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Bloody Mary with a Side of Bacon

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http://www.tonyastaab.com/2015/07/perfect-brunch-cocktail-homemade-bacon-bloody-mary.html

There she is, all in red, served in a tall glass over ice, looking mysterious and spicy. The Bloody Mary.

A traditional recipe for Bloody Mary calls for vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and salt. So where did the bacon come from?

It’s hardly a new craze anymore, but many people still didn’t make the jump and gave bacon a chance (at least not in their drinks).

The idea is this: the fat in bacon (or bacon grease) is full of flavor, but you have to heat it up first before the flavor can be released. Do that, mix it with liquid, and the liquid takes on the taste.

Bloody Mary sounds like a perfect candidate that could benefit from adding a wild ingredient into the mix. Enjoy our recipe featuring many flavors coming from fresh herbs, vegetables, sauces, and yes. The bacon.

Read on to find out how to get your perfect brunch cocktail ready in a little under 2 hours total time.

Ingredients

  • 10 large tomatoes, cut into chunks (for tomato juice)
  • vodka (1 part vodka for 2 parts tomato juice)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp bacon grease
  • 2 tbs Sriracha
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large lemon
  • grated horseradish
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Making your homemade tomato juice: add bacon grease to a large pot. When it heats up and start melting, add tomatoes and water. Cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  2. Grate horseradish.
  3. When the tomatoes are done, add horseradish, your sauces, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Blend using an immersion blender (if you don’t have it, a stand blender will do).
  5. Let cool in the pot or transfer into a jug and refrigerate.
  6. Serve cold.

Recipe by Pat Rogers.

4th of July Double Berry Cream Pie

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http://www.kaleandcaramel.com/4th-july-berry-cream-pie

Ingredients

  • 16 floz (1 pint) whipping cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 pack Graham crackers
  • 9 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • honey

Directions

For pie crust

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Graham crackers: crush the crackers into smaller chunks and place in a blender. Blend until you get a grainy texture (you want to hit a spot that’s somewhere between chunky and a flour-like texture).
  3. Melt butter. Transfer to a bowl, add blended Graham crackers and a little bit of salt and mix until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Get your pie pan ready! Pour the mixture out into the pan and press evenly to coat the bottom and sides of your pan. Bake until you get a nice, golden brown crust. Let cool in the oven before continuing.

For the cream

  1. Whip together cream cheese, almond extract, vanilla extract, lemon juice and a half cup honey until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. In another bowl, whip one cup whipping cream and fold into your cream cheese mixture.
  3. Crush strawberries with one tablespoon of honey.
  4. Whip one more cup of whipping cream and one tablespoon of honey.
  5. Spread whipped cheese mixture over the bottom of your pie crust.
  6. Now combine the mixture from step 2 with crushed strawberries and spread this on top of cream cheese.
  7. Add blueberries and arrange them as you’d like.
  8. Leave in the fridge for a couple hours before serving.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

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https://www.thekitchenwife.net/2015/07/oven-roasted-potatoes-with-peppers.html

Ingredients

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 lbs sausage
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
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