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Bacon Cheese Ball

As much as I love cheese, I am typically not a huge fan of a cheese ball. However, since “everything tastes better with bacon, ” I thought I’d try this Bacon Cheese Ball to see if I could learn to love it. Yep! Everything really does taste better with bacon…plus it just looks so pretty!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 10 min; Chill Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 c. sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 c.  sour cream

16 cooked bacon slices, finely chopped, divided in half

1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 c. chopped chives

Thick Cut Potato Chips for serving

Preparing Bacon Cheese Ball:

In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, half of the bacon crumbles, and Dijon mustard. (This is one of those times when the best tools to mix the ingredients together are your hands).

Form into a large ball and place on a dish. Put in the refrigerator to chill. Before serving, roll the ball in the rest of the bacon crumbles and chives and serve with potato chips.

Bacon Cheese Ball

Variations:

You can add in whatever types of ingredients you would normally enjoy on a baked potato! Be creative!

Double Bacon Meatballs

Double Bacon Meatballs

When I was looking through recipes for Baconfest – The Sequel, I came across Double Bacon Meatballs in the March 2014 edition of Food Network magazine. Of course, the name alone caught my eye. Bacon, Beef, Canadian Bacon…how could these possibly be bad? As I usually do, I changed the recipe up a bit as well as the cooking process, but I didn’t mess with the 3 main ingredients!!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 30 min; Cook Time – 20-25 min

Ingredients:

2 lbs. lean ground beef

16 pieces of cooked bacon, finely chopped

8 slices of Canadian bacon, chopped

1 c. Italian breadcrumbs

1/4 c. finely chopped onion

2 eggs

BBQ Sauce for dipping

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Wire Rack

Preparing Double Bacon Meatballs:

Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Combine all ingredients together (except BBQ Sauce) in a large mixing bowl USING YOUR HANDS! I know it’s gross, but it really is the best way to mix all of the ingredients together. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put a wire rack on top of the baking sheet. Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray. Form 1 to 1/1/2 in. meatballs and place on the rack.

Double Bacon Meatballs

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve with BBQ Sauce.

Double Bacon Meatballs

Note: You will have to cook the meatballs in several batches. You can’t cook them all at once unless you have multiple wire racks.

Variations:

Change up the sauce however you like. You can even use mustard if you want! 

Bacon Soup Shooters

No, Bacon Soup Shooters do not have alcohol in them. Let me just say that right off the bat. I can’t say how many people asked that at the party!

They are, however, full of yumminess and are such a unique dish to serve at a party. Due to the richness of the soup, I would probably keep this to a shooter size as opposed to having a whole bowl of it. Not sure the arteries can take it!

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 15 min; Cook Time – 30 min. 

Ingredients for 16:

12 pieces of thick cut bacon

4 T. butter

2 leeks, chopped

2 russet potatoes, peeled and chopped. 

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups heavy cream

2 T. fresh dill, snipped

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Blender

16 shot glasses

Preparing Bacon Soup Shooters:

Cook 4 pieces of bacon in a large saucepan until cooked. When I did this, I followed the original recipe and wasn’t a fan of the shriveled up bacon. I needed the bacon drippings so I cooked the rest of the bacon (8 pieces) in a 375 Degree oven for about 30 minutes. Make sure it’s cooked and a bit crispy. This is not the time for limp bacon. You can cook the 8 pieces of bacon whenever you like. Just make sure you drain it on a paper towel and then break each piece in half and reserve the drippings (aka rendered fat, grease, liquid yumminess). 

After you have cooked the bacon in the saucepan, discard the bacon only. Keep the drippings in the pan and melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leek and potato and cook for 5 minutes. Add chicken broth and cream. Simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. In batches, puree in a blender. Return to saucepan to keep warm. 

To serve: Using a ladle, pour the soup into individual shot glasses. Top with a few sprigs of dill and a bacon slice. 

Bacon Soup Shooters

Heavy?! That soup ain’t heavy…it’s just right…it has bacon in it! ~Melissa

How to Make a Bacon Bowl

Bacon Bowl

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make a Bacon Bowl. It wasn’t exactly the kind of thing I would make on a regular night, so I decided to save this for a special occasion…Baconfest – The Sequel!

It was easier (and messier) than I thought it would be. Here’s how I did it as well as some tips that I figured out in the middle of the process…

How to make a bacon bowl

1. Line a large microwave safe plate with parchment paper. Tip: Cut off excess edges of the parchment paper. My plate was so big that the excess paper hit the door of the microwave when it spun, causing the bacon to move. 

2. Put 8 or 10 (depending on the size of your plate and microwave) slices of bacon side by side on the parchment paper. Make sure it’s an even number. Fold back every other piece halfway and horizontally place another piece of bacon. Return the bacon to its original position. 

3. Now, fold back the other pieces of bacon and place a strip of bacon horizontally. 

4. Repeat to create a lattice. 

Bacon Bowl

5. Place bacon in the microwave and cover with a paper towel. Cook on 60% power for 10 minutes. Remove the paper towel and use more to dry the bacon. Tip: This is greasy. Have your trash can nearby so you’re not dripping across your floor. 

6. Put a dry paper towel on the bacon and cook on 60% power for an additional 10 minutes. Carefully remove the plate from the microwave. Tip: Use oven mitts. It’s going to be hot. 

7. Get a large measuring cup (I used a 4 c. glass measuring cup from Pampered Chef which I’m sure many of you have)! If you don’t have this, use something similar in size and you will be just fine. Tip: Put paper towels underneath your measuring cup to catch the greasy drippings. 

8. CAREFULLY invert the bacon lattice over the measuring cup. Place back in the microwave (with the paper towels underneath) and cook for about 10 more minutes on 60% power or until the bacon is done and holds its shape. 

9. Using oven mitts, remove the bacon and place on paper towels to cool. 

Bacon Bowl

10. Turn it back over and fill it with whatever yumminess you like. I chose cubes of delicious cheese!!!

Bacon Bowl

Grilled Main Courses

Grilled chicken

Grilled main courses used to be something that I had only on the weekends when my husband was home to cook them. I was tired of always cleaning the kitchen after using the stove or oven to prepare dinner so I decided to “man up” and learn how to grill. I will say that it was one of the best things that I ever did in my cooking adventures. Not only is there less mess in the kitchen (I think I’ve said that lots this week), but grilled meat is typically healthier since there is less oil or butter used! For those you who have never grilled…give it a try. Just once!! It could change the way you eat and cook forever!!!

CHICKEN

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Mustard Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken Wrapped in Bacon and Rosemary

Beer Can Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken in Garlic and White Wine Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce 

PORK

Pork Tenderloin

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Bone in BBQ Pork Chops

Ribs

Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze

BEEF

Beef Tenderloin

Blackened Steak Salad

Flank Steak with Lime, Honey and Garlic

Gourmet Burger Bar

Tri Tip Steak

Filet Mignon Stuffed with Spinach and Manchego

SEAFOOD

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

OTHER

Pizza

Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

Turkey Breast with Garlic and Lemon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pimento Cheese with Candied Bacon

bacon pimento cheese

I was tasked with bringing an appetizer to a recent potluck and was trying to think of something simple but delicious. I wanted something different but also didn’t have a lot of time to spend on it. As I was browsing through McNack’s Kitchen recipes, I decided to put two amazing things together because I thought they would make the perfect marriage.

Pimento Cheese with Candied Bacon!

bacon pimento cheese

Oh my! The creamy and cheesy Pimento Cheese with a kick of cayenne heat paired with the crunchy, sweet and salty bacon were a match made in heaven. I loved it!!

Best part, both of these are already available on McNack’s! It was just the thought of putting the two together. Remember, the start to great pimento cheese is awesome cheese. Please don’t start with the pre-grated generic cheddar stuff. You’ll never be happy.

McNack’s Throwback Thursday

marinated bacon wrapped chicken thighs

We always see people with Throwback Thursday Facebook posts and we thought we might do one of those every now and again. So for this Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d share with you our #1 viewed recipe over the last 13+ months.

Any guesses?

Let me help you out. How about Denise’s Marinated Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs done two ways – a sweet version with pineapple and brown sugar and a spicy version with jalapeno and cream cheese. Both delicious.

Here is a link to the original post and to the video that shows you how to do it.

Happy Throwback Thursday and enjoy some bacon wrapped chicken tonight!!