Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baconquest 2: The Baconing

Team Bacon 2012: Mike & John Young, Kelsea Meadows, Patrick Kilgore, Andrew Muto, Kevin Stewart, Catie Wascheck, Serafina Donahue, Zack Brincat, John Patterson

It's that time of the year again! Last year, the class was told to branch out with what we wrote about, and we were assigned a week to post something so that everyone could see it. "Baconquest" was a big success, and we found out that Panera Bread had some of the best take-out bacon you could find on Kirkwood Highway. This year, we decided to give our own bacon dishes a shot. My brother Mike agreed to film and edit the event, and so we all met one rainy day in December to celebrate bacon in our second annual Baconquest.

We all went to see Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in Newark and proceeded to the nearest Pathmark to shop for what we need. This was our list:

"'Bacon' on three..."

Ortega taco sauce
Chicken patties
Parmesan, mozzarella, cheddar

We watched probably three or four episodes of Community on DVD before Kevin showed up with our side: "Crack Potatoes," which his family was kind enough to prepare for us. Once he arrived, we were ready to start cooking. Zack unveiled his grand contribution: a special maple glazed bacon to be used in the chicken dish. We couldn't wait to start. These recipes are really good if you're in college and would like to make a cheap, quick meal.

Double Layer Bacon Nachos

Tortilla Chips
Ortega Taco Sauce
Shredded Cheese (Cheddar, Mozzarella)

This dish is the simplest one. Just make nachos.
Lay down a layer of tortilla chips, pour the sauce on.
Put cheese on the chips, and then repeat.

Microwave for a few seconds to melt the cheese for best results.
Serve it hot, and use as an appetizer. If you prepare it early and wait until the rest of your dinner is prepared, it may go soggy like any nachos would.

 Crack Potatoes 
Amazing. Just saying. Picture from PlainChicken

The full recipe for our side (as well as better instructions for making it) can be found on PlainChicken.com.

Basic Ingredients:
2 (16oz) containers sour cream
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 (3oz) bags real bacon bits
2 packages Ranch Dip mix
1 large (28 - 30oz) bag frozen hash brown potatoes - shredded kind

 Bacon Egg Drop Soup

This one's easy. Just get some ramen, put an egg in it while it's cooking, and then sprinkle crispy bacon over it when it's done. That's it! We ramped it up a little by the equivalent of six bowls of ramen. You can see the bowl of eggs in the shot of the fryer in the video at the top of the page.

This is another that will go soggy if you let it sit, again, like any soup would, so if you plan on using ramen in a big meal, make it close to the time when it'll be served.


Cheesy Bacon Chicken

To make this dish, you need to fry some chicken patties for about four minutes. After you do that, put some of your shredded or sliced cheese and pieces of bacon on top and put it in a warm oven for a few minutes so that the cheese can melt. It is very quick and easy to prepare, and it was definitely the crowd favorite.

From BaconToday.com
Afterwards, I made us some bacon brownies with the help of John and Kelsea. We don't have any pictures of the ones we made, but here's a picture from BaconToday.com, where we got the recipe (the recipe basically being 'fry bacon, pour half the brownie batter, add bacon, pour the rest on, bake.)

The consensus was that the bacon brownies were definitely better than the regular brownies. Weird, huh?

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