12 bacon strips, diced
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
12 slices firm-textured white bread
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain. In a small saucepan, heat syrup and butter until butter is melted; set aside.
Trim crust from bread; flatten slices with a rolling pin. Brush one side generously with syrup mixture; press each slice into an ungreased muffin cup with syrup side down. Divide bacon among muffin cups.
Carefully break one egg into each cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil. Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes or until egg whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 cups.
4 teaspoons dried minced onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 bone-in pork loin chops (about 3/4 inch thick and 7 ounces each)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients; rub over pork chops. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine barbecue sauce and lemon juice; add pork chops. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Discard marinade. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill chops, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour or coconut flour to make gluten free
2 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
Oil for frying, enough to cover the bottom of the skillet
Powdered sugar for topping
Mix egg and milk. Sift dry ingredients and gradually add to milk mixture, beat until smooth.
Preheat oil in fry pan to 375 degrees F.
Pour batter into hot oil with a funnel with a 1/2” or 3/4” hole. Let batter drizzle into hot oil, spiraling to create a circle.
Cook about 1 minute, flip over, cooking both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and top with fruit preserves while still warm.
5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts-makes 10 bombs
5 jalapeños, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned
20 slices bacon
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup colby jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup BBQ sauce
Slice chicken breasts in half (like a hamburger bun), place between wax paper and pound until it’s 1/4″ thick.
Season with salt and pepper.
Mix the two cheeses together and smear about 1 Tbsp into each pepper half (just use up the cheese between all of the peppers).
Place the pepper on the chicken breast and wrap it up as best you can. I suggest placing the pepper cheese side down so it gets completely covered by the chicken.
Wrap each chicken breast completely with two pieces of bacon. Start at one end, wrap half the breast and finish the second half with the other piece of bacon.
Cook on a preheated 350 degree grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Turn every 5 minutes and baste with BBQ sauce each time you turn it.
For oven: Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Baste a couple times and finish under the broiler to set the BBQ sauce. **I suggest a 400 degree oven and no BBQ sauce for the first 20 minutes, turning once to help cook the bacon. Then reduce heat to 375, change pans to lose some of the bacon fat (if you don’t have a broiler pan), cover in BBQ sauce and finish baking.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch strips
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients ingredients; set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and basil in oil until garlic is tender. Pour over pasta. Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, cheese and dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.
3 slices bacon
4 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon slices, crumble, and set aside. Leave the bacon drippings in the skillet.
Mix the mashed potatoes, eggs, onion powder, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl; stir in the crumbled bacon and Cheddar cheese.
Form the mixture into 8 patties. Heat the bacon drippings over medium heat, and pan-fry the patties in the drippings until crisp on each side, about 4 minutes per side.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut up
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup water
1/3 cup Caesar salad dressing
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 (8 ounce) package linguine, cooked and drained
grated Parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s well browned on all sides.
Stir the soup, water and dressing in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Add the tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Toss with the linguine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.