Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone
This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.
Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

People love fry sauce. I don’t exactly know why. Perhaps it’s because we get stuck in a rut where we just put the standard fixin’s on our burgers or we get bored dipping our fries in plain old ketchup. Ask anyone – fry sauce makes most things better. Its a proven scientific fact. Know what else people love? Bacon & jalapeno!

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Much like peanut butter & jelly, chocolate + wine, and chips & salsa, bacon was pretty much made to be paired with jalapeno. Let me rephrase. Bacon is perfectly fine on its own. Rather, jalapeno was made to be paired with bacon. Yeah, that’s better.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

I feel kind of funny giving you a recipe for fry sauce because it’s mayonnaise and ketchup. We don’t really need a recipe for that, now do we? I suppose the point of this post is more of an idea than a recipe. Because, after all, you can change the quantities of each ingredient and still have something delicious to dip your fries in or smother your burger in.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Speaking of burgers, this is actually a burger that is made of 50% grass fed ground meat and 50% ground up applewood smoked bacon. Yes, you read that right. I fed my family beef and bacon burgers for dinner on a white bun with french fries and fry sauce. Before you brand me as the worst mother ever, I’ll have you know that my kids each drank a glass of freshly pressed juice made from beet greens, apple, carrot, lemon, ginger, and pomegranate seeds before dinner. It’s all about balance, amIright?

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

So, next time you want to shake things up with your all-time favorite foods, make this fry sauce…and bacon jalapeno deviled eggs. I told you everything is better with bacon & jalapeno.

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!

Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!
Author:
Cuisine: appetizer
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cooked crisp bacon, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh jalapeno, minced
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately. Use as a dip for fries or onion rings or as a spread for sandwiches and burgers.

And while you’re at it, but sure to chop up a whole lot more bacon and jalapeno so you can make this mac ‘n’ cheese:

bacon-jalapeno-mac-n-cheese-ig

As well as this bacon wrapped jalapeno popper chicken:

bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-popper-chicken-ig

Elevate your french fries, onion rings, sandwiches, and burgers to a whole new level with this quick and easy Bacon Jalapeno Fry Sauce!
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

California Club Sandwich

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don’t get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Today’s recipe is sponsored by our friends at Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread.  

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was to make my all time favorite sandwich on Martin’s brand new Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread. When you make a sandwich like this, it is more than a meal. Perhaps its nostalgia, perhaps its just a love of delicious food, but this sandwich is way more than just a sandwich to me – its an experience. You see, I’m a bit of a food snob. Okay, okay. That might be putting it mildly. The truth is that I don’t just care about the taste of my food, but I care about the quality, the ingredients, the history, the origins, etc. It’s almost like I have a rating system in my brain and for me to absolutely love any kind of food, it needs to pass all criteria. Friends, this bread passed with flying colors. The taste and texture alone will have anyone love this bread, but to fully appreciate it you need to know the brand, as well.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. is an all-American family owned and operated company headquartered in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. From 1955, when Lloyd and Lois Martin converted their garage into a small bakery, the Martin’s family has focused on baking great-tasting products using high-quality ingredients. Their dedication to excellence, quality, service, and family values is what truly sets them apart from their competitors. Located in central Pennsylvania, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread has been known for its “Famous Dutch Taste.” No longer just a “Pennsylvania novelty,” Martin’s Potato Rolls are the “#1 Branded Hamburger Bun in America.” In addition to their famous burger (Sandwich) and hot dog (Long) potato rolls, Martin’s also makes sesame-seeded Big Marty’s Rolls, Hoagie Rolls, 100% Whole Wheat Potato Bread, and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Potato Bread. These and other Martin’s products, such as the new Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread, are delivered fresh to Eastern and Mid-West stores daily and are exported internationally to a growing number of countries. My vote is for them to prioritize delivery to Portland, Oregon!

Their Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread combines the nostalgia of days gone by with the great taste and high quality that today’s consumer expects from Martin’s. Using 100 percent real butter without any additional oils is what earns Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread its name.  They only use high protein wheat flour, nonfat milk, real cane sugar, and other high-quality ingredients to make this great tasting, soft, gratifying Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.  One taste and you’ll see how much more superior it is from other white breads on the shelf.  Like other Martin’s products you can eat it right out of the out of the bag! When I was a kid, I used to take pieces of soft white bread (which, in no way, were as amazing as this bread) and I’d smash it up into a ball and put the entire thing in my mouth. I called it “bread in a ball”. Yes, this is a true story.  I have no shame in telling you that I did the same exact thing with a piece of this amazingly soft butter bread and the experience took me right back to my 8-year-old self.  If you don’t just eat the entire loaf of bread plain (like I was completely tempted to do), it can be used as part of a recipe for sandwiches, casseroles, and bread puddings or eaten with a simple coating of jam or butter. However you choose to eat their bread, they can guarantee those you are serving will be grateful.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

If you’ve never had a California Club, the ingredients are simple. In fact, it can vary in many ways but there are two ingredients that will define it as a California Club – avocado and sprouts. Now, I much prefer alfalfa sprouts, but they aren’t so easy to find these days. If you aren’t able to find them, microgreens are very similar in taste and texture and make a good substitute. The remaining ingredients are what you’d typically find in a regular club sandwich – turkey, ham (I’m calling the ham part optional because I chose not to include it), bacon, tomato, cheese, mayo, and of course – exceptional bread that not only holds this monster of a sandwich together, but bread that compliments all the wonderful components of this sandwich.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

One of the reasons this Butter Bread works so well with this massive sandwich is because it is physically possible to eat if you smash the whole thing down. I watched my husband devour this sandwich in less than five minutes and I couldn’t believe he was able to fit each bite in his mouth. It was quite impressive.

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.

Bottom line – you can’t fully enjoy a sandwich without exceptional bread holding it together. One common staple has brought people together throughout history: bread!  For over 60 years Martin’s has been a part of this history, baking up rolls and bread that bring friends and family together.  They thought it was time they made a new addition to their bread family… and I’m so happy it was this Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread!  Grandma Martin wouldn’t think twice about providing fresh, quality, delicious bread to nourish her growing family. She recognized the importance of time spent together—time where we stop our work and gather together to talk, laugh, share, and grow. When we bring loved ones together, only the best bread will do.  This is so much more than a meal.  These moments are what we hold onto and remember from one generation to the next.

To learn more about Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread, visit their website at: www.potatorolls.com.

California Club Sandwich
 
Prep time
Total time
 
One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
Author:
Recipe type: main
Yields: 1 sandwich
Ingredients
  • 3 slices Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread
  • 4 slices herb roasted turkey
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
  • handful of sprouts or microgreens
  • mayonnaise, as desired
Instructions
  1. To layer triple decker sandwich, arrange two slices of your tasty Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread on a flat surface, leaving the third slice for the top.
  2. Divide all remaining ingredients in half and assemble on the two slices of bread. Stack them together and top with remaining piece of Butter Bread.
  3. You may need to hold sandwich together with a bamboo stick as this sandwich will be tall and delicious!

One of my favorite meals while growing up was a California Club Sandwich, and they don't get any better than with Martin’s Old-Fashioned Real Butter Bread.
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Superbowl Party Menu Plan

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Planning a party for the big game? I’ve got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!

I talk about game day food all the time on my blog. Do I ever watch football?  Nope. Not ever, you ask? Nope. Not interested. There are two things I absolutely love about having football on the tv, however.  First is the food (so obvious, right?). What’s not to love about cheese, barbecue, dips, and drinks?  Nothing.  I love every single thing about game day food. I beg you have to know what the second thing I love about having football on tv, right?  Well, its the really cool overhead shots and the fact that they move that line on the ground with each play. Or each down.  Whatever.  I don’t know how it works.  It just blows my mind that they can make that line move under their feet.  I know its digital, but it sure looks real.

I have no idea who’s playing in this year’s superbowl.  I don’t know if its even been determined yet. The only thing I know is that good food and football watching go hand in hand.  Below you’ll find recipe ideas that will make any game day watching experience grand. Enjoy!

Appetizers

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Crispy Baked Parmesan Ravioli from Kleinworth & Co.
Bacon Bombs from Love Bakes Good Cakes
The Best Chile con Queso from Around My Family Table

Salads & Sides

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
20-minute Greek Couscous Salad from Plated Cravings
Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Eggrolls from Liz on Call
Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories

Main Dishes

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Crock Pot White Chicken Chili from The Gingered Whisk
Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs from Cooking with Curls
Game Day Beer Chili from Self Proclaimed Foodie

Beverages

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Peach Raspberry Moscato Punch from Bread Booze Bacon
Bacon Bourbon Apple Jello Shots from Bread Booze Bacon

Desserts

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Club Cracker Bars from Cooking on the Front Burner
Peanut Butter Cheeseball from Like Mother Like Daughter

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.

Baby, I don’t know about where you live, but it’s cold outside. At least, its been cold for the last week or so here in Portland. Allow me to use this opportunity to explain what happens when the weather goes bad in this fantastic city of mine. Don’t let the sarcasm fool you – I probably couldn’t love Portland more. But the weather + city’s reaction thing simply blows. my. mind.  Here we are last Wednesday evening. The forecast was saying that we were going to get between 1″ and 3″ of snow on Thursday. It takes me 20 minutes to gas up my car and 45 minutes to pick up my kids (normally a 15 minute drive). This is all because everyone is worried about the pending “snowpocalypse“. They even canceled school based on the forecast. The forecast, people! It finally did begin to snow at noon on the dot on Thursday, but seriously? Anyway, before I started my rant, the point was that the weather was cold. And when the weather is cold, all I want is soup. Not so much a brothy healthy soup. No. I want a creamy healthy but kinda naughty comforting soup. This one fits the bill. Healthy? Leek, onion, broth – check. Naughty? Potatoes, bacon, heavy cream – CHECK!

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.

Now, if you ever tell me to make a soup with bacon and then proceed to tell me to add the cooked bacon to the soup and simmer I just might take that dirty spoon you’ve been stirring said soup with and knock you right upside the head. I cannot stand soup with bacon floating in it. Do you know why? Its because when you take perfectly crisp cooked bacon and soak it in hot liquid, not-so-good things happen. That wonderful chewy fat gets all white and floppy. Gross. No, the only time I ever put bacon IN my soup is when I plan to blend it up like I did with this soup. Then, the rest of that wonderful bacon gets sprinkled on top at the end. Don’t soak your bacon, friends.

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.

I have to tell you, every time I tell my kids what I’m making for dinner I get an astounding and whiny “Nooooooo, grossssss!”. Then they eat it. And they love it. This soup was one of those recipes. I love cooking meals in my electric pressure cooker. Whether you have an instapot or one like mine, its a lifesaver on busy weeknights and is quickly kicking the old crockpot to the curb (in my house anyway). Enjoy!

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.

I used bacon ends and pieces for this soup. Check out the most perfect way to cook these little morsels below:

 

3.0 from 1 reviews
Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.
Author:
Recipe type: soup, main dish
Yields: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 very large leek, white portion only, sliced and washed well
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a heavy bottom pot, cook the bacon starting over high heat and then gradually reducing to low as it browns. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Discard excess grease but do not wash pot out.
  2. Add the oil to the pressure cooker and heat on your sautee or browning setting. Add the leeks and onion, and stir for 4 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and chicken broth. Close and lock the lid. Cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. Release pressure using the quick release method - be careful, there will be a lot of steam.
  4. Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Place into the pot where you cooked the bacon. Add the cream and herbs and then season with salt and pepper. It will need a fair amount of salt, but taste as you go.
  5. To serve, ladle soup into a bowl and then top with a handful of crisp bacon pieces.

When the weather is cold and dark outside, few meals satisfy better than this comforting Pressure Cooker Potato Leek Soup topped with crisp bacon.
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Brussels sprouts, much like beets, are a vegetable that I never even tried until well into my adult years. Now, every time I eat them I seem to love them more and more. Now, don’t get me wrong. Put a plate of boiled Brussels sprouts in front of me and I will likely gag, but deep fry them, smother them with cheese, or cook them with a wonderful smoked meat like bacon and I’m a happy girl.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

I decided to partially bake the bacon first because I simply can’t stand bacon when the fat hasn’t been completely rendered. Along those same lines, I didn’t want to scorch the heck out of my sprouts in order to get the bacon to the proper doneness. This method proved to work perfectly.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Doesn’t that just make you feel more comfortable knowing that the bacon is already well on its way to perfection by the time you mix it with the raw sprouts? I know it gave me the warm and fuzzies.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

By the way, do you call them brussel sprouts or Brussels Sprouts? I admittedly had to turn to the internet to explain it to me, because I didn’t want to look like a total dummy by forever immortalize my lack of knowledge by spelling it wrong on my photos. Don’t my roasted brussels with bacon look yummy? Now imagine how good they were with that balsamic reduction drizzled on top. YUM!

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.
Author:
Recipe type: Sides
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds brussel sprouts, outer leaves removed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper, as desired
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add chopped bacon pieces to baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
  2. While bacon is cooking, toss Brussels sprouts in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. After 15 minutes of cooking, remove bacon from oven and add Brussels sprouts to the baking sheet. Toss with the bacon and continue cooking for 30-40 additional minutes until the sprouts are golden brown.
  3. While the bacon and sprouts are cooking, heat balsamic vinegar in small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half.
  4. When sprouts and bacon are done, remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Cover with reduced balsamic and serve hot.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. #sponsored #ad

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

You know I love to cook. I live to eat. I buy food based on taste. To me, food equals comfort and connection. It is my belief that when you take the time to make things from scratch and look for high-quality brands and ingredients, it is always worth the effort you put in. I also believe that bacon deserves its own food group.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

Let’s face it – bacon makes just about every meal better. I think a bacon jalapeno pairing is one of the best flavor combinations in the world, so it only made sense to make a bacon wrapped jalapeno popper chicken breast for dinner. I picked up this package of Wright® Brand Bacon at the Kroger store near my house. I knew it would be perfect for this dinner because they do Bacon The Wright Way™Wright Brand Bacon is a great choice for any meal – breakfast, lunch, or dinner! I went with the Applewood Smoked flavor, but did you know they also make Hickory Smoked, Smoked Brown Sugar Bacon, Bourbon Barrel Smoked, and Oak Barrel Smoked?  If you’ve never tried Wright Brand, know that it is masterfully crafted for a richer bacon experience, thick-sliced, hand-selected & hand-trimmed, naturally smoked with wood chips, and is made from the best cuts of high-quality premium meat.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

I thought about simply wrapping the bacon around the chicken, but quickly came to the realization that I could make dinner a lot more interesting while using even more bacon if I did a bacon weave instead! More bacon is always the better choice.  I never limit myself or feel guilty when I indulge – in fact, I encourage you to do the same. Life is too short for only one piece of bacon.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

There’s a trick to stuffing the chicken breasts so that the cheese doesn’t ooze out when you cook it. Lay the breast on a cutting board so that you open up the small piece with the chicken tender like a book. Be sure to keep this piece attached. Then, using a small, sharp knife, cut a pocket in the thick part of the breast, taking care to not cut all the way through. Use your fingers to reach in and make the pocket as big as possible without tearing it. Then, stuff your cream cheese and jalapenos in the center and use the chicken tender part to wrap around and seal the opening. Pretty cool trick, eh? In the photo below, the breast on the right has already been stuffed and wrapped.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

Lay that stuffed sealed chicken breast on top of that lovely bacon weave that you made and then roll it on over. Tuck the ends of the bacon underneath as best as you can and secure  with toothpicks where needed.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

Funny story (sort of) – I was planning on baking these in the oven but my lower heating element broke when I was preheating the oven. Awesome, right? Not really. Fortunately our barbecue was a few steps away and it was a gorgeous day to be cooking outside. Basically, you can cook these in the oven or the barbecue and they will turn out perfectly. I highly recommend using an internal thermometer so you know exactly when they are cooked. Although the bacon will be fully cooked and rendered by the time the chicken is cooked, it may not appear done as it won’t be dark and crispy.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

If you prefer your bacon to finish off with a little sizzle and a beautiful golden brown finish, you’re going to want to pop it in the oven under the broiler for 5-10 minutes to finish it off. Just be sure to start this process at least 5 degrees before it reaches final cooking temperature and crack that oven door to get the nice brown without over cooking it, if needed. Fortunately – it was my lower heating element that broke so I was able to use my broiler without any issue.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

I was worried my jalapenos were going to be too spicy because my fingers and nostrils were burning when I was cutting them, but by the time they cooked, it was perfect. I honestly can’t even begin to tell you how delicious this dinner was. It really was incredibly easy to make. I served it up with some smashed potatoes and sautéed fresh corn. These would be perfect for tailgating too! Just prepare them ahead of time, wrap tightly in plastic wrap to store in your cooler during transport, and then cook them up on the grill. The smell is amazing and you will certainly have everyone wishing you were their best friend at the game!

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

I’d love for you to share your favorite recipes with bacon as the main ingredient and hashtag it #VoteWrightBrandBacon @WrightBacon!  Head over to this poll to vote for your favorite flavor!  www.votewrightbrandbacon.com

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.
Author:
Recipe type: main
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound bacon (12 slices)
  • 2 (about 1.5 pounds) large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2-4 jalapenos, stems and seeds removed, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
Instructions
  1. To arrange the bacon in the basket weave pattern, lay four slices lengthwise. Then cut two slices in half to create four short slices. Weave the four short slices through the long slices.
  2. To stuff the chicken, pull the tender away from the main breast but leave it attached. Then, using a small sharp knife, create a pocket starting near the chicken tender. You want this pocket to be as big as possible without cutting all the way through the chicken.
  3. Divide the cream cheese and jalapenos evenly between the two breasts and stuff them in the pocket you cut. Then, take the attached tender and roll it over the opening to seal it.
  4. Place the stuffed breast on top of the bacon weave and roll it over so that the bacon is on top. Secure any loose pieces of bacon with a toothpick. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest piece.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven or grill for 50-55 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees F. For the final few minutes of cooking, place the bacon wrapped breasts under the broiler to give them a nice brown. You want your final cooking temperature to reach 165 degrees F, so once you hit that, broil with the oven door open if you prefer more browning.
  6. Allow chicken to rest for at least five minutes. Slice with a serrated edge knife.

Because bacon makes everything better, enjoy grilling or baking this 4 ingredient Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken for dinner or a game day feast.

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

Does your family enjoy breakfast for dinner as often as we do? I just assumed that’s how every family operated, but once I started asking around I found out that not as many people eat breakfast for dinner. At least not at the rate we do.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

What’s not to love about eating breakfast for dinner? In my opinion, the only restriction is that it has to be a savory meal. Having something sweet that’s covered in maple syrup just doesn’t work in the evening. I don’t know why. I think it has to do with the fact that a sweet breakfast goes hand and hand with a hot cup of coffee, and if I drink coffee any time after 1pm, I toss and turn all night.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

A savory breakfast for dinner is the way to go. To me, this almost always entails eggs with some kind of carbohydrate like potatoes or these waffles. This was the first time that I made this particular variety of waffles. Admittedly, the waffles consumed in my house are almost always smothered in fresh fruit, maple syrup, and occasionally whipped cream.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

To make a savory waffle, just add in whatever ingredients you’d add to a delicious waffle. Think about things like spinach and artichoke, sun dried tomato and feta, or my personal preference for the evening – crispy bacon, sharp cheddar, and chives from the garden.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

I also love the addition of cornmeal. It adds a gritty texture which makes it extra hearty. The fact that I only had blue cornmeal as opposed to your standard cornmeal really through my kids for a loop because they thought the waffles looked like blueberry waffles!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

You can top these waffles with anything you’d like, but for this particular dinner I went with sauteed spinach, heirloom tomato, and poached eggs. I served all of this on top of the waffle and went with the fork and knife option. That is, until I saw my kids break their waffle into sections and make a sandwich out of it. Pure genius!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

GET THE RECIPE HERE

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Why bother with toppings that slide right off when you can enjoy these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers with the toppings inside!

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.I’m pretty sure these were the best burgers I’ve ever enjoyed. The fact that they were served up on homemade buns sure didn’t hurt, but I’m now convinced a stuffed burger is the way to go.

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.You know I love the combination of bacon and jalapeno and cheese. Its like a magical trio. One bite of my bacon jalapeno mac n cheese and I’m sure you would agree.

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.One of my gifts last Christmas was this handy dandy little burger press and this was the first time I had actually used it. You see, its one of those few little kitchen gadgets that are less than ten bucks that everyone should have in their kitchen. Not only does it make plain old perfectly shaped patties (something we will take advantage of while camping and on our annual trip to Sunriver), but it also shapes the meat so you can make beautiful stuffed burgers or even small slider patties!

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.These burgers are simply stuffed with slices of fresh jalapeno (seeds and all), perfectly cooked bacon pieces, and grated sharp cheddar. Don’t cheese on the cheese – grate it yourself this time instead of buying the pre-shredded stuff. You won’t regret it.

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.See how perfectly shaped that is? You wouldn’t think that perfectly round and flat grass fed beef patty had a spicy salty about-to-be-melty treasure inside, now would you?

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.And here it is cooked on the bun with some lettuce. Looks rather boring right now, doesn’t it? I agree. Oh – wanna know how I cooked it? Normally I use my outdoor grill, but I just bought the most amazing cast iron griddle. Where has that thing been all my life?!? I used some of the leftover bacon grease to coat the griddle and I cooked these burgers up right on the stove. I didn’t get a shot of the grill marks, but they were beautiful! I also sliced that bun in half, put a thin layer of bacon grease on both sides, and set those open halves on the hot griddle for a few minutes too. PERFECTION.

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.If you could see me looking at the picture below, you’d think I look more like Homer Simpson drooling over one of his donuts rather than the average well fed woman that I am. Yum.

Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.

Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Why bother with toppings that slide right off when you can enjoy these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers with the toppings inside!
Author:
Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 3 patties
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef (grass fed preferred)
  • 1 large jalapeno, thinly sliced with seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon pieces
  • 1-2 ounces cheddar, grated
Instructions
  1. To form perfectly cooked patties, consider using a burger press.
  2. Preheat grill or griddle to high heat. Divide ground beef equally into three portions. For each portion, take about 2/3 of it and form it into a very flat patty with sides (again, this is super easy if using the burger press). Divide the jalapeno, bacon pieces, and cheese into three equal portions. Add 1/2 of the toppings to the meat. With the remaining 1/3, form the meat into a thin circle and top patty, sealing all edges. The goal is to have only ground beef on the outside and all of the toppings in the middle.
  3. Cook over a hot grill or griddle, 5-8 minutes per side, until done. Enjoy!
Why bother with toppings that slide right off your burger when the ultimate experience is these delicious grilled Stuffed Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers.
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

10 Recipes where Bacon is the Star

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Considering this mouthwatering cured meat should have its own food group, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Recipes where Bacon is the Star you’re sure to love.

Considering this mouthwatering cured meat should have its own food group, I've compiled a list of 10 Recipes where Bacon is the Star you're sure to love.

Considering this mouthwatering cured meat should have its own food group, I've compiled a list of 10 Recipes where Bacon is the Star you're sure to love.

Who doesn’t love bacon?  I can only think of one person – my son. The reason that is so incredibly strange is because the boy will eat just about anything else. He is slowly coming around to liking bacon, but given his ferocious appetite and my selfish need and desire to hoard all of the bacon, I’m not pushing too hard. We are the kind of family that always has bacon around. You can’t beat a perfectly cooked strip of bacon, but when I cook, I love to save a few bucks and use bacon ends and pieces. My blog has no shortage of bacon recipes. I’m about to go all Forrest Gump on you, but instead of talking about shrimp, I’m going to list out all the bacon recipes I have: Collard Greens with Bacon, Bacon Wrapped DatesBacon Jalapeño Football FondueMaple Bacon Cinnamon RollsWax Beans with Bacon and TomatoesWrapped Bacon Jalapeño PoppersBacon Jalapeño Twiced Baked Potato BitesBacon Sriracha Deviled EggsHoliday Bacon Wrapped DatesBacon Jalapeño Deviled EggsCaramel Pecan Bacon Monkey BreadBeer Bacon Cheddar SoupGreen Chile Bacon BurgersBacon Jalapeno FrittataBacon Leek Mushroom Quiche LorraineBacon Wrapped mini MeatloafSweet Potato and Bacon FrittataCandied Hazelnut Kale Apple Bacon SaladCreamy Butternut Bacon PastaBacon Blue Cheese Stuffed MushroomsEasy Bean and Bacon SoupCheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers… and those were just the ones with “bacon” in the title!  Now you know how serious my obsession is with bacon! If you love bacon like I do, you’ll enjoy the 10 recipes below.

bacon-jalapeno-mac-n-cheeseBacon Jalapeno Mac n Cheese

cheddar-cheeseburger-051Cheddar Bacon Cheeseburger

23094992785_c650297397_oBacon Bombs

breakfast-tart-06Quick & Easy Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Tart

8557033299_047f4c7655_zStout & Sriracha Barbecue Bacon Burgers

bbq-bacon-burger-with-cheese-meatballs-683x1024BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

turkey_bacon_ranch_slidersTurkey Bacon Ranch Sliders

bacon-tacos-3-800-400x600

Bacon Tacos

Bacon-Ranch-Chicken-Bacon Ranch Chicken

burger1Bacon Wrapped Burgers

Considering this mouthwatering cured meat should have its own food group, I've compiled a list of 10 Recipes where Bacon is the Star you're sure to love.

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

Jalapeno poppers come in all shapes and sizes. I haven’t consulted wikipedia on the subject yet, but I think the traditional jalapeno popper is breaded and deep fried. The thought of that sounds absolutely tantalizing, but also a lot of work. Plus, boiling grease scares me – a fear that I hope to someday get over. Thus far, I have only made wrapped jalapeno poppers, jalapeno popper potato bites, and jalapeno popper chicken flautas – all baked and of course made with bacon.

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

A good popper starts with fresh jalapenos. I have no idea how to know whether they are spicy or mild until I cut into them and find out when my fingers start to burn. If you can tell whether one is spicy before you cut into it, please let me know.

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

The second component to a popper is the cheese. This particular version uses both cream cheese and cheddar.

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

Then, to make your popper unique, you must add a little pizzazz.  Like I said before, I never leave out the bacon. But this time, I added some ranch dressing mix. That addition really kicked up the flavor and added that zing that my taste buds were craving. If you love the flavor of ranch, be sure to check out these ranch inspired game day recipes here!

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer
Yields: 20 poppers
Ingredients
  • 8-10 medium jalapeno peppers, halved with stems and veins removed
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons Ranch Seasoning Mix
  • 8 ounces bacon (okay to use ends and pieces), cooked & crumbled
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheese, shredded and divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together cream cheese, seasoning mix, bacon, green onions, and half of the shredded cheddar. Mix well to combine.
  3. Fill each well of the halved jalapenos with the mixture and then top with additional shredded cheese.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or just until the tops start to turn golden brown and the cheese mixture starts to bubble.
  5. Serve warm.

These spicy and zesty Cheesy Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Poppers make the perfect two bite appetizer for any game day celebration.
Share on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on YummlyShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someone