We are finally moved in to our new house! Well technically we moved in 3 weeks ago, but I finally had a chance to move all my photography props and lights into our make shift studio. The natural lighting here is so amazing and I am excited to start working on recipes. We have so much more room here. At our last place (while we loved it) everything just felt so cramped and there was not much kitchen space. I am just so inspired here in the new space! Now lets talk about these pimento cheese burgers!
These burgers are the first recipe I photographed here! Perfectly soft onion rolls with a medium rare steak burger topped with melted cheddar and pimento cheese. The perfect side for me were these garlic sweet potato fries! We served ours with lots of dill pickles, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and crispy bacon.
After uploading these pictures I am absolutely craving another bite. We just bought a hot sauce called “the sauce”. It is so peppery and tart! I would love to tell you we did not go through a whole bottle in 2 weeks, but… we did. I highly recommend a side of hot sauce for these garlic fries.
Happy cheat day! I did it! I made it another week without my beloved Diet Coke, grains, dairy, and sugar! So now it is time to cheat a little. As I mentioned last week – I will be allowing myself one day a week without restrictions not to binge, but to create in the kitchen. And this is the first thing that came to mind. After searching high and low I finally found some sugar free bacon. I fried up half a pound this morning trying to come up with a recipe. Bacon syrup was born. I tried to google a few recipes and I could not find anything. Not even on Pinterest. I saw lots of maple bacon recipes, but no bacon syrup.
I poured the bacon grease into a bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes until all the bacon bits sank to the bottom. You are then left with a layer of pure bacon fat. This is the layer you want to scoop from. It will keep the syrup a nice clear amber.
These pancakes are also amazing for days you just don’t have buttermilk on hand. I heated my skillet with a little cooking spray then added a little tiny drizzle of bacon grease before frying.
Sweet and salty maple syrup with smokey bacon flavor.
For the Syrup:
½ pound of bacon, preferably without added sugar
1 cup of maple syrup, pure would be best
For the Pancakes:
2 tbsp of sugar
2 tbsp of vanilla extract
½ tsp of salt
1 tbsp of baking powder
1 cup of flour
1 cup of whole milk
1 tbsp of bacon grease
2 eggs, room temp
For the Syrup:
Fry the bacon and set bacon on paper towel to drain.
Let the bacon grease cool for 10 minutes then pour into a bowl.
Scoop 3 tbsp of grease off the top layer of the bowl and mix with 1 cup of maple syrup.
Heat over low in a sauce pan.
Pour into a clean container and let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Let sit on the counter while you make pancakes.
Should be served at room temp.
For the pancakes:
In a mixing bowl whisk the sugar, vanilla, and egg.
Add in the bacon grease and milk.
Whisk until combined.
Add in dry ingredients.
Mixture should thicken like a cake batter.
If too thin add flour, if too thick add milk.
Cook in a pan or griddle on medium low.
These are definitely not the healthiest breakfast option, but for a celebration or just one indulgent meal I think you are going to be just fine. I love the sweet and salty syrup over these fluffy pancakes. Serve along side a little of that no sugar added bacon. That is called balance for sure!
Don’t forget to bottle up your left overs and refrigerate if you have any 😉
Sometimes you just need to smash some avocado. In celebration of my new (improved) website I wanted to share something delicious. Something cheesy, covered in bacon, and spiced up with Wickles relish. This is not a sponsored post. I just LOVE Wickles. When I was shopping today I came across the spicy relish and knew I wanted to make something ASAP. This is what appeared shortly thereafter.
What you need:
Your favorite sandwich bread
6 slices of crispy bacon
Once sliced vine ripened tomato
4 slices of havarti cheese
salt and pepper
How to make it:
Butter 4 pieces of sourdough bread, mine is from publix bakery. Heat your frying pan to over a medium flame and add the bread 2 pieces at a time. Top bread with havarti and leave in pan until the cheese starts to melt. Set bread to the side to cool. Cut your avocado in half and scoop onto 2 pieces of bread. I used a fork to smash the avocado lightly. Add mayo, salt, and pepper to your liking. I used about a tsp of mayo and liberally seasoned. Top with tomatoes, bacon, and about a tsp of the relish.
Press your 2 sides together. Cut and serve! Makes 2 servings. Prepare to fall in love!