Friday, November 18, 2011

CJ on THE VINE for Saturday, November 19, 2011
Fall is coming on full strength this weekend with cooler temperatures and some rain . . . along with a short week as we celebrate Thanksgiving!  To help simplify your planning, shopping, cooking and eating be sure to join me 10am-11am when I interview Safeway's Executive Chef Jeff Anderson!  Does he promote Safeway?  Yes . . . but he also has some great ideas . . . and he's even giving us one of his newly created recipes:  Sugar Bacon!  OK, I'll go ahead and post - but I know that if you're reading this already, you most likely heard about my blog on THE VINE this morning - so enjoy!

Brown Sugar Bacon with Open Nature 100% All Natural Applewood Bacon

This recipe can be served as a flavorful snack or used to garnish a variety of dishes, such as sautéed green beans and pearl onions; or even embellish your ice cream sundae with brown sugar bacon, and Safeway SELECT ® 100% Pure Maple Syrup to create a seasonally sensational dessert.

Ready In: About 15 minutes
Serves: 4-6

8-12 slices Open Nature Applewood Bacon
½ cup Safeway brown sugar
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 395º F, if you have convection then turn the fan on too.

Line a baking tray with aluminum foil. Place a cooling rack onto the foil and spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.

Place the bacon onto the rack, and top each slice with brown sugar and fresh ground black pepper.

Bake for 6-8 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and caramelized.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before handling.

Helpful Tips: To spice up the bacon add more black pepper, or crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of sea salt to the topping.  

BTW . . . if you're a non meat eater - just substitute the real bacon for Stripples or other "fake" bacon  products . . . they're out there!

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