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Bacon is great on its own or as a wonderful tasty addition to any meal. Here we have gathered a selection of delicious recipes for the lovers of bacon. Happy cooking!

Did you know?

The coveted Food Writers Guild Award was presented to O’Neill’s Foods for the consistent high quality and excellent value of their range of hand-crafted, dry-cured bacon and hams

Who said?

“The saying goes you ‘get what you put in’ and for that reason O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. rashers cook beautifully and taste supreme. If you think a rasher is a rasher you haven’t tried O’Neills.” Robbie White, Head Chef, Monart Destination Spa

“So whether the O’Neill’s bacon is centre-stage on your breakfast plate, or whether it is a pivotal element that brings all the other flavours in your dinner dish into focus, it is a vital part of every creative kitchen. Good bacon is the cook’s best friend and, once you have tried O’Neill’s bacon, you will understand why it is the choice of the best cooks.” John and Sally McKenna’s Guide 2016 www.guides.ie

Pasta Carbonara
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 200g of Dry Cured bacon lardons or diced back rashers
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced, about 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • 3-4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Spaghetti or fettuccini pasta
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Method

1 Heat pasta water: Put a large pot of salted water on to boil (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water.)

2 Sauté pancetta/bacon and garlic: While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook slowly until crispy. Add the garlic (if using) and cook another minute, then turn off the heat and put the pancetta and garlic into a large bowl.

3 Beat eggs and half of the cheese: In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.

4 Cook pasta: Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the dry pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil.

5 Toss pasta with pancetta/bacon: When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the bacon and garlic. Let it be dripping wet. Reserve some of the pasta water.

Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce. Toss everything to combine, allowing the pasta to cool just enough so that it doesn’t make the eggs curdle when you mix them in. (That’s the tricky part.)

6 Add the beaten egg mixture: Add the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt to taste. Add some pasta water back to the pasta to keep it from drying out.

Serve at once with the rest of the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.

If you want, sprinkle with a little fresh chopped parsley.

Caesar Salad

If you don’t have anchovies available, add a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce to the dressing.

  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, peeled, smashed, then minced
  • 1 baguette, preferably a day old, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup freshly juiced lemon juice (plus more to taste)
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 200g Dry Cured Bacon Lardons or back rashers diced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste, or 1-2 anchovies, smashed and minced
  • 2 eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper (1/4 teaspoon or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cos or Romaine lettuce

Method

1 In a very large bowl, whisk together the olive oil and garlic. Let sit for half an hour.

2 While the oil is sitting, make the croutons. Spread the baguette slices out over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush or spray with olive oil or melted butter; or if you want garlicky croutons, dip pastry brush in the garlic infused oil you have sitting in step 1). Grill for a couple of minutes until the tops are lightly browned. (Note: do not walk away, these can easily go from browned to burnt.) Remove and let cool.

3 Sauté the lardons/bacon cooking slowly until crispy. Let cool

4 Add anchovies and eggs to the oil garlic mixture. Whisk until creamy. Add salt and pepper and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Whisk in half of the Parmesan cheese. Taste, add more lemon juice to taste. The lemon should give an edge to the dressing, but not overwhelm it.

5 Using your hands, tear up lettuce. Add to the oil mixture and toss until coated. Add the bacon. Add the rest of the Parmesan cheese, toss.

6Coarsely chop the toasted bread and add to the salad. Toss. Serve immediately.

pancakes
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 (depending on size of pancake)

Ingredients:

200g plain flour

30 g caster sugar

4 eggs

400ml milk

Butter for frying

Toppings:

200g O’Neills Dry Cured Streaky bacon

Maple Syrup

Strawberries & icing sugar (optional)

Method:

Sieve Flour into large mixing bowl

Crack in the 4 eggs and beat in with wooden spoon until you have smooth paste

Stir in the sugar

Slowly add milk in stages until all used

Leave to rest (half hour if time available)

Meanwhile grill the streaky bacon – cooking slowly until slighty crispy. Keep warm

Heat pancake pan on high then reduce heat to medium

Wipe a knob of butter across pan or spray oil

Pour in small ladle of batter and cook for a minute on each side until golden brown.

Turn out on to a warm plate, drizzle with maple syrup and add streaky

Garnish with a few strawberries and dust with icing sugar if desired

Pasta & Bacon Lardon salad RecipeThis pasta salad is super quick to prepare, will be a big hit with the entire family and who knows the little ones may even eat their greens!

Serves 4

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 150g pack of O’Neills Dry Cured Bacon Lardons or approx 4 dry cured rashers or 6 streaky rashers chopped up.
  • 1 head of broccoli cut into florets (Irish if possible)
  • A dozen cherry tomatoes halved
  • 100g of pine nuts toasted
  • 300g of pasta of your choice (Orecchiete pictured, penne and fusilli are great too)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh Parmesan
  • Fresh basil (optional)

Method:

  1. Cook your pasta in salted boiling water.  3 mins before this is finished add your broccoli florets and cook with the pasta for the last few mins.
  2. Drain your pasta and broccoli and blanch both in cold water.
  3. Pan fry your O’Neills Dry Cured Bacon Lardons at a high temperature in a little oil for 4 to 6 minutes turning frequently until fully cooked.
  4. Dress the pasta, tomatoes, broccoli and bacon with olive oil and mix in a large salad bowl.  Finish with the toasted pine nuts, Parmesan shavings and basil and let everyone help themselves!

Spanish Tortilla with Bacon

This works both hot and cold and for lunch or dinner.   So if you make this for dinner who knows you may be lucky enough to have some left over for lunch the next day, but I wouldn’t bet on it!

Ingredients

  • 1 x 150g pack of O’Neills Dry Cured Bacon Lardons or approx 4 dry cured rashers or 6 streaky rashers chopped up.
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 350g of peeled and chopped potatoe
  • Grated cheese is optional
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the chopped onions and potatoes and fry for about 8 minutes, turning frequently until tender. While cooking beat the eggs in a large bowl with plenty of freshly ground pepper (cheese can be added here if desired). 
  2. Next add the bacon and fry for a further 4 -5 mins
  3. Reserve most of the excess oil, leaving a little in the pan. Pour in the eggs and mix among the potatoe and onion mixture so its well covered and leave to cook undisturbed on a low heat for 8 minutes until the bottom is set.
  4. Then flip the tortilla, ensuring the pan is oiled again if required, and cook on the reverse side for a further 6 minutes.
  5. Once cooked remove to a large serving plate and cut into slices.  This can be served hot or cold and is lovely with a fresh green salad.

 -Ham-Hock-Pea-Soup RecipeDonal prepared this using O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon Co. Bacon.

Ingredients
1 ham hock
50g butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1kg frozen peas
600ml vegetable stock
a few sprigs of mint, roughly chopped
sea salt and ground black pepper
crusty bread, to serve

 

 

Method

Place the ham hock in a large pan, then cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Skim off any impurities that rise to the surface. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the meat pulls away from the bone. Remove from the heat and leave to cool in the liquid. Once the ham hock has cooled down, remove the meat and reserve 600ml of the cooking liquid. Clean the pan and then use to melt the butter. Add the onion and sauté until softened but not coloured. Add in the peas, stock and the ham liquid and stir well to combine. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the peas for 5-10 minutes until soft and then remove 2 ladles of the peas into a bowl. Using a stick blender blitz the remaining peas in the pan. When the soup is almost smooth, add in the mint and continue to blitz until smooth. Return the whole peas back in to the soup. Add more stock if the soup is too thick.

Remove the skin from the ham hock, cut up the meat and add this to the soup, then allow to warm through. Ladle into bowls and serve with some crusty bread.

Pumpkin-Soup RecipeIngredients
1 pumpkin
2-3 red peppers (sweet Ramiro if you can)
200g O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
2-3 carrots, diced
Sunflower or rapeseed oil
Black pepper
Chicken Stock (approx 1 ½ pint)

Method

Chop the pumpkin into chunks (no need to peel).
Put onto a roasting tray, splash with oil and a generous sprinkle of black pepper.
Roast in oven for about 20 mins then add in the red pepper chunks.
Return to oven until the pumpkin is soft (about another 15 mins)
Meanwhile, add a splash of oil to your saucepan and sweat off onion, garlic and bacon. Add in diced carrots. Leave on low heat.
Remove your pumpkin from oven and simply peel off the skin. Add chopped pumpkin and red peppers to saucepan.
Add in chicken stock, bring to the boil then simmer for another 15 minutes.
Liquidise with a hand blender or potato masher if preferred.
Season to taste. Cream can be added if desired.

Of course source all your ingredients locally where possible.

Ingredients:
(Serves 4 – 6)
800g diced stewing beef
250g O’Neills Dry Cure Bacon (rashers chopped or lardons)
2 onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely diced
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp seasoned flour
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp of mixed dried herbs
500ml red wine
150ml beef stock
2 carrots, sliced
8 mushrooms, sliced
Olive oil

Method

1. Heat oil in a heavy pan and add in the bacon lardons. Cook until coloured and then transfer to a large casserole dish.
2. Next, cook the onion, garlic & celery in pan until soft and translucent. Add in tomato purée and cook for a minute before removing to the casserole dish.
Brown the beef in batches on the oiled pan and then transfer each batch to the casserole dish.
3 Mix meat, lardons & vegetables together and sprinkle in seasoned flour and herbs.
4. De-glaze the pan by pouring in the wine and stock and bring to the boil ensuring to scrape up any tasty bits from the pan. Boil for a couple of
minutes and then pour into casserole. Add in the carrots & mushrooms.
5. Cover casserole dish and bake in oven at 160° C for about 2 hours, until meat is very tender.
6. At the end of cooking add blended cornflour to thicken up the sauce.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

by Eugene O’Callaghan, Executive Chef, Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Rosslare.