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Bacon Hash

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

I harvested the last of my potatoes, and decided to try making the Bacon Hash recipe with them. I hadn’t actually planted potatoes this year – my harvest was from the potatoes that escaped being harvested last year! I had a combination of Peruvian Purples and I think German Butterballs.

potatoes

I had picked up some Arkansas Peppered bacon at Zingerman’s Deli yesterday, sliced medium-thick.

Arkansas_Peppered_bacon

I cooked the bacon on a rack on a cookie sheet in the oven – put it in a cold oven and then turned the oven on to 350, and cooked it for about half an hour – I took it out when the bacon was still bendable, not crisp. I had the rest of the ingredients on hand. I have to admit, this was the first time I had steamed potatoes, OVER salted water, rather than boiling them IN salted water. It worked fine! Although I did cut the potatoes into large chunks before I steamed them, because of the wide disparity in sizes – some of the potatoes were quarter-sized, others were quite large.  I chopped up celery, onion, and a red pepper as called for. The chicken stock was homemade – I make large batches and freeze quarts of it, very handy to have around and so much tastier than what you can buy in the supermarket. The flour was Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten Free, since my husband can’t eat wheat.

The cliff-hanger with this recipe was, would the roux thicken, with gluten free flour?

Here’s all the ingredients, ready to roll:

BAcon_hash_ingredients

Cooking the onions/peppers/celery, in 4 tablespoons (yowza) of bacon fat,  in the largest iron skillet I have:

Bacon_Hash_inpgrogress

I added the all-purpose gluten free flour, and slowly added the chicken broth, and it did thicken! Not quite as much as a regular flour roux, so I used more like 1 cup of the chicken broth rather than 1.5 cups, but it was thickening:

BAcon_Hash_roux

When it was nice and thick I stirred in the bacon, and potatoes, and since I didn’t have any heavy cream I used a bit of 2% milk instead. Seemed to work just fine!

BAcon_hash_nearlydone

I also made a quick soup, using the chicken broth I had left over, in the blender with kale and turnip greens I had previously harvested from my garden and blanched and frozen. I cooked up some chopped onions and garlic (both of which I had also grown in my garden), in butter, and added that to the blender too with a bit of salt and a bit of celery seed. Blended it for a good 5 minutes to break down the fibers of the kale. Then put it in a pot with about half a cup of milk, heated it gently, and it was really tasty.

So, here’s dinner, my husband and I enjoyed it very much, and we have some lovely leftovers for brunch tomorrow!

Bacon_hash_n_Kalesoup

Below is the full recipe, from page  157 of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon by Ari Weinzweig:

This hash has turned out to be a hit with most everyone who’s had it. It’s an excellent way to take advantage of the big flavor of top-of-the-line bacons. The bacon is the headliner rather than just a couple of strips alongside another main dish. I like making it with the dry-cured intensity of the Broadbent’s, Benton’s, Father’s or Edwards’, but it really would work with any good bacon.

You can make the recipe a day or two in advance if you like, then reheat it in a skillet when you’re ready to serve. Regardless, you’ll want to cook both the bacon and potatoes and let them cool before you move on to the rest of the recipe. Serve with rye toast and a couple of poached eggs if you like, as well.

INGREDIENTS:

4 tablespoons rendered bacon fat

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped

1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons flour

1-1/2 cups chicken broth

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

10 ounces sliced bacon (about 5 to 7 slices), lightly cooked and chopped

2 pounds potatoes (I like Yukon Golds, German Butterballs or others of that ilk), steamed over salted water until tender, then diced with the skins on

1/4 cup heavy cream

Coarse sea salt to taste

Freshly ground Tellicherry black pepper to taste

PROCEDURE:

Melt the bacon fat in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and celery and cook, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes, until soft.

Sprinkle the flour over the wilted vegetables and stir well to avoid lumps. Cook for another 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly to keep from sticking, until the flour blends with the bacon fat into a thickened roux.

Add the broth, a bit at a time, stirring well after each addition so the mixture stays smooth and creamy. The sauce should coat the back of your spoon before you add more liquid. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce.

Continue simmering the sauce over moderate heat until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the bacon and potatoes and mix well. Add the cream and cook, stirring, a few more minutes. Stir in salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Serve immediately, or cool and reheat in a skillet until you get a nice golden brown crust.

Serves 4 to 6 as a main dish


Bacon Recipe #6: Cheddar Bacon Scones

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

I used Arkansas Peppered bacon as suggested. I had fresh green onions from the farmer’s market, a 4 year aged Wisconsin cheddar (sorry Vermont), cultured butter, heavy cream.

Sifting
Where I deviated from the recipe though, was in the flour – I used 1.5 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour, and 1 cup of white rice flour.

Flour and butter
I’m not an experienced baker so am not so good at the “cut the butter into the flour” thing, but I guess it worked out ok! I did prep all ingredients and put them all the fridge so they would be cold as per instructions. And bashed around in my bowl with two butter knives for a while until it seemed like the butter was in reasonably small pieces in the flour. Then I added the other ingredients per instructions, except I added another 1/4 cup of heavy cream – perhaps due to the non-glutinous flour it needed more moisture to hang together.

Two rounds

I squeezed the dough to create the two rounds out on the counter.

Wedges

Then quickly cut them into wedges, onto the parchment on baking sheet, drizzled a bit more cream over, and into the oven. Cooked them 23 minutes until they looked brown on the bottom, and let them sit another 10 minutes.

Finished product - scones!

Loved these. A little bit crumblier than I’m sure their glutinous counterparts would be, but it still worked great. A lovely combo, the cheddar/scallion/peppery bacon. We did not think they needed extra butter, not even my husband who is a big butter fan – these were rich enough without it. We ate four, and decided to risk freezing them to see how they would do. Will report back!

Note, we defrosted them in our toaster oven a month later and they were still wonderful.

Recipe follows, from page 212 of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon. NOTE, the recipe in the printed book left out the info on when to add the cooked, cooled bacon in to the mix – you add the bacon with the scallions.

Cheddar Bacon Scones

A variation on the cheddar herb scones that we’ve long made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse, these aren’t hard to make and they’re pretty delicious. Paul Saginaw (with whom I started the Deli back in 1982) took home the whole platter of them after we did the first test!

I prefer to use cultured butter because it’s got a bigger flavor, and if you want to eat extravagantly you can gild the lily by serving them with room-temperature butter for spreading when they come warm from the oven. Very rich and really, really good.

Ingredients:
8 ounces sliced Arkansas peppered bacon (about 4 to 6 slices)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces, cold
2 large eggs, beaten, cold
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, cold
4 ounces Vermont cheddar (at least 1 year old, 2 is even better), crumbled and cold
3 scallions, chopped

Procedure:
Fry the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain, chop and place in refrigerator to cool.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the butter with a knife or pastry cutter until the mixture forms 1/2-inch pieces.
Add the eggs, 1/2 cup of the cream, and cheddar. Mix by hand until just combined. Fold in scallions and cooled bacon.
Transfer the dough to a well-floured board. Form two 7-inch rounds. Cut each into 6 wedges.
Transfer the wedges to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush with the remaining cream and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the scones are golden brown on the top and bottom (you’ll have to lift them off the baking sheet a bit to check underneath).
Allow to cool and firm up for about 10 minutes before removing from sheet. Serve the same day.

Makes 12 small scones