Sunday, March 2, 2014

Running for the (Bacon) Cure (And Bacon, Apple & Onion Stuffing in a Bacon Bowl)

Imagine being lied to as a child, and told that due to your family's predisposition to high cholesterol, your mother chose to tell you that you were allergic to Bacon.  Now.  Take that anger to which now fuels your desire for revenge, and focus it on how it would feel to taste bacon for the very first time again.  Check last week's episode of How I Met Your Mother.  And if that isn't enough for you, and you want more, check out this deleted scene I stumbled across.  (I wish all my doctor's appointments ended this way!)

Ok, some of you run.  For fun even, not because you are being chased by anything.  If you're like me, and prefer to get your cardio in other ways, would you be persuaded to run for bacon?  That's what Atlanta is doing this year on March 22, 2014, and Chicago on June 7, 2014.  Run for the Cure- The delicious brown sugar maple cure! (And St. Jude's Children's Hospital)  So if you're looking for your next 5K, and are in those areas, check it out.

It was time to test out the impulse buy. And of course I'm a sucker for  "As Seen on TV"....After careful testing, I have concluded this of the The Perfect Bacon Bowl is a win.  All future bowls need to be made of bacon, from here on out!

Bacon, Apple & Onion Stuffing in a Bacon Bowl
4 slices of Bacon
1 medium apple
1 White onion
1 package of stove-top stuffing

Roughly chop bacon and in a large saucepan, over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy.  Drain all but 1 teaspoon of bacon grease from the pan and remove bacon and set aside on a paper towel to  drain away excess grease.

Chop onion and apple into a small dice, add to 1 teaspoon of reserved bacon grease and cook until onion is translucent and apple is soft, roughly 6-8 minutes.  Remove onion and apple from pan and set aside.

Prepare stuffing as package directions state.  Fluff with a fork once stuffing is completed, and then add in the apple and onion, and sprinkle with reserved bacon.

How to make multiple bacon bowls:

Muffin tin
Aluminum foil
Rimmed baking sheet
3-4 strips of uncooked bacon per bowl

Place the muffin tin upside down on the baking sheet (be sure to choose a baking sheet that is larger than the tin to catch drippings. Cover the muffin tin cups with foil. Wrap each cup with strips of bacon, by either layering them across, wrapping them around the tins or weaving them, as instructed in the microwave bacon bowl directions. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Once the bacon and pans have cooled, turn the muffin tin right side up to release the cups.

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