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Bacon Crackers: Best Delivery System Ever!


Recently I came across a bacon recipe online HERE that I absolutely HAD to try!

Bacon is one of the reasons I am not vegetarian. *wink*

I have made this recipe a couple times now and enough people have asked me for the recipe that I have decided to write out what I do to make them on here, along with additional suggestions based on my experience.

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First up, you need a wire rack of some kind.  You are going to have “drip-age” and it’s better to have it drip away from the crackers 😉
I used two cooling racks placed on top of a cookie sheet which I lined with foil.  Allowed for easy clean up!

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Next, you need crackers.  I have used Toppables and they stand up quite well to the bacon and the baking.

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Although they have this interested way of curling up! 🙂

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Place the crackers on the wire rack and then prep your bacon.  Cut it into squares that fit on top of each cracker avoiding any oversized pieces that hang over the edges.

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NOTE #1: I have made these with cheaper bacon from the grocery store, as well as with high quality naturally fed bacon from a local meat counter.  The cheaper bacon worked out better.  It was saltier and you need that salt to cut through the sweet you are about to add.  Also, thinner cut bacon is better.

Third, sprinkle each piece of bacon with a good amount of brown sugar.

Fourth, sprinkle each piece with a BIT of cayenne pepper.

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Bake them for 10 minutes, turn them and bake for another 10 minutes.  I found I needed another 5-10 minutes beyond that so you will want to watch them after the first 20 minutes (Total baking time: 20-30 minutes)

Note #2: They don’t seem to keep well, although this may be due to the type of crackers that I used.  I found that they were somewhat soggy on the following day.  So, best eaten soon after creation! 🙂

 

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Curried Plastic and Butternut Squash Soup


Click here for the recipe or scroll to the bottom of the post.

This past Saturday was a frustrating day for many reasons that I’ll not bother mentioning here.  One occurrence though is worth mentioning, partially due to the humour of the situation (which I didn’t necessarily see until later) and also because by telling the story here, maybe some of my readers can avoid the same plastic ridden fate.

The creation of my soup began quite well.  I halved a few butternut squashes, quartered some onions, oiled up a head of garlic and popped it all in the oven to bake for an hour.  In 60 minutes, it was all ready to go and smelled pretty good, even though it looked like this:

Baked squash, onions and garlic

Tangent: It would seem that showing food mid-way through preparation isn’t the way to go.  Most of my recipes look fairly inedible between step.  My lovely boyfriend made a comparison I found hilarious…and will not share here in case someone doesn’t find it quite as funny as I.

Back to the point…things were going well.  I put half of the baked vegetables in my blender with a fraction of each of the other ingredients in the recipe, pureed them until smooth and then poured the resulting soupish-ness into a pot.  The second half didn’t go nearly as smoothly.

Halfway through blending, all hell broke loose and somehow…I have no idea how…I *didn’t* end up with squash soup everywhere.

How to explain what happened? … Pictures are probably best.  (I should note at this point that it’s thanks to the lovely boyfriend that I even *have* pictures.  I was pissed and told him what had happened via text.  Followed by my asking, “This will be funny later, right?”  He responded and said it most definitely would  be…I wonder if he wasn’t laughing at that moment *wink*…and that I should be sure to take some pictures because it would make a great blog entry!)

Visual aid:

Plastic Soup

Close up shot:

So, as you can probably work out from the above pictures, the plastic cap that sits in the middle of the lid fell through the lid, into the soup, and voila!  Plastic butternut squash soup.

Tangent: Pardon me while  I go off on a tangent again…but why the heck was my blender lid in two pieces anyway!  I never actually use the middle plastic piece for anything…wouldn’t one solid lid make a bit more sense?

Needless to say, my second batch of soup was an Epic Failure and was flushed with a sigh…well, and a swear word or two…  Or three.  Does a long exclamation of run-on swear words count as one or many?

If you have been paying attention, you will recall that I did manage to create one batch of plastic free soup before the blender ass-plosion.  That soup turned out absolutely fantastic as the following pictures prove!


RECIPE

  • 2.5 lbs (40 oz) of butternut squash, peeled and seeded
  • 2 large yellow onions, quartered
  • 6 cloves of peeled garlic (I roasted a whole head of garlic)
  • 1 2″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 4 chunks(Forgot to add the fresh ginger and had to use dried instead)
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 tsps of salt
  • 1 tsp of white pepper
  • 1 tsp of medium curry powder
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of Garam Masala
  • Sour cream for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Roast squash, onions, garlic and ginger until brown and soft- over an hour, depending on your oven
  3. Puree in your blender or food processor with chicken stock until completely smooth. Should be done in batches.
  4. Heat on medium heat- add salt, pepper, curry, cinnamon, nutmeg, garam masala to taste.
  5. While the mixture is hot, but before it bubbles, slowly add the heavy cream. Add until it is the desired color and thickness for your taste, and allow mixture to bubble. Lower the heat, and continue to cook on low flame for another 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, and let rest for 10 minutes. Before serving, add a dollup of sour cream.

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