growing you own greens is that you can plan and harvest a portion of the planting, (either soil or hydro based) leaving some behind and not worry about storage and refrigeration, the rest of the plant is actively growing. 

  
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The meal plated up.

04
Mar
16

White and Black Rice with Veggies, Bacon and Squid.


The bottom of a one cup measure,  a grain thickness of black rice, the remainder,  common white rice, prepared. Rendered fat from diced bacon bits, sautéed  green onion, garlic and celery. Fried squid.




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