Cheesy Bacon Griddle Cakes

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Today is my Dad’s birthday—if it were up to him, he would possibly eat cheese and bacon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I put together these savory pancakes as a special birthday treat combining his favorite foods!

When I was little, I used to stand at the edge of the kitchen counter helping my dad make pancakes on weekend mornings.  On special occasions we would pack up the car and take our camping stove to the beach to enjoy a hot pancake breakfast.  My dad has inspired me to keep a tradition of relaxing weekend breakfasts.

Sweet maple syrup is the perfect addition to these salty griddle cakes.

Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for always encouraging me to excellence!

Bon Appetite, Caroline

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup kefir or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions

  • Warm griddle to medium heat.
  • Melt a pad of butter to grease the griddle.
  • Using a large spoon scoop batter into heated griddle.  Edges should immediately bubble.
  • Flip and cook on the other side—do not overcook as almond flour will quickly dry out.
  • Serve with butter and sweet maple syrup.

I use pastured pork bacon from US Wellness Meats.  The pigs are farm raised and happily forage for grubs and roots.  Their bacon is cured without preservatives or added sugar.IMG_0054

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Brussels Sprout, Bacon Hash

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I always had a fear of these petite cabbage like vegetables until I went to Bo-Beau in Ocean Beach, California.  Not only is this French restaurant romantic and totally scrumptious, but they are famous for their fig, balsamic glazed brussels sprouts.  With a little love and seasoning, these brussels sprouts will leave you craving for more!

Attempting to eat up left overs and clean out the kitchen, I came across some brussels sprouts this morning and decided to give them a second chance.

Frying with bacon grease is a great way not to waste and get delicious flavor, but at the same time the grease has a high heat point so the fat is not damaged during frying.  Cook your bacon ahead of time and save the grease in a mug to use when needed!

Ingredients

  • 6 brussels sprouts
  • handful of red onion slices
  • 2 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 egg
  • bacon grease
  • salt and pepper to season

Directions

  • Begin warming frying pan to medium heat.
  • Slice brussels sprouts in quarters.
  • Add 2 tablespoons bacon grease to fry pan and sauté vegetables for about 3 minutes on high until the outsides are slightly crispy.
  • Add bacon crumbles.
  • *The key is to have your pan hot before adding grease and veggies.
  • Plate the brussels sprout, bacon hash.
  • Fry one egg and place on top of the hash.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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US Wellness Meats has fabulous pasture raised, grass-fed pork and beef bacon.  It is not only delicious but contains no preservatives or nitrates.  Bacon adds so much flavor to any dish and is full of protein.  Grass-fed animal meat contains many nutrients and the correct ratio of essential omega oils.  For more on the importance of grass fed meat see my Rosemary Bacon Eggs.

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Rosemary Bacon Eggs and Grass-fed Meat

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Its springtime, so cooking with herbs is always a must! This simple egg dish was inspired by the famous Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, Austria.  The hotel first opened in 1876 in Vienna and has been the rendez-vous location for foreign dignitaries and artisans throughout the years.  My mom and I toured Europe this past summer and fell in love with the Austria’s rich history, beautiful gardens, majestic mountains, and scrumptious food!  We enjoyed a late morning brunch at the classic hotel famous for their chocolate “Sacher torte.” They even have a boutique that just sells and ships the fancy chocolate cake!

Breakfast in Austria is bountiful and filled with hard cheeses, meats, muesli, fresh fruit and hot coffee.  Their coffee always comes in the cutest mini teapots with steamed milk!  On the menu was rosemary infused bacon, which we ordered and turned out to be a crispy, salty perfection!  This is my Austrian inspired creation for a delicious and satisfying breakfast.

Ingredients

  • butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices cooked grass-fed bacon, beef or pork
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • mixed spring greens to garnish

Directions

  • Melt a pad of butter in a heated pan.
  • Chop the pre-cooked bacon and sauté with fresh rosemary.
  • Divide the bacon mix into 2 small groupings.
  • Crack an egg over the bacon and rosemary.
  • Flip the eggs and serve over medium.  Garnish with a fresh, spring greens simple salad.

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Grass-fed Meat and Your Health! 

Meat from pasture raised, grass-fed animals is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting and muscle building nutrients.  Cattle and other grazing animals were designed to feed off fresh grasses and shrubs that grow in the wild, rather than be confined to slaughter houses and feed pens.  Cows and ruminants have multiple stomachs designed to digest insoluble fiber in the form of grass, and leafy green plants.

Beef and pork from pasture raised animals contains the proper ratio of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.  The ratio of 3:6 is necessary for our body to inflame and anti-inflame to keep our heart healthy, muscles flexible, and immune system responsive.

Conventional, cheep, and poorly raised meat is full of toxins from pesticide sprayed grains to synthetic growth hormones.  Toxins naturally accumulate in the fatty tissue, thus quality of meat is vital!

At the end of the day, you are what you eat—choose quality over quantity!

US Wellness Meats is a great source to purchase quality grass-fed, pastured meat.  They even ship for free! Their bacon, beef and pork is thick and delicious.