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Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cubed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves carlic
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 package baby spinach (5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh basil
  • Italian seasoning (to taste)

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain. Do not rinse.
  2. Cook bacon and set on paper towel lined plate. Keep fat on hot in pan.
  3. Fry chicken until cooked through.
  4. Drain pan, retaining a light sheen of fat.
  5. Fry garlic until fragrant. Add tomatoes and stir one minute.
  6. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and heavy cream. Bring to simmer.
  7. Add spinach a handful at a time and allow to wilt.
  8. Remove from heat. Add spaghetti and toss until coated.
  9. Add chicken and crumbled bacon. Garnish with basil.
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Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, and Tater Tot Bake

INGREDIENTS
  • One 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack cheese blend
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (whole milk would be fine too)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Once bacon cools, crumble it into small pieces, and set it aside.
  2. Coat the inside of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Dump half the frozen tater tots into the crock pot, and spread into an even layer. Top tots with 1/3 of the cheese and 1/2 the crumbled bacon.
  4. Place uncooked chicken on top of the tater tot layer. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Top chicken with 1/3 of the cheese.
  5. Spread remaining tater tots over the chicken layer. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Pour milk over the top of the dish.
  6. Cover your crock pot and cook on HIGH on 3 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Serve warm.

Cheesy Chicken Stuffing Packets

So this is a recipe floating all around the internet.  One of the “original” forms of this recipe calls for all sorts of terrible ingredients, like Bacos,  gross.  Anyway, this is our take on this dinner. Pretty easy to prepare, and certainly delicious.

Prep time: 1 hr (cooking bacon takes time)
Total cook time: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients:

Around 6oz of your favorite Stuffing mixture
~1 1/2 (maybe 1 1/4, if you like dry stuffing) cups Chicken broth (for stuffing mixture)
2-4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (two if using “man bacon”, four if using “thin bacon”)
~1 lb Chicken thighs
~2 Broccoli crowns (maybe one large one if it’s not the worst part of the winter and big broccoli crowns can be found), florets chopped.
6 oz. Cheddar bacon (or cheddar jack) cheese, shredded.
1/2 cup Ranch dressing

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Prepare 2 small cookie sheets with pieces of foil that are large enough to wrap up the ingredients.

  • Prepare the stuffing, and bacon.
  • Once the bacon is cooked, fry the chicken  in bacon fat briefly on both sides to brown the outside.
  • Layer each packet with stuffing, chicken, broccoli, cheddar, ranch, and bacon.
  • Make each into a packet.
  • Bake for 35 + mins until the chicken is well cooked.
  • Allow to rest for 10 mins before eating!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels

Wow… here is a recipe that is pretty much life changing 🙂 These things are perfect. Perfect for life, perfect for dinner, perfect for lunch, perfect for game-time, just perfect. I mean, BACON… CHEESEBURGER… PINWHEEL… the name says it all.

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Even Newton shamelessly begs for them!!

After much experimentation my husband and I decided that Gray’s Jamaican Spicy Sauce was the perfect accompaniment to these things.  Purists may argue for plain old Katsup and Mustard, but since I think Katsup is gross, I would argue back 🙂  No honestly we tried all options, Katsup, Mustard, BBQ sauce, etc… Jamaican Spicy was just the best.

Bacon Cheeseburger Pinwheels

1 lb Lean Hamburger
3 TBSP Tomato sauce
1 Egg
1/4 cup Seneca Crispy Onions, crushed (or use whatever local brand you can find
6-8 strips of Bacon, cooked and chopped
3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 can refrigerated Pizza dough

  • Preheat oven to 425 F
  • In a large bowl combine everything except the Pizza dough
  • Roll out the pizza dough to approximately 9″ by 15″ and top with the hamburger mixture
  • Starting with the long edge of the dough, roll up into a log
  • Slice the log into 16 or so pieces, approximately 1 inch each.  Don’t worry if the dough looks a little thin.  It will puff up when it bakes.  (see the picture below)
  • Place the pinwheels onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil or parchment paper
  • Bake 15-18 minutes until
  • Eat Up!
Pinwheels on baking sheet

Pinwheels on baking sheet

Ummmm, dig in!!

Ummmm, dig in!!

Bacon Meatloaf

This is not our usual meatloaf.  But, everyone needs a “special” meatloaf to cook every now and then. This is ours.

The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. She’s got some amazing stuff on her website!  This one is called My Favorite Meatloaf.

The only thing we changed was adding 4 TBSP of Sriracha sauce in place of the Tabasco.  We like the spice! Also we had to cook it for more like an hour and a half.

Meatloaf:

  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1 cup (heaping) Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/3 cup Minced Flat-leaf Parsley
  • 4 whole Eggs Beaten
  • 10 slices Thin/regular Bacon

Sauce:

  • 1-1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • 4 TBSP Sriracha

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes.

Place the ground beef, milk-soaked bread, Parmesan, seasoned salt, salt, black pepper, and parsley in a large mixing bowl. Pour in beaten eggs.

With clean hands, mix the ingredients until well combined. Form the mixture into a loaf shape on a broiler pan, which will allow the fat to drain. (Line the bottom of the pan with foil to avoid a big mess!)

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf.

Make the sauce: add ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and hot sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon.

Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.