Next time I pretend to be a health nut, fight the urge to bring up my family’s affection for The Bacon, will you?
It’s all my brother’s fault. I blame it on him. (After all, I would never have come up with the idea of pureeing bacon on my own. Nah, I’m not that kind of innovator.)
So, dinner last week. I started with a basic idea: burgers, mushrooms, garden green beans, salad.
And went from there:
Beans – Easy peasy; by default, I almost always resort to the steam-saute. The thing I love about that technique is that it is so versatile–I could add garlic, onion, shallots; I could use oil, butter, or…rendered bacon fat. (Which, now that I type it, sounds ew…. But when you just think about it, it sounds yum…)
Mushrooms – Sautéed mushrooms are divine. Sautéed mushrooms with bacon? Yes, please.
Burgers – Bacon-topped burgers are delicious, yes, but a little too straightforward for what I wanted out of the meal. So I threw chopped, raw bacon, along with onion, garden-fresh herbs, and the usual round of seasonings, minus a little of the salt, into the burger mix.
Care to guess the theme based on my Captain Obvious description??
Uh huh, The Bacon.
I browned a couple of slices of chopped bacon in a skillet, and tossed about 2 T. chopped raw bacon into the burger mix. It gave a great, subtle, smoky flavor to the burgers.
The mushrooms, sautéed in a little rendered bacon fat (again, ew…) and olive oil, were fantastic. Of course.
And the green beans? Topped with the chopped browned bacon and a nudge of garlic, they were total winners.
And voila! An inspired dinner.
Maybe next time the inspiration will be some beautiful fresh seasonal produce or something. 🙂