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Bacon Jam

Makes 1 cup

  1. 1lb thick-cut bacon, cut into 1in pieces
  2. 1 onion, sliced
  3. 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  4. 3/4tsp chili powder
  5. 2/3 cup coffee
  6. 1/3 cup water
  7. 4tb cider vinegar
  8. 4tb maple syrup
  9. 2tb brown sugar
  • Render and crisp bacon for about 10 minutes on med-high heat and set aside.
  • Lower heat to medium and add onion for 5 minutes. Add 3-4 for 1 minute. Add back bacon and 5-9 and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes. Add to processor and pulse 5-6 times. Lasts 4 days.

Bacon burgers with caramelized onions and blue cheese

Serves 4

  1. 7oz bacon
  2. 1 onion, halved and sliced
  3. 1-1/2lb 85% ground chuck
  4. 4oz blue cheese
  5. 4 potato buns
  • Process bacon to smooth paste. Cook in a 12in skillet on medium heat for about 5 minutes; bacon will be mostly pink and not crispy. Drain bacon, reserve 2tb fat and set bacon aside on a paper towel-lined plate until cool.
  • Cook bacon fat and onion on medium heat for 20 minutes. Set aside.
  • Mix bacon and beef and form four 1/2in thick patties. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes. Flip, top with blue cheese, cover and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toast buns. Top with burgers and onions and serve.

Cheesy mushroom bacon bread pudding

Serves 4-6

  1. 8oz bread, cut into 1in cubes
  2. 8oz bacon
  3. 8oz leek, sliced 1/2in thick
  4. 1lb mushrooms, sliced
  5. 1-3/4oz parmesan
  6. 1/3 cup parsley
  7. 2tsp thyme
  8. 6 eggs
  9. 2 cups milk
  10. 1 cup cream
  11. 4tb gruyere
  • Toast bread in a 350 degree oven until lightly toasted and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, render bacon and set aside. Discard all but 2tb fat and cook leeks for 5 minutes. Set aside with bacon. Cook mushrooms in 2 batches for 5 minutes each, set aside with bacon and leek and let cool.
  • Add 5-7 to mixture. Whisk 8-10 and mix in. Fold in bread. Transfer to a 9in baking dish, top with gruyere and bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes. Serve.

Bacon and eggs pizza

Serves 6

  1. 6 slices bacon
  2. 1lb pizza dough, room temperature
  3. 1tb olive oil
  4. 4oz small-curd cottage cheese
  5. 1/4tsp oregano
  6. 8oz mozzarella, shredded
  7. 1oz parmesan
  8. 6 eggs
  9. 2 scallions
  • Roast bacon on a rack at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and set aside. Reserve 2tb fat.
  • Brush 1tb reserved fat over a room-temperature rimmed 15in x 11in baking sheet. Roll out dough and transfer to sheet. Brush edges with olive oil and bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Combine 4-5 and remaining 1tb bacon fat and spread over dough, laving a 1inĀ  border. Top with reserved bacon and 6-7. Clear 6 spaces in mixture and add eggs. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, add scallions and serve.

Corned beef hash with eggs

Serves 4

  1. 20oz frozen diced potatoes
  2. 4 slices bacon
  3. 1 onion
  4. 2 cloves garlic
  5. 1/4tsp thyme
  6. 1/3 cup cream
  7. 1/2tsp hot sauce
  8. 12oz corned beef, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2in pieces, or other cooked meat
  9. 4 eggs
  • Microwave potatoes in a covered bowl for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a 12in skillet for 2 minutes. Add onions and cook for 8 minutes. Add 4-5 for 1 minute. Add potatoes and 6-7, gently press down and cook without flipping for 2 minutes. Flip and repeat for 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in hash, press down, make 4 2in indentations, add eggs and cook covered on med-low heat for 4-5 minutes. Serve.

Optional: Replace 4oz each of potatoes and meat with equal amount of veggies and add with onion.

Fluffy baked omelette

Omit meat or replace with extra veggies to make vegetarian

Serves 2

  1. 1 shallot, sliced
  2. 2oz meat or fish
  3. 4oz veggies
  4. Desired herbs, spices or seasonings
  5. 4 eggs, separated
  6. 2tb butter, 1tb melted
  7. 1/4tsp cream of tartar
  8. 1oz cheese
  • Cook 1-4 and set aside.
  • Whisk yolks with melted butter. Beat whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks. Fold in yolk mixture.
  • Melt remaining butter in a 12in skillet on med-high heat, add eggs, take off-heat and add cooked mixture and cheese. Transfer to a 375 degree oven and bake for 4.5-5 minutes.
  • Remove omelette from pan and rest for 30 seconds. Halve and serve.

Spaghetti alla carbonara two ways

Serves 4-6

  1. 1/2 cup water OR 4tb olive oil + 1/2 cup white wine
  2. 8oz bacon
  3. 3 cloves garlic OR 1 clove garlic
  4. 3 eggs + 1 yolk OR 3 eggs
  5. 2-1/2oz pecorino romano OR 1-1/2oz parmesan + 1/2oz pecorino romano
  6. 1tsp pepper
  7. 1lb pasta
  • Simmer water and bacon together for 8 minutes in a 10in skillet until water evaporates. Lower heat and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until bacon browns and renders fat. Add garlic for 1 minute. Strain and set aside; OR place large bowl in 200 degree oven to keep warm. Cook oil and bacon together for 8 minutes. Add wine and simmer until reduced, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and set aside.
  • Mix 1tb bacon fat with 4-6 and set aside; OR mix 3-6 and set aside.
  • Cook pasta in 2 quarts water. Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain. Whisk 1/2 cup water into cheese-egg mixture. Toss with pasta along with bacon mixture. Toss occasionally for 2-4 minutes until sauce thickens, adding additional cooking water as needed; OR cook pasta in 4 quarts water. Reserve 1/2 cup water and drain. Remove bowl from oven and toss pasta with cheese-egg mixture and bacon mixture. Add cooking water as necessary. Serve.