Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Pasta with Eggplant Bacon and Tomato
Pasta with Eggplant Bacon and Tomato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

I am always trying to think of new ways to serve up eggplant.  This pasta eggplant bacon & tomato is quick easy and the lesser time cooking doesn’t leave the eggplant so soft.  By prepping the vegetables first you can , depending on how fast your stove heats up water, cook it all in almost the same time.

 Ingredients for Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

  1. 1 large eggplant cubes into ½ inch pieces
  2. 2-14 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  3. 1 red pepper finely diced
  4. 3 cloves garlic diced
  5. 2 small shallots diced 
  6. ½ pound bacon diced
  7. 2-3 Tbs Olive oil
  8. 2 tsp hot pepper flakes ( optional)
  9. Salt & pepper to taste 
  10. Chopped parsley for garnish
  11. Pasta ( your choice)

Directions for Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Peel and cube the eggplant into ½ inch cubes.  Finely dice the red pepper.  Dice the garlic and shallot.  

Dice the bacon and on medium heat cook until the bacon is crisp.  Remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain and reserve the fat.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil to the bacon fat and bring up to a medium high heat.  Add the eggplant, pepper, garlic and shallot and cook for 5- 8 minutes until slightly softened.  Begin to heat the water for the pasta at the same time.

Add the crushed tomatoes, and pepper flakes to the sauce, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Cover and cook at a simmer until pasta is done about 10-15 minutes.

Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of pasta water.

If the sauce appears to be too thick add a little pasta water at a time until you have your desired consistency.

Portion out the pasta and cover with sauce.

Garnish with the reserved bacon bits and parsley, and serve grated Parmesan cheese on the side

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Cuisinart 633-30H Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 5-1/2-Quart Saute Pan with Helper Handle and Lid
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Four Star II 11-Piece Knife Set with Block

 

 

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Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Pasta Eggplant Bacon & Tomato

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplant cubes into ½ inch pieces
  • 2-14 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 2 small shallots diced
  • ½ pound bacon diced
  • 2-3 Tbs Olive oil
  • 2 tsp hot pepper flakes ( optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Pasta ( your choice)

Instructions

  1. Peel and cube the eggplant into ½ inch cubes. Finely dice the red pepper. Dice the garlic and shallot.
  2. Dice the bacon and on medium heat cook until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon to a paper towel to drain and reserve the fat.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil to the bacon fat and bring up to a medium high heat. Add the eggplant, pepper, garlic and shallot and cook for 5- 8 minutes until slightly softened. Begin to heat the water for the pasta at the same time.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, and pepper flakes to the sauce, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  5. Cover and cook at a simmer until pasta is done about 10-15 minutes.
  6. Drain the pasta, reserving one cup of pasta water.
  7. If the sauce appears to be too thick add a little pasta water at a time until you have your desired consistency.
  8. Portion out the pasta and cover with sauce.
  9. Garnish with the reserved bacon bits and parsley, and serve grated Parmesan cheese on the side
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Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

Peanut butter cream icing
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Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

Nothing goes better with chocolate than peanut butter, so why not a peanut butter cream frosting with chocolate cake.  It is sweet and very, very rich , so use it sparingly.

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

  1. ½ cup softened butter
  2. 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  3. 3 cups confectioners sugar
  4. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  5. 2 tsp Vanilla (optional)

Directions for Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

With the paddle blade in your mixer, cream the butters.  Once creamed add the vanilla if you are using it and then with the mixer on slow add the sugar until all the ingredients are combined.

Turn the mixer to medium high and beat until you have a light fluffy frosting.  If it appears to be too thick or stiff add a few tablespoonfuls of cream at a time until you reach the texture you want.

To store you can leave out for a day or two, but it is probably best to refrigerate and take out one or two hours before serving.

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Cuisinart HM-90S Power Advantage Plus 9-Speed Handheld Mixer with Storage Case, White
Professional Offset Spatula Set, Ateco

 

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Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

Peanut Butter Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp Vanilla (optional)

Instructions

  1. With the paddle blade in your mixer, cream the butters. Once creamed add the vanilla if you are using it and then with the mixer on slow add the sugar until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. Turn the mixer to medium high and beat until you have a light fluffy frosting. If it appears to be too thick or stiff add a few tablespoonfuls of cream at a time until you reach the texture you want.
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Grilled Salmon with Chives Beurre Blanc

Grilled Salmon with Lemon & Chives Beurre Blanc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grilled Salmon

A simple recipe that has only one true rule to be sucessful, and that is don’t rush the cooking.  You can use either a salmon steak or a filet, the filet sometimes is a little hard to turn but if you’re careful will work just fine.

You first want to get your grill hot, around 425º.  Make sure once you have a hot grill that the grate is clean of any old grilling debris,  brush the grill clean.

With a neutral oil, lightly oil and salt and pepper both sides of the salmon.  You can of course, if your hesitant to directly cook the fish on the grill, use a quality fish grilling basket.  Like the grill itself allow the basket to heat up before placing the fish in.

Just before cooking lightly brush the grill with vegetable oil using an old clean cloth (making sure it’s not a synthetic that will melt under heat) that has very little oil on it.  Be very careful to watch for flare ups, if you have too much oil on the cloth it can drip and ignite a flareup and possibly ignite the cloth.

Place the salmon on the grill skin side down and allow it to cook for 4-6 minutes until the skin is starting to crisp and the fish comes easily off the grill.

I like to reoil the area where I’m going to place the fish after turning.  Now flip and allow the fish to cook on the other side until done, another 4-6 minutes.

Serve with lemon and chives beurre blanc    http://www.rantsravesandrecipes.com/lemon-and-chives-beurre-blanc ) for a great meal.

 

Here are a few itmes to help make this recipe:
Mr Bar B Q 06601X Deluxe Non-Stick Flexible Grilling Basket
Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black
Cuisinart CGS-5014 14-Piece Deluxe Stainless-Steel Grill Set

 

 

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Grilled Salmon with Chives Buerre Blanc

Grilled Salmon with Chives Buerre Blanc

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8ounce Salmon filet or steak
  • 2 Tbs neutral oil to place on fish and grill

Instructions

  1. heat grill to 425 and brush to clean all debris from grill. Lightly oil both sides of salmon and lightly salt and pepper. just before placing on grill lightly oil the grill being very careful to avoid flare ups. cook 4- 6 minutes skin side down first, until skin begins to crisp and fish is easily lifted from the grill. reoiol area where fish will be cooked on turn and turn fish and cook for 4-6 minutes until done.
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