Bacon Cheese Bread

I had a week of being slightly bacon obsessed.  Bacon made its way into almost everything I was eating.  See previous post as an example.  I decided to make a cheesy, bacon bread.

It began with caramelizing onions.  The key to caramelizing onions is to thinly chop, add a little oil, may sure not to  over crowd the pan and keep on a low heat.  I had mine going for about 45 minutes.  Probably could have kept them going longer, but I was getting impatient.  They had that great caramelized sweetness I enjoy, so I was fine with taking it off the heat.

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I had prepped my bacon, taking about 8 strips and cooking them to a crisp and then sliced into little pieces.  I set them aside for a moment.

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In a bowl, I mixed my dry ingredients.  3 cups of flour, 1 tbsp baking soda,  2 tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt.  In another bowl I have buttermilk and oil.  I also shredded some jalapeño havarti and set aside.

Now, I combined everything.

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I lined a loaf pan with wax paper to keep the mixture from sticking and then poured the batter in.

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Into the oven at 350 for about an hour.  Keep on eye on it.  You want it to be baked in the centre but nice and golden all around.

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The finished product, cooled and then sliced.  Look at that bacon goodness.

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Fresh out of the oven, it was cheesy and I loved the sweetness of the onion against the bacon saltiness.  Made for a great breakfast, toasted a little bit the next morning.  =)

Hearty Breakfast Skillet

Inspired by a breakfast I had on my trip to Chicago last year, I decided one Sunday, to make a breakfast skillet.  A mish mash of some simple ingredients in one pan that would be great for sharing.

Ingredients:

one medium onion, chopped

4 medium potatoes, shredded

shredded cheese, your choice, I used my fave jalapeño havarti

bacon – I used pork and chicken bacon

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

5 eggs, whole

First, sauté the chopped onions until soft

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Then add the shredded potatoes, mix together and let the potatoes crisp up a bit.  I seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

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Next is the bacon.  You have two options here, you can pre-cook your bacon separately to get it crispy, then add it in or dumped your sliced bacon right in.  I didn’t feel like the extra process so in went the bacon to the mixture.  Let the bacon cook.

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Next comes the cheese and tomatoes.  Other veggie options are peppers, spinach or asparagus.

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Last to be added is the 5 eggs.  Simply cracked on top and left to cook.  Put the lid on the pot to help speed up the cooking.

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Voila, breakfast is ready!

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Serve with some toast and fruit and you have a full stomach in the morning! =)