Got Bacon? Two Great Cold Weather Dishes With Everyone's Favorite Pork Product

There used to be a commercial years ago with a jingle extolling the virtues of a certain margarine brand. What they really should have been singing about was everything is better with bacon! Bacon, especially high-quality bacon, such as that produced from a heritage breed, is one of American's most favorite foods. Salty, crisp, and savory, there is nothing quite like it and no ready substitute. If you just can't get enough bacon, here are two rustic meal ideas you'll love, perfect for cold autumn and winter evenings.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Goulash

This peasant dish is inexpensive, filling, and comforting. It also makes for easy one dish clean up.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 pound quality bacon
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Egg noodles

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350°Fahrenheit. In a 9x13 baking dish, add the olive oil, crushed garlic, and diced onions. Wrap each chicken thigh in bacon, and place each piece skin side up in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Carefully remove the hot baking dish from the oven. Pour the two cans of diced tomatoes around the chicken pieces, followed by the tomato sauce. Try to avoid covering the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with the Hungarian paprika, and finally the parsley. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes. While the chicken is finishing up, cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Using tongs, remove each chicken thigh to a platter. Stir the sour cream into the tomato sauce, and then add the egg noodles, stirring gently to coat. Add the bacon-wrapped chicken thighs back to the dish and serve. This goes great with a simple salad and a crusty loaf of thick-cut Italian bread.  

Easy One-Pot Bean And Bacon Soup

With canned beans and carrots and prepared chicken broth, this soup is perfect for a quick and easy hearty meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound quality bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cans navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (32-ounce) containers low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can sliced carrots, undrained
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Add the olive oil to a stock pot and set the element to low heat. Using kitchen shears, cut the bacon into one-inch pieces, adding to the pot as you go. Cut the onion and garlic, and add both as well. Cook until the onion and garlic is translucent and the bacon browned, stirring frequently. Do not drain the bacon grease. Add the rinsed beans, the can of sliced carrots in its juice, the chicken broth, and the tomato paste. Stir to incorporate, and add the bay leaf. Cover and let simmer for 45 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with skillet corn bread.

For more recipes and ideas, contact bacon suppliers, like SP Ranches.

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