Candied Bacon

candied bacon with pecans and brown sugar cooling on baking rack

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix brown sugar, rice vinegar, maple syrup, pecans, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Place bacon slices on cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, turn slices, and bake another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove bacon and brush both sides with brown sugar mixture. Return bacon to the oven and bake another 5 minutes. Repeat basting every 5 minutes until bacon is browned and crisp, about 35 minutes.

Pizza Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried marjoram

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well, then chill.
  2. Keeps in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores

Homemade Gooey S'mores with Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • large marshmallows
  • graham cracker squares
  • peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. Cook a marshmallow over an open flame or hot coals until it is browned outside, and soft all the way through, 2 to 4 minutes.
  2. Place the marshmallow on top of one of the graham cracker squares. Place the peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow. Top with the last graham cracker square.
  3. Eat and enjoy the deliciousness.

Bacon Swiss Tarts

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can flaky biscuits
  • 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 3 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut each biscuit into thirds and press into greased miniature muffin cups.
  3. Combine the bacon, tomato, onion, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise and basil in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin cups.  Do not overfill.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Yield 30.

French Silk Chocolate Pie

Sweet Homemade French Silk Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crusts, softened
  • oz unsweetened chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 pasteurized eggs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
  • Chocolate curls, if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate over low heat; cool. In small bowl with electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in cooled chocolate and vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating on high speed 2 minutes after each addition; beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Pour into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.

Coconut Meringue Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Meringue:
  • 5 to 6 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Sprinkle coconut in crust; set aside. Stir together sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Place egg yolks in a medium heavy saucepan; whisk in sugar mixture and milk alternately until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling and thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla; pour over coconut in crust.
  4. For Meringue: In a deep bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Reduce mixer to low speed; add cream of tartar.
  5. Gradually beat in sugar, one tablespoon at a time; beat until stiff, glossy peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Spoon Meringue over hot filling, sealing carefully to edge of crust.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees until meringue is lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Southern Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue Sauce and Brush

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 1 cup water

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.