Jo Ann’s broccoli salad….from a church card recipe that I have had tucked away in my recipe box since the early 90’s. Jo Ann can cook like few people I have ever known. So, you know if Jo Ann makes broccoli salad (with bacon in it, no less) it will be delicious! Will it low-cal and healthy? No, definitely not, but it will taste amazing. Read the rest of this entry
A few months ago, girl #3 came back from the grocery with several bags of food. She was cooking lunch she declared. I don’t know about you but I never object to anyone else doing the cooking!
From her plastic grocery sack she pulled out a loaf of bread, bacon, deli meat, cheese, avocados, and baby spinach. How could she go wrong with those ingredients? You can’t!
She began by cooking bacon in the oven, 2 slices per sandwich.
While the bacon was cooking, she sliced the loaf of bread into 3 sandwiches. She bought a multi-grain bread at our local Kroger store. She used a ruler to measure and cut the loaf evenly. I thought it was funny at the time, but have since used the ruler to evenly cut bread myself!
The first thing on the sandwich is cheese, she uses white American cheese, I use Swiss. Next, is deli meat and we both use cracked pepper turkey. Add the two slices of bacon and wrap with aluminum foil leaving the top exposed to heat the sandwich. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Take the sandwich out of the oven and add the baby spinach and sliced avocado and it is ready to eat! We did not add condiments because we didn’t think it needed them.
Today, the HH wanted a fried egg on his sandwich. He also added jalapeño jelly. He said that combination was outstanding!
If you are looking for an easy-peasy appetizer to make for the Super Bowl, bacon-wrapped pretzels fit the bill. When I first saw this appetizer, I could not imagine eating it or even liking it. But oh…my it is yummy and easy to make. You can make the version with the brown sugar and seasonings or make it with just bacon and the pretzel rods. Either way, you cannot go wrong!
- 1 package pretzel rods
- 1 package regular bacon
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1-2 dashes cayenne pepper (optional)
- Mix 2 cups brown sugar with chili powder.
- Add cayenne pepper.
- Press both sides of bacon slices into sugar mixture.
- Wrap bacon around pretzel rod.
- Place on a roasting drip pan.
- Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until bacon looks crisp.
- Thick bacon does not do well for this recipe.
- You can just wrap bacon around a pretzel rod without the spices and it is still delicious!
Recently, I ran across an article about cooking bacon in the oven. Sunday, we made sandwiches after church and girl #3 wanted bacon on hers. Here was my chance to experiment!
I started the bacon out in a cold oven and set the temperature to 400 degrees. I set the timer for 17 minutes but ended up cooking the bacon for 20. I used a slotted roasting pan so that the grease would drip down away from the bacon.
This is what it looked like when 20 minutes were up. Some of the pieces were cooked and some needed to cook a little longer. So I thought about it and came up with a new strategy.
The next time I tried cooked bacon I preheated the oven to 400 degrees instead of placing it in a cold oven. I cooked the bacon for 16 minutes and it turned out much better this time because the bacon cooked more evenly.
This method of cooking bacon allows all the grease to drain off and there is no splatter mess to clean up.