Bacon Up Brussels
Recipes

Bacon Up Apple-Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Side Dish
American
Cast Iron
Bacon Up Brussels
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Brussels sprouts (wash, remove tops and halve lengthwise)
  • 2 tbsp Bacon Up – separated
  • 1 Medium pink lady apple {or other tart/sweet crisp apple}
  • 1/2 cup Pecan halves
  • 1 tbsp Fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp Sage
  • Sea salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat 1 T. Bacon Up in heavy skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the Brussels Sprouts and toss to ensure they are all coated with the bacon grease.
  • Lay them out evenly on the baking sheet. To make sure they cook evenly, they should be similar in size. If any are larger than average, cut them in half again. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper, then roast for 20 minutes, until tender and slightly browned.
  • While Brussels are roasting, clean, core and chop the apple into cubes that are roughly ½ to 1 inch square.
  • When there are about 5 minutes left on the oven timer for the Brussles sprouts, add another 1 T. of Bacon Up to the skillet and heat again on medium.
  • Once the Bacon Up is melted, add the apples, rosemary and sage and sauté until the apples are softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • When the Brussels sprouts are done roasting, add them to the skillet along with the pecan halves. Toss and continue to sauté 2-3 more minutes to heat pecans and allow all the flavors to mingle.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
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Bacon Up dough
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Bacon Up Biscuits

Side Dish
American
Bread
Bacon Up dough
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp bacon grease (chilled or room temperature)
  • 3/4 to 1 cup cold whole buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted for brushing (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Blend the bacon grease into the flour with your hands.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, then slowly pour in part of the buttermilk and stir. Add just enough, stirring until a dough forms. STOP adding buttermilk as soon as it’s dough – even if you haven’t yet added the full ¾ to 1 cup.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead, roll, and pat to shape into a slab of dough about half an inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out as many rounds as possible (recipe should make 6-8). Of course you’ll want to pull scraps together and roll into a smaller slab to cut a couple more to maximize your yield.
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet, so that they are touching. This will provide the support they need to “climb” as they bake. (Optional: Brush tops with melted butter before baking for browner tops.)
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the biscuits have risen and the tops have begun to brown. Serve warm.
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Recipes

Skillet Corn Medley with Bacon Up

Cast Iron
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Pan

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh* or frozen corn kernels, thawed (about 6 ears of corn)
  • 1/4 cup Bacon Up
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (about two cloves)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 small onion)
  • 1 tbsp diced jalapeño (about 1 small jalapeño – no seeds or membrane) (OR, as an alternative, 2 tablespoons canned mild green chiles)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, melt Bacon Up.
  • Sauté garlic, onion, jalapeño or chiles for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  • Add the fresh or frozen thawed corn kernels, salt, ground black pepper, and cumin.
  • Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
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SPIRITED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – WITH BACON UP AND BOURBON

Dessert
American
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/4 tbsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Bacon Up
  • 1/2 cup Butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Bourbon
  • 1 tbsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs
  • 10 oz. chocolate chips (dark chocolate recommended)

Optional

  • 1 lb Thick cut bacon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°
  • [OPTIONAL: If using the bacon, bake it for 15-20 minutes on parchment-lined cookie sheet. Drain on paper towels, then crumble or dice into small pieces and set aside.]
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat on low to blend the butter, bacon fat, sugar and brown sugar.
  • Add the bourbon, vanilla, and eggs and continue beating on low until thoroughly blended.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture while on low, until completely combined.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and crumbled bacon, if using.
  • Scoop and round a tablespoon of dough and drop onto baking sheet. Continue filling both baking sheets, placing dough balls 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes, until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and repeat the process until the cookie dough is all baked.
  • Cookies may be kept airtight for a week or may be frozen for up to a month.
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Bacon Up loaded potatoes
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BACON UP AND GARLIC POTATO SMASH-UPS

Appetizer, Side Dish
Bacon Up loaded potatoes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 4 tbsp Bacon Up bacon grease
  • 2 cloves or tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp  chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 Cup shredded gouda (or your favorite cheese)

Optional

  • Bacon bits to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Clean potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover with water, add salt and bring to boil. Cook 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain, but leave potatoes in pot.
  • Add the Bacon Up bacon grease and toss with garlic, rosemary, and smoked paprika.
  • Transfer coated potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, covered with foil or parchment paper. Using a potato smasher or the bottom of a small glass or mason jar, flatten each potato into a disc or patty. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Bake about 20 minutes until cheese is melted and the potatoes are crispy on the bottom.
  • Garnish with bacon bits, if desired.
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Succotash with Bacon Up

Side Dish
Cast Iron
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Pan

Ingredients

  • 10 oz frozen or fresh baby lima beans (2 cups)
  • 4 center-cut bacon slices
  • 3 tbsp Bacon Up bacon grease
  • 1 cup sweet onion – chopped (1 small onion)
  • 1 cup fresh okra – ½” slices (about 4 oz of okra)
  • 1 tbsp chopped (about 1 clove)
  • 3 cups corn kernels (about 4 ears or 1 large+1 small can)
  • 1 tbsp coarse salt (sea salt, Kosher, etc.)
  • 1/4 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes – halved (about 5 oz)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil – thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, cover lima beans with water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • As beans are cooking, crisp bacon slices in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel to cool, then crumble.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of Bacon Up to the bacon drippings in skillet and add the onion, okra, and garlic, stirring often. Cook about 6 minutes, or until onion is tender.
  • Add corn, lima beans salt and pepper and continue cooking until corn is tender, stirring often (about 5-6 minutes if corn is fresh, 3-4 minutes if corn is canned).
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cherry tomatoes and basil. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top and serve immediately.
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Recipes

Chili Cheese Tots

Appetizer, Side Dish
American
Prep Time 10 mins
30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag Frozen shredded potato bites (such as Ore-Ida brand Tater Tots ® – a registered trademark of KraftHeinz)
  • 1 Can of chili Cincinnati Style (Skyline or Gold Star brands) or your favorite Tex-Mex or other type of chili
  • 2 Cups Shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Melt about 3 Tablespoons of Bacon Up.
  • Toss a bag of frozen shredded potato bites in the melted bacon grease.
  • Spread in a single layer on a foil- or parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 425 for 30 minutes.
  • While potatoes are baking, heat a can of chili
  • When potatoes are finished, place on individual plates or a serving platter and cover with chili and shredded cheddar cheese.
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