Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bacon Jam, Horseradish and Ricotta Dip and a #Whole Foods Giveaway


There aren't many times I find myself frying a pound of bacon at one time, but last Sunday found me catering to the needs of two football crazy guys. Since one was Manservant and the other was China Boy, I was happy to accommodate. After the exciting Bronco's win I was hoping the thought of staying another two weeks to watch the Super Bowl, might be enticement enough to keep Alex Odie San China Boy in this part of the hemisphere, but alas he left yesterday. We were lucky enough to have him for a month and now he heads back to a new job and even new roommates. If you are ever in Shanghai and like to drink wine, he has moved into the realm of sales, and I think he will be quite good at it.

But now that the entire house smells like bacon, I guess I better tell you about this dip that both deemed Superbowl worthy. Whole Foods has us thinking healthy this month, but they also know that Superbowl is one of those days that health has a tendency to go out the window. Maybe it's the supercharged air that causes us to eat bite after bite of dips and dogs and mile long sammies, well, at least at our house. In any case if you don't feel like cooking, Whole Foods is sure to have a variety of freshly made salsas and guacamole, dips and wings, all available to serve with their fabulous house made tortilla chips. I love those!


I served this with my home made honey and beer chips. Stay tuned for that recipe. You could also serve this with some of the great new lentil, quinoa or bean based chips at Whole Foods. I love the new taro chips and don't even get me started on the sweet potato version. Chips of any kind are my downfall and I'm so excited that there are some healthier versions to choose from.

This bacon horseradish dip sure is super. Use the nitrite free bacon that Whole Foods offers and you have a dip that will be a winner, even if your team isn't. It is important to at least keep those tummies happy! This dip begins with bacon jam. I made the entire recipe of the jam but only used half of it in the dip. That way I have the other half to slather on toast, use instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches, or place on a cheese tray to make my guests swoon. Feel free to use light ricotta or yogurt to replace the cream fraiche and save a few calories. And if you want to save even more calories, this would also make a great stuffing for a celery stick.

However you choose to make this, just be sure to eat it. It is super! Go Broncos!


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Bacon Jam, Horseradish and Ricotta Cheese Dip
Serves about 8
Time to Make: About 45 minutes
Adapted from: Brian Voltaggio
Ingredients:
1 lb bacon
1 medium onion, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 T sherry vinegar
3 1/2 T maple syrup

7 oz ricotta cheese
3 T prepared white horseradish (from the refrigerator section)
3 T creme fraiche or Greek yogurt
5 T fresh chives, minced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 t sea salt

Directions:
Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until fat is rendered and bacon is a beautiful golden brown. You will probably have to do this in two pans. Well. You will. Transfer bacon to paper towels and drain fat. Now cut or tear it into small pieces. (I always save the bacon fat in a container that I store in the fridge. There are so many ways to use it.) Reserve about 1 T of fat in the pan. Add shallot and onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a simmer. Add reserved bacon and simmer on low until mixture forms a thick glaze. This won't take long. Drain off any excess fat.Now you have a choice. You can leave it like as is or pulse it in a food processor to make a smoother jam. (You can make the bacon jam ahead of time as it will keep in the fridge for up to one month. Don't worry though as it won't last that long!)

Now put the ricotta and horseradish in a food processor and process for about two minutes, or until completely smooth. Add half of the bacon jam, pulse a few times and transfer to a bowl. Whisk in the creme fraiche, chive and scallions. Season with more salt or horseradish if needed. Serve at room temperature with your favorite chips.

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41 comments:

  1. What a unique dip, it's a nice change from all the usual dip recipes! Perfect for the Super Bowl!

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  5. I really need to make more bacon jam! It's such seriously good stuff, isn't it? This dip sounds like a winner. Love the horseradish in it. And the bacon. Of course. :-) Thanks!

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  7. A dip which I enjoy and love is Babaganoush. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. What a fun, delicious dip. I need to try that ASAP. My favorite dip is a lightened up spinach and artichoke dip with greek yogurt. It's great on anything you like to dip-even spoons! :-)
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  11. What a UNIQUE dip. I don't normally make dips. I do love to eat them. However my social life has changed so that I have to bring appetizers more
    often. This is a winner I say as an enthusiastic partaker of dips.

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  12. Hi Abbe, love this dip, can't wait for your honey and beer chip recipe. my favorite dip is any type of hummus. Already receive your emails, started following your tweeter. Thanks!

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  13. All your dishes look great, but I think you know how I feel about those potato chips. One of my favorite all time nibbles. Hubs is going to love them too.

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  14. I've always been a Denver fan and was very pleased with the game! Can't wait for the SB! I tried making a dip that turned out awful - how can a person mess up dip? I don't know but I did - it was an oily mess. This looks much better and sounds amazing! Glad you had a nice long visit with your son. I bet he enjoyed this dip!

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  15. I love eggplant dip, but we call it patlican ezmesi (pureed eggplant)
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  19. You had me at beer chips. I can't wait to see that recipe!
    This dip looks super yum, Abbe.

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  20. My usual go-to is spinach artichoke or babaganoush... I like this dip because it looks tasty and has a variety of ingredients I wouldn't normally think of for dip!

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  23. This dip could be the key to a Broncos win! I love how it is a change from chips and salsa-- great idea! So glad you had a good visit with your son. Hope to see you soon!

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  24. So many things to love here! Where do I even begin?!? Ok ... the Broncos! Let's start there. If the Browns aren't playing (and ... ummmm ... the Super Bowl ... yeah, the Browns AREN'T playing!) ... then I'm all in for the Broncos! Moving on: OMG bacon jam! Plus, Brian Voltaggio ... LOVE him! And those homemade chips, too?!?!? Too bad I'm hosting a Super Bowl party at my house, because I'd love to be noshing with you! Love this recipe! ~Shelley

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  25. Now that's a dip! I love the flavour!

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  26. I'm a big fan of French Onion dip.

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  28. I'm so glad you got to spend a whole month with your son! I'm sure it was hard to let him go again. My husband would go nuts over this dip with the bacon in it! Maybe if he's really, really nice :) I can't wait to see the chip recipe.

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  29. This sounds fantastic! Can't wait to see how you make your chips, too. Sorry all the bacon didn't convince Alex to stick around---though I bet he was tempted!

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  30. What a delicious sounding dip!!

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  31. We love Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip for game day.

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  33. Dr Pepper Dip is my favorite - my grandmother used to make it in the 60's and it's so good!

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  34. Only 1 pound of bacon???? Delicious dip and great with the salty sweet and creamy, it has it all going on. I know it must be difficult to have your boy all the way over here but good for him. These next few weeks are going to be very busy for him during the Chinese New Year Celebration.

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  35. this dip is genius! i love seeing recipes like this.... i'm not very creative in the kitchen and i never would've been able to come up with something like this. my favorite dips to make are sweet/dessert type usually. brownie batter dip, cookie dough dip, etc.

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  36. Yum! I really love making a fruit dip with yogurt, vanilla and honey!

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  38. these are all great ideas for any party! That dip sounds quite interesting and yummy.

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  39. I'm a fan of hummus with pita bread and also like making salsa using vegetables from my garden, its so fresh tasting. As I've aged most of my foods, including dips, taste better with a touch of heat. Not the eye watering, nose dripping type but just a tingle that you get from a jalapeno.
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