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Bacon and Greens Quesadilla

 

Yay for Thursday. Technically it’s also Friday-eve, which make Thursday kind of magical. Back to the food. This food in particular. This quesadilla….O-M-G. For reals, this is so good. Mainly because there is bacon in it. Bonus there are greens, so it’s “healthy”. You get your greens and get to eat bacon. #winning This quesadilla came about when I was super hungry one day and had some Hungarian peppers from the garden. I mean what can  you do with a hot pepper? So many possibilities.  I was making a mental list and a quesadilla just sounded delish. Bacon also sounded amazing so I married the two. Tossed in some mixed greens and some brie cheese….and basically died of happiness. This was freakin’ delicious. I sat there eating lunch, smiling. I know, it sounds so weird, and it probably looked weird, but I was unbelievably proud of this tasty concoction and my husband didn’t judge me. Bonus it’s quick to make, so if you are starving like I was, you don’t have to wait forever and a day to eat your bacon, I mean lunch.

 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook the sliced bacon until almost crisp. Add in the onions and Hungarian pepper and cook until soft, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the greens and cook until wilted. Place the mixture in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Wipe the pan clean and heat olive oil over medium high heat. Place one tortilla in the pan. Place the bacon mixture on the tortilla. Break up the brie cheese and crumble over the bacon mixture. Top with remaining tortilla and place a cover over the skillet. Cook until the tortilla begins to crisp. Reduce the heat if it's browning too quickly. Once Lightly toasted, carefully flip the tortilla to cook the other side. Place the cover back on until the other side is toasted.
  3. Remove the quesadilla from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes or so. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter slice the quesadilla into four slices. Enjoy!

Notes

BLT Pasta Salad

 

Since flaking on my post yesterday, I wanted to make up for it by posting something that included bacon. This BLT pasta salad is something I’ve been dreaming about. When reality set in, I was not disappointed. This turned out fantastically. For me, spring/summer time sides are so fun. Various salads, fresh produce, so many options. Pasta salad is not something we eat often, but when we do, I want to make it worthwhile. Also, any time I have an excuse to add bacon to a dish, I will gladly do so. Any pasta would be great, but for this I opted for heartier tortellini. The dressing is adapted from this veggie dip that I had made, which essentially tasted like a homemade ranch dip. It was the perfect dressing for this dish. Bonus, the fresh herbs make it look so pretty.

Ingredients

For the salad

For the dressing

Instructions

  1. Cook your tortellini according to the package instructions. For the bacon, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place strips of bacon on your baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes or until crispy. Baking time will vary depending on the thickness of your bacon.
  2. To make the dressing combine the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Let the tortellini cool. Once at least room temp, add to a medium size bowl. Add in the dressing. I start with small amounts and gradually add more as I feel it needs it. Add in the chopped tomato and spinach. Toss to combine. Crumble the bacon over the top of the dish.

Notes

Bacon Balsamic Burger

Do you have a case of the Monday’s? You’re not alone. I’m feeling it today too. It’s always hard to get back to work after a great weekend. I was absolutely exhausted, but it was so SO nice to spend time with my family and do a lot of nothing. We played outside a lot so it was nice to just be in the sun and fresh air. Kicking off the weekend with Cinco de May doesn’t hurt either. Having nice weather was certainly the icing on the cake. It also makes me want to be outside grilling more. I should be honest here. It makes me want to have my husband grilling more, because he is the grill master. I can barely turn the thing on! If you are into grilling like we are, you are going to love these burgers. I adapted this recipe a bit, but it’s delicious both ways. I love bacon, so the bacon relish was a no brainer, only this time, I made the bacon and added some balsamic toward the end, and incorporated onion rings. Because weekend. If you even needed a reason at all. I also threw on gorgonzola because I love it and it tastes amazing on this burger. But, if you want something a bit milder, cheddar, gouda, swiss would all be great options. Even herbed goat cheese…. I need to make these again with goat cheese.

 

Ingredients

For the burgers

For the bacon

For the Mayo

Additional Toppings

Instructions

  1. To make the burgers, season with salt, pepper, and a few dashes of worcestershire sauce. Place on a heated grill and cook to your liking. Toward the end, sprinkle each with a bit of the cheese and let it get melty/crispy on the grill.
  2. Meanwhile, make the bacon. Place bacon strips in a heated skillet and cook until mostly cooked through. Cut the bacon into pieces and drizzle with vinegar. Continue to cook until the vinegar is mostly reduced. remove bacon from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a plate. Set aside.
  3. To make the mayo, combine mayo and a few dashes of garlic powder.
  4. To assemble the burger, spread garlic mayo on toasted roll. layer on the burger, a bit of bacon, and onion rings. Top with remaining roll half. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats.