Bacon Love

I give you……BACON.

Beautiful, thick-cut, pepper-encrusted bacon.
What does one do with such a gem?
Cook it with greens?
Bake it in a cookie?
Put it on a pizza?

Why, wrap it around a pork chop, of course.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Chops
Serves 4
4 6oz boneless pork chops
8 slices gorgeous thick-cut pepper crusted bacon
Sea Salt
Freshly Cracked pepper
1 large vidalia onion, quartered
4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced in half
2 tbs olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 350. Rinse pork thoroughly in cold water. Pat dry with paper towels and set on a plate. Liberally salt and pepper each side of each of the chops. Gently wrap a bacon slice around each chop.

Since the 6oz are pretty big, use two slices of bacon to wrap the chop entirely, without overlapping the bacon (won’t cook as well).  In a 9×11 baking dish, add onions, garlic and olive oil; then gently place each of the chops in the pan, without having them touch one another.

Bake for 20 minutes, until pork is still barely pink. Then broil for 2-3 minutes on each side to crisp bacon.
And then enjoy…..with Horseradish Macaroni & Cheese. Yeah, I went there.

Horseradish Macaroni & Cheese
Serves 4
8oz small, shaped pasta (rotini or elbows)
2 tbs butter
4 tbs white flour
1.5c. whole milk
3oz horseradish cheddar cheese, shredded (found in the specialty section of the regular market)
3oz Parmesan cheese, shredded (plus another 2 tbs for sprinkling)
3oz Creamy cheese (either goat, cream or ricotta)
2 tbs prepared Horseradish Cream
1 tbs fresh horseradish (the little threads) if you want more heat (optional)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Pinch each: Cayenne pepper, Marjoram
3 tbs panko bread crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 350. Set a pot of water on to boil. Once water is at a rolling boil, add pasta and cook until barely al dente. Drain and set aside.  In a heavy saucepan, melt butter, whisk in flour to create a roux (or paste). Slowly add in milk, whisking constantly to remove any lumps. Once sauce is smooth, add cheese a little bit at a time, whisking constantly to melt cheese in.

Once cheese sauce is smooth, add horseradish, black pepper, marjoram and cayenne. Stir to combine. Add cooked pasta to cheese sauce, and coat pasta thoroughly.

Pour into a greased baking dish (8×8 or a cake pan works well). Sprinkle with panko bread crumbs and a bit more parmesan cheese.

Bake covered with tin foil for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes to crisp top (or broil for 1-2 minutes).

All together now…..

Hmmm, something is missing….

That’s better.
Honey Dijon Pork Sauce
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs dijon mustard
2 tbs honey
1 tsp black pepper
Add all ingredients to a small jar and shake the bejeezus out of it; pour over pork.

Share the bacon love, people….

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3 Responses to Bacon Love

  1. Marcus says:

    Everything about this is awesome.

  2. Jen says:

    O.M.G. I love horseradish AND I love Mac and Cheese. I also love Bacon. What if you threw that bacon into the horseradish Mac and Cheese? Too crazy?

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