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Tato n’ Bacon Bites

Over a very hot summer weekend, a few friends and I got together to hang out, enjoy some (gluten free for me) beer, and just enjoy the start to summer.  I found a recipe for these bacon wrapped potato bites and knew they were perfect for a crowd.  I followed this recipe pretty closely, but did make one change in the dip.  The recipe calls for sour cream swirled with hot sauce.  Instead, I made a dip for the Tato n’ Bacon Bites that had sour cream, blue cheese dressing, and buffalo sauce in it.  Talk about a party pleaser!  I will definitely make these again.  Note:  the dip DOES have dairy in it.

Tato n’ Bacon Bites based on a recipe by TheKitchn

Pieces:

  1. one pound small red potatoes, cut into halves or quarters (so they are bite sized)
  2. salt and pepper to season
  3. one tsp. freshly chopped rosemary (finely chopped)
  4. one pound bacon, each piece cut into thirds
  5. toothpicks
  6. 3 tbsp. sour cream
  7. one half cup lite blue cheese dressing
  8. one quarter cup buffalo sauce

Process:

  1. Cut the potatoes so that they are bite sized.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and enough water to cover them.
  3. Cover the saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil the potatoes for about 5 minutes, just until barely fork tender.
  4. Drain the potatoes and let cool.
  5. Toss with salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  6. Wrap each potato bite with a one third piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Bake the bites at 400 degrees about 25-30 minutes, until bacon starts to crisp.
  8. While they are baking, mix together the sour cream, blue cheese dressing, and buffalo sauce.
  9. Serve hot, and dip in that buffalo goodness!

bacon tato bites

 

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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BBLT Salad

I recently discovered a turkey bacon at Whole Foods that has 35 calories a slice, and has no nitrates or hormones… and it is nice and thick!  So I had to figure out how to use this great find in my lunches last week.  So here goes the Bean, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salad!  This recipe is enough to make a few salads.

Bean, Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Salad

Pieces:

  1. salad lettuce (about half a bag, washed)
  2. 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  3. 5-6 slices turkey bacon
  4. one can white beans, drained
  5. one half cup crumbled blue cheese (optional)
  6. 1 tbsp. herbed mayo (or substitute)
  7. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  8. 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  9. 1 tsp. garlic salt
  10. 2 tsp. lemon pepper
  11. 1 tsp. chili powder

 

Process:

  1. Slice the bacon into small pieces and sauté in a large skillet over medium heat, until desired crispiness.
  2. Drain the white beans.
  3. In a large bowl, plate 2 handfuls salad lettuce and add a handful of cherry tomatoes, about a quarter cup sauted bacon, two teaspoons crumbled blue cheese, and a quarter cup drained white beans.
  4. In a salad dressing shaker, combine and shake the mayo, olive oil, white vinegar, garlic salt, lemon pepper, and chili powder.
  5. Top salad with dressing and enjoy!

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Potato Cobb Salad

After a few years, I have gotten to know my allergies pretty well.  I know that I am very sensitive to gluten and that I won’t risk it for any meal.  Dairy, on the other hand, I push around sometimes, but only with cheese.  I have found there just is no good enough substitute for cheese.  I have also heard that hard cheeses are easier for those with a dairy allergy to digest.  So, I know that goat cheese and I are friends… and this week I tried blue cheese.  In a small amount, we got along… and the intestinal side effects I could deal with.  So, here is a recipe for a great cobb salad that I made this week!  This recipe makes about 4 good sized salads.

Potato Cobb Salad

Pieces:

  1. 8 tiny white potatoes, cut into sixths
  2. 6-8 slices turkey bacon, cut into small pieces
  3. one fourth cup blue cheese crumbles
  4. one can corn niblets, drained
  5. 4 cups lettuce
  6. one small package cherry tomatoes
  7. 3 tbsp. olive oil
  8. 4 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  9. 2 tbsp. red onion, very finely diced
  10. 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  11. 1 tbsp. honey
  12. 1 tbsp. lemon pepper

 

Process:

  1. Cut the potatoes into sixths and steam them.  Steam just until fork tender, but not mushy.
  2. Drain the can of corn niblets.
  3. In a medium sauté the turkey bacon until desired crispness.
  4. On a plate, arrange lettuce and top with cherry tomatoes, potatoes, corn, turkey bacon, and blue cheese crumbles.
  5. To make Honey Dijon dressing, whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, red onion, Dijon mustard, honey, and lemon pepper until combined.  Pour over the salad.
  6. Enjoy!

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