Bacon, Chipotle, Cilantrao and Lime are the key ingredients that make this dressing a winner. Great ingredients are at the start of every great recipe. While it is important to shop for the best prices you don't want to compromise quality of the product because of pricing. Your product can and likely will suffer, be wise when shopping. Apple Smoked Crisp Bacon, Smoked jalepenos in adobo sauce or smoked yourself, fresh lime juice, cilantro freshly clipped are all the makings of this great recipe.
Bacon is an ingredient that we adore here in the USA. Bacon producers across the nation and the globe for that matter race to keep up with the production of this tasty treat. Why do we like it so much?
Bacon appeals to our bodies taste buds. Our bodies crave things in efforts to provide the things that we need. We do need salt and fat to some degree in our diets. However don't let it be said that overconsumption is in our healths best interest. Modest levels accompanied by movement or exercise make for the best recipe.
Bacon is flavored by curing it with a combination of salt and sugar as well as flavorings such as smoke. Apple smoked bacon is when the wood used to smoke is apple wood. The combination of the cure which is the salt and sugar in combination with the apple wood smoke provides a classic bacon flavor that is cherished.
Cooking bacon is often done in the home in a skillet or microwave. Commercially it is usually done on sheet pans or what would be cookie sheets in the home. The bacon is cooked in the oven, commercially usually convection, at 350 F. for 12 - 15 minutes. This keeps the mess in the oven.
This method allows you to cook much bacon at the same time. In your home you likely have a conventional oven. A conventional oven doesn't have a fan blowing the air around in your oven. This fan speeds the cooking times up. So you will need to use a longer cook time when cooking things in a conventional oven, such as bacon. Bacon may take 20 - 25 minutes in a conventional oven.
Chipotle peppers add a unique rich bold smoky yet spicy flavor to many things. The ring sounds kind of cool, chipotle. Chip -O-t-lay
The can pictured here is one brand of many that you will find in the grocery store in the soutwest section of your grocery store. Chipotle peppers that are purchased this way are usually in adobo sauce. Adobo sauce is a flavorful sauce that is made with chilis, sugar vinegar and herbs and spices such as garlic, cumin.
We haven't really discussed what a chipotle is though. A chipotle pepper is a smoked Jalepeno. Now that doesn't sound nearly as exciting as saying chipotle. This is what a chipotle pepper is though. Just as many things that are enhanced by the flavoring of smoke a chipotle pepper adds rich bold, smoky and spicy flavor to many things.
When making steak for fajitas or burritos or tacos try using chipotle to season your meat along with lime and cilantro. The combination makes for a rich flavorful southwest party in your mouth.
Limes are a citrus fruit that is sour in nature. The sour flavor is distinct, bold and yet subtley different from lemon. As with apples or so many fruits and vegetables there are different varietals. Each has similar yet distinct characteristics.
The key lime, which is used in an authentic key lime pie. Has distinct yet smooth lime flavor. While Kaffir limes are wrinkly in exterior and the leaves are sought for their flavor, Kaffir lime leaves are used to flavor without the acidity.
I have used kaffir lime leaves in a natural ginger, kaffir lime tea with honey. This is a great drink iced and all natural and yet delicious iced beverage.
Lime and cilantro combine to make a classic combination. While they are both used independantly of the other. They combine as the great addition to many of my southwest style recipes.
They work great for a marinade along with chili powder or chipotle like in this recipe.
Cilantro is a seasoning that is used in a number of recipe applications. Some of those applications are both soutwest flavors as well as asian cooking.
Southwestern foods use Cilantro combined with lime as a complimentary flavor in recipes. In asian recipes, cilantro is often used as a a fresh herb within cold sauces, recipes or marinades.
Cilantro has two profiles. One profile si the leaves used as a seasoning. This is pictured here to the right. The leaves are removed from the stems and either left whole or chopped as if you were chopping parsly to be used in a dish.
The other profile for cilantro is coriander. Coriander is the seed of the plant that is usually ground up and used in recipes. While they are from the same plant, I don't see the flavors used in the same applications.
I don't believe the flavors are the same. I use them differently. I don't substitute one for the other. I do feel coriander is a flowery essence of a spice that I like in certain types of foods like stews and other recipes.
Bacon Chipotle Lime Dressing
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp adobo sauce strained, chipotle peppers
- 7 oz chipotle pepper strain and reserve adobo sauce, deseed peppers and reserve
- 2 oz lime juice fresh squeezed
- 2 oz cider vinegar
- 8 oz oil 10% olive oil
- 1/2 cup bacon cooked chopped
- 2 tb cilantro
- 4 each garlic cloves roasted
- chop cilantro
- chop cooked bacon
- roast peeled garlic cloves in oil in oven until tender at 350 degrees. 15 - 25 minutes
- In a bowl or 1 quart cylinder, combine honey, dijon, adobo sauce, chipotles, roasted garlic (if using a whisk you should puree these 2 ingredients first in a blender)
- whisk ingredients or use immersion blender to blend ingredients
- add cider vinegar, whisk or blend
Trickle in oil while you whisk or blend
- stir in chopped cilantro and bacon
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