Pig Fest 2011. That’s right. Sorry my vegetarian friends, this is not for you. We had pig cocktails, pig appetizers, pig wrapped in pig and pig for dessert. Laura even made bacon vodka. It was quite a glorious feast. We kind of felt like, well, pigs at the end of the night.
This is our Candied Bacon martini. The candied bacon made a great stir stick. We forgot the apple slice called for in the recipe, but it was still good. We found this recipe in the Los Angeles Times.
Candied Bacon Martini
- 8 slices smoked bacon
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Candied Bacon Martinis:
- 6 ounces premium vodka
- 4 ounces Applejack brandy
- 2 ounces amaretto liqueur
- 2 ounces maple syrup
- 4 thin slices tart apple
- 2 slices candied bacon, halved crosswise
Preheat the oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Dredge the bacon on both sides in the brown sugar and arrange slices so they do not touch on the baking sheet. Bake until bacon is richly caramelized, 15 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and allow excess fat to drain. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, brandy, amaretto and maple syrup with ice. Shake until combined and chilled. Strain into 4 martini glasses and garnish with apple slice and candied bacon.
Laura made her bacon jam. It was awesome with a little crumbled blue cheese as a bruschetta.
Donna made the most amazing prosciutto wrapped salmon and scallops. Oh man were they good. We couldn’t take a picture fast enough to get the whole platter. Sunshine said they were the best scallops ever. The salmon was really good too! Here is her recipe:
Salmon Kebabs with Parsley Vinaigrette
- 5 tablespoons good-quality extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons good-quality red wine vinegar, such as Kimberley
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 pounds skinned King or Coho salmon fillet (1″ thick), cut into 1 1/2″ chunks (or sea scallops!)
- 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (Donna used prosciutto)
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Pig wrapped pig. We served it with a refreshing arugula salad. This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentis. I’ve adjusted the cooking time according to the new chart on the National Pork Board website.
Honey-Mustard Pork Roast with Bacon
- 1/4 cup dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 1/2 pound center cut boneless pork loin roast
- 12 slices (1 pound) bacon
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 5 cups (5 ounces) baby arugula
Chocolate covered bacon. Okay, this was not for me. But Laura liked it. She’s kind of like Mikey. Remember him? The Life cereal kid? Give it to Laura, she’ll eat anything.
Now this was good. Really good. INSANELY good. It’s the maple-pecan sundaes with candied bacon. I made the vanilla ice cream with the last of the Tahitian vanilla.
What’s so funny, Stephanie?
Donna! You look like you’re up to something.
Manly men tending the fire and talking about manly things, like fire.
Paige barks a lot. The only way to get her to shut up is to pick her up. So we bought this contraption. God bless Steven for wearing it. Of course it didn’t work, so we gave her some Benadryl. Of course that didn’t work, so we’ve resorted to on-line training with the Dog Whisperer. And I have some shocking news. Mom, you might want to sit down for this one. Paige is an ANIMAL. And then she’s a DOG. She is not our child in a furry coat.
What’s next? I think maybe a retirement party. Not what you think though. I’ve got a Mexican dress that I’ve had for way too long. It’s been my go to dress for every party. So, one last hurrah for my mexi-party dress, and then I’ll retire it. Anyone who has something they’ve worn to death and need to retire is welcome. Send Sunshine your pictures dressed in your oldies but not so goodies and he’ll make us a slide show for the party:)