Bacon: B is for Brilliantly: Isn’t it beautiful how the light brilliantly bounces off the hot grease on the freshly prepared bacon. A is for Awaken: Awaken and take in a whiff of the bacon frying in the pan as it stirs your body from slumber (the hub enjoys this one since I usually make breakfast on the weekends). C is for Creative: You can get so creative when using bacon in recipes because of it’s versatility. O is for Oblivious: When taking that first bite of a fresh, crisp piece of bacon, you can’t help but become oblivious to all of the problems around you in the world. N is for No: Did you say that was the last piece of bacon for this morning??? Nooooooo!!!!
Cousin: A wonderful man who I look up to (frankly, I always have). He’s a chef in disguise. A brother I never had. He’s an excellent moving man (he’s moved me about 4 or 5 times through my indecisiveness in life). He doesn’t wear his heart on his sleeve for the world to see, but those who know him can read him. This trait makes him a strong man. He’s a cousin that any person would be proud to call their own. BUT…you can’t have him. He’s mine (although, I share him with a few other cousins, that’s besides the point of this post).
When you put these two together, you can’t help but come out with an amazing end result. Demonstrating the versatility of bacon, he prepared these Bacon Cheddar Puffs from Sargento. These were brilliantly made. When I consumed one, I saw how you really do remain oblivious to your surroundings as all of the flavors combine in your mouth. A treat that no one should say no to.
This is a very creative recipe on Sargento’s part, but all they were lacking was the perfect Chef to awaken the true warmth in this recipe. Enter the cousin…my bacon hero.
I took home leftovers of these from our family’s Christmas gathering. The next morning, I prepared Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwiches using these as my bread. A total taste explosion….
***The chef recommends you make the batter a little more runny than it turns out by the recipe. Make it more like a pancake batter. This way, you can make flatbread with the dough.
Bacon Cheddar Puffs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup Sargento® Fancy Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Sargento® Fancy Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
- 1/2 tsp. onion salt or powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- Combine milk and butter in medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and mixture is simmering. Add flour all at once; continue to cook, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon, until mixture forms a ball. Remove from heat.
- Beat in 1 egg until mixture is smooth. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding just 1 egg at a time, beating until thoroughly combined. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Drop heaping teaspoons of mixture onto greased baking sheet. Bake in preheated 350°F oven 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Bacon is simply amazing! Addicted to it myself, if only it weren’t chock full of cholesterol and all that other bad stuff. Schneiders is the best brand I’ve come across thus far – it cooks to a nice crisp strip without shrinking to a quarter of it’s original (raw) size! Bon appetit! And here’s to crispy bacon!