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Bakin’ With Bacon for Christmas

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‘Tis I – your King – with something yummy to try!

Ah ha! I have a super duper treat for you today. It’s a tart (which is a favorite form of FOOD in my house) but it features bacon and chicken and oh boy is it delish.    It would make a delicious appetizer or if you’re my parents (haha) a delicious DINNER.    Has lots of great ingredients including another favorite of my Mom and Dad – jalapeno pepper jelly.     Just a quickie note about that jelly – Mom and Dad enjoy jalapeno or any hot pepper jelly with a smear of cream cheese on a cracker as much as they like this tart!

Delicious Chicken Bacon Tart

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound bacon strips, cut into thirds
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-serve roasted chicken breast strips
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Saute onions and apples in drippings until tender. Stir in the chicken, jelly, thyme and salt.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Roll into a 10-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick with a fork.
  • Spread chicken mixture over pastry to within 1 in. of edges. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Press edges with a fork, forming a decorative border.
  • Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.

 

My Mom is a huge fan of puff pastry.   Fortunately it’s available in our grocery store from Pepperidge Farm – they have a package of puff pastry sheets so the work is done.   You can also find it sometimes in the frozen food section.    Puff pastry is so tasty and delicious – Mom often makes fresh fruit tarts in the summer with strawberries and other berries and uses vanilla pudding as the “bottom layer” on top of the pastry before adding the fruit.   

So – this chicken bacon tart is worth a whirl.     Honest!

Garfield likes it !!

Hugs, King Teddy

Bakin’ With Bacon and The King

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Welcome to the castle where I – the King of Bacon – reside and give you yummy baconized recipes every Saturday!   Ready for another one????

 

What do I have for you today?   Well it’s a soup – and yes our soup season (winter) might be over but there are always evenings ANY season when you just want a nice grilled cheese sandwich (or something similar) and a bowl of homemade soup.    This fits the bill…………and it’s also VERY yummy.

Bacon, Potato, Cheddar Soup

 

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pot; reserve the pot.

Step 2

Add the onion and garlic to the reserved pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 3

Add the potatoes, bouillon, milk (or half and half), 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons butter and ¼ teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add frozen corn, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are very soft (almost falling apart) and the soup is slightly thickened, 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 4

Serve warm topped with the Cheddar, chives, and reserved bacon.

 

So what do you think of this one?   It’s got it all right?    Those of you who can’t have bacon probably have figured out that with this list of goodies, the bacon COULD be left out and it would still be “finger-lickin'” good!     Bacon does add a lot but hey……we can’t always have everything right?

I’m holding my breath until you give us a sample!

Yep – I’ll be happy to rescue you with a little taste – step right up!     Everybody else – put these ingredients on your shopping list……………………..this is GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!

Happy Saturday!

See you next Saturday!   King Teddy