Recipe: Bacon Ice tea

Hey everyone!

So now that I have some free time, I have come up with this new recipe!

Now I call it bacon ice tea, but it really has nothing to do with bacon, just a name! This recipe was made up after I had some ice tea at a restaurant, and it was gross! Way to sweet, and the tea tasted like it came from some pre-made powder (if that’s even possible!). It only takes a few minutes to make and its cheaper than buying it at the store!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf earl grey tea
  • 2 tbsp loose leaf oolong black tea
  • 5 mint leaves torn in half
  • water

Preparations:

Loose leaf tea pot

3 liter juice container

Step 1:

Boil enough water to fill the teapot, make sure the water is boiling since black tea requires very high temperatures to steep properly.

Step 2:

Steep tea in the loose leaf tea pot for 8-10 minutes

Step 3:

Mix all the ingredients together in the juice container and chill until cooled.

Step 4:

Enjoy!

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Quick tip: Rice

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So in the past few weeks I have had a bunch of people tell me that they have never cooked rice! I was astonished at this because rice makes it into my meals at least 3 times a week! But as the weeks went on more people told me they have never cooked rice. So after explaining it a few times, I decided that I would just post it on here!

White rice

Ingredients:

1 cup white rice
2 cups liquid
Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

Now you may have noticed that I did not specify a liquid to cook the rice in, that’s because it’s totally up to you! You could use consommé, chicken stock, vegetable stock, or just plain water. It’s really up to you! I always try to pair it with the dish, but my overall favorite is chicken stock!

In a medium pot, combine the rice, liquid, salt and pepper together.

Cover with a tight fitting lid, and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off the heat and let it sit. The rice will slowly absorb the liquid until there is no more liquid in the pot. This usually takes around 20 minutes. Try not to open the lid so that the steam inside cooks the rice.

Once cooked, fluff with a fork and serve!

So there it is! White rice cooked in under 25 minutes!

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Part 2: Bacon ice cream

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This is part 2 of the bacon ice cream saga! A few years ago I saw a show by chef Micheal Simon that highlighted a company that specialized in candied bacon products! The one product that stood out to me was chocolate covered bacon. So here is my take on their chocolate covered bacon, and to make it even better I’ve paired it with vanilla ice cream!

Chocolate covered bacon recipe:

Ingredients:

Direction:

  1. Set up a double boiler to insulate the chocolate as you melt it. If you don’t have a true double boiler, just take a large Pyrex bowl, and place it on top of a small pot with 1″ of water. Bring the water up to a simmer, add the chocolate, and slowly melt the chocolate, make sure you don’t get any water in the chocolate or it will seize up!
  2. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the bacon in the chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Place in the fridge and cool until the chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

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Hope you all enjoyed this recipe! I found it only took a few minutes to make and was super tasty!

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Recipe: The dish with no name

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So here is one of the 2 recipes that I promised you yesterday!
I created this recipe a few years ago after seeing a tv show. It was a recipe that was originally brought over from the Ukraine, but since they never released the recipe I had to make it up from memory!
It is a mix between a pizza and a calzone, but has a ground meat filling with lots of onions, paprika, and garlic!

The dish with no name recipe

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough (check out this link for the recipe)
  • 1 pound ground beef or sausage
  • 2 large yellow onions, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to: 375 degrees F
  2. In a medium sauce pan, lightly brown the yellow onions and garlic, this should take from 5-7 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked onions and garlic with the meat, paprika, chili powder, oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Roll out 2, 12″ pizza crusts. On a large baking tray, place a piece of parchment paper a little larger than the pizza crust. Place one of the pizza crusts on the parchment paper.
  5. Spread the meat mixture on the pizza crust so it forms a layer around 1/2″ thick, make sure you leave a 1″ gap of dough with no meat around the outside.
  6. Place the second crust on top of the meat mixture. Pinch the top crust together with the bottom crust.
  7. Lightly oil the top, and sprinkle some coarse salt on as well.
  8. Place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes. Check that the meat is cooked through with a thermometer, and remove from the oven.
  9. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, cut into 8 pieces and serve!

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Preview: Bacon ice cream part 2 and the dish with no name!

Hey everyone!

I’ve been super busy with my studies this week so I haven’t had too much time to post any new recipes. But tomorrow I will!

I’m going to be putting up the second part of the Bacon Ice cream series, and a new dish that I have yet to name! It has a hungarian background, but since I don’t speak Hungarian I have no Idea how to spell it!

Check back tomorrow for the recipes!

Thanks!

 

 

 

Part 1: Bacon ice cream 3 ways!

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I don’t have time to post all 3 recipes for the bacon ice cream, but I have enough time to do one!

I got the idea originally from Smokin bones a few weeks ago, and ever since I thought I could do better! So here is my interpretation of the bacon ice cream I had at Smokin bones.

Vanilla ice cream with bacon brittle

Ingredients:

  • Good quality vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon (reserve 1 tbsp for garnish)

Preparations and Cooking:

  1. In a small pot, mix the sugar, corn syrup, and water together. On medium heat, combine the mixture until clear. Turn the heat up to medium/high and boil (do not stir!), using a candy thermometer bring the mixture up to 300 degrees F (hard crack). 
  2. immediately take the sugar mixture off the heat, Mix the baking soda, butter, vanilla, and bacon into the sugar mixture. (this might get a bit scary because it bubbles, but it’s okay!)
  3. When the bubbles subside, pour onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  4. Allow to cool for 30 minutes
  5. Break the brittle into pieces and put half of the brittle into a food processor. Blend the brittle in the food processor until it is the texture of coarse corn meal, pour the mixture into a bowl.
  6. Scoop out a ball of ice cream and roll it in the bacon brittle until it is completely covered.
  7. Serve with a piece of the intact bacon brittle and some crumbled bacon for garnish.

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Sneak peak: Thin crust pizza!

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This is just a sneak peek of what I will be posting in a few hours! This is the first time that I have shown anyone my thin crust pizza recipe and I really hope everyone will give it a try, and let me know how it works out!

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Mini sliders with caramelized balsamic onions and bacon

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So tonight I have some ground beef in my fridge and I decided I wanted burgers! But I only had dinner rolls, so I decided I should make some sliders! These little burgers are great for parties, or if you just want a quick and easy dinner that everybody will enjoy.

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Caramelized balsamic onions

Ingredients:

  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp good balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Place a medium pan on burner and turn onto medium heat. Add olive oil and allow to heat until oil moves freely about pan. 
  2. Add the onions to the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes, or until soft and browned, reduce heat to low.
  3. Add balsamic to the onions and stir, cook mixture for an additional 10 minutes on low, stirring often so they do not burn.
  4. Remove mixture from pan and place in a bowl until ready to serve

Crunchy bacon bits

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices thick cut bacon, sliced crosswise
  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil

Instructions:

  1. Place a medium pan on burner and turn onto medium heat. Add oil and allow to heat until oil moves freely about pan.
  2. Add the bacon, render all the fat from the bacon until it becomes crisp.
  3. Drain fat from pan and place bacon bits on a piece of paper towel to absorb the remaining fat

Mini sliders

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 large yellow onion, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp good olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • white cheddar cheese sliced (enough to top 4-5 burgers)
  • unripened goats cheese (enough to top 4-5 burgers)
  • 3 tbsp grape seed oil
  • 8-10 small dinner rolls

Instructions:

  1. Mix the beef, garlic, onion, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper together until thoroughly combined. add the panko breadcrumbs to the mixture, mix until the beef comes together and is not to wet.
  2. Form beef mixture into 2″ patties (approximately 10). I use a cookie cutter to get a consistent shape and height. Place the finished patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they do not stick.

Cooking:

  1. Place a large pan on medium high heat, add 2 tbsp grape seed oil to the pan and allow to heat. Add in 4-5 patties to the pan at a time. Cook 4 minutes and then flip.
  2. Add the cheddar cheese to the top of the patties and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until patties reach 160 degrees F. Remove from pan and place on a plate.
  3. Drain off any excess fat from the pan and add 1 tbsp grape seed oil. Allow for the oil to heat and then add the remaining 4-5 patties. Cook 4 minutes and then flip.
  4. Add the goats cheese to the top of the patties and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until patties reach 160 degrees F. Remove from pan and place on a plate.

Plating:

  1. Cut buns in half and spread a bit of ketchup on the bottom of the bun. Place the patties on the buns and top with balsamic onions and bacon.
  2. Serve as soon as ready

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