Chicken Souvlaki Recipe with Bacon in a Pita – “The Greek BLT”

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    Prep Time: 30 minutes (marinating) Cook Time: 10 mins

When I was living with my parents, we would frequently visit the local Greek restaurant. Love the food, love the flavours. I haven’t been back in a remarkably long time and I was craving a nice big souvlaki on a pita. So I fired up the grill and made one for myself – and boy was it good. Adding bacon to this sandwich kind of made it like a grilled chicken club or BLT, minus the lettuce. But go right ahead and throw lettuce on it if you want. Nobody’s stopping you! Tell me what you think about my chicken souvlaki recipe. If you aren’t a huge Greek eating fan. Try my Cheese Steak Sandwich Recipe!

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Hazelnut Spread Covered Peppered Bacon Recipe – Bacon Candy

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    Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

I proved to you during the scallop instalments that bacon literally goes with everything (bacon and scallops with hazelnut spread). I will show you in this instalment  how well bacon and hazelnut spread go together.

 

Now, I must admit this is not a Chef Rob original. This recipe comes to us from a lovely woman named Paula who loves hazelnut spread just as much as I do. The recipe was so perfectly simple and elegant that I couldn’t change it. Now I didn’t have any fleur de sel, but go ahead and add it to your list if you do. The recipe reminds me a lot of Andrew back bacons How to Make Bacon Candy for Halloween.

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Rigatoni All’Arrabbiata Recipe – Angry Bacon Pasta

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Rigatoni All’Arrabbiata (al-ah-rah-BIA-tah) roughly translates to pissed off rigatoni from Italian. As you can imagine, if a dish was described as being pissed off, it’d probably be a little spicy. When I used to work in a kitchen, I loved it when an arrabbiata order got called. Why, you ask? Well, on the odd occasion, there would be a fool who would request that the chef make it extra hot. Hotter than the fires of burning hell. I would smirk, and kindly tell the waitress, “Sure! Not a problem!”.

I would conjure up a concoction that would be sure to have him begging for a glass of water, a beer, milk, something to soothe his ailing face (No, not just his tongue. His whole face). Now, why would I do such a thing? Other than to sell more beer for the restaurant, it would make the poor bastard really happy. “Finally, somebody makes a spicy pasta around here”, he would tell me. Then go off on his way. Did he come back? Of course. Some Italians are stupid like that (I am Italian, I am allowed to say that!).

The key to making a killer Arrabbiata sauce is not just some awesome hot peppers, but it’s the ingredients around the peppers that truly make the dish shine. That’s true for any pasta sauce, really. The success of the dish will rely heavily on the quality of these three ingredients: the tomatoes, the wine and the cheese. Choose tinned Italian tomatoes, preferably San Marzano. They are remarkably sweet and not very acidic. Never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink. Finally, choose Parmigiano Reggiano cheese – this is NOT the same as the pre-grated, shaker can of “Parmesan”. No. Put that down. Buy a piece of Parmigiano Reggiano and grate it yourself. It makes a WORLD of difference. Just like our Bacon Recipes make a world of a differnce to the world or I’d like to think so.

Quality in, quality out. You really can’t go wrong. Hmmm That sounds like all Maple Leaf products… quality in, quality out… you can taste the difference. (I really should be a marketer, similar to the musketeers but we serve ads).

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Maple Bacon Waffles Recipe

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A couple of years ago, I received a waffle maker from a really good friend of mine. To this day, it is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. It makes ridiculously delicious waffles. I don’t know if my waffles are better than my bacon and eggs recipe.

I, like most people, like to have my waffles with maple syrup and a side of bacon. Mind you, I have pretty much everything with a side of bacon. What if I were able to incorporate both of those things INSIDE the waffle. I think it would make for a pretty friggin’ delicious waffle, if you ask me. I’ve decided to make a cornmeal waffle for two reasons. The first being that I’ve never made a cornmeal waffle before and the second being I that I’ve been told cornmeal waffles are delicious – crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. That’s what I’m going for here, folks.

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German Style Warm Potato Salad with Bacon Recipe

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Summer is upon us and fresh flavours are a necessity. Salads are quite refreshing when the heat is on, but unfortunately they get a bad rap, probably because a lot of people just making them wrong. Salads can be fascinating, complex and absolutely delicious. Just like this one. Actually this one is delicious because we put Maple Leaf Bacon in the potato salad recipe.

This takes my most favourite ingredient, bacon naturally, and combines it another one of my most favourite ingredients, potatoes, to give a ridiculously delicious side dish for a summer outing. Great for bringing to a picnic or a potluck or a barbecue. Here we go:

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Bacon Caramel Donuts Recipe

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Let me paint you a picture about how these came to be.

It’s the first long weekend of the summer – the Victoria Day long weekend, or May 2-4 as we canucks call it. I’ve been out on a restaurant patio for a good 4 or 5 hours with a few of my best friends soaking up the sun and sipping back a couple beers – StoneHammer to be exact. Needless to say, we had a “couple” pitchers and we were quite thoroughly enjoying ourselves. The waiter actually commented a couple times that he wanted to join us.

It then crossed my mind that I was about due to write another article for this, the Republic of Bacon, and I was drawing a complete blanks (hence why this was published late). Now I’m sure that about 50 ideas flew across the table, only a few of which I remember at this point, but it was my vegetarian friend who delivered the gold. Vegetarian, I kid you not. Bacon donuts with a caramel topping. We discussed methods, but this is what I came up with.

Yeah. Vegetarian…

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Bacon Wedge Salad Recipe – the salad you eat with a knife

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Hey Andrew Back Bacon! You forgot to put two salads on your “Best Bacon Salad List!” A while ago I made a spinach salad with caramelized apples, a balsamic reduction and bacon, of course. Today, I give you the ultimate wedge salad, one of the few salads for which you need a knife to eat! It’s literally a wedge of head lettuce drizzled with your favourite dressing and some fantastic toppings. I was intrigued into making a wedge salad from watching Modern Family. Those of you that are fans of the show should know what I’m talking about. Long story short, the wife gets upset because her husband won’t try a wedge salad on her recommendation. Learn from his mistake: try a wedge salad.

Traditionally, one would use a blue cheese dressing, so I’m gonna take that and run. Of course, I’m gonna add some bacon. If you want to add a little more crunch to this recipe (as if there isn’t enough), you can make some homemade croutons by toasting some cubes of white Dempsters bread that have been tossed in olive oil and your favourite herbs and spices.

Fun fact: Did you know that there is no Wikipedia article for the term “Wedge Salad”? Who knew!

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Holy Trinty of Pork Wrapped in Bacon Recipe – Epic Meal Time?

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How many times have you wondered, “How could I get more pork with this pork?” I noticed a few videos flying around the internet about Epic Meal Time. I was intrigued to say the least with what they were doing. But I wasn’t to happy or thrilled about how they made the meals so sloppy for the person to eat. I decided I’d do an ‘Epic Meal Time’ that a fancy resturant would be happy to serve. I asked myself how could I get more pork inside a piece of pork and add some bacon to obviously make it even better. I should add I wanted to add – three different cuts of pork, in one simple dish.

I picked some beautiful bone-in pork chops, I plan on stuffing them with apples and pork sausage, wrapped in bacon. To cook this, we are going to first sear the outsides, then finish the cooking process in the oven. To make this even more bacon-y, you could serve it along-side some bacon mashed potatoes, like we did with our Steak and Onions recipe, or maybe with some bacon-wrapped carrots. Bacon wrapped carrots, you ask? Yes, Bugs Bunny, get excited for that one to come…

…But back to the pork at hand. Pork chops, pork sausage and heavenly bacon combined with apples, dijon and nutmeg for a wonderfully delectable dinner main.

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Balsamic Chicken with a Mushroom Trio Recipe

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Now I know I’ve put bacon and mushrooms together already – I’ll probably do it again. I just love the combination. I had some beautiful Maple Leaf Prime Chicken Thighs in my fridge that I just HAD to cook, so why not pair it with that combo I just mentioned. I found out a little while ago, that if you cook mushrooms with balsamic vinegar, that the mushrooms will soak up all of the sweetness from the balsamic, but very little of the sour taste. Pair this with the citric nature of thyme, you’ve got a perfectly balanced dish.

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Fancy Bacon Weaving: Impress a Date With This Recipe

There’s a lot of ways to use bacon in the kitchen. Chef Rob has been showing you many delicious recipes. But for some people who don’t cook very often, these recipes can be daunting. After all, frying up bacon doesn’t require any measuring, and we don’t want to exclude anyone who doesn’t like cooking up more than that. So we’ve decided to post a “recipe” that can be made by just about everyone: bacon weaving. I love bacon, I wanted a recipe that was simple, elegant, and looked ‘hard’ to make. I had a ‘friend’ over and I needed to impress her. Besides my own personal needs, I thought the bacon weaving was pretty awesome. The video below shows a massive bacon weave. I thought if I could make a smaller version, it would look amazing and look complicated. Yet, it wasn’t complicated and it was a piece of cake.

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