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Bacon Breakfast Cups combine your favorite breakfast ingredients. Bacon, Eggs, and French ToastNow who wouldn’t want that for breakfast?

Well, I was watching Harry Potter and checking my facebook when I got a notification. Someone had tagged me in this recipe of Bacon Breakfast Cups. I looked at all the ingredients on the list and had everything to make these. People on my facebook friends list like to tag me in bacon pics, bacon recipes, pretty much anything bacon related. If you scroll down my wall that is pretty much all you see. It’s been awhile since I’ve even posted a bacon recipe so here ya go!

To make these glorious little Breakfast Cups you cook the bacon in a skillet. I’ve been using my cast iron skillet a lot now. At first, I thought it was difficult to clean but then as I  read more and more web pages and watched videos on how to clean them it became easier. You do not need to cook the bacon all the way either. Just so the bacon strips start becoming crispy. About 3-5 minutes. While the bacon is cooking you can make the french toast part. Melt some butter and maple syrup in a sauce pan. I used the ring of a jar to cut the little circles so that they fit perfectly into the muffin tin. Dip the bread into the maple and butter mixture and put those on the bottom of the muffin tin mold. This is by far my favorite part. I love getting a slice of bacon with the egg and then the sweetness of the bread on the bottom. Delicious. You aren’t done yet though. Place the bacon around the edges of the muffin tin mold and then crack an egg in the middle. The egg just sits in there perfectly and the bacon strips hold the egg in there. Bake these in a 400 degree oven until the egg yolks are done. Mine took about 12 minutes. Depending on how well you like your eggs done. Your family is going to love you after you make these!

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Bacon Breakfast Cups
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • White or Wheat Bread
  • Bacon
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Salt & Pepper
  • (Note quantities not added. This will vary depending on how many you plan to make. It’s safe to estimate about 2-3 per person. )
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is pre-heating partially cook the bacon for about 3-5 minutes in a large skillet set to medium-high. You want the bacon to be a little cooked but still pliable. Mix maple syrup and butter in a small sauce pan and heat over medium low so butter melts (you can’t mess this up so don’t worry about amounts too much. I usually use ½ a stick of butter and a cup or so of syrup).
  2. Using a cookie cutter, ravioli cutter, or whatever else you may have that can cut a 3 inch diameter circle—cut circles out of the bread slices.
  3. Here comes the good part! Grease/non-stick spray muffin pan and line with bacon so that is circles each mold. Now, brush each side of the bread with the syrup/butter mixture and place in cup so that it rests evenly at the bottom of the mold. You may have to do a little trimming of the bread but it’s ok if it doesn’t fit perfectly either. Crack an egg into each mold, season with salt and pepper and give each cup a sprinkle of cheese (you can also add the cheese on top of bread, beneath the egg).

 

Trisha Yearwood’s Charleston Cheese Dip

Charleston Cheese Dip

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Last Summer, I decided to go back to school for Web Design. I started a javascript class this Spring and I am happy that I finally finished my last javascript assignment. Now all I have to do is finish the portfolio I’m working on. Javascript is a tough language to learn and hopefully someday,  I’ll be able to code my own programs for my page! Haven’t figured out which class I’ll be taking next Fall yet. I love coding websites.

In light of finishing my last homework assignment for the class and continuing on with my cheesy fun filled weekend, I decided to make this Charleston Cheese Dip. It is a savory dip with cheese, mayo, cream cheese, scallions, and diced bacon on top and it is warmed in the oven until the inside is all melted and  gooey. Makes me want to start my firepit, invite people over for dip and maybe have a Sangria or two. If only, it would warm up now.

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Ingredients1/2 cup mayonnaise
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 dash cayenne pepper
8 butter crackers, crushed, such as Ritz
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Corn chips, crackers or bagel chips, for serving

DirectionsPreheat the oven to 350 degrees F.In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon. Serve immediately with corn chips, crackers or bagel chips.

 

Maple-Laquered Bacon

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I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself until October now that The Walking Dead is over. The season finale was mind blowing and I’ve been really obsessed with that show lately. That and bacon. Zombies and bacon are a few of my favorite things.  I doubt the people at Terminus eat bacon either. :)

Maple – Lacquered Bacon is bacon that has been dipped in maple syrup and seasoned with black pepper to give it a little spice. If you want your bacon extra spicy add some cayenne pepper to it. I have made this twice now since watching Amy’s show on Saturday morning with my bacon that I got at Everette’s butcher shop in Minneapolis Minnesota. One of these days I’m going to have to make a trip up to where Thielen Meats in Little Falls, MN to get some of their bacon.

You can dip the bacon slices in maple syrup.  I chose to brush the syrup on the bacon with a pastry brush. Less of a a mess that way. Once you start eating one slice you won’t be able to stop!

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Recipe from Amy Thielen
Ingredients1/4 cup maple syrup
12 slices good-quality thick-cut bacon
Coarsely ground black pepper

DirectionsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.Pour the maple syrup into a shallow bowl and give each bacon slice (both sides) a generous dip in the syrup. Lay the bacon on the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle it with black pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the bacon over and bake until it is crisp at the edges and caramelized on the bottom, another 10 to 15 minutes.Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Nudge the bacon slices to unmoor them from the baking sheet, and let cool for a minute to firm up. Transfer to a long platter to serve.

 

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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The first part of this post will not be related to green beans. Instead, I am going to rant about cauliflower. Cauliflower has been quite the rave lately and I just don’t get it. I’ve seen it in pizza crust, cheese sauces, and as rice. I did try the cauliflower rice and it was just ok to me. My house  ended up stinking of cauliflower for quite a while.  Cauliflower pizza crust just sounds disgusting to me. Even though it is supposed to be healthier than regular pizza crust, I’d rather have pizza crust. Why? Because it TASTES better than cauliflower ever will.  One thing is for sure that you will never see anything cauliflower related on this website.  My favorite vegetable is probably broccoli. I’m going to create a broccoli pizza crust and that will be the next huge thing you’ll see all over pinterest, just you wait!

Green beans are probably my second favorite vegetable next to broccoli. I like the French Style canned and I prefer the fresh over frozen green beans. It would be rather hard to wrap some bacon around either frozen or canned green beans. With fresh green beans, you boil them in water for a bit until they turn that bright green color and then shock them in ice to stop the cooking. I then wrapped the green beans in bacon and placed them in the oven. Super tasty and fun side to make for a dinner party.

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Ingredients

1 pound fresh green beans
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Bacon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Blanch green beans for 3 minutes. Toss them in olive oil and salt and pepper. Bundle about 5 green beans and wrap a piece of bacon around the bundle. Place in a roasting pan and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until bacon is cooked.