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Author Notes: Bacon truly is a versatile seasoner that makes many foods and dishes taste better. Here's one way to improve roast chicken, veggie stews and soups, or other dishes where you want to add a punch of flavor to the dish. —marie rama
Makes about 1/2 cup
slices thick-cut bacon, coarsely chopped
teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 to 3
teaspoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
2 to 3
large cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly grated black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl; season with salt and freshly grated black pepper.
- Get creative with this herb and bacon mix! Use as a seasoner by tucking under the skin of a whole chicken before roasting; or, sprinkle it over cauliflower florets spread on a baking pan and oiled, then roast in a 375 degree oven until cauliflower is caramelized and tender. Or, sprinkle the mixture into long-simmering meat-based soups or stews. The bacon releases its flavorful fat into chicken as it roasts to act as a powerful moistening agent. No extra butter or olive oil needed. You can vary the herbs, or even add curry powder to taste. I'm sure you can think of other ways to use it and if you do please send them along to me, Marie Rama, Co-author Bacon Nation. Thanks!