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Monday, 19 March 2012

It's National Gourmet Bacon Week

**This is a sponsored post**

Did you know that National Gourmet Bacon Week runs from 19th March - 25th March?  National Gourmet Bacon Week has been created to help support British farming and is being spearheaded by Morrisons who only source bacon from British farmers for their "The Best" bacon products.

I was sent some of Morrisons "The Best Bacon" and it was absolutely delicous!  OMGness! There are not many polite words that could adequately describe how fabulous it tasted on a bacon buttie. 

My friends will tell you I am a huge fan of bacon butties as a breakfast treat and I always try to purchase and use decent quality bacon with no water added.  You can just tell whether bacon is good quality or not and Morrisons The Best Bacon definitely is great quality, crisped up nicely, and had really good flavour without being too salty.

Support National Gourmet Bacon Week and British Farmers by buying quality British bacon from your local retailer or butcher. 

Bring on the bacon butties!

But of course you can make much more than just bacon sandwiches with bacon.  There are two recipes on Our Family Meal Plan for this week that use bacon and here's another, just to prove that bacon can be a useful addition to your emergency ingredient stash:

Bacon and Potato Bake - Serves 6 generously

I sometimes include mushrooms, peppers, leeks or onions in this recipe.  It just depends what is in the fridge at the time that needs using up.  This is a fab filling dinner, particularly for teenagers with hollow legs, and the leftovers make a great lunch the next day too.

1.25kg white potatoes, peeled
300g bacon rashers, rind removed and then finely chopped
Butter or oil to grease the ovenproof dish
250ml thickened cream
80ml semi skimmed milk
Large pinch of pepper

Cut up the peeled potatoes and cook them in a saucepan of boiling water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain thoroughly and then set them aside to cool completely.

Whilst the potatoes are cooking, put a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat.  Add the bacon and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 - 5 minutes or until golden.  Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.

Brush the base and side of a 28 x 16cm ovenproof baking dish with butter or oil to grease it.  Combine the cream, milk and large pinch of white pepper or grind of black pepper in a bowl.  Thinly slice the potatoes.

Arrange 1/3 of the potato over the base of the dish. Sprinkle with half the cooked bacon then pour over about 1/3 of the cream mixture.  Continue layering with the remaining potato, bacon and cream mixture, finishing with cream mixture.  Grease one side of a piece of kitchen foil large enough to cover the ovenproof dish.  Cover the dish with the foil, greased side down.

Preheat oven to 200°C. Bake the dish covered for 30 minutes, then uncover and bake for a further 25 minutes or until the top layer is golden.  Serve with greens, nixed vegetables or a side salad.



**I was sent 4 packs of Morrisons The Best Bacon to review for the purposes of writing this post**

3 comments:

  1. oo that sounds lovely that Best range is superb bacon isnt it?

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    1. It is indeed superb bacon :D Really enjoyed it, even my OH was disappointed when there weren't second helpings LOL

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  2. Your blog is fantastic but you should warn people that it will make them very hungry by the time they've finished reading it :) Thank you for a great blog and for helping us support Bacon Connoisseur' Week ;)

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