Monthly Archives: September 2012

International Bacon Day 2012

International Bacon Day landed on September 1st this year. My fiance (Ric) and I already had plans to attend a family reunion on this weekend but made sure to still enjoy bacon all day. Creepy Cat was able to attend the festivities and we thank him for joining us. Here is how our celebration went:

Breakfast #1:

Ric had to work, but I made sure to get up and make breakfast.

Recipe: Bacon Cups with Scrambled Eggs


Lunch #1:

Since Ric came home for lunch and did not have a lot of time, I made a quick but yummy bacon-related sandwich for him.

Recipe: Grilled Bacon and Cheese Sandwich


Dinner:

We were on the road to Aiken, South Carolina by dinner time. We pulled into McDonalds and I got myself a Crispy Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich. It was so yummy!


Breakfast #2:

The next day (Sept 2nd), we were in Aiken and decided to continue the bacon love with the family. We started with breakfast. I simply fried the bacon stovetop, set the bacon aside to cool, and cooked our scrambled eggs in the bacon oil that remained in the pan (well, most of it… I set some aside). I grabbed some regular sandwich bread and loaded it with bacon strips, scrambled eggs, and sliced cheese. I then added some of the bacon grease set aside into the pan and fried up each breakfast sandwich in the bacon grease. They turned out great and super tasty!


Lunch #2:

My brother Jimmy was our Grill Master for the reunion. He made tons of food and helped cook up one of our favorite grilled bacon favorites….

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus


Dessert:

I tried to mimic my grandmother’s cake as close as I could because of the family reunion. Her cake is very simular but I could never make it as good as hers. So, I made my own twist – I added bacon. My entire family, Ric and I all enjoyed the cake for dessert after eating our big family meal. Every piece was gone, so I’m guessing they liked it. 🙂

Recipe: Pecan and Bacon Bundt Cake


Drinks:

My family brought bottles of Maple Bacon Ale to the reunion. We ended up with three bottles! This is how I know my family loves me. 🙂

Overall, Bacon Day was a great turn out as usual. Over the years it has been fun to see all the different ways you can enjoy bacon through out a 24 hr period. So far I have tried the minimal and the extreme, the day long gathering and on the road, the friends and the family. Every time has been full of greasy times and with awesome people. Thank you to everyone who has helped me in my addiction!



– Elle.

Grilled Bacon and Cheese Sandwich

INGREDIENTS:
(for 1 sandwich)
* 6-12 slices of bacon
* 2 slices a bread
* 1 slice of cheese (i used low fat american cheese)
* 1-2 slices of deli meat (i used bologna)
* butter

STEP 1:

You want to cook up your bacon first. I chose to fry up the bacon into a weave. Six slices of bacon will make one bacon weave. If you want double bacon, then simply make two.

(A co-worker had mention this to me one day and it stuck in my mind. I mean, why not? I feel as if it really held well for the Bacon Explosion, so why not a simple grilled sandwich?)

After your bacon weave has cooked to your choice in crispiness, set it aside to cool. Keep the bacon grease in the pan and bring to a medium heat.
















STEP 2:

While your bacon grease comes to a simmer, assemble your sandwich. My assembly: Wheat bread slice, bacon weave, cheese slice, 2 bologna slices, second bacon weave, and wheat bread slice.
















STEP 3:

Check your frying pan. Your bacon grease should be simmering. Add your desired amount of butter to the pan. You pan should be hot enough that the butter begins to melt as soon as you place it in the pan. If it is smokey, remove the pan and let it cool for a bit and turn down your stovetop.

Place your sandwich in flat. Let is cook for about a minute or two (depending on how crispy you want it). Flip it and repeat. You can always add butter and flip again if needed.






To see if your sandwich is throughly heated, pull up on the bread to see if the cheese is melted. If it is, then your sandwich is ready.




Let cool for a minute and enjoy!
















NOTES ON THE RECIPE:

* You have many opportunities to make adjustments to this recipe. You can chose to use any flavor of bacon, cheese, bread or deli meat.

* This was my first attempt at this recipe and I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to improve it.



-Elle.

Pecan and Bacon Bundt Cake

INGREDIENTS:

* 1/2 cup cooked bacon crumbles
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 cup choped pecans
* 5 tablespoons bacon grease
* 1 pkg Pillsbury Super Moist Golden Butter Recipe cake mix
* 3 eggs
* butter, softened
* water

*** Preheat oven as directed on your cake box.

**** I preferred using a bundt cake because I wanted to reflect my grandmother’s cake.

STEP 1:

First mix your cake topping. In a medium bowl, mix your pecans, brown sugar and bacon crumbles. Set aside.
















STEP 2:

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients directed on your cake mix. I used Pillsbury Super Moist Golden Butter Recipe cake mix, so I mixed the cake mix, eggs, water, and butter as directed. I added 4 tablespoons of bacon grease and mixed in well. Set cake batter aside.

STEP 3:

Use your remaining 1 tablesppon of bacon grease to gresae your cake pan.

Pour your cake batter into the bundt pan evenly.
















STEP 4:

Now you will be adding your cake topping.

First, using a butterknife, create small, thin, shallow ring in the cake mixture surface – halfway from the outer side of the cake pan.

Begin by spooning in 3/4 of you topping mixture into the opening of the cake batter, lightly pushing down the topping into the cake batter. The idea is to have the topping cook into the cake but in a concentrated area.

Sprinkle the rest of your cake topping over the entire surface of the cake.

Place in the oven and cook as directed on your cake mix box.
















STEP 5:

When, your cake is done and out of the oven, make sure to let cool completely before trying to remove from the bundt pan.

Cut, serve, and enjoy!

No icing is needed for this cake. It is perfectly sweetened with the cake mix and brown sugar. It would be pretty tasty with ice cream though! 🙂
















NOTES ON THE RECIPE:

* You have many opportunities to make adjustments to this recipe. You can chose to use any flavor of bacon, different cake mix, or even different type of nut.

* I usually use applesause instead of oil. But this cake mix asked for butter and water instead of any oil. I only added bacon grease for extra bacon flavor. The cake mix I used had pudding in the mix, so I wasn’t too concerned at making sure it was moist by using applesause.

* Be careful with baking your cake with the topping on top. It may cook faster and get a little toasty. One easy thing to do would be to put a flat pan on top about 10 minutes into the cooking time. Just keep it on for about 10-15 minutes of the cooking and then remove for the remaining cook time. You may need to extend the cooking time by about 5 minutes or so. Just make sure to do the “toothpick check” as needed.

* You may choose to put your ‘topping’ in the cake pan first and then add the cake mix. Some choose to have the bottom of the bundt cake pan as the top of the cake, but it always is different depending on the cake for me. With this recipe, it just turned out that the top was going to be the top.

* This was my first attempt at this recipe and I am open to any suggestions or ideas on how to improve it.



-Elle.