Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad

Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the 7 slices of bacon on the parchment, bake until crispy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and chop into bite size pieces, set aside.
  2. While the first seven slices of bacon are baking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat and fry the 1 piece of bacon to start making the dressing. Cook until crisp, then add the garlic and shallot. cook until the shallot is soft, about 2 minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt, mustard, vinegar, and olive oil.
  3. On a large platter, or using 4 serving bowls, add the lettuce, then bacon, then eggs.
  4. Return the dressing to low heat just to warm it then drizzle over the salad. Garnish with the chives and some black pepper as desired.
  5. Serve as a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Blackened Salmon on Tangerine Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas

Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Black Eyed Peas
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Salad
  1. Mix together the Salad ingredients, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
For the Black Eyed Peas
  1. Cook the peas with the ingredients listed for the Black Eyed Peas.
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
  1. Generously rub all sides of the fillets with the rub. Cover and place in the fridge for a 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat the prawn, head removed, shell on with the rub, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
To Prepare
  1. Grill or oven roast the salmon and prawn to just cooked through.
  2. Plate some salad and place a salmon fillet on top, add some black eyed peas on the side and arrange 4 prawn on top, garnish with some fresh chopped basil if desired.
Recipe Notes

I will hold off on the pricing until I get some jumbo prawn, easily high cost per serving but sounds oh so good!

Shortcut: Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
United States.

Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara

Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Spaghetti Carbonara
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I made this last night for dinner, 20 Dec 2017, but not worthy of a photo since the eggs did scramble. The flavor was excellent, just not a nice presentation so I will certainly be making this again, one to get the technique mastered to mix in the egg and cheese, and two, to get photos.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil then cook the spaghetti until just tender. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, leave the spaghetti in the pot and set aside.
  2. While the water is getting hot for the spaghetti, in a mixing bowl mix together the cheese, eggs, and yolks with a fork or whisk. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Set this aside and finish up the spaghetti 😉
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat and when hot, add the bacon and cook until crispy then remove to a bowl, leaving the fat in the pan. and add 1/4 cup of the pasta water you reserved.
  4. Add the shrimp to the pan and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook until the shrimp are all pink, turn often.
  5. Now drain the pasta and add to the pan with the shrimp, use tongs to combine the shrimp and pasta. Once mixed well, toss the parsley into the pasta.
  6. Working quickly, now stir in the egg and cheese mixture and use tongs to quickly toss to coat the spaghetti, double fist two sets of tongs, work fast to prevent the egg from scrambling. Add additional pasta water as needed to make a creamy sauce. Just before serving, toss the bacon in.
  7. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with additional parsley, cheese, and pepper.
Recipe Notes

Large white shrimp from Tesco will cost about 150 Baht/500 grams. The cheese about 170 Baht. Bacon prices vary greatly, on average, figure about 150 Baht/250 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $3.46 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mayo Variations

Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Mayo Variations
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Making mayo is not something I have done, nor is it covered here in this, these are just variations you can add to mayo you bought or mayo you have made, enjoy.
Ingredients
Fresh Herb Mayo
Caper Dijon Mayo
Horseradish Mayo
Chili Lime Mayo
Bacon Chive Mayo
  • 3 1/2 cups mayo
  • 3 slices bacon cooked crispy and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chives chopped
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Instructions
  1. For each variation, just stir in the ingredients, cover and store in the fridge until use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup

Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the broth, carrots, potatoes, and onion powder. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. While that is cooking, prep the broccoli, at 10 minutes, add that and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, heat a medium pot and melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two, always whisking, until the mixture is golden brown. Then whisk in the milk and whisk and cook for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  4. Add the cheese and stir until mixed in and melted, add the salt and garlic pepper. Pour the cheese sauce into the soup, stir while doing this. Mix well.
  5. Ass more milk to thin for a thinner soup. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  6. Serve bowls topped with the bacon.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Hash Brown Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Hash Brown Casserole
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Sounds excellent. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 servings as a side 20 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. If using homemade hash browns, go ahead and blanch them for about 3 minutes in a pot of boiling water, drain and squeeze dry.
  2. If using frozen hash browns, thaw and drain those.
  3. Heat your oven to 190 C. Get out a 9x13 baking dish,
  4. Saute the onion, bacon, and bell pepper in a large non stick skillet until the bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes, stir occasionally. Remove to a bowl.
  5. In the baking dish, add the hash browns, soup, sour cream, and 1 cup of cheese, mix lightly. Add the bacon and onion mixture and stir that in. Spread out evenly. Top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, uncovered, or until heated through.
  7. Serve with some fried eggs and toast. Perfect for a breakfast or dinner, I always love breakfast for dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Hash Browns, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Baked Bacon Eggs

Baked Bacon Eggs
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These are incredibly good, a twist on the standard Scotch egg witch is covered with sausage and deep fried. I made these on 19 Nov 2017 very much liked by the family.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Baked Bacon Eggs
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These are incredibly good, a twist on the standard Scotch egg witch is covered with sausage and deep fried. I made these on 19 Nov 2017 very much liked by the family.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (390 F). Get out a muffin pan.
  2. Set out your bacon and soft boiled eggs, I used duck eggs as those are favorites here. The muffin pan is to the right of the eggs.
  3. Wrap an egg with 2-3 slices of bacon, one crosswise, and one to two lengthwise and place in the muffin pan with the edges down in the pan.
  4. Repeat for the rest of the eggs. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, then gently turn the eggs to cook the other side, for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
  5. When you turn them during cooking, some of the bacon will come lose, no worries.
  6. Serve with buttered toast.
Recipe Notes

Low cost overall. Figure 2 eggs and 4-6 slices of bacon per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bacon Gravy & Biscuits

Bacon Gravy & Biscuits
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This is a Southern US dish and any kind of gravy on biscuits is good. You can use refrigerated biscuits or homemade, I am going the route with homemade. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Bacon Gravy & Biscuits
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This is a Southern US dish and any kind of gravy on biscuits is good. You can use refrigerated biscuits or homemade, I am going the route with homemade. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can use a can of refrigerated biscuits and just prepare those according to the package instructions, make homemade biscuits with your favorite recipe, or you can use the shortcut for biscuits here on this site, link to that is in the Recipe Notes section.
  2. Prepare and bake the biscuits. Remove from oven when they are done, don't forget about the biscuits.
  3. Cook the bacon in a deep heavy pan until crispy. Remove the bacon when done, leaving the fat in the pan.
  4. While the pan is still on low heat, stir in the flour into the bacon fat so no lumps form, then whisk in the milk, continue cooking and whisking until thickened.
  5. Crumble the bacon and stir into the gravy, season gravy with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Split the biscuits in half and spoon over the gravy, couple of sunny side up eggs would be great as well. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Biscuits.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Green Chile
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This comes from a good friend that has prepared this and his results are outstanding, that works for me so this is on my to cook list soon.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, cheddar, onion, chili powder, and garlic. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. When peeling the chilies take care not to damage them. Make a slit down the length of each chili and remove the seeds. Stuff each chili with the cheese mixture.
  3. Use a toothpick to secure one end of a slice of bacon at the stem end, wrap the bacon around the chili, try not to overlap, and wrap towards the pointy end, secure with another toothpick.
  4. Place the chilies on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, then switch the oven to broil (top coil for counter top ovens) and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

The cream cheese will cost 120 Baht, the bacon about 100 Baht. For 8 servings as appetizers, this is about 80 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Jerry Juliana.
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Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Clam Chowder
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This is delicious, and very easy to make, and very versatile. I made this on 16 Nov 2017 and substituted oyster meat for clams, which turned out perfect. The Thai family loved this.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped, with juice, not baby clams. If you have the chopped clams available in your location, very good. What I am going to do is use the small oyster meat available at Tesco here first. This is the oyster meat available at Tesco. These containers will be on ice with the fresh fish. Pour the oysters and liquid (no need to chop them as they will shrink when cooked) in a measuring cup, the amount of liquid is between 3/4 and 1 cup, I poured the liquid out to make is just 3/4 cup, and I used 3 containers for 2 1/4 cups of oysters and liquid.
  2. Heat a large pot on medium heat and add the bacon, cook until crispy, remove the bacon to a plate with paper towels to drain, set aside. Pour out the fat but leave 3 tablespoons in the the pot.
  3. Same pot, add the carrot, onion, and celery and cook on medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown and soften, stir often. Mix in the flour and stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the broth, clams and their juice, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring to a boil.
  4. Prep the potatoes now, diced, skin on or off is up to you. Add the potatoes to the soup and stir in the milk and cream, once boiling, reduce to a light simmer and cover, simmer until the potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes or so.
  5. Once the potatoes are tender, taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking, serve with bacon and cilantro sprinkled on top of each bowl.
Recipe Notes

I used 3 containers of oyster meat with liquid, 45 Baht per container, so 135 Baht for oysters. For 8 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use oyster meat in place of chopped clams for the chowder base. 2. Add peeled and deveined shrimp, crab, imitation crab, whitefish, or mushrooms.

This recipe for Clam Chowder is from Natasha's Kitchen.