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Bakin’ in Baconia!

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Greetings and Salutations from Castle Baconia – King Teddy at your service!

That’s right – here I am again in the kitchen of the castle we all know and love…………the place where bacon HAPPENS!    We love our bacon here and we know you do too.   Every Saturday I toss our castle chef out of the kitchen to give him a break and I take over – I show you some great recipes I find that use BACON in the ingredients and trust me – they are all beyond delicious.   Most of these we have had at least once and in some cases REPEATEDLY because they are just so darn yummy.

Today’s is EXTREMELY easy………..but just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not tasty!    READY?????

Cheddar Bacon Chicken Tenders

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup Progresso plain panko crispy bread crumbs

1/2 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz)
5 slices fried bacon (yes you can use more or less as you want!!)
1 package (14 oz) uncooked chicken tenders (not breaded)

Directions

Heat oven to 400°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

In shallow bowl, beat egg. In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, place bread crumbs, cheese and bacon. Dip chicken into egg. Place in bread crumb bag; seal and shake to coat. Place chicken on cookie sheet.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken is no longer pink in center and bread crumbs are golden brown.
Do I have to tell you how crispy/yummy/delicious these are?   Can be a snack OR serve with a vegetable of your choice and it can be dinner………or lunch…………WHATEVER!   Chicken and bacon make a swell combination.   My Mom uses panko bread crumbs for almost ALL her baked meats and even her fried chicken.

YES INDEEDY WE ALL DO ON SATURDAYS HERE IN THE CASTLE!

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones! Right?

Hey guy – if our castle cook ever leaves us, you’re HIRED!

Happy Saturday to all Baconians from your King

Bakin’ in Baconia

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Welcome to the Kitchen at Castle Baconia – I am your HOST, King Teddy!

Yep – only on Saturdays do I throw the head cook of my castle OUT for the morning and take over because I wish to share one of my favorite bacon-ful treats with all of you……my loyal subjects of the land where bacon reigns supreme – BACONIA!

Today I’m doing an unusual item – it’s a BREAKFAST cookie.   What’s so great about these?  Well for one thing they are great for camping/hiking because it’s a portable breakfast in a few bites (although there’s no way you can just eat ONE of these………ever……..camping or at home).   Another thing is while they have a lot of ingredients, if you read the ingredients, they are all GOOD.     And before you ask me, yes you can have more bacon in them than this recipe calls for.    And also before you ask me, although I made these with the oat flour I imagine you could use ANY flour.

Peanut Butter Bacon Breakfast Cookies (say that five times fast!)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 cup Oat Flour  (yes it’s a slightly exotic ingredient but it IS with the other flours in the baking aisle at the grocery!)
  • 1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 2 large Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter Chips
  • 6 slices Cooked Bacon, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, oat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together mashed bananas, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
  5. Fold in the peanut butter chips and bacon.
  6. Drop by 1/4 cup scoops onto parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned at the edges.
  8. Remove to wire racks to cool.

It’s impossible to tell you ADEQUATELY how delicious these are.   Trust me.   You do trust your KING don’t you?    Even our castle CHEF liked them when I granted his wish to try one:

Ooohhh la la…..zee cookies, they are trez bon!

That’s Baconian French for “these cookies ROCK”……………..so I know they are good for ANYONE!

Now, as you know, today is the ROYAL WEDDING at Windsor Castle……………we want to wish the happy couple all the best of luck and love………….and yes of course my Mom and I will be watching on the royal television set.    After all, I’m a KING so I like seeing other Royals enjoying themselves and a wedding is such a beautiful occasion.

We hope they will be happy forever………..

It’s good to be King………..(or even a Prince!)

See you next week!  

Bakin’ in Baconia

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King Teddy – coming to you from Castle Baconia’s kitchen!

It’s time for our little Saturday get together where I give you an incredibly delightful recipe for an amazingly EASY (most of the time) snack that I’ve managed to find in the blogosphere.    Today’s really is just about the easiest – although slightly strange – recipe involving bacon that I’ve EVER given you!

Oh Monsieur Le King I shall be taking notes – Easy recipes means more time for me to float in the moat here at Castle Baconia!!!

Well this will give you lots of leisure time that’s for sure……………and it will give ME a whole lotta great snacks.

Bacon-Parmesan Cracker Delites

Now this recipe might sound just a little weird – hard to imagine something this simple could be this good but trust me…………. For one thing it uses Club Crackers which always have been one of my Mom’s FAVORITE crackers (next to Ritz maybe!)………and I’m thinking you probably can substitute other similarly shaped crackers for Club – I think the Club is the BEST of the REST.

INGREDIENTS

1 package Club Crackers (this recipe will make 36 appetizers)

1 lb. thin sliced bacon (the thick stuff which is our favorite around here is too thick to use for wrapping!)

Container of Kraft Grated Parmesan OR if you really want to go crazy get the Parmesan/Romano mix!

DIRECTIONS

Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a baking rack/cooling rack.

Scoop about 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker. Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn’t fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker.

Place the bacon wrapped crackers on the rack onto a baking sheet.

Place in a 250-degree oven for about 2 hours.   (yes I know this sounds nuts at such a low temp but it works!   It really does work!)

 

Cool these babies when they get out of the oven but they are delish warm or room temp either way.    It’s just a very seemingly unusual recipe that’s beyond simple but also delightful.   That’s a good combination right??????

Bacon makes me wanna DANCE with “HAPPY” !!

That’s all from Castle Baconia this Saturday.   Hope to see you again next week when I share something else delightfully delicious that has BACON in it……………!

Your Royal Catness, King Teddy

Bakin’ With Bacon

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Ready to do a little baking in Baconia??

I hope you are……….and I think you’ll like this one even if it’s ever so slightly overloaded with ingredients.   It’s yumminess MORE than makes up for having a longer grocery list (although I must say my Mom had most of this stuff in our pantry anyway!).

Zee Baconian Castle has EVERYTHING in zee pantry Monsieur Le King!

Yes I think we probably have the best equipped kitchen in the universe Chef………..and I thank you from my Kingly heart every Saturday when you allow me to mess up your pantry, use every pot and pan and utencil there is in this place and make a huge mess all for the sake of eating ANYTHING that has bacon as an ingredient!

Today’s recipe is a dessert………..and I’ve served these before here on the blog on special occasions but never given you the recipe………..are you ready Bacon Fans????

Chocolate Magic Bacon Bars

  • 18 KRAFT Caramels (I say KRAFT because those are the easiest to find but any caramel candies will do)
  • 1 Tbsp. 2% milk
  • 1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 3/4 cup Slivered Almonds, toasted, coarsely chopped  (I don’t bother toasting them but you can if you want to)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted (again not necessary to toast but it does make it crunchier)
  • 6 slices Bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces, cooked  (yes of course you can make more bacon if you want to…….!)

    DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Microwave caramels and 2% milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring every 30 sec.
  • Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Press cookie dough onto bottom of prepared pan. Pour condensed milk over dough. Top with layers of chocolate, nuts, coconut and bacon; drizzle with caramel sauce.
  • Bake 25 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars.

IF ONLY I COULD EAT CHOCOLATE!!!!

Yes I know what you mean………..chocolate is a no no for we cats AND dogs as well and for any human who is trying to lose weight but GOSH, chocolate is also important because it’s a mood-enhancer and SO DARN YUMMY (for humans of course).    Anyway it’s a dy-no-mite dessert/snack.

That’s what I say!!!!!    

Give these a try and make your tummy happy…………………….

Til Next Week When I Destroy the Castle Kitchen Again!!  

Your King

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IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tee Hee!!

Yep!

 

Bakin’ With Bacon

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Saturday!  Time to ask our Baconian Castle Chef to

vacate the premises so I – your King –

can play in the kitchen!!

Oui my King….I am out of here and zeee kitchen, she is all yours!

That’s right – it’s the day of the week that I present to you something yummy to make that involves BACON – after all, this is the land of Baconia that I am King of so we do a lot of bacon-ized things around here!    Today I have something that some people just have no taste for – don’t make or eat them – but down South, everybody knows about them.    What am I talkin’ about?????

GRITS (or you may pronounce

it GREEE-ITS in Southernese!)

Specifically though this grits recipe is for Bacon Cheddar Grits so we’re talking SPECIAL grits.   Not just plain old grits.   My Mom lived in Alabama for some years and her Mom made grits for them frequently – from scratch.  Nowadays they have instant grits and quick cook grits so it doesn’t take as long to make.   This recipe uses quick cook grits but you COULD use instant if you want to!

Teddy’s Bacon Cheddar Grits

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, finely chopped  (you CAN actually use as much bacon as you want……but try to be reasonable!)

 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (optional – if you like a little “heat”!)

 4 1/2 cups water

 1 cup quick-cooking grits

 Coarse salt and ground pepper

 1 cup plus another 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar (2.5 ounces)

Directions

  1. 1. In a medium saucepan, cook bacon and jalapeno (optional) over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until bacon is browned, about 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon and jalapeno (if using) to a small bowl. Remove pan from heat and carefully add 4 1/2 cups water (fat may sputter).
  2. 2. Bring liquid to a boil over high and whisk in grits. Whisk until mixture begins to thicken, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, 25 minutes or until creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in 1 cup grated cheddar and three-fourths the bacon mixture. Pour into a 2-quart serving dish and top with remaining cheddar and remaining bacon mixture.

Mmmmmmmmm – Good!

I’m trying to be patient – I wanna try some grits!!!!!

Everyone comes running when there’s BACON involved!    Hope you all try this recipe – trust me – even if you’re not a FAN of grits – you will be soon!!!!

See you next Saturday from the Castle Kitchen of Baconia….until then – EAT BACON!