Salty and smoky, the flavours of bacon can prove irresistible. Angela Day prepares some mouth-watering recipes
Chilli, bacon hash browns
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
250g streaky bacon
1 red onion, finely chopped
10ml chopped garlic
2-3 red chillies, de-seeded and chopped
250ml grated cheddar cheese
60ml chopped parsley
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
250ml dried breadcrumbs
olive oil for frying
Boil the potatoes until tender but not disintegrating. Drain and mash roughly.
Fry bacon until crisp then drain on paper towel. Chop roughly.
To the bacon fat in the pan, add the onion, garlic and chilli and fry over a gentle heat until soft.
Remove and cool. Add to the potatoes with the cheese, parsley, egg and seasoning.
Shape the mixture into patties and coat with the breadcrumbs.
Place on a board, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours until well chilled and firm.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and fry the patties until they are golden brown on both sides.
Serve them warm with poached or fried eggs.
Bacon and apple strudel
4x250ml cake flour
60ml castor sugar
10g sachet of instant yeast
80g butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
about 250ml warm milk
250g wood-smoked streaky bacon
4 green apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
45ml maple syrup
30ml Amaretto liqueur
60ml cinnamon sugar
beaten egg for glazing
glace icing to decorate
Combine the flour, salt, castor sugar and yeast in a bowl and mix to combine.
Add melted butter, eggs and enough warm milk to make a dough that is soft but not sticky.
Knead well until smooth and elastic. Put the dough into an oiled plastic bag and leave to rise in a warm place until double in size.
FILLING: In a frying pan, cook the bacon until crispy but not too brown. Drain on a paper towel and chop when cool.
Add the apple slices to the pan of bacon fat and fry until tender. Add the maple syrup and cook until well coated.
Add the Amaretto and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Remove and cool.
When the dough has risen, remove it from the bag and knead gently. Roll out on a floured surface into a rectangle about 30x40cm.
Spread the apples over the surface and sprinkle over the chopped bacon.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
Roll up from the long side like a Swiss roll and place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
Cover and leave to rise for 20 minutes.
Using scissors, snip the top of the log to expose some of the filling inside. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
Bake at 180ºC for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool.
Drizzle with glacé icing before serving in slices.
Bacon and chive scones
10ml olive oil
6 rashers of back bacon
1 onion, finely diced
500ml self-raising flour
15ml castor sugar
180ml grated Parmesan cheese
45ml snipped chives
about 250ml milk
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the bacon until cooked. Remove and drain on paper towel. Chop the bacon finely.
To the pan, add the onion and cook over a gentle heat until soft. Remove and set aside to cool.
Put the flour and sugar into a bowl. Add the butter and rub it in with your finger tips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in the cheese, chives, chopped bacon and onion. Add enough milk to make a dough that is soft but not sticky.
Turn the dough on to a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Roll out the dough to 2cm thickness and cut out to the desired shape. Place on a greased baking tray and brush with egg glaze. Bake at 200ºC for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Remove and cool.
These are delicious served with butter and extra grated cheese.
Bacon and corn fritters
400g can of sweet corn kernels, drained
1 red pepper, finely diced
2-3 spring onions, finely chopped
6 rashers of back bacon, cooked and chopped
375ml self-raising flour
45ml chopped parsley
oil for frying
Put the sweet corn into a bowl and add the pepper, spring onion and bacon. Mix to combine.
Add the flour, salt and parsley. Mix in the egg and milk to make a batter.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Drain on a paper towel.
Serve with extra slices of bacon and sliced avocado pear if desired. Also delicious served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.