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bacon & fig dip

In appetizers, culinary experiments, gluten-free, snacks, tapas on 04.24.12 at 10:37 pm

mmmm… bacon… 

here’s another recipe in ode to bacon. this gluten-free, creamy dip is surprisingly easy to prepare and makes for a great appetizer for your next dinner party, gameday or — you guessed it — baconpalooza!

the bacon:
– heat up 1-2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil in large saucepan on medium heat
– add 5-6 strips of country-style bacon to pan
– fry bacon in pan for a few min until slightly crispy on both sides
– remove from heat & set aside bacon on plate to cool
– pat bacon w/ papertowels to remove excess fat & oil
– reserve bacon fat in pan to add to dip mixture

the dip:
in a small mixing bowl, mix & fold together the following ingredients together until well-combined:
– 1/4 cup low-fat, plain greek yogurt
– 100g chevre frais
– crispy-fried bacon (rough chop into bacon bits)
– 5-6 small dried figs (rough chop into small pieces)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– drizzle bacon fat leftover from pan

food styling:
– serve immediately, best served warm
– pairs well w/ gluten-free chips or your fave crackers
– store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge

cinnamon bacon chevre french toast

In breakfast, brekkie, brunch, culinary experiments on 04.22.12 at 5:28 pm

so i’m on a bit of a bacon kick these days… thanks to the noble efforts and enthusiasm of my good friend krysta who hosted baconpalooza this weekend! what’s baconpalooza, you ask? well, it was a fabulous soiree celebrating all things bacon… candied bacon, chocolate-covered bacon, stuffed bacon jalapenos, bacon & fig dip, bacon crackers, bacon caesars — everything bacon!

this morning, i figured i’d keep the bacon frenzy alive… and infuse a little bacon into one of my fave brunch standards — french toast! mmmm… bacon…

the bacon:
– heat up 2-3 tbsp water in large saucepan on medium heat
– add 4 strips of country-style bacon to pan
– lightly sprinkle 1 tsp ground cinnamon over bacon
– fry bacon in pan for a few min until slightly crispy on both sides (optional: sprinkle a bit more cinnamon after flipping the bacon.)
– remove from heat & set aside bacon on plate to cool
– pat bacon w/ papertowels to remove excess fat & oil
– reserve bacon fat in pan for cooking the egg-soaked bread (optional) 

i like to use wholewheat sourdough when i make french toast. the taste & texture of sourdough is perfect for this dish — soaking up the egg and complementing the flavourful toppings. my fave bread is the locally-made, artisan sourdough from sidewalk citizen bakery. (if you are in the calgary area, aviv’s artisan bread is a must-try!)

prep the toast:
– whisk 1 large egg & 1 tsp ground cinnamon in medium prep bowl
– soak 2 thick slices of artisan sourdough bread (on both sides, until egg mixture is absorbed into bread)

– melt 2 tsp of unsalted butter in large saucepan

(tip: no need to add butter to the pan, if you still have the leftover bacon fat in the pan.)

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squash two-ways: spring bacon spaghetti squash & sundried tomato spaghetti squash

In dinner, easy weeknight meals, gluten-free, lunch, recipe roundup, side dishes on 01.04.12 at 10:57 pm

i’m not really one for dares. but a culinary challenge? count me in! perhaps it’s the competitive foodie in me. ;)

so i got a special request from two yumyumyummers readers — an ask for microwave-friendly recipes. while you might shudder at the idea of a microwave dinner (gasp!), sometimes convenience is the name of the game. in this case, the reason for the microwave-friendly recipe request is that the couple’s kitchen stove and oven are currently out-of-order (gasp!). so i thought i’d dig into the yumyumyummers archives and find some recipes that can easily be adapted for microwave cooking.

the result: two gluten-free ways to dish up spaghetti squash for dindins or lunch. using a microwave. true story.

and even better… spaghetti squash is a fantastic gluten-free substitute for traditional noodles and pasta. faux noodles. fake pasta. call it what you want; it’s pretty delish.

spring bacon spaghetti squash
sundried tomato spaghetti squash

note: below please see the microwave-friendly modifications for these recipes.

the spaghetti squash:
– gently wash spaghetti squash since you’ll be cooking it with the rind
– cut spaghetti squash in half, along the vertical. gently scrape pulp and seeds using a fork.
– gently brush the squash w/ extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle w/ ground black peppercorns
– place squash halves in a microwave-safe dish (squash side down) with 1/2 cup of water and microwave squash for approx 12-15min
– allow to cool before handling. using a fork, the squash should ‘string’ out nicely just like spaghetti noodles. true story. :)

(tip: cooking time varies depending on your microwave. if the spaghetti squash is still firm to the rind and doesn’t easily ‘string’ out like spaghetti noodles, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.)

the bacon:
– evenly place 5 strips of country-style bacon on a microwave-safe dish
– cook bacon strips in microwave until bacon is slightly crispy on both sides (follow the microwave-cooking instructions for the bacon from the producer)
– remove dish from microwave & set aside to cool before handling the bacon
– pat bacon using papertowels to remove excess fat & oil before cutting the bacon into bacon bits

yummers. :)  hope you enjoy the faux pasta — er, spaghetti squash!

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