Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Free From G Italian Style Bacon Bomb

One of the reasons that I didn't experiment further with the onion rings last night is because dinner was calling and dinner was this:

italian bacon bomb
You Can Never Have Too Much Cheese. Or Bacon.
I know, another Bacon Bomb. But I've never documented this recipe and it's actually the one that we've kind of stuck with. Less complex in flavour than some of the others but mighty tasty all the same. This is probably the Bacon Bomb with the least ingredients.

Ingredients:

At Least 12 Rashers of Streaky Bacon (make the weave whatever size you want but it needs to be at least 6 x 6 to fit everything in)
1 Chicken Breast
Large Handful of Fresh Basil (you can use 1 tablespoon of dried but it isn't as good)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
100g Mozzarella
2 Large Plum Tomatoes (I use tinned)


Directions:
  • Pre-heat your oven to 200C
  • Bruise the fresh basil in a pestle and mortar, alternatively, put it into a deep container and use kitchen scissors to roughly cut
  • Put into a container if using a pestle and mortar and add the olive oil
  • Dice the chicken into small chunks and add to the basil and oil
  • Mix so that all the chicken is covered
  • Make your Bacon Weave
  • Cut the mozzarella into 5mm slices and place in a single layer in the middle of the bacon weave
  • Peel the plum tomatoes if using fresh
  • Place the tomatoes in the middle of the mozzarella, ends touching
  • Put the chicken mix on top of and around the tomatoes
how to make a bacon bomb
It Should Look Like This
  • Lift the end of the bacon weave furthest from you and slowly fold over the contents
  • As you fold keep pushing the contents away from you and into the weave
  • When the bacon touches the other side fold under and then fold in the ends
  • Carefully pick up and place into a baking tray or Pyrex dish
raw bacon bomb
Mmmmmm Bacon
  • Cook on 200C for 30 minutes and you're done!
free from g bacon bomb
Italian Style Bacon Bomb
This has always been the lovely Glutenite's favourite Bacon Bomb and I've realised why. It's basically a pizza without the crust! Okay, so you might not find bacon on that many pizzas but essentially, this is everything that we would put on a pizza base.

You get a lovely juice in the bottom of the baking tray (or dish) that is a mix of all the flavours but in liquid form, it's a must for pouring over. Cut into slices this looks really impressive, there's tomato in the middle with cheese on top, chicken completely surrounding that with the slightly salty bacon shell. If folded correctly this slices into perfect pieces that don't fall apart.

If you aren't familiar with Free From G's previous Bacon Bomb experiments, well,  here they are:






If that bacon shortage happens, apologies in advance. We may have had something to do with it.

Bacon Bombs always make me think about a very brilliant but short lived TV show called Chaos At The Chateau. It was basically a reality show about a couple who moved to Slovakia, bought a run down chateau, renovated it and set it up as a hotel with hilarious results. 

The husband David is one of those people who are just naturally funny without even realising it. He had many amusing ideas of how to drum up trade, one in particular and my favourite was to hold a barbecue for the locals. Sounds like a run of the mill idea but what led up to the event was one of the funniest things I have ever seen on TV.

The hotel manager is a Frenchman called Thierry and he and David did not see eye to eye on the running of the chateau. The barbecue in particular caused a huge row and David was left to fend for himself in the planning of the event.

Bear in mind that this episode is called Pork Night.

David decided that to cut costs, it would be cheaper to buy a whole pig rather than ready cuts, the butcher would then section the meat for him and the chateau would get a lot more pork for their money. Much like when you buy a whole fish but the fishmonger gets rid of the head and off cuts and you're left with the fillets.

I wish I could find a video of this to do it justice but there doesn't appear to be any :(

When the pork arrived for the barbecue David had somewhat of a shock.

So a car pulls up and the boot is opened by I think Thierry *insert look of horror on David's face*

David: "What's that?!"

*totally cool and calm*

Theirry: ".......iz a piiig"

*More horror on David's face*

*High pitched voice*

David "WHAT'S THAT?!!!!!!!!!!"

*Still cool*

Thierry: ".......Iz a piigs ead"

Separate from the body.

David goes deathly pale.

It was one of the funniest things I've even seen. 

And with that I shall say bye for today. More onion ring experiments coming tomorrow :)

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