Using our Homemade Bacon, try this smoked bacon potato cheddar round for a yummy meal or snack!

Using our Homemade Bacon, try this smoked bacon potato cheddar round for a yummy meal or snack!

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Smoked Bacon Potato Cheddar

At SmokinLicious®, we understand how much people love bacon, especially the smoked version.  That’s why we encourage you to make your own smoked bacon using a pork belly between 3-5 lbs.  This amount will provide for more than a few great recipes as well as enjoyment by the slice.  You can find our method of making smoked homemade bacon here.

For this recipe, I’ll be incorporating 1-1/2 pounds of my smoked bacon with potatoes, sharp white cheddar cheese for a simple, flavorful savory round that can be used for breakfast, as a dinner side dish, or an entrée on its own, as it certainly is hearty enough.

Just 3 Primary Ingredients

This is a super easy recipe from an ingredient standpoint.  It does, however, take a bit of preparation of the ingredients to make the round come out perfectly.

Start by taking your previously smoked pork belly which has become perfectly smoked bacon and make ½-inch thick slices that will be diced.  You’ll need a total of 1-1/2 pounds of diced smoked bacon.  Now take roughly 5 medium sized potatoes, wash them well and pat dry with paper towels.  Slice them by hand into thin slices or use a food processor equipped with a slicing disk or use a mandolin slicer.  Next, you’ll need approximately 1 pound of sharp cheddar cheese – I prefer white versus yellow – grated.

For making the round I use a large spring form pan which is 9 to 10-inch, with the bottom lined in parchment paper.  You can oil the parchment round and the sides of the pan to prevent sticking if your pan is not non-stick already.

Assembly

Begin with the sliced potatoes and start to layer them in a circular pattern in the pan.  Overlap slightly to ensure no leakage.  Now sprinkle a layer of grated cheddar cheese.  Sprinkle a layer of diced smoked bacon.  Then repeat this sequence until all the ingredients are used up, ending with the cheese bacon layer.

Bake or Grill the Smoked Bacon Potato Cheddar Until Tender

I like to place my filled spring form pan onto a sheet pan to ensure if anything leaks out of the pan, it has a place to land.  Ideal cooking temperature is 350°F and can be done in the oven or on the grill.  If using the grill, be sure to cook using a two-zone setup that will put the pan on the unlit side of the grill.   Cooking time will range between 35-45 minutes.  You’ll know this is cooked, when the top browns nicely and the base potatoes are tender.  Use a knife tip to test for tenderness.

Let cool for just a few minutes, then release the spring form ring.  Move the cooked round to a platter and slice either in squares or pie slices.  Most definitely, this is hardy enough to fill you up and give you the great flavor of a meat pie but with the great flavor of smoked pork that elevates this for popularity!

Tasting Notes: Consider changing up the flavors of this round by including caramelized onions, diced peppers, mushrooms, etc.  I prefer not to add seasonings or herbs to allow the purse flavors of the smoked bacon to come through but certainly you can add as you like.

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Our Savory Corn Muffins on the cool down rack. Just waiting to be served!

Our Savory Corn Muffins on the cool down rack. Just waiting to be served!

ADDING A SMOKY INGREDIENT FOR A SAVORY CORN MUFFINS

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Ready for a savory take on the standard corn muffin recipe?  I’m adding a smoked chive to bring these muffins to a whole new level.

You may have seen someone bake cornbread in a cast iron skillet on the grill but that’s just cast iron cooking.  I’m taking fresh chives that have been smoked on the stovetop with hardwood chips from SmokinLicious® and adding them to a favorite buttermilk cornbread recipe for a sweet-savory combination.  You can read about our technique for smoking the chives in Dr. Smoke’s Tips and Technique blog.

We are pouring our batter into the muffin pan and topping it off with our smoked chives in preparation for bacon.

A Flavorful Batter

To make 12 muffins you’ll need the following:

  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free buttermilk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal, medium ground
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 oz. grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped smoked fresh chives, divided

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Combine the buttermilk, olive oil, and egg in a small bowl.  Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground red pepper in a medium size bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour into that well the milk mixture, stirring just until moist.  Stir in ½ cup of the cheese and 2 Tablespoons of the smoked chives.  Spoon into 12 muffin cups that have been greased.  Sprinkle muffins with the remaining cheese and chives.  Now bake in the oven for about 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Remove from the oven and the remove the muffins from the tin to a wire cooling rack.

Tasting Notes

Our finished muffins hot from the oven on our plate to be served with your favorite jam or butter.

There are so many variations you can add to this standard recipe while keeping the smoked chives.

  • Add fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries and leave out the cheese and pepper.
  • Go meaty with bacon or pancetta but hold the sugar and think about adding a different cheese such as Gruyere or Swiss.
  • You can also change the flavor by swapping out almond flour or coconut flour for the all-purpose.

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… that smoked herbs, as noted in this “great comfort food” recipe can really add a flavor dimension that pleases many a palate.  Be adventurous this holiday season when it comes to your favorite recipes featuring herbs like chives, rosemary, thyme and sage by enhancing their flavor appeal with a touch of wood fired smoke.  You and your guest will be treated with awesome tastes!

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The smoky deliciousness of breakfast potatoes!

The smoky deliciousness of breakfast potatoes!

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If you’re a fan of breakfast potatoes than you’re going to love this take on the traditional flavors of this first meal favorite. Click To Tweet

Give It A Smoky Start

As with most breakfast potato recipes, this one has just a handful ingredients to make it oh so memorable at the breakfast table.  It starts with a key ingredient – smoked potato – which you can find the technique for in our previous posting.  This is a recipe that can certainly accommodate your specific preferences so alter it as you please.  For my rendition, you’ll need the following:

Gather These Ingredients for Breakfast Potatoes:

  • 2 cups smoked potato cut into pieces no larger than 1 inch
  • 1 cup of rough cut onion
  • 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper – I’m using red, yellow and orange for a pop of color
  • A Jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 Tablespoon oil – I’m using coconut oil for its high heat level
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • A red tomato sliced into ¼ inch thick slices
  • Oven safe skillet

One Hot Skillet Makes It Easy

Be sure you’ve readied all the ingredients as this recipe can be completed quite fast.  Place your oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and allow to heat.  Add the tablespoon of high heat oil and move the pan around to ensure the oil coats the entire bottom surface.  Add the cup of chopped onion and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes.  You’ll know you’re ready for the next step when the onion becomes translucent.  Add the 2 cups of chopped sweet pepper and mix well.  Allow the vegetable mixture to cook until tender, about 8 minutes.

Adding Heat and Smoke

The peppers, onions and Potatoes in the skillet

Once you see the vegetables take on a shine and tenderness, it’s time to add the diced jalapeno pepper, mixing well.  After just a couple of minutes, go ahead and add the 2 cups of smoked potato to the mixture.  Mix well and allow to absorb some of the existing cooking oil and moisture.  The colors will begin to blend as well as the flavors getting us close to the finished dish.

Mellowing Out the Boldness

To add another level of flavor, a tablespoon of flavored olive oil, I’m using a Tuscan blend, is incorporated to the vegetable mixture.  Once this has cooked for a few minutes, I add the cup of ricotta cheese in dollops to the skillet.  Using my spatula, I break this down with the heat to provide a creamy consistency.  The creaminess of the ricotta will help balance the boldness of the smoke and aide all the flavors to mellow.  After 5 minutes of medium heat, this pan will be ready for a quick trip to the oven to finish everything off.

The Spectacular Finish

After taking the skillet from the stove top, I place it in a pre-heated 350°F oven to finish.   This will only take about 10 minutes.  Remember, if using cast iron, this material will hold a lot of heat, so once the pan is removed from the oven allow the dish to sit untouched for about 5 minutes.  Then plate to your favorite platter.

I like to add sliced fresh tomato and a sprinkle of fresh parsley to the top.  This is a perfect dish for any type of eggs or served an accompaniment to sausage.  Of course, it can stand alone as well so feel free to treat it as its own meal.

Smoked potato from the charcoal grill with a medley of vegetables gets you to the perfect Smoked Breakfast Potato!

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… that the deliciousness of smoked spuds can add a rich flavor burst to just about any breakfast food featuring potatoes.  In addition to home fries or hash browns, try your hand at adding either grill or skillet-based smoked potatoes to recipes like hash, potato pancakes or fritters.

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Our Breakfast Pizza Pretzel served with Eggs!

Our Breakfast Pizza Pretzel served with Eggs!

BREAKFAST PIZZA PRETZEL- OVER THE FIRE!

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Pesto sauce, Parmesan cheese, basil, roasted sweet peppers, Tomatoes, Provolone cheese and Bread dough or Pizza dough- simple and easy. Include or serve Boiled Egg, fried egg or scrambled egg! Our Breakfast Pizza Pretzel a healthy breakfast pizza recipe with a Pretzel twist on the gas grill or charcoal grill with Mediterranean Flavors!

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We’ve all heard the reasons why breakfast is so important – it boosts your metabolism for the day, helps curb cravings that could lead to poor food choices, helps improve memory and concentration, and can set your mood for the day.  Let’s face it.  Not all breakfast items make you leap to the table.

slice of the breakfast pizza pretzel

I’m going to give you a ready-to-take-on-the-day breakfast recipe that is cooked on the grill.  The name alone is likely to bring your kids to the table easily too.  Combine the versatility of a pizza with the shape, texture, and saltiness of a pretzel, I’m making my version of a breakfast pizza pretzel featuring Mediterranean flavors you’re going to love.

Ideal Ingredients

This is one of those fun recipes where you really can’t go wrong with the ingredients you select.  Just keep in mind, that raw egg won’t necessarily be the best choice since we don’t have the same amount of dough surface to hold the raw egg until cooked.  If you want to incorporate egg, do a boiled, fried, or scrambled egg.  For my Mediterranean feature, gather the following ingredients:

  • ½ cup of basil pesto sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 3 roasted sweet peppers, sliced (I prefer to wood fire the peppers first)
  • 2 medium tomatoes sliced, with the slices cut in 1/2
  • 6 large eggs, steamed for 13 minutes
  • 5 slices of provolone cheese, cut into quarters
  • 20 basil leaves
  • 1lb. store-bought frozen bread or pizza dough, thawed and left to rise according to package directions
  • fresh ground pepper
  • coarse salt for the top of the pretzel
  • 1 egg and 1 teaspoon water for the egg wash
  • flour for rolling the dough

Our simple ingredients for this recipe eggs, tomatoes, parmessan cheese, pesto, bread or Pizza dough

First step is to let your dough rise so make sure you either do this step a few hours before making the recipe or let the dough rise the night before.  Follow the directions on the dough packaging.

If you want to include egg in your recipe, you’ll need to steam the 6 large eggs.  I use a deep pot with a steamer insert, placing about two inches of water in the pot.  Place the eggs in the steamer basket, put the lid on the pot, put the heat to high, and set a timer for 13 minutes.  Prepare a bowl of ice water to immerse the eggs in once the timer goes off, which will halt the cooking process.  When cool, peel the eggs and slice.

After the dough has risen, you’ll need to get a couple of items ready before starting the recipe.  First, decide what type of grill you’re going to use for cooking.  A gas grill will not take as much set up time as a charcoal unit.  Either grill, you want to do a two-zone setup.  For the gas grill, that means turning on only the burners on one half of the grill.  Those lit burners will also hold the wood chunks for adding the wood flavor.  For the charcoal grill, get a chimney starter of charcoal going.  Once the embers are hot, pour into one half of the charcoal area and add a few wood chunks directly on the hot coals.  I recommend starting the grill just before you assemble the pretzel.

A Tasty Trough

With our grill heating, our dough has risen, and our ingredients at the ready, it’s time to assemble the breakfast pizza and form into our pretzel.  First, roll the dough into a 30-inch long rope.  Roll the width to where the rolling pin can sit in the center of the dough and still have an inch of dough on each side of the pin.  Taking the rolling pin, press it down the center of the dough forming a trough.  Starting with the pesto, spread a thin layer down the dough trough.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the pesto, then layer the quartered tomato.  The wood-fired pepper slices are next, followed by the basil leaves, egg slices, and provolone cheese quarters.  Put a final sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the inside and then we will seal the filling inside the dough.

Thje ingredients on the dough prior to rolling.

Here comes the messy part!  Carefully, bring the two sides of the dough together pinching off where the dough meets.  Continue to seal the mixture contents all the way down the dough.  At this stage, I like to move the filled dough to my parchment lined sheet pan or pizza stone to make shaping into the pretzel shape easier.  Make your pretzel shape – make an upside down “U”; twist the ends over each other, then twist again and bring the ends up to center, pushing the holes open while you press the ends into the dough.  Once shaped, brush the surface of the dough with egg wash and then sprinkle coarse salt and Parmesan cheese over the top.  Note: you can make pretzel rods versus a traditional pretzel shape by rolling out 3-4 dough sections into 10-inch lengths, following the same directions as above on assembling.

Fire Cooking

With the pretzel on a parchment lined sheet pan or placed on a pizza stone, place on the unlit side of the grill, with a temperature of about 300°F.  Close the lid and allow to cook for 15 minutes before checking.  If you notice the side closest to the heat turning brown faster than the other side, simply rotate your sheet pan or stone.   Total cooking time will be about 25 minutes until golden brown.  Keep in mind, pretzel rods will likely cook a bit faster.

A Breakfast to Savor

Our finished dough

Once cooked through, remove from the grill and allow the pizza pretzel to rest for 5 minutes.  Cut pretzel rods on the diagonal and the twisted pretzel like you would a bundt cake; into slices.  With the freshness of the pesto and basil, the sweetness of the tomato, and salty cheese, this is a substantial breakfast that will get you full of energy for the day.

 

 

 

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Try this awesome Breakfast Pizza Pretzel on the grill!!

Dr. Smoke- Try this awesome Breakfast Pizza Pretzel on the grill!!

The photo of our golden brown smoked cheese & bacon quiche was prepared with our homemade smoked cheese and baked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Smoked cheese & bacon quiche was prepared with our cold smoked cheese. This golden brown beauty looks appetizing.

SMOKED CHEESE & BACON QUICHE FEATURING COLD SMOKED CHEESESlisten to the audio of this blog posting

We’re putting a new flavorful twist to traditional quiche by adding a cold smoked cheese combination that’s perfect with this egg and cream based recipe.  Be sure to see our previous series on cold smoking cheese on the stove top, then bring your favorite cheeses to this easy, basic recipe.  We’re making smoked cheese & bacon quiche!

Our arrangement of 5 different textured cheeses put through our stove top cold smoking process. This method imparts great color and smoky flavor

Simple Ingredients Are Best

Quiche is one of those recipes that doesn’t have a lot of rules.  The base is eggs, cream and pie shell or pastry.  The fillings are yours to experiment with.  For our Smoked Cheese and Bacon Quiche, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Sweating the Onions

We start off our recipe by first cooking the onion.  Taking 1 yellow onion, peel the skin and dice this.  Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a hot skillet.  When melted, add the diced onion.  Let this sweat for about 3 minutes until translucent, then stir.  Cook until the onion browns and crisps slightly.  This should take less than 6 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside while you begin to prepare the wet ingredients.

In the glass mixing bowl we have all of the ingredients for the basic recipe measured and ready to blend into a wonderful, creamy, smooth batter.

Basic Quiche Batter

After cooking the onion, it’s time to assemble the other ingredients to our quiche.  Start with 6 large eggs in a large bowl.  Add the ¾ cup of heavy cream and whisk until combined.  Add the cooked onion, followed by the bacon that has been precooked and chopped.  If you’re short on time, feel free to use precooked bacon strips commonly available in most grocery stores.  Whisk all these ingredients together until well combined.

The final ingredients are your favorite smoked cheeses.  In my version, I’m using Swiss, muenster, and fresh mozzarella, which have been previously cold smoked for about 4 hours.  My technique was a stove top smoking application using a cast iron pan.  You can visit our previous series on this technique.  Once all the ingredients are combined, it’s time to pour the batter into the prepared pie shell.  This recipe will make one 9-inch quiche.  Now place in to a preheated 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes.

Golden, Creamy, Smoked Goodness

After cooking in a 350°F oven for about 45 minutes, a golden crust will form on the top.  Allow the smoked cheese & bacon quiche to cool slightly before cutting it into serving slices.  Loaded with the saltiness of the bacon, the creaminess of the smoked cheese, and the sweetness of the cooked onion, this is a great dish for brunch or dinner, or even served as an hors d’oeuvre.  If you want to add more smoke flavor, feel free to ember cook the onions or smoke the bacon.  Smoked Cheese & Bacon Quiche – soon to become your favorite quiche recipe!

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