Bacon…Who said Bacon?!

29 Jul

So I am not a big bacon eater even though I love it, for several reasons; it is high in fat, high in cholesterol, high in salt and contains those nasty things called nitrates. But once or twice a year I will treat myself and eat some bacon. I have recently discovered some really great organic bacon that uses humanely raised pigs, uses no nitrates or antibiotics and tastes really great! It is from Apple Gate Farms and though it may still not be so good for my waistline, at least it won’t be so bad for my heart or the pig that gave its life so we could eat yummy bacon. Now I can eat bacon more often and not feel so badly about it.

My husband loves bacon and he loves tomatoes so, of course what comes to mind is the classic BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). And where better to live to get the best tomatoes?….New Jersey, the garden state. Summer in New Jersey means fresh, ripe tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and lots of other home-grown fruits and vegetables. Last week I went to the local farmers market and got some tomatoes then I went to my local grocery store and got some ciabatta bread, bacon and lettuce-all the fixn’s for a great lunch!

BLT

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato

First I cook the bacon till it’s nice and crispy and then drain on paper towels. Next, I sliced the bread into good size pieces for sandwiches then sliced each one length wise and slathered each of the inside slices with mayonnaise and while I heated a skillet. Once the skillet was hot I put the ciabatta bread slices with mayo down to lightly toast it. With bread now toasted I layered the bacon, tomato and lettuce-as you can see from the picture it was awesome!

Today I decided to make a new potato salad.(And by new I mean new as never made it before, not new as in potatoes, although I did use new potatoes!) I have heard of bacon being used in potato salad but have never had it and since I’m on a bacon kick decided to give it a try. So delicious!

potato salad with bacon

Baconator Potato Salad

6 good size new potatoes-cooked, cooled and cubed

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon salt & pepper (add more or less to taste)

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into bits

2 green onions-light green and some of the green parts, chopped

1/4 cup Vidalia onion, finely chopped

I mix everything together except the potatoes until well blended then add the potatoes and stir until well coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. I will be serving it on a bed of lettuce with slices of fresh tomato and BBQ chicken! Enjoy!

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One Response to “Bacon…Who said Bacon?!”

  1. Barbara July 30, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Yummy! Going to make the bacon potato salad!

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