On the Side, Recipes, Small Bites

Get Yourself a Husband Bacon

If you’ve ever been to First Watch, you may have seen Million Dollar Bacon on the menu. This recipe is inspired by that recipe but with a twist! This Candied Bacon recipe is sweet and salty, with a kick of heat. Crispy, thick-cut bacon caramelized with a little bit of spice is a perfect pairing for brunch, a Bloody Mary skewer, or even as a holiday food gift!

My friend, Rhiannon  and I recently hosted a Sunday Fun Day brunch. I knew this bacon had to be included on the menu especially on a skewer at our Bloody Mary bar. As soon as Rhiannon tasted it, she said this will definitely get you a husband and so the name was born!

This is a baked bacon recipe, so you’ll be using your oven. It’s the best way to cook bacon, and it’s very easy to do!

After you bake it, you’ll let it cool on a rack to allow the sugar to caramelize and harden for that perfect, crispy, candied texture.

Ingredients

  • 10 pieces thick cut bacon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Instructions

Place the oven rack on the center rack. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine brown sugar, and seasonings in a bowl. Set aside.

Place foil on a 13×9 baking sheet. 

Add bacon in a single layer.

Cover both sides of pieces of bacon with the brown sugar mixture.

Drizzle honey over top. 

Bake in a preheated oven on the center rack for 20 minutes, 

Remove bacon from oven and place on cooling rack to dry.

Healthy, Recipes

Tangy & Sweet Grilled Shrimp

I love grilled shrimp… this is my go to marinate! 

It’s the perfect weeknight meal or poolside dish!

They are super quick, full of flavor, and so easy to whip up.  Everyone will absolutely love and devour them!!

Grilling shrimp is my favorite way to cook this very popular seafood. The grill gives them a fantastic smoky flavor and adds to the perfect tangy spices of the marinade. 

You can serve them on a platter by themselves, over buttery pasta, rice or my favorite roasted vegetables!

Don’t forget to grab a glass of Scout & Cellar Dove Hunt Dog Sauvignon Blanc!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons liquid aminos or soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white wine such as Scout & Cellar Dove Hunt Dog Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a bowl & marinate for 20-30 minutes.

Save some marinate for brushing while grilling 

Blogs, Recipes

Blackened Fish Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

I’d have to say I am an avid taco lover.  I eat tacos of some sort at least twice a week.  

This is one of my favorite taco recipes! 

The fish is so flavorful and spicy, but the heat is mellowed out by the slaw and creamy avocado sauce.  All together it has a ton of amazing tastes and textures. These tacos are perfect for a hot summer’s day spent by the pool. 

You can choose any white fish, such as grouper, tilapia, snapper, whatever fish you like. 

The slaw recipe is so easy! Just buy the pre-made Tri-color Coleslaw bag, drop it into a large bowl and toss in the onions, cilantro and lime. 

A glass of Scout & Cellar 2019 CONTE DE LA TERRE VERMENTINO is the perfect pairing for these tacos and a pool day! 

BLACKENED SEASONING

  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼  teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

FISH

  • 6 (4 ounce) white fish fillets 
  • 2-3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • 8 to 10 (6 inch) flour or corn tortillas

THE SLAW: 

  • 1 Tri-color Coleslaw bag
  • ½ medium-sized onion, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Pinch of salt

AVOCADO-CILANTRO SAUCE:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha, optional
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ to ½ cup water (depending on consistency)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried Italian seasoning, onion powder, cumin, sea salt, and red pepper flakes. Set aside. 

Heat a heavy cast iron pan on high heat until extremely hot, about 10 minutes.

Pour 3/4 cup melted butter into a shallow dish. Dip each fillet into butter, turning once to coat both sides. Sprinkle both sides of fillets with spice mixture, and gently pat mixture onto fish.

Place fillets into a hot pan without crowding. Carefully melt about 1 teaspoon melted butter and spoon  over each fillet. Cook until the fish has a charred appearance, about 2 minutes. Turn fillets, spoon 1 teaspoon melted butter over each, and cook until charred. Repeat with remaining fish. You may need to add more butter to the pan, as you cook remaining fish. Squeeze lemon juice onto fish.

No one said this was healthy. LOL

To make the avocado sauce, combine the avocado, garlic, cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, sriracha and salt/pepper in a food processor and pulse until combined. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and water until smooth until you have your desired consistency.

Combine all of the Slaw ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Heat the oil in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add in the fish (a few at a time if you can’t fit them all at once). Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the outside is blackened and the fish flakes apart easily.

Remove the fish from the heat, and if desired, warm the corn tortillas in the same skillet over medium heat, cooking for about 30 seconds on each side.

Break up the fish into pieces. 

To assemble the tacos, place chicken in a tortilla and top with slaw and a drizzle of the avocado sauce. 

Serve with a fresh squeeze of lime and enjoy!