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COOKING COMPANION


Bring Home the Bacon


SEPTEMBER 2nd: NATIONAL BACON DAY


Breakfast, lunch or dinner, bacon’s always a winner...


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round since the Roman times, bacon has long been a staple in British cuisine thanks to its versatility and


impressive way of imparting intense flavour in many dishes. Bacon has been into space, has its own special day in the foodie calendar and has even been named as one of Britain’s 50 greatest national treasures.


Scott Buzza, Apprentice Butcher at The Brian Etherington Meat Company, gives us the low-down on how best to enjoy Britain’s favourite salty snack.


BREAKFAST Breakfast, in my opinion has to be a bacon sandwich – soſt buttery bread filled with crispy bacon and lashings of red sauce (or brown if you opt for smoked bacon). Cook the bacon in a little bit of butter in a frying pan until the edges are crispy for the perfect sarnie. I’m a massive fan of the whole salty-


sweet thing, so pancakes with maple syrup and bacon is a great weekend treat. If you want to really indulge, double your maple syrup intake by making candied bacon. Simply drench the rashers in a mixture of brown sugar and syrup and bake in the oven until crispy.


LUNCH At lunchtime, you’ll find bacon in dishes such as soups or salads. One of


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my favourite midday dishes is Quiche Lorraine; it’s great hot or cold. My top tip is to whisk in a generous dollop of Cornish clotted cream with the milk to create a rich sumptuous filling. Adding crispy bacon pieces to a


classic, such as mint and pea soup, gives a salty kick whilst adding great texture too – mop up with crusty bread, handsome!


DINNER Chicken stuffed with cheese and wrapped in streaky bacon is my favourite dinner time recipe - use mozzarella as the filling and add a little pesto too. Bacon’s also great with delicate


flavours, such as white fish and scallops. Pan-fried scallops with smoked streaky bacon and black pudding is delicious. Although it may seem like an odd combination, this pairing has become a British classic – simple and easy to execute, it’s a great recipe for dinner parties.


Even pudding... "Bacon is featuring in more and more puddings and I can see why - just like salted


caramel it’s a winning combination. As well as our maple bacon cake, I recommend adding bacon to brownies, ice cream, cookies and even popcorn - because after all, everything is better with bacon."


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