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Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip

Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip



I confess I was a Soft Pretzel Virgin until I made these fabulously tasty Soft Pretzel Bites!  I was inspired by a recipe I found on DIY & Crafts. They sounded really simple to make.  First of all I was inspired by one of the products in my latest Degustabox. 


I had seen a really delicious looking Beer Cheese Dip on How To Feed a Loon, and there was the perfect bottle of beer in the box, a light Pilsner.  I love those Loon guys. Their recipes rock and they seem like a couple of really fun and nice guys. So I made the pretzel bites from the first recipe and the dip from the Chris and Wesley's recipe.  Let me tell you now, altogether . . .  AMAZING!  But first I must tell you about the box.


As those of you who have been reading me for a while know, I am the lucky recipient of the gift of a Degustabox each month. Once a month, around the middle of the month, I am gifted with one of these lovely boxes which contain a delicious assortment of all things foodie.  I just love these boxes.  Each one is always a lovely surprise.
  
Opening each one feels a tiny a bit like Christmas to me. Always a surprise, and always filled with things that pique my interest and desire to try. Degustabox is a monthly foodie subscription service that sends out a range of 10 to 15 specially selected foodie products. I even have a code that  can give you which will  give you a £3 discount off of your first box. I will tell you about that at the end. I have been getting these boxes for a couple of years now and I have to say I have never been disappointed.


This month's box theme was the July Summer Box, filled with lots of goodies to enjoy on your own or with your family.  From the moment I saw Pravha Pilsner Beer, I was inspired to want to use it in a recipe, but first a little bit about the rest of the contents of my box.


BEBETO Party Mix Tub 1 X £2
Mixed gummies, fizzy coated.  Treat yourself and enjoy the party.  Bebeto is the fastest growing brand in the UK.
*Available at Morrisons, selected Spar stores and Bestways.

NATVIA Natural Sweetener 1 X £5 
Quitting sugar is easy with Natvia, a great tasted sweetener made from 100% naturally sourced GMO#free ingredients. Created from a unique blend of steva, Navia tastes sweet with no aftertaste.  Crafted for baking and cooking, it is also a grea companion for coffee and tea.  Visit www.natvia.com for great recipe ideas!
*Available a Tesco, Ocado, Tree of Life, and Health Food Store. 

GOLDEN CREEK  1 X £2.49 
A blend of pure, dark Canadian maple syrup and liquid sugar, Golden Creek is ideal as an accompaniment to pour over your favourite desserts like pancakes, waffles or ice cream. Golden Creek is perfect for you if you love Maple Syrup at a fraction of the cost. 
*Available on Ocado and at Home Bargains.



PLANT POPS Popped Lotus Seeds 1 X £1.50 
Plant Pops are the new way to snack! Made with sustainably harvested lotus seeds, popped and roased before being umbled with ground peanuts for a subtle panutty taste.  They are sweet, salty and crunchy making a moreish snack time treat and are delicious drizzed in melted chocolate or on porrige.
*Available on Amazon, www.plantpopssnacks.com, The VeganKing Supermarket, harvey Nichols, Londis & Budgens. 

PREMIER PROTEIN Chocolate Brownie flavoured Protein Bar 1 X £1.49
We believe n feel-good energy to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals. Our bars are packed with 20g of protein and only 1.3g of sugar. Great post-workout, as an on-the-go snack, or the perfect pick-me-up! Available in three flavours: Chocolate Brownie, White Chocolae Vanilla and Chocolate Peanut Butter.
*Available at Ocado and WHSmith Travel

MANILIFE Peanut Butter 1 X £.030
Life changing natural peanut butter. An irresistibly creamy indulgence with BIG crunchy pieces. Made from th finest high-oliec peanuts sourced from a single estate farm in Argentina, roasted by experts and blended in small batches to creae an explosion of taste. Available in Sainsbury's from the 19th of July.
*Available from Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado and at ManiLife.com 

Add flavour to any meal without ading high calories & sugars with these zero sugarm calorie syrups and virtually zero calorie suces.  There's over 70 flavours to choose from in the table top collective and you will receive X 4 servings for on the go.
*Available on SkinnyFoodco.com, Morisons, Spar and COOP. 





MINOR FIGURES Nitro Cold Brew 1 X £1.95
We source the best in-season tea and coffee and our slow brew process captures the purity and depth of every ingredient. The result is a light, dairy-free drink wih no added sugar. When opened, nitrogen is released to create a silky microfoam. They are ready to drink, but are best served chilled.
*Available at Wholefoods, Planet Orgaic, Sourced Market, As Nature Intended, Ocado, WHSmiths Travel, Holland & Barratt and nationwide independants.

WUNDA MilkAlternative 1 X£1.99
 Wunda, a delicious, dairy-free alternative to milk that is high in protein and epic in everything! Wunda-fully versatile, you can use it in exactly the same way you use milk. Wunda-fully nutritious - high in protein, low in suga and fa, and fortified with vitamins A, D, B2 and B12.
*Launching in 2021

NESQUIK All Natural Milkshake Powder 1 X £1.89
 Made from just five natural ingredients including natural raw cane sugar, Nesquik All Natural *contains absolutely no artificial flavourings or sweeteners but still has the chocolatey taste that kids love, and geat news, the paper pacaging is fully recyclable and plastic-free* Made from natural ingredients.
*Available at Tesco and Sainsbury's  

PRAVA Lighter Tasting Pilsner 1 X £2
Discover Prava, from the legendary brewrs of Staropramen, Prava has ll the bold, iconic flavour of a high quality Czech pilsner yet is unexpectedly crisp, light tasting and refreshing.
*Brewed in the UK. Available in the major supermarket chains.


This was the perfect beer to use for this lush cheese dip/sauce. You don't want to use anything too strong.  European pilsner lager is the best for this as it is not too dark in colour and has a nice mild flavour.


This was my first time making soft Pretzel Bites.  I had always wanted to make them, but thought they would be difficult or really time consuming. I was so completely wrong. Nothing could have been easier, and as far as bread goes, quicker.


As you can see they turned out perfectly!  They had a nice chewy crust and a beautifully light interiour.  The perfect bite!



Perfect for dipping in that lush cheese sauce/dip.  The flavours of the dip are nice and cheesy. I used a good quality strong artisnal cheddar cheese (white) for the best flavour.


Cheddar also has great melting properties. 


The dip has a bit of a bite from the use of smoked paprika and Worcestershire sauce, and then of course there is that mild lager  flavour, which does not overwhelm the taste of the sauce at all. You know its there, but it doesn't slap you in the face.


This sauce has the perfect cheesy density . . .  perfect for dipping those moreish Soft Pretzel Bites into  . . .  look at that deliciousness.



The combination of the two was gorgeous.  I can't wait until it is safe for us to entertain again!  This would be perfect as a snack for game nights or parties!

Soft Pretzel Bites & Beer Cheese Dip

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Soft Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip
Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 1 H & 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 1 H & 30 M
Golden brown Soft Pretzels served with a delicious Beer Cheese Dip. Perfect for snacking! Soft Pretzels are a lot easier to make than one might suppose!

Ingredients:

For the Pretzels
  • 120ml warm water (1/2 cup)
  • 60ml warm milk (1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 45g butter, melted (3 TBS)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 280 to 350g plain flour (2 - 2 1/2 cups)
  • 50g baking soda (1/4 cup)
  • 950ml water (4 cups)
  • coarse salt and an egg wash (1 egg yolk, beaten with 1 TBS water)
For the Beer Cheese Dip
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 3 TBS plain flour
  • 160ml beer (2/3 cup)
  • 180ml milk (3/4 cup)
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 245g strong cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups, 8 1/2 ounces)

Instructions:

  1. Begin by making the pretzels. These will take about an hour and a half to make, start to finish.
  2. Whisk together the warm milk and water with the sugar, and yeast. Leave to prove for 10 minutes, then stir in the butter.
  3. Whisk together the flour and salt.  Pour in the yeast mixture and stir to combine well with a wooden spoon.  Tip out and knead until smooth on a lightly floured surface. (about 10 minutes).  Set aside in a lightly oiled bowl, covered, to rise for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
  4. Divide into four pieces and shape each into a roll, about 6 inches in length. Cut into bite sized pieces. You should have 24 pieces.
  5. Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Have ready a large baking sheet, lined with baking paper.
  6. Bring the four cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. (Make sure it is really large as it will double when you add the soda and boil very vigorously.) Carefully add the baking soda. It will boil quite actively so do take precaution.
  7. Add the pretzel bites, no more than six at a time. Boil for 30 seconds, then scoop out and place onto the baking paper covered baking sheet.  Repeat until they are all boiled, making sure you have plenty of space around them on the baking sheet.
  8. Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with some coarse salt.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Make the Beer Cheese Dip while you are baking the pretzels.
  11. Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan.  Whisk in the flour and cook for about a minute or so to cook out the flour taste. Whisk in the beer completely. Whisk in the milk, Worcestershire, paprika, salt and black pepper.  Cook, whisking continuously, until the mixture bubbles and thickens. Stir in the cheese and allow it to melt.  Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  12. Serve the  cheese dip in a bowl surrounded by the pretzel bites. The dip is delicious served either warm or at room temperature.
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Soft Pretzels & Beer Cheese Dip

I really DO make great use of and enjoy many of these fabulous products I am sent each month to try out.
 
Many thanks to Degustabox UK for gifting me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile.  If you like the sound of this box, why not sign up now! I find them to be really good value for money spent and I really enjoy trying out new products that I have not tried before.   Included is also a detailed information card  which tells you all about each product included, and other extras such as recipes, etc.   

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 So, that was the July Degustabox - a nice selection of products as always. We loved it. The price of each Degustabox is £12.99 (including delivery). To order your box, visit www.degustabox.com 

Use the code 2ROE0 to get £3 off your first Degustabox, free delivery – enjoy! 
     
I was gifted with the box free of charge, however any and all opinions are my own. 

  

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Perfectly Seasoned Chips

Perfectly Seasoned Chips




As I have often said and as anyone who has been reading me for a while knows, the potato is my favourite vegetable. I love them in any way, shape or form. One of my favourite of course is chips, or fries as they are also called, and the Perfectly Seasoned Chips/Fries are one of my favourite ways to prepare them.


This recipe is a great way of enjoying chips without having to drag out the deep fryer and they turn out crisp and wonderfully favoured every time.  A little bit spicy and a whole lot of tasty!


You will want to use a nice floury/baking/mashing type of potato for these. My mother always said you couldn't make mashed potatoes with new potatoes, and this is true. New potatoes are not ideal for mashed or baked or chips. They are too waxy and the consistency is just not right. You want a "fluffy" type of potato.  I recommend here in the UK that you use a Maris Piper, or King Edward. In North America a Russet. These will give you the best results.


You can peel your potatoes or not as you wish. I love potatoes with the peels left on, so that's how we enjoy them. In a baked potato, my favourite part has always been the skin.  I mean  . . .  who doesn't enjoy crisp "Potato Skins" served with dip. Yumma Yumma!



There is a little bit of faffing with these, but not as much as if you were deep frying and I promise you, you will enjoy these every bit as much.


I like to cut mine into finger sized chips. No more than about a third to a half an inch in diameter. Skinny fries!  This size will give you the crispest chips!


You need to rinse them really well under cold running water to get rid of any excess starch and then I like to soak them for about 10 minutes in cold water while I am preheating the oven and getting together the spices etc.


I make my own Old Bay Seasoning for this. (And for other things.) Its so delicious and such a simple thing to do.


I use a light olive oil. Not extra virgin olive oil. I save that for salads. Light olive oil works very well.


As you can see they turn out lovely and crisp.


Beautifully flavoured as well.  I think this is the perfect mix of seasonings.


We really love to have chips with our steaks when we do have a steak. (We don't eat red meat very often and when we do I will either have a baked potato or chips.)  My friend Pat had sent me over some Haupy's Beaver Rub/Seasoning. Oh my but it is sooooo good. A little taste of home. Today I used this on our steaks.


I also made us a simple Caesar Salad to enjoy with the steak and chips.  Caesar Salad is my favourite salad.


This was the best meal, as good as any you would get in a restaurant and not a lot of trouble to put together.


These chips are a lot better for you than deep fried chips and your house doesn't smell like a fat fryer when you are done.  That's one thing I really hate about frying . . .  I hate my house smelling like a chippy!

Perfectly Seasoned Chips

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Perfectly Seasoned Chips
Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 55 M
These are crisp and perfectly seasoned. There is no frying involved as they are baked in the oven. You will need a floury type of potato for these, something like a Russett, Maris Piper, or King Edward would do, or a good all rounder. New Potatoes or waxy potatoes are not suitable.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large baking type of potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 3 TBS light olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning (see note)
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Wash your potatoes and cut them into chips. I don't bother to peel them as we quite like the skins.  Rinse them under cold running water until the water runs clear to remove any excess starch, then leave them covered in a bowl of cold water for 10 minutes while you preheat the oven and make the seasonings.
  2. Preheat the oven to 225*C/425*F/ gas mark 7.  Line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
  3. Drain the potatoes and dry them well with a clean kitchen towel. Put them into a bowl and toss them together with the olive oil and the seasonings to coat.
  4. Spread the potato slices out onto the baking sheets, leaving plenty of space around each for the air to circulate.  Place one sheet pan on the top rack and the other on the bottom rack and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and flip them over. Return to the oven reversing the  top to bottom and bottom to top. Bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes until they are perfectly crisp. 
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as required. Serve immediately.

notes:

Make Your Own Old Bay Seasoning: Mix together 2 TBS Powdered Bay leaf (do this in a spice or coffee grinder) 2 TBS celery salt, 1 TBS dry mustard powder, 2 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp sweet paprika, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp white pepper, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp ground mace, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Mix together well and store in an airtight container out of the light for up to 6 months.
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You really don't get much better than this! I hope you will give them a go and that you enjoy them. If you want your chips even crisper then by all means bake them for a bit longer. It all depends on how hot your oven runs!  Enjoy! 

 


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East Bali Cashews

East Bali Cashews



One of my favourite things as a blogger is that I occasionally get gifted with products from companies, affording me with the wonderful opportunity to try new things/tastes/etc. in the comfort of my own home.  This was the case recently when I was asked if I would like to try some of the products from East Bali Cashews.  I did not need to be asked twice. The cashew is my favourite of all the nuts! 

East Bali Cashews began when founder Aaron Fishman travelled to the humble village of Desa Ban, in rural East Bali, as a healthcare volunteer. He soon discovered that behind the beauty, East Bali is an impoverished region of cashew farmers. Farmers sold raw cashews to traders who shipped them overseas for processing. Aaron saw an opportunity to bring livelihood and educational opportunities to the region. From there, East Bali Cashews was born. This ethical business has been bringing their honest cashew products to consumers since 2012.

East Bali Cashews ensures high-quality, delicious products throughout the entire process, from start to finish. It’s a labor of love and they love what they do. At every step along the way, the journey of an East Bali cashew is one of rare authenticity, expertise and refreshing flavor. You can read more about the journey of the cashew from the tree to your home here.  Its incredibly fascinating. I had no idea where cashews came from or how they were grown! 

Every sale makes it possible to provide over 400 jobs in East Bali, empowering local farming communities through sustainable employment, agriculture and education initiatives. I love the ethos of this company.



Two of the products I was sent to try were the Granola Bites (chocolate and vanilla), and the Salted Caramel Popcorn wih Cashews.


Their Granola Bites are a perfectly balanced mix of the Island’s beloved flavors.

The Chocolate and Vanilla Granola Bites  are their  Chocolate Vanilla Granola, formed into bite-sized clusters. they are perfect for a snack or pick me up, and I have to say they are postively delicious!  Nice and crunchy, not too sweet. I am not usually a huge fan of chocolate cereals, but these were really delicious and I have to warn you now, incredibly moreish!  I don't think Todd got a look in!!

The Chocolate and Vanilla Granola Bites are a combination of farmer-direct cashews, tasty clusters of rolle doats and nutritious read rice wih an infusion of dark tropical cacao and with a rich taste of vanilla.  These unique flavour are created by small-batch craftmanship under the of the beautiful volcano, Mount Agung, on the eastern shores of Bali.


Equally moreish was the Salted Caramel Popcorn with Cashews.  A lovely mix of salted caramel popcorn mixed with pieces of crunchy cashew. This salty sweet mix is a little taste of heaven. A classic crispy favourite with farmer-cirect cashews delicately rolled in fine caramel and a tantalising pinch of hand-harvested sea salt!!  Yummy yummy!  Again not too sweet, but a perfect balance of flavour, sweet, salt and crunch!



Every product purchased directly supports the deveopment of the communities, families and children of East Bali. 

They have an on-site pre-school. Opened in 2014, AnaKardia Kids is located on-site at their factory and hosts up to 60 children on a daily basis. Subsidized by East Bali Cashews, AnaKardia Kids gives the children of Desa Ban a head start in life by providing a safe, healthy and enriching early learning environment. 

By offering well-paying jobs in an impoverished area where work is scarce, EBC empowers the local villagers to lift themselves out of poverty. Their social enterprise model is a sustainable, secure method of addressing poverty, with autonomous & scalable economics. This model creates drive, spurs growth and creativity, and with everyone sitting in the same boat, the sky becomes the limit.

East Bali Cashews takes the livelihoods of their farmers and the use of local land seriously. Their farmer support includes introduction of cash crops, instruction on sustainable farming techniques, distribution of Village Drying Centers (VDCs), and the rejuvenation of cashew trees through an extensive seedling nursery & distribution program.

Cashew shells are an important part of their business. The circular journey of the cashew shells starts at the factory. To power the steaming and drying process of their cashews, they use an innovative gasifier furnace that runs on leftover cashew shells. The resulting biochar is then used as a super carbon-rich fertilizer for our cashew trees and rosella plantations.

They also have Farmer training, practice plant rejuvenation, provide educational scholarships, provide a subsidized community store for their workers.

You can read more about the Cashew Family Foundation here.  It really seems most impressive.



I was also sent an assortment of their 35g snack bags.

East Bali Cashews

Cacao Cashew Nuts, gently rolled in dark tropical chocolate.Delicately dusted in locally-sourced dark cacao powder, these decadent cashews are great for a healthy dessert or on top of Greek yoghurt in the morning.

Sea Salt Cashew Nuts, sprinkled with hand-harvested Sea Salt.Sprinkled with salt harvested from the Indian Ocean and roasted in rich, Balinese coconut oil, we gave this classic cashew flavor a major taste upgrade. 

Wild Harvested Cashew Snack Roastted with Wild Coconut Chips. These wild-harvested and deliciously roasted Premium Cashews mixed with toasted Coconut Chips will let you taste the beauty of natural Bali.

East of these were delicious in their own right and I would be hard pressed to pick a favourite!  I really, really liked the ones with the Wild Coconut Chips however. I had no idea that wild coconut had such a natural sweetness, but to be honest each was delicious!

Altogether I was very impressed with the taste and quality of the products I was sent to try, as well as the ethos of this company and I can do nothing but highly recommend them to you and give them a two thumbs up from The English Kitchen!

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Their products are available here in the UK from Amazon, Passionate Life, Kimber Foods and The Good Food.

To find out more about their products and where you can purchase them do check out their website at East Bali Cashews.

Many thanks to East Bali Cashews  for sending me these lovely snacks. I highly recommend them to all of you! 


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Note  - although I was gifted with these snacks I was not required to write a positive review in exchange. Any and all opinions are my own entirely.
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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven - a complete tutorial

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven - a complete tutorial



With all of the fresh tomatoes we are enjoying at the moment its fair to say that we are also enjoying our favourite Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches.  There is nothing so delicious on earth as a BLT made with fresh garden tomatoes and crisp streaky bacon. We love them and this is the season now for beautiful garden tomatoes. 

The most common way of cooking bacon is in a skillet on top of the stove.  This requires lots of standing and flipping and can be quite time consuming and somewhat messy as it can spatter all over the top of your stove. 

Did you know you can cook bacon perfectly in the oven, and that you can do so easily with a lot less fuss, muss and mess?  Its true you can and here are two ways of doing it that will yield two completely different results depending on what you want to use the bacon for.  Chewy or Crisp, the choice is yours.  (Todd is not fond of overly crisp bacon and prefers his to be a bit chewy.)



FOR CHEWIER BACON  

You  get a chew finish on your bacon when you bake it directly on the baking tray. (Depending on how long you cook it for that is. Obviously if you leave it in for a longer time than suggested you will get a crisper finish.)



Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F and  line a baking tray with sides with some aluminium foil for a really easy clean up.  Lay your bacon rashers out on the tray in a single layer, leaving space in between them. Don't allow it to overlap.




Place into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.


Remove from the oven, flip the rashers over using some tongs. Return the baking tray to the oven and bake for a further 5 minutes.


Remove the cooked bacon to a tray or plate lined with paper kitchen toweling to drain.

FOR CRISPIER BACON 

Cooking your bacon on an baking rack, directly over an oven tray results in a crisper finish as the hot air of the oven circulates completely around the bacon.  Do note that you will need to use a cooling  rack that has an oven-safe coating on it as if it doesn't, it could be permanently damaged, or worse transfer something you don't want to be eating to your bacon.


Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F. Line a large baking tray with a lip with some aluminium foil.  Place the cooling rack on top of the baking tray. Lay the rashers of bacon on top of the cooling rack in a single layer, leaving space between them and taking care not to overlap them.


Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven.


Using a pair of tongs, carefully flip the bacon rashers over and then return the pan to the oven.


Roast for a further 8 to 10 minutes until completely cooked and crisp.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate or tray to  drain.


Here you can see the difference between the two methods of roasting. For a  Bacon and tomato sandwich I prefer the bacon a bit chewy, baked directly on the baking sheet.  For something like a Caesar salad or another dish where you will be crumbling the bacon I like to roast it on a rack. 

When I cook my bacon I always cook the full package. Once cooked and drained, you can  store it in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze it in an airtight container for longer, ready to take out as and when you need it.  Why pay a premium price for already cooked bacon when it is so very easy to do yourself and so easy to store, handy and ready to use as and when.

I often buy bacon when it is on offer and will cook up the whole lot.  Obviously these timings are just guidelines and works well for thin rashers of bacon. If you have thick sliced bacon it may take a few minutes longer. 

Any cooked bacon can be simply reheated in the microwave. Wrap in a slice of paper towel and nuke it for about 15 seconds on medium to reheat.   

Here are some of my favourite ways to use cooked bacon!  Simply click on the recipe titles to go to the recipe.


The Hearty Salad Sarnie (Sarnie is another word for sandwich.) An open faced knife-and-forker with sour dough bread, baked deli ham, sliced deli turkey, sliced ripe tomatoes, sliced hardboiled egg, lettuce and crisp bacon, accompanied with a rich and tangy dressing. 

All Dressed Blooming Baked Potatoes


All Dressed Blooming Baked Potatoes. Petal cut potatoes, specially dressed with a butter baste prior to baking in the oven, topped with cheese and  crisp bacon. Serve hot wih sour cream and spring onions.  

Bacon, Egg & Creamed Spinach on Toast


Bacon, Egg and Creamed Spinach on Toast. Toasted Ciabatta rolls topped with creamed spinach, crisp rashers of bacon and fried eggs. Incredibly simply delicious!  

Bacon & Egg McMuffin Casserole


Bacon and Egg McMuffin Casserole. This is like having your favourite fast food breakfast sandwich in the comfort of your own home.  This is a delicious casserole and is sure to please the whole family!  You can have it for breakfast, but in all honesty, we enjoy it for supper. You can serve it with ketchup if you like or syrup.  I am partial to Maple syrup on this.  

Two Hander BLT's


Two Hander BLT Sandwich. This is the absolute BEST BLT you will ever eat.  Seriously.  With a Basil Pesto Mayonnaise, crisp bacon, fresh ripe tomatoes, house dressing and lots of lively fresh rocket leaves . .  . and a sturdy baguett. 


World's Best BLT. What makes it the best?  Well maybe it's the Pesto Mayo . . . or it could be that lovely Balsamic House Dressing that you drizzle over the tomatoes.  Whatever it is, it IS the world's best, hands down.
 


And then of course you can just go old-school with some toasted bread, mayonnaise, crisp bacon, sliced ripe tomatoes and plenty of crisp lettuce. 

All of this talk about bacon is  making me hungry again!!  Its a good thing I have some already cooked and waiting in the refrigerator! 

 


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