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Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes

From Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breasts to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Stuffing, these are the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes on the food blog WhitneyBond.com!

Next week will mark the third annual “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog. A week dedicated to delicious new twists on classic Thanksgiving recipes!

I’m so excited for what’s to come next week, with everything from Cajun Roasted Mashed Potatoes and Bundt Pan Stuffing, to Chili Roasted Sweet Potato and Cranberry Salad and Sparkling Pomegranate Pear Punch, but first I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes from the past 5 years of blogging!

I rounded up the Top 15 Thanksgiving Recipes by page views, and with everything from turkey to gravy, and stuffing to sangria, you’ll be able to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu on just this page!

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Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Chicken & peppers are wrapped in bacon, grilled & basted with a homemade teriyaki sauce in this simple, scrumptious recipe for Teriyaki Chicken Skewers!

Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewer Recipe

Three weeks ago, I was a judge at San Diego’s Bacon & Barrels Festival for the second year in a row. (I know, I know, my job does NOT SUCK! 😉 )

This years highlight for me was a Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewer from Corbin’s Q, a local San Diego BBQ catering company.

Since they don’t currently operate a restaurant in San Diego, I had to come home and recreate their delicious skewers so I could get another taste of the goodness!

Secret confession: I’m also always looking for any excuse to make my super simple, super delicious 10 minute teriyaki sauce recipe 😉

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Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Sliders

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Sliders

This time last year, I introduced King’s Hawaiian Jalapeño Rolls for the first time in a recipe for Roasted Jalapeno Honey Carne Asada Sliders. This recipe still remains one of my all time favorites!

As soon as I tried one bite of those sweet and spicy jalapeño rolls, I was hooked!

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One Pot Pasta Carbonara

This One Pot Pasta Carbonara recipe contains all of the traditional carbonara ingredients, made in a new, easy way, in only one pot in 30 minutes!

One Pot Pasta Carbonara Recipe

A couple of weeks back, the boyfriend and I headed over to Flour & Barley, a new San Diego restaurant just a few blocks from my condo.

While the restaurant specializes in pizza & craft beer (hence the name!), it was their Pork Belly Carbonara that really stole the show! Don’t get me wrong, the pizza & craft beers were delicious too, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that creamy, dreamy pasta dish!

I decided to head home and put my “Bond Girl Twist” on the dish by making it a one pot meal. I’ve expressed my love of One Pot Meals various times on the blog, and it mainly goes like this, one pot = less dishes = my love!

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

A few weeks back, Mike Filbey, co-founder of ButcherBox, reached out to me about sharing a link to my Beef Ragu recipe with his e-mail subscribers.

Of course I was excited that he wanted to share the recipe, but as I looked into ButcherBox, I was equally as excited about his company!

At ButcherBox, they find the best 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken and Heritage Breed pork in America and deliver it directly to your doorstep each month.

Growing up in Oklahoma, we had a “meat man” that would deliver beef to our house each week, so the idea of ButcherBox really rang true to my Oklahoma upbringing.

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15 Most Liked Recipes On Instagram

15 Most Liked Recipes on @WhitneyBond Instagram

I am over-the-moon excited right now because I’ve officially begun my Instagram Takeover of the TODAY Show Food account!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

Last night at 6 PM:  I decide to make a bacon wrapped meatloaf for dinner, not for the blog, just to try something new.

This morning at 8 AM: At the grocery store buying the ingredients to make another bacon wrapped meatloaf, because I had to photograph it & share it on the blog ASAP, like today ASAP!

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Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers are the perfect appetizer for holiday or Superbowl parties & a great way to use up leftover stuffing!

Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers

It’s holiday party season people! And what says holiday spirit more than Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffing Jalapeno Poppers?!

That’s right, I added stuffing to Jalapeno Poppers!

The original idea came after Thanksgiving when I still had Thanksgiving leftover recipe ideas on my mind, but then as my annual holiday party came closer last weekend, I started to think that they would be the perfect appetizer for my party.

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Pesto Egg and Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

Pesto Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

My mornings usually go a little something like this, open the fridge, figure out what’s in the fridge that I can toss in with my eggs, then prepare some kind of scramble, breakfast sandwich or breakfast burrito.

On one fateful morning, I saw basil pesto sitting in the fridge and decided to dollop it on top of my morning scramble, from then on, I was hooked!

Pesto + eggs = one of the most delicious combos ever!

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Sriracha Candied Bacon Brie Cheeseburger

Sriracha Candied Bacon Brie Cheeseburger Recipe

What does the ultimate cheeseburger look like?

This is what the ultimate cheeseburger looks like!

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BBQ Chicken Peach Bacon Cheddar Quesadilla

BBQ Chicken Peach Bacon Cheddar Quesadilla Recipe

For this recipe, I basically decided to toss 4 of my favorite things in between a couple of tortillas and make the most bomb.com quesadilla ever!!!

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Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad

Bacon Tomato Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

Whether you’re grilling up Roasted Jalapeño Carne Asada Sliders, Bruschetta Turkey Burgers or Blackened Grilled Salmon, this Bacon Tomato Avocado Salad is the perfect side to complete a delicious summer BBQ!

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Maple Candied Bacon Bread Pudding Muffins

Maple Candied Bacon Bread Pudding Muffins Recipe

One of the benefits of being a food blogger is that you can easily leverage delicious food in exchange for things… such as early Saturday morning rides to a friends birthday party 😉

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One Pot Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi

One Pot Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi Recipe

I’m pretty sure that I’ve decided 2015 is going to be “The Year Of One Pot Dishes” on LLB!

I’ve been totally obsessed with creating  one pot recipes over the last couple of months, they’re quick, easy and have the obvious appeal of only one dish to wash after the meal!

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Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese

Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Recipe

What better way to kick off National Grilled Grilled Cheese Month than with a Sriracha Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese!

Yes, the entire month of April is dedicated to sandwiches of melty, gooey cheese, layered between buttery toasty bread! April basically rocks.

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Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta

Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta Recipe

When it comes to pasta, I’m a fan, whether it’s Mediterranean Stuffed Shells, Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, Taco Baked Ziti or Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, if it includes pasta, I’m in!

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Gluten Free Maple Bacon Pancakes

Gluten Free Maple Bacon Pancakes

Today’s post will be the last of 2014, a fabulous year filled with lots of excitement for myself and the blog!

I’ve worked with so many great people this year on so many fun projects and so many delicious recipes, I’ve been featured on so many awesome sites and have met so many wonderful people via the blog and my social media channels!

Needless to say, I have so many things  to be grateful for in 2014 and so many things to look forward to in 2015!

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Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Mashed potato & bacon pizza is an absolutely delicious combo with the creamy potatoes & crunchy bacon, all topped off with mozzarella & parmesan cheese!

Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

In continuation with “Thanksgiving Leftover Week” on the blog, I’m sharing a new pizza recipe that might seem a little strange at first, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

One of my favorite pizzerias downtown San Diego, Basic, introduced me to mashed potato and bacon pizza almost 10 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Pizza: good, mashed potatoes: good, bacon: good, cheese: good, the combination: GREAT!

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Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

This bacon wrapped turkey breast is covered in a balsamic garlic herb rub then wrapped in a bacon weave for a flavorful, juicy turkey recipe.

Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

It’s the last day of “Thanksgiving Week” on the blog and I’ve saved the big kahuna for last! That’s right, the turkey, the epicenter of the Thanksgiving table!

Since we have a small family, we started preparing a turkey breast a few years back instead of a whole turkey. It’s the perfect size for 4-6 people and if you want to try a couple of different turkey recipes, this is a great way to do it! Read the full post here!

Pumpkin Chicken Alfredo & Bacon Pasta

Pumpkin Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Ok, after this recipe I promise to take a “pumpkin hiatus” …. at least for a week 😉

Some would call me a basic …. well you get it … for my intense love of pumpkin, but I don’t care, pumpkin everything, all day, every day! Haha!

When it comes to fall, I want to incorporate pumpkin into basically as many dishes as possible. Well that and buffalo sauce… but not together… ew, I’m not that crazy 😉

Since I’m not a big sweets person I like to incorporate pumpkin into savory recipes like Pumpkin Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, Pumpkin Pulled Pork, Pumpkin Chili & Pumpkin Enchiladas!

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Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers

What’s better than a delicious jalapeño popper as a party appetizer? Maybe a jalapeño popper filled with creamy sweet potato, wrapped in bacon and made with only 6 ingredients & one awesome kitchen hack!

For this recipe I partnered up with Fresh & Easy to show you my favorite kitchen hack for removing the seeds from a jalapeño, just before turning it into a jalapeño popper!

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Brown Sugar Coffee Baked Beans

Brown Sugar Coffee Baked Beans

I love coffee. Coffee, coffee, coffee, you make me happy, you give me energy, I love the way you smell, I love the way you taste. You, coffee, are one of my favorite things in life!

I love coffee so much, that I try to find other ways to incorporate it into my life, besides just drinking it…. like cooking with it!

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Honey Fig and Bacon Brussel Sprouts Pizza

Honey Fig Bacon Brussel Sprouts Pizza

I’m currently sitting at my dining room table (AKA “my office”) with a big cup of french pressed coffee and a table full of pink, leopard and three year birthday party decorations.

The coffee: totally normal. The birthday decorations: not so much!

Today I will be celebrating Little Leopard Book’s 3 year blogoversary with a pink & leopard themed birthday party photo shoot captured by my amazingly talented friend and photographer, Stacy Keck.

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Nutella Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

While usually I don’t mess with perfection, I was inspired to add bacon to my famous Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to take to an annual Comic Con party hosted by two of my very best friends, Joe and Nicolle.

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Bacon Wrapped Chimichurri Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Chimichurri Pork Tenderloin

Chimichurri, the rich, flavorful sauce from Argentina is perfectly paired with lean pork tenderloin, then wrapped in crispy bacon, in this decadent dinner recipe that’s super easy to toss together!

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Bacon Jalapeño Honey Monkey Bread

Bacon Jalapeño Honey Monkey Bread

Let me just start by saying, OH… WOW… YUM!

It must have been Pinterest or Foodgawker or Tastespotting, or maybe it was just my wandering mind, but somewhere, somehow, about a month ago, I saw a vision for monkey bread in my near future!

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Bacon Chipotle Guacamole

Bacon Chipotle Guacamole

It was almost a year ago when I met the love of my life… Bacon Guacamole, haha!

I showed up to my friends annual Comic Con Party (yes, in San Diego, that’s a thing!) and low and behold, there it was, delicious creamy guacamole, filled with crispy scrumptious bacon!

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Candied Bacon Goat Cheese Blueberry Grilled Cheese

Candied Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

With my love of cheese, there was no way I was going to allow National Grilled Cheese Month to end without me posting one grilled cheese recipe the entire month!

I’m going to help you finish National Grilled Cheese Month with a gluten free bang by sharing this delicious, decadent new grilled cheese recipe!

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Bacon Pistachio Crusted Scallops

Pistachio Bacon Crusted Scallops

Surf and turf was the name of the game for Sunday Family Dinner this week and Scallops and Steak were on the menu.  That was basically the extent of my game plan.

A few weeks prior I had a delicious scallop dish at a restaurant in San Diego. Instead of wrapped in bacon, it was crusted in bacon. My thought was “why didn’t I think of this?”

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Mini Smashed Potato Skins

Mini Potato Skins



Potato Skins are a game-day classic and these bite-sized versions are perfect for a Superbowl Party because of their bite-sizeness, which makes them easier to eat with less mess and no plates needed! (Pretty sure I just made up the word “bite-sizeness” … and I like it!)

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Blue Cheese Spinach Dip

Warm Blue Cheese Bacon Spinach Dip

It’s rich, creamy, cheesy, bacon-y goodness all whipped up into one deliciously decadent dip!

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Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from Little Leopard Book’s 2nd Birthday Party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish for my upcoming web series, Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl, and to share here on Little Leopard Book.

Check out the video here on how to make these delicious mini tacos:

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead. To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!  For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Begin by adding the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

There’s still time to get on the guest list for Little Leopard Book’s private 2 year birthday party this Thursday at Bailiwick, check out our Facebook page for more details!

And be sure to tune in to “Taco Tuesday” on Cooking Secrets of a Single Girl next month where I’ll be showing you how to make these mini tacos and so much more!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon and substitute veggie crumbles for the ground beef to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten free.

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley (divided)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.
  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.
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BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Spicy Chipotle Chicken BLT Sandwich

I feel like Joey from Friends would have absolutely loved spending this week in my kitchen with all of the sandwich making that has been going on!  Remember how much that guy loved sandwiches? Am I the only one who really misses that show and continues to watch re-runs on the regular? 🙂

Any-who, back to those sandwiches we’ve been making this week!

Spicy Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

In case you missed my previous two posts featuring the delectable Vegetarian Portobello Caprese Sandwich or the scrumptious Greek Chicken Salad Sandwich, we’re on a mission to win Mezzetta’s “Make That Sandwich” Contest and therefore created three different sandwiches to enter each of the three categories in their contest: hot, cold and vegetarian!

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Sandwich

Over the past week I’ve become completely obsessed with their Roasted Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread! Everything from putting it in wraps to spreading it on bagels to simply tossing it on a plain tortilla and digging in!

With the overwhelming popularity of my Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers, I felt like a Chipotle Chicken Sandwich with the delicious Mezzetta Chipotle spread could be just the ticket to winning their “Make That Sandwich” grand prize!  To up my chances for the win, I added crispy bacon on top, because we all know, everything’s better with bacon!

Chipotle Chicken BLT Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño liquid
  • 1 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 tbsp Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread
  • 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce
  • 1 small tomato (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Deli Sliced Jalapeños

Begin by whisking the lime juice, jalapeño liquid, crushed garlic, chipotle powder and cumin together in a small bowl.

If you’re wondering what I mean by “jalapeño liquid”, take a tablespoon of liquid from the jar of Mezzetta jalapeños, oh yeah, that just happened! 😉

Chipotle Chicken Marinade

Next, pour the marinade over the chicken breasts.

Marinated Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Coat the chicken well, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.

Marinated Chipotle Chicken Recipe

Turn the grill on to medium and place the chicken on the grill for 10 minutes per side.

The last 3-4 minutes of grill time, add the hamburger buns to the grill to toast.

Remove the chicken and buns from the grill. Spread 1/2 tbsp of the Red Pepper Chipotle Spread on each bun.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

Next, top the bottom buns with the lettuce and tomato.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT Recipe

Add a piece of chicken (whole or sliced, your preference!) on top of the tomatoes, then place one and a half slices of bacon on to the chicken.

On the top bun, add the jalapeños.

Grilled Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

Place the top bun on the sandwich and dig in!

Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

Tons of flavor in this sandwich, great crunch from the bacon and a slight heat from the chipotle chicken and spread! Overall, a winning combination 😉

Chipotle Chicken BLT with Jalapeños

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the chicken with tofu and omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free hamburger buns to make this recipe gluten free.

BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

BLT Chipotle Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 limes (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp jalapeño liquid
  • 1 tsp Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 hamburger buns
  • 2 tbsp Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread
  • 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce
  • 1 small tomato (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta Deli Sliced Jalapeños

Instructions

  1. Begin by whisking the lime juice, jalapeño liquid, crushed garlic, chipotle powder and cumin together in a small bowl.
  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken breasts.
  3. Coat the chicken well, then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the grill on to medium and place the chicken on the grill for 10 minutes per side.
  5. The last 3-4 minutes of grill time, add the hamburger buns to the grill to toast.
  6. Remove the chicken and buns from the grill.
  7. Spread 1/2 tbsp of the Red Pepper Chipotle Spread on each bun.
  8. Top the bottom buns with the lettuce and tomato.
  9. Add a piece of chicken on top of the tomatoes.
  10. Place one and a half slices of bacon on to the chicken.
  11. On the top bun, add the jalapeños.
  12. Place the top bun on the sandwich and dig in!
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Bacon, Stilton Apricot Cheese Stuffed Honey Glazed Pork Chops

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At my girls wine and cheese party a couple of weeks back I stumbled upon my new favorite cheese, Stilton Apricot.  I drizzled little bites of this amazing cheese with honey and paired it with chopped dates for the perfect bite!

After that night, I knew I had to do something with this amazing combination of ingredients. The simple thing to do would be to fill the dates with the cheese, wrap them in bacon and drizzle them with honey, very similar to the Bacon Wrapped Dates I prepare on a regular basis.  But that was too easy.

I knew I wanted to incorporate bacon into the ingredient list and what goes better with pork than… more pork.  That was when I decided to glaze pork chops with honey, then stuff them with the delicious mixture of Stilton Apricot cheese, chopped dates and bacon.

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The result was a completely amazing lunch for me and my good friend Ruby!

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Ingredients

  • 2 pork chops
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates
  • 4 slices bacon (fried until crisp and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Stilton apricot cheese

Start by glazing the pork chops. The video below will guide you with step by step instructions.

After 15 minutes in the oven, remove, flip the pork chops and baste with the rest of the honey glaze.

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While the pork chops are in the oven, prepare the stuffing mixture in a small bowl by combining the dates, bacon and cheese. I also drizzled an additional tsp of honey into the mix to help bind the ingredients and for a little extra honey flavor!

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Once the pork chops have been basted with the honey glaze on both sides and cooked for 15 minutes each remove them from the oven and place on a cutting a board.

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Allow to cool enough to handle or use a pair of tongs to hold the pork chop in place while slicing through the center to stuff. Slice the pork chop through the middle while keeping the edges in tact..

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Honey Glazed Pork Chops, recipe, food, honey glaze, pork chops, cast iron skillet, stilton apricot cheese, stuffed pork chops, bacon, datesRemove the pork chops from the skillet. Heat the honey glaze in the bottom of the skillet on the stove top over high heat to reduce.

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Honey Glazed Pork Chops, recipe, food, honey glaze, pork chops, stuffed pork chops, stilton apricot cheese, bacon, datesThere was extra cheese and bacon mixture leftover, so I put a little on top, there can never be too much cheese and bacon!

Honey Glazed Pork Chops, recipe, food, honey glaze, pork chops, stuffed pork chops, stilton apricot cheese, bacon, dates, balcony, lemonade, presentationThese were the most juicy and flavorful pork chops I’ve ever eaten and made for a perfect lunch paired with sautéed kale and fresh lemonade!

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♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These little “parties on a stick” first came into my world at Cafe Sevilla in San Diego.  I became beyond obsessed with them and started making them for every party, event, Monday, you know, whatever!

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates

The kicker with these is, my Mom loves them!  When the certified pickiest eater in the world likes something, you know it’s good!  I’ve started making them every time I go home for a family event. They are quick, easy and make a great appetizer or party dish!

Bacon Wrapped Date Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 20 dates)

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around the date.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Next, slide a toothpick through to secure the bacon.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Repeat 19 times.

Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.

Blue Cheese Bacon Wrapped Dates

Depending on the event (and how many new recipes I’m trying to conquer that day!) when I have time I add an Apple Cider glaze on top.

Apple Cider Glaze Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter (apple butter preferred)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp apple cider
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

Start by melting the butter in a small saucepan, next combine the additional ingredients and whisk well.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring consistently. Remove from the heat and let stand 3 minutes.

Use a pastry brush to glaze the dates 3-5 minutes before removing them from the oven.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Date Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Replace the Bacon with Vegetarian Smart Bacon.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This Recipe is Gluten-Free.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bacon wrapped dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Ingredients

  • 20 dates
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 4 oz blue cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Slice half way through the dates and remove the pits, then add the blue cheese.
  3. Slice the bacon in half then wrap a 1/2 slice around each date.
  4. Next, slide a toothpick through each date to secure the bacon.
  5. Place the bacon wrapped dates on a baking sheet.
  6. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, turn the dates over then continue to cook 10-15 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/06/10/whats-for-a-side-bacon-wrapped-dates/

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

Nothing beats meat wrapped in meat. And the official hot dog of Los Angeles is no exception to the rule!  Street cart vendors can be found outside of office buildings by day and outside of bars by night lining up their carts of pork wrapped pork topped with grilled peppers and onions and ready to be taken down by the citizens of Los Angeles! With the help of the LLB you can now make these delectable dogs in the comfort of your home from anywhere in world!

Ingredients (makes 2 hot dogs)

  • 2 beef or pork franks
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 jalapeño (sliced)
  • 2 hot dog buns

Start by wrapping each dog tightly with a slice of bacon.

Place the dogs over medium heat on the grill.

While the dogs are grillin’ cook the peppers and onions.

Add olive oil to a large skillet, add the sliced vegetables and cook over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until tender.

(If cooking these dogs up at an actual camp out, you can cook the veggies in a cast iron skillet placed directly on the grill with the dogs!)

When the dogs are almost finished grilling add the buns to the grill to give them a light toast.

Remove from the grill and place the dogs in the buns.

Next, top with the delicious and colorful grilled veggies!

Now that’s one sophisticated (and flavorful) hot dog!

 

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BLT Caesar Wrap

Kale Bacon Caesar Wrap

Every once in a while an unplanned “what’s in the fridge?” meal turns into a new favorite and last week that most definitely happened!

I turned a classic favorite, the BLT, into a new, fun wrap with kale instead of lettuce and caesar dressing instead of mayonnaise!

BLT Caesar Wrap Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 slices cooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (shredded)

Start by cooking the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet, steam for 4-5 minutes.

Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of a tortilla.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Next add the cooked kale and bacon on top.

Bacon and Kale Wrap

Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

Wrap it up and dig in!

Kale Bacon Wrap

Oh my gosh, the crispness of the bacon with the mild bitterness of the kale and the creaminess of the caesar dressing, this was such a great, random concoction and I’m not going to lie to you all, I ended up making it two other times last week!

BLT Caesar Wrap Recipe

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon or substitute veggie bacon strips to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten free tortillas to make this recipe gluten free.

BLT Caesar Wrap

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 wrap

BLT Caesar Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 large flour tortilla
  • 2 tbsp caesar dressing
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp shaved parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the kale in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet, steam for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, spread the dressing into the middle of a tortilla.
  4. Next add the cooked kale and bacon on top.
  5. Top with the tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
  6. Wrap it up and dig in!
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/24/whats-for-lunch-blt-caesar-wrap/

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

While seeking menu inspiration for my Superbowl Party I ran across a recipe for spicy, cheesy pull-apart bread, this is what gave me the idea to concoct this recipe a couple of months later.

Loaded Bacon Cheddar Potato Bread

I took one of the loaves of rustic potato bread I baked last week and packed it with all of my favorite baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Start by melting the butter in a small mixing bowl.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Add the cheese, green onions and bacon.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Slice the potato bread loaf both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.

Be sure not to slice all the way through, but enough to reach in there and stuff the loaf with your mixture of baked potato toppings!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Now use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.

Loaded Cheesy Baked Potato Bread

Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.

Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.

Baked Potato Bread Recipe

Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

After the cheese is melted completely remove the bread from the oven and discard the foil. Place the loaf on a serving plate.

Loaded Baked Potato Pull Apart Bread

I served this with Baked Buffalo BBQ Chicken for a nice twist on a traditional southern meal!

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Simply pull the pieces away from the bread and enjoy!

Pull Apart Baked Potato Bread

♣ Vegetarian Option: Remove the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf

Loaded Baked Potato Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf potato bread
  • 4 bacon slices (cooked and crumbled)
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Add the cheese, chives and bacon.
  3. Slice the potato bread both horizontally and vertically 3/4 of the way through.
  4. Use your fingers to stuff the topping mixture into the bread.
  5. Wrap foil tightly around the bottom and sides of the loaf, leaving the top exposed.
  6. Add another piece of foil over the top and place in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the top piece of foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/20/whats-for-a-side-loaded-baked-potato-bread/

Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Bacon. Maple Syrup. Brown Sugar. Three things that when combined equal serious tummy satisfaction!

Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

I’ve had bacon maple donuts before, but decided to skip the frying and turn these goodies into bacon maple muffins! Then I decided, why not add my favorite sweet ingredient, brown sugar, to take these muffins over the top!

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffin Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp flour (separated)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Start by combining 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Next combine the vegetable oil, milk and egg in a large mixing bowl.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Whisk together, then add the maple syrup.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Next add the flour mixture.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Mix together.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Crumble the bacon and add to the batter.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

Mix the bacon in then spoon the batter into lined muffin tins.

Bacon Maple Muffin Recipe

I doubled the recipe and made half large and half mini muffins!

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins

Prepare the brown sugar crumble by combining the sugar, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Fold in the butter and use your hands to mix into a course crumble.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffins.

Mini Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble

Place into the oven for 18 minutes (15 minutes for the mini muffins).

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Crumble Muffins

I am completely obsessed with the way these muffins turned out!  I just love the way the crispy brown sugar shines on top of these amazing bacon maple filled muffins!

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Oh and the mini version of these muffins were so totally adorable!

Mini Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon to make this recipe vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 9 large or 36 mini muffins

Bacon Maple Brown Sugar Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 slices cooked bacon (crumbled)
  • 2 cups and 2 tbsp flour (separated)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Combine the vegetable oil, milk and egg in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Whisk together, then add the maple syrup.
  5. Add the flour mixture and combine well.
  6. Crumble the bacon and add to the batter.
  7. Mix the bacon in then spoon the batter into lined muffin tins.
  8. Prepare the brown sugar crumble by combining the sugar, 2 tbsp flour and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  9. Fold in the butter and use your hands to mix into a course crumble.
  10. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffins.
  11. Place into the oven for 18 minutes (15 minutes for mini muffins).
http://whitneybond.com/2012/03/19/whats-for-brunch-bacon-maple-brown-sugar-muffins/

Spinach, Goat Cheese and Bacon Frittata

A bag of spinach, a carton of eggs and a package of bacon, what to do, what to do?? It’s sounding like my Italian ancestors version of an omelet is about to happen!  Yes, if you were wondering what exactly a frittata was or what the difference between a frittata and quiche were, you are not alone!  So in the simplest terms: a quiche has a crust (usually) and more liquid than egg, where as a frittata has more egg than liquid and no crust, there it is!

So whether you just learned your fun fact of the day or not, you’re about to dive into a delicious recipe for this Italian crust-less egg dish!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 avocado

Start by frying up the bacon.

Don’t mind those extra couple slices of bacon.  Those are for…. someone 😉 Fry until crispy then drain the grease, crumble and mix together with the eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Next, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the onion and red bell pepper.

Sauté for 2-3 minutes then add spinach and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.

I know that looks like a LOT of spinach, but I promise it will cook down!

See, I promised 🙂

Next, add in the egg and bacon mixture.

Let cook for 2 minutes then crumble the goat cheese on top.

These chunks of goat cheese add an amazing creamy surprise in the middle of the Frittata!  Now cook on the stove for 5 minutes, then move into the oven to finish cooking at 400° for 10 more minutes.  Remove from the oven and voila!

I sliced the Frittata into pieces, topped with avocado and served with homemade rosemary focaccia bread!

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♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the bacon.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Omit the rosemary focaccia bread.

Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin

In this Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin recipe, the pork loin is filled with garlic, then rubbed with herbs & wrapped in bacon for a delicious dinner in under an hour!

Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin

Balsamic Vinegar, garlic, bacon, pork and rosemary, oh my!

Bacon Wrapped Paleo Pork Loin

After a busy weekend there’s nothing better than a lovely Monday night family dinner, and what better than bacon wrapped pork loin for family dinner with friends and roomies!

Paired with Twice-Baked Rosemary Blue Cheese Potatoes and Nutty Green Beans with Bacon and Blue Cheese, this was one epic family dinner!

Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 3 lbs boneless pork loin
  • 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 6 slices bacon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 400°F.

Brush the loin on all sides with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe

Cut six slits in the loin to make a nice little home for the crushed garlic.

Balsamic Garlic Pork Loin Recipe

Use a garlic press to crush one clove of garlic into each slit, then push the crushed garlic well into the pork.

Garlic Stuffed Pork Loin Recipe

After the pork is all garlic-ed up, put the spices together and get ready to rub!

Place the steak seasoning, black pepper, 4 sprigs chopped rosemary and 4 sprigs chopped thyme in a small bowl together.

Rosemary Pork Rub

Rub the spice mixture on to the loin, making sure to cover both sides evenly.

Herb Crusted Pork Loin Recipe

While spicing up the pork place 2 sprigs of rosemary and 2 sprigs of thyme on the loin.

Rosemary Thyme Pork Loin Recipe

Now it’s time to double up the pork and wrap the loin in bacon, making sure to wrap up those sprigs of rosemary and thyme!

Bacon Wrapped Herb Crusted Pork Loin

Now the pork is ready to roast away!

Bacon Wrapped Rosemary Pork Loin

Place in the oven. After 40-45 minutes, place a meat thermometer into the center of the pork.  The pork will register at 165° F when ready.

Slice the pork loin into thick cuts and serve.

Rosemary Garlic Balsamic Pork Loin

The pork is juicy, bacon is crispy and check out those little pockets of garlic… Yum!

Rosemary Garlic Balsamic Pork Loin

♦ Gluten Free Option: The pork loin recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: This pork loin recipe is paleo.

Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin

Rosemary Balsamic Pork Loin

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs boneless pork loin
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary (divided)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme (divided)
  • 2 tbsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 6 slices bacon

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°.
  2. Brush the pork loin on all sides with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  3. Cut six slits in the loin to make a nice little home for the crushed garlic.
  4. Use a garlic press to crush one clove of garlic into each slit, then push the crushed garlic well into the pork.
  5. After the pork is all garlic-ed up, put the spices together and get ready to rub!
  6. Place the steak seasoning, black pepper, 4 sprigs chopped rosemary and 4 sprigs chopped thyme in a small bowl together.
  7. Rub the spice mixture on to the loins, making sure to cover both sides evenly.
  8. Place 2 sprigs of rosemary and 2 sprigs of thyme on the loin.
  9. Wrap the loin in bacon, making sure to wrap up those sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
  10. Place in the oven to roast.
  11. After 40-45 minutes, place a meat thermometer into the center of the pork.
  12. The pork will register at 165° F when ready.
http://whitneybond.com/2011/11/09/whats-for-dinner-rosemary-balsamic-pork-tenderloin/

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