Bacon

Cheddar and Garlic Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

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Have I mentioned that I love Bacon?  I love Bacon.  I love, love, LOVE Bacon.

This week my Facebook page reached 100 likes and I decided I was going to celebrate with a really fun meal.  Something with Bacon.  The recipe over at Artsy-Fartsy Mama struck my fancy (and her blog name made me giggle).

I made a few changes to this recipe, to make it my own.

I’ve always wanted to try  my hand at a Bacon weave and really liked how well it worked.  I used eight slices of Bacon in order to make the weave cover my chicken breasts ( I think that it also kept the cheese from seeping out and melting into the pan while they cooked).

I used a generous sprinkle of garlic powder on top of the cream cheese, topped it with cheddar and then wove the Bacon over the entire piece of meat.  I secured the ends with a couple of longer toothpicks.

The recipe said to cook for 45 minutes, turning half way through.  I ended up moving the pieces to a grate, set over a pan.  It seemed to keep the chicken from getting soggy in all those Bacon drippings.  I threw it under the broiler for about 15 minutes after the 45 minutes were up and man, did they ever look amazing.

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Crisp Perfection

A side of Au Gratin (in our family, we jokingly call them “Old Rotten” potatoes), some Lincoln Peak Marquette and my meal was complete.  I usually do a nice big veggie on side of most meals but I was tired after an entire day at work, and knew that I had dessert preparations coming up.

Even after cooking them for an hour, the chicken was so moist and tender.  The Bacon seemed to keep everything wrapped in tightly.  As time consuming as they seemed, I will definitely be making these again.

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Cheddar and Garlic Cream Cheese-Stuffed, Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Lincoln Peak Marquette

Bacon Maple Walnut Pie

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I celebrated my thirty seventh birthday yesterday.  Instead of a cake, I decided to make a birthday pie.  While at the dinner table, this is the conversation that went down:

Me: Tomorrow, I’m going to make a pie. A Bacon, maple walnut pie to be exact.

Hannah: Ethan, did you hear mom? She’s going to combine two of your most favorite things in the world: Bacon and pie.

Bud: Birthday Bacon Pie?? Awesome!

I have always loved my mom’s Maple Walnut pie.  She used to make it when we had our bakery years ago and because I believe everything is better with Bacon*, I decided to kick my favorite up a notch.

While the whole walnuts were toasting in the oven, I chopped and fried up six slices of bacon.

I realized that I didn’t have any maple extract in the house.  That may have been a complete failure, if I didn’t have a whole bottle of Sapling Maple Liqueur ready to take its place.

After everything was mixed up and poured into the pan, I sprinkled chopped Bacon over the top of my pie.

The pie browned up so beautifully and the Bacon didn’t burn at all.  I did a final brush with some more maple syrup once the pie came out.

Once it’s cool, I will be enjoying some with a bit of ice cream, more chopped Bacon and Sapling drizzled over everything.

*I believe in it so much that even my phone automatically capitalizes the word. 

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