I am never quite sure what else to call this recipe, but it is delicious and super easy to make! I have made it at a couple of dinner parties and it is always a hit – mostly because, how can you go wrong with bacon?!
Ingredients (serves 8):
8 Ears of corn
10-12 Slices of thick cut bacon
1 Large yellow onion
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1. Shuck corn and cut the kernels off the cob
2. Finely chop onion and pepper
3. Cut bacon crosswise into small strips and sauté on medium heat until almost cooked through.
4. Drain off almost all of the bacon grease, and add in the onion, corn, and peppers.
5. Allow the entire mixture to cook over medium heat until the corn has softened and the onion browned.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve!
Green Bean Bundles
As I was compiling this list, I realized that this year, I am #thankful for bacon. It really does make all foods taste better. These green bean bundles are a recipe that my mom has been making for the holidays for years. Maayyybee not the healthiest, but once a year won’t hurt anyone!
Ingredients (serves 8):
1 lb fresh green beans
8 Slices of thick cut bacon
½ Stick of salted butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1. Pre-heat the over to 350 degrees F.
2. Wash and cut the ends off of the greenbeans.
3. Cut the bacon in half, making 16 shorter slices.
4. Bundle 6-8 green beans, and wrap on piece of bacon around them to hold the bundle together. Once all of the beans are bundled, lay them on a greased cookie sheet.
5. Add brown sugar to the melted butter and brush each bundle.
6. Bake in the oven until the bacon is cooked through (sorry…not sure of an exact time here! I usually just watch them).
Desserts were my first true love when it comes to cooking. For the past few years now, anytime I go home for a holiday, my mom just puts me in charge of dessert. Crème brule and tira misu are two of my absolute favorites. My tira misu recipe is pretty long and kind of a process, but crème brule is surprisingly easy to make with the right tools! I keep it simple with a vanilla, cream based recipe, but feel free to mix it up! If you have any delicious additives, please comment below with your suggestions!
Ingredients (serves 6-8):
9 Egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ Cup of white sugar
3 Cups heavy cream
Extra sugar to cover each dessert with
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together the sugar and heavy cream, allowing the mixture to dissolve, but not to cook.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in egg yolks and vanilla extract until well mixed.
4. Pour the mixture into ramekins until almost full (number depends on the size of your ramekin!) and place the ramekins in a deep roasting pan. Fill the pan with warm water until it reaches about halfway up the side of the ramekins.
5. Place in the oven, careful not to slosh the water into the desserts. Cook for about 50 minutes, or until the mixture is set but still jiggly.
6. Remove ramekins from the pan and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour (two is better!).
7. Coat the top of each dessert with a thin layer of white sugar, taking care to cover the entire top (no one likes scorched cream!). Heat the sugar until brown and bubbly, and then allow to harden and cool. A torch here is the easiest option (EJ actually got me one for Christmas last year!), but if you are torchless, a quick trip under the broiler will also suffice.
Note: If you do use the broiler, give each dessert an extra couple of minutes to cool so that the custard won’t be hot when you go to eat it!