Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Boiled Bacon - Brilliantly Simple And Full Of Comfort

boiled bacon
Good Old Fashion Comfort
I know it's not refined and that it wouldn't tickle everyone's taste buds but the inaccurately titled Boiled Bacon - it's simmered but Simmered Bacon does not sound right at all - is one of my favourite meals. There's nothing remotely fancy about this as you can see but the combination of flavours are divine.

For me Boiled Bacon is a classic from my childhood, a one pot wonder that my Mum who has always hated cooking would whip up on a regular basis, it's utter comfort and ridiculously simple to make. Totally going back to basics which I love.

For 2 - 4 People.


800g Smoked Gammon Joint

Smoked Is By Far The Best
410g Tin of Pease Pudding

If you aren't familiar with Pease Pudding it's that yellow/beige stuff in the bowl, I know, it's not the most appealing looking foodstuff but I think it's delish the way that I prepare it. The main ingredient is Split Yellow Peas other than that it's just Water, Salt and Spices.

pease pudding
Good Old Fashioned Grub
Look at the serving suggestions on the back of the tin, they always make me laugh.

pease pudding
70's Retro?
2 x 300g Tins of Baby Carrots

baby carrots
Teeny Tiny
I prefer Baby Carrots but you can use any, I like the no prep aspect here. Lay-zee.

2 Knorr Chicken Stock Pots

knorr stock pots
Excellent Gluten Free Stock
1 Large Onion

That's it
Minimum ingredients that create maximum flavour.

  • Fill a large pan halfway with cold water and put on the hob on high
  • Add the stock pots
  • Peel and slice the onion, add to the pan
  • Prep the carrots if needed and add to the pan
  • Remove the packaging from the gammon and put in the pan
  • Cover with a lid, bring to the boil then simmer for 2 1/2 hours
boiled bacon
This Smells Amazing
For the Pease Pudding:
  • Once the bacon has cooked open the tin (yes I've stooped to new recipe lows)
  • Put into a microwavable dish
  • Add 3-4 tablespoons of the cooking gravy and mix
  • Microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes (no way would I bother heating in a pan but you can)
pease pudding
I Love This Stuff
Printable Version

Other than heating a ready meal a dinner doesn't get much more simple than this. I love the no frills aspect of Boiled Bacon, it's just good honest food that happens to be naturally gluten free.

boiled bacon
Gluten Free Goodness
Chicken Surprise for dinner this evening, the surprise element is that I have no clue what to make. Laziness abounds.

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