...*a glimse into the daily life of a chef*...

...this blog is a place for me to record and reflect the passion that i put into my everyday life.

Friday, April 9, 2010

bacon love***

....this is a blog for my sister Frannie, and a thank you to her from so many reasons but one thing in particular, broccoli "salad" i use the term lightly until i can come up with another term, but atleast it does have something good for you, broccoli and i LOVE broccoli!

but first things first, the long awaited (on Frannie's behalf)------->
Bacon & Tomato Dressing

5 roma tomatoes, diced
(or 2 beef steak tomatoes)
2 shallots, sliced
8 slices of bacon, chopped
(thicker cut bacon is better)
1/2 c. sherry 
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1 c. olive oil
s/p to taste

start by rendering your bacon in a pan then add shallots and tomatoes, then deglaze with sherry and vinegar...then add in sugar and oil and season with salt and pepper.

***serve warm with spinach, Mmmm Mmm good!

Broccoli Salad
(thanks to Frannie, with an Aly twist!)

2 hd. broccoli, 
cut into bite size peices
1 red onion, diced
1 c. raisins, 
rehydrate in 1 c. warm water and 1/2 red wine
(When soft, drain off liquid)
8 slices of bacon, chopped and rendered (save fat)
(I prefer to use the pepper bacon for a little added zip!)
1/4 c. sunflower seeds
(***I love to coat them in a hot pan with sugar, salt, and cayenne! 
its a great addition to any salad, sweet, salty, and crunchy!***)
3 T. sugar
1/2 c cider vinegar
1 c. Mayo
3 T canola oil
1 t onion powder

mix dressing in bottom of bowl adding in the bacon fat, vinegar, sugar, mayo, oil, onion powder and salt...then add in all other ingredients! ToSS & EnJoy....

**best to let it marinate all together for 1/2 hour

...the is THE best BLT mayo of ALL time!

Black Pepper Aioli 
(save the bacon fat from the rendered bacon)
1/8 c. bacon fat
1 c. mayo
3 T cracker black pepper
1 T dijon mustard

Just try it, you will LOVE it!

...to be continued*** 

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