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    Tuesday
    Nov052013

    Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

    Forgive me for my belated post.  I’ve been dealing with computer issues (don’t put a quarter in me about Best Buy at the moment).  To make up for my absence, I bring you bacon wrapped chicken bites.  Not only are they amazingly delicious, but they’re perfect for everything from dinner to game day finger food for the guys. 

    Here’s what you’ll need: 

    • Diced chicken breasts
    • Bacon
    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
    • ½ - 1 teaspoon salt (depending on how salty your bacon is)
    • ½ teaspoon pepper 

    The first thing you need to do is par-cook the bacon.  If you skip this step you’ll either have dry chicken or soggy bacon, neither of which is allowed in my house.  The easiest way to cook bacon, is in the oven.  Just line a sheet pan with foil and lay the strips bacon on it. 

    Slide the pan into a cold oven and turn it to 325°.  I think it took about 15 minutes for my bacon to get to this stage.  You want it to be basically cooked, but still quite limp.

    Remove the slices to a plate lined with paper towels and set them aside. 

    Up next is the chicken.  I find the easiest way to dice chicken is with a pair of kitchen shears.  KitchenAid makes some pretty decent ones that are affordable.  For me, affordable is a good thing in the shears department, because I’m pretty tough on them.  I throw them in the dishwasher frequently, cut open packages and all kinds of food stuff, and I’d rather just replace them once every year or so than have to worry about sharpening them. 

    Cut your chicken into something resembling one inch cubes. 

    Now for the seasoning.  In a small dish, combine the brown sugar (I used coconut sugar, but regular brown sugar will work just fine.) salt, and pepper. 

    Stir them together and add the lime juice. 

    Stir that all together.  Now it’s time to make a little assembly line.  Cut your bacon strips in half and line a sheet pan with parchment.  Now is also a good time to preheat your oven to 375°.  Wrap each piece of chicken with a half slice of bacon. 

    Dip it into the brown sugar mixture, coating the whole thing.  Allow the excess to drip off. 

    Place it, seam side down, on your pan. 

    Repeat until you run out of chicken.  I was able to get 17 pieces from 2 chicken breasts and 1 package of bacon, and still had some leftover sugar mixture. 

    Bake at 375° for about 20 minutes.  While mine was in the oven, I got distracted by a little squirrel out the back window. 

    I know exactly what you’re thinking right now.  And yes, I am a bit like this. 

    So, after 20 minutes, you should have bacon wrapped chicken perfection. 

    We had ours for dinner, with macaroni and cheese (Trader Joes has some in their freezer section that’s surprisingly awesome) and zucchini.  You could also serve them with toothpicks as part of your football snackies. 

    What’s your favorite thing to do with bacon?

     

    Tuesday
    Jan292013

    One Handed Meals

    I have 3 assignments and 2 lab reports due on Thursday. I am doing homework no matter what I'm doing or where I am. Including eating dinner. So, I needed something I could eat with one hand.

    Breakfast Burrito

    • a handfull of small potatoes
    • 1 egg
    • a bit of onion
    • some jalapeno
    • cheese
    • bacon!
    • bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon
    • bacon fat
    • a tortilla
    • some salsa

    So, there are 2 eggs in the picture, but I cooked only one. The key to being able to roll a burrito is the filling. Don't use too much filling.

    Preheat the oven to 425.

    Chop the little taters into tiny bits. Put them on a baking sheet and rub peanut oil all over them. You want barely enough oil to cover them in a thin layer. Pour about a teaspoon in the palm of your hand and start with that.

    That weird line on the left of the picture is actually peanut oil. Action shots are not always ftw.

    Pop the tiny taters in the oven. They take about 10 minutes when they're this size and they'll come out lovely and golden because of the peanut oil.

    Chop the onion, the bacon, and the jalapeno, and grate the cheese.

    If you don't have bacon in the freezer already cooked... dude, seriously, cook bacon on the weekend just for fun and put it in the freezer; your house will smell like bacon.

    Heat a bit of bacon fat (see, this is what precooking gets you, bacon fat to use at your leisure) in a pan and sautee the onions and jalapenos for a couple minutes.

    Crack in the egg, and give it a stir. No, you don't need to beat it in a bowl first. Sure, you could, but then you'd have a dirty bowl.

    Stir the egg, onion and jalapeno around for a few minutes until the eggs are set. Sprinkle on the bacon and cheese, and cover the pan with the tortilla.

    This does two things: it steams the tortilla to soften it a bit, and it keeps the heat in to melt the cheese. Clever, no?

    Your tiny taters should be just done by now.

    Slide the bacon and cheese covered eggs onto the softened tortilla and top them with the taters. A tablespoon of spicy salsa removes the need for additional hot sauce.

    Roll the side of the tortilla closest to you over the innards,

    Fold in the sides,

    And roll it into a one handed meal.

    What's your eat-as-you-work meal?