Tuesday, May 7, 2013

H'outrageous H'orderves:Bacon-Cheese Jalapenos Boats

Alright ketoers, I am going to cut right to the chase on this recipe, it is quite possibly the best thing I have ever made, and while simple, it hits every note you can think of. Creamy for the warm cream cheese, spicy from the jalapenos, and salty, smokey, and ever so slightly sweet from that delicious bacon.  I know, I know, this is so simple, but I promise, if you throw a party with H'orderves, these will be the first things gone, and the last thing people are talking about as they leave.  they are seriously that good.

4 Jalapenos halved, seeded but keep the stem on.
3 oz  cream cheese
4 strips chopped bacon+ 4 bacon strips halved.
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of chili powder
1 dash of onion powder

Fry up the chopped bacon until super crispy but not burned, do no drain.

In a bowl mash your cream chese up with the spices until it is softened.

While your bacon is crisping, halve and seed your Jallies.   You can remove the stem, but I like to keep the stem base on, it gives a little handle to hold onto, and it doesn't soften like the flesh of the pepper so this makes it much easier to eat.

When your bacon is crispy, add it, along with the bacon fat into your cheese and mix thoroughly

Stuff those bad boys and wrap in bacon.

NOTE: I don't buy strip bacon, my grocer carries bacon end pieces in the meat section, it usually has some strips mixed in with all the gnarly thick pieces they are left with after slicing the strips, those thick pieces make amazing Lardons, so that's what I get, therefore my boats are topped with slices, rather than wrapped.

Bake in a 350°F oven until the peppers are soft and the bacon is nice a crispy, I like to use a wire rack to back on the so the bacon crisps all around, I find that if you dont, the bottoms get soggy, and no one like soggy bottoms.

This recipe is so simple, that it can easily be multiplied, as it is, I would say it serves 2, although who am I kidding I ate them all.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Keto friendly "McGriddle"

Before keto, I honestly rarely ate breakfast, I would generally drink something totally unhealthy, like a coke or red bull, and be on my way.  It wasn't that I wasn't hungry per say, but I am not a huge fan of breakfast foods, I can stand eggs if scrambled, well Beaten because egg whites make me gag, and bacon, while delicious as a flavoring for savory dishes, doesn't have a very good calorie to satiation ratio as a protein on its own.  My one weakness however, and the treat I usually got on pay day, was a McGriddle with egg and cheese.  Obviously this is not keto friendly, but damn the maple and egg and cheese, which shouldn't work, works so well.  This recipe uses a modified version of the Oopsie, or Revolution Roll, and surprisingly mimics the squishy McGriddle bun almost perfectly.


2 Farmer John Maple Links, turned into a patty
2 eggs
1 tsp Sour cream
1/2 slice sharp cheddar cheese
1 oopsie bun, I added a dash of cinnamon to this bun, but its optional

This is a pretty simple recipe, but the way the flavors work really reminded me of the McGriddle.

Start by taking your 2 links, and smashing them into a patty shape. crisp up on both sides and drain on paper towels.

In a bowl crack your eggs and add you sour cream, whisk them briskly, but don't worry about lumps of sour cream, it will all combine once its on the heat.

Note: My grandmother used to mix in a small amount of cream cheese in her eggs, it made the eggs super rich and creamy, and not at all like you get them at most breakfast joints, this is probably why I don't care for eggs any other way, what can I say, she was making Ramsey eggs before Ramsey (I know he uses creme fraiche, but the results are even better IMO)

I made the oopsie rolls the night before, and unfortunately didn't take pictures, but suffice to say a normal one would work fine, however, for this particular roll, I added a dash of cinnamon, and while its not strong, it adds a subtle sweetness that adds to the McGriddle feel.

Put it all together and there you go. Best breakfast I have had since starting keto.

Breakfast o' Champions