Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Sweet corn season is almost past, and I would be remiss if I did not pay tribute to the glory those beautiful golden ears are!

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn……even the name is yummy sounding!

Living in the Midwest ……….corn belt………we have the best sweet corn! Sweet juicy,delicious, bi colored nuggets of pure bliss…….did I mention we love sweet corn.

Corn

Every area in the Midwest has that one grower that everyone flocks to when corn season is here. There are several in our area, although my Uncle Russ has always grown the best sweet corn, but I may be biased………not! Everyone waits patiently for those growers to harvest that first crop.

Some things are a natural with corn……….bacon, green onions, red peppers, and butter. Well this recipe has all of those and a few special touches.

Corn Skillet

I added just a bit of maple syrup……not the pancake, Aunt jemima kind, but the real maple syrup. I normally add a bit of sugar to caramelize something I sauté, but adding the syrup was just the right touch for sautéing and for flavor. I also added a touch of brandy…….just a smig of liquor will deglaze a pan and get an additional depth of flavor.

We had this as a side dish to bratwurst and it was perfect, but any thing from the grill would be great.

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

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Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 slices applewood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons, unsalted butter
  • 2 ears sweet corn, kernels cut off cob
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon brandy
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add bacon to a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook until crispy then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside. Remove all but a teaspoon of bacon grease from skillet.
  2. Add butter to bacon grease in skillet, swirl until melted. Stir in sweet corn, sweet onion, red pepper,brandy, maple syrup, salt, and pepper then turn the heat up slightly and toss to combine. Sauté for 7-8 minutes or until corn is tender and caramelized, stirring every so often.
  3. Add bacon back in then taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Garnish with green onions.

All of the ingredients come together to make this a tasty tribute to the glory of sweet corn!

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato

What to do with my beautiful green beans?????

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato…………..

In our community,there is place called Arthur’s Garden Deli. They have awesome sandwiches, salad, and stuffed baked potatoes. Tim and I had sandwiches the other day, and the stuffed potato menu caught my eye. When we got home, I kept thinking about a stuffed potato and my green beans. My first thought was a steak, baked potato and green beans…………then light bulb moment!!!!! Why not stuff a potato with all of those ingredients?? No reason not too!

I purchased what I thought was a flank steak at my local grocery store, but when I opened the package, I discovered that it was very thinly sliced pieces. Good and bad, I had wanted to marinade a whole piece of flank steak, grill it, slice it thin, and put it in the potato….that’s the bad part…….the good part was that it saved me work being pre sliced, and the marinade really got into those thin strips.

Now, about the marinade, it has a lot of pepper!!! My spice loving hubby of course loves pepper…….he takes the cap off at restaurants and pours the pepper instead of shaking it…….he’s so cute……….. The dijon, balsamic, and red onions round out the marinade flavors. I marinaded over night but if you have the thin strips and are crunched for time even a few hours will do.

Green beans beg for bacon…….enough said.

Ok, so I had the potato, I had the steak, and I had the green beans. Baked potatoes need sour cream, and steak needs a sauce……hmmmm.

So, I kept the marinade with all that pepper and red onion, cooked it down, added beef broth and finished with sour cream……..Black Peppercorn Gravy.

To serve, I placed the beans on the plate, put the potato on top, stuffed it with the meat, and covered with the gravy…….ta da!!!!  The Peppercorn Stuffed Potato is born…….enjoy!

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato Collage

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Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato

Peppercorn Steak Stuffed Potato
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorn
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound thinly flank steak
  • 2 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 slices applewood smoked bacon
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

Instructions

  1. Whisk the first 7 marinade ingredients in a large bowl until emulsified. Stir in red onions and beef. Marinade for 6-8 hours or overnight.
  2. Place scrubbed potatoes in a 400* oven. Lay them directly on the oven rack or place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until their skin is crispy and sticking one with a fork meets no resistance.
  3. While the potatoes are baking, dice the bacon and place in a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook bacon until just crisp. Add trimmed green beans, and about 1/4 cup water stirring to mix with bacon. Cover and cook until beans are the desired doneness. (I prefer mine still tender crisp)
  4. Remove meat from marinade and set marinade aside. Cook beef over high heat for about a minute per side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Place the reserved marinade in a small pan and bring to a boil. Add beef broth and return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream.
  6. Place beans on serving platter. Cut a slice in the center of each potato and pinch the potato open. Place meat inside the potato. Pour sauce over potatoes and serve.

 

 

BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich 2

You make a really nice dinner…..you make baked potatoes………dinner is over……..What do you do with the left over bakers?????

You make BLT Potato Sandwiches of course!

This is more of a method than a recipe. The standard BLT is made up of five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and bread. The BLT evolved from the tea sandwiches served before 1900 at a similar time to the club sandwich. The first “recipe” for a BLT was published in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, a recipe for a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and a slice of turkey sandwiched between two slices of bread.  But, everyone has their own way of making BLT sandwiches………. some  like toast, some like variations on bread, which is where my recipe…….a.k.a. method comes in.

Tim and I had a really nice steak and potatoes dinner one night. My intention was to make potato salad with the remaining potatoes. I was working on a BBQ recipe and we all know that BBQ needs either cole slaw or potato salad. That being said, I also have a ton of lettuce in my garden to use. Tomatoes are not ready yet………we had a very late start to the growing season here and a very cool summer so far, so things are not quite where they should be……but I digress. We also had some bacon to use up.

For me, a traditional BLT is on toast with chips on the side…….hmmmm……….why not use the potato for the base of my BLT. At first I was going to just warm up the potatoes and fill them with the BLT stuff, but as I looked at the potatoes I kept seeing bread. If I sliced them and sautéed them, maybe they would hold as the the bread………Glory Hallelujah it worked…..The “bread” for my BLT worked!!!!

BLT Potato Sandwich 1

The rest of the story is a lot less note worthy………just your basic BLT with Basil mayo. Now, as with any BLT, use the bacon you like, whatever tomatoes and lettuce you grow or purchase from your local Farmers Market……..Please visit your local Farmers Markets, your support means the world to them and the taste of local grown is beyond compare!

So the next time you are looking for something to do with those……..leftover potatoes……….try our BLT Potato Sandwich!

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BLT Potato Sandwich

BLT Potato Sandwich
  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Baked potatoes cut in quarters lengthwise
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon (or your favorite bacon)
  • 8 tomato slices
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Basil Mayo – 1/4 cup mayo or salad dressing mixed with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil.

Instructions

  1. Spray potato slices with cooking spray. Sauté slices over medium to medium high heat until crispy.
  2. You are using the potato slices as the bread. Spread the basil mayo on the potato slices, add the bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Place a slice of potato on the lettuce to form your sandwich. Secure with toothpick.
  3. Serve.