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Bacon Jalapeno Jam

Sweet and savory Bacon Jalapeno Jam made with lots of bacon, jalapeno, onion, maple syrup, and more. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! This jam is great for grilling season; it’s our new favorite burger and hot dog topping! The jalapenos give it a little bit of a kick, but if you want more heat, try using habanero peppers instead.

Serving Ideas

  • The flavors of this jam pair perfectly with charcuterie board fixins. Create your own board with various cheeses, crackers, Margherita Hard Salami Slices (#1688), Stonefire Original Naan Dippers (#2794), fruit, and more.
  • Bacon pairs perfectly with burgers and hot dogs, so when we tried this jam instead…We won’t be going back!
  • Slap some on grilled cheese or other panini-style sandwiches.
Bacon Jalapeno Jam

Sweet and savory Bacon Jalapeno Jam with bacon, jalapeno, onion, maple syrup and more.

Bacon Jalapeno Jam

Instructions:

  1. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring often, until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Reserving 1/4 cup fat from pan and straining through fine-mesh sieve, drain.
  2. Return reserved fat to pan; cook onion over medium heat, stirring often, until softened and deep brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add jalapeño peppers, garlic and salt; cook, stirring often, until jalapeño peppers are softened, about 4 minutes. Scrape onion mixture into saucepan.
  3. Add bacon, maple syrup, vinegar, pepper and 1/4 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring often, until mixture is thickened and reaches jam-like consistency, about 10 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely. Enjoy

Recipe from Cloverdale featured in our August 2022 catalog.

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New Products for Backyard BBQ’s

If you’re the designated grillmaster this summer, we know a few products to up your BBQ game! Kick up the flavor on a traditional “burgers and dogs” menu with our new Johnsonville Sausages or try our Daily’s Peppered Bacon to upgrade hamburgers, summer BLTs, potato salads, and baked beans. Scroll down to find these products and our fun new Norpro tools for grilling.  

NEW! Johnsonville Fully Cooked Smoked Pork Sausage Links

Flavorful pork sausage links to enjoy on the grill this summer. No fillers or artificial flavors. Packages will be shipped frozen which extends the 90-day printed expiration date on the label. Gluten Free.

6 links/14 oz. pouches
$6.99

Watch how Jazlyn Budge in Montpelier, ID served the NEW Kielbasa.

Norpro 22 in. Glow-in-the-Dark Telescoping Forks

These extra long stainless steel telescoping forks provide a safe roasting distance for toasty marshmallows and hot dogs. Handle glows in the dark for easy visibility and night time outdoor fun! Protective caps included for sharp ends during storage.

Set of 2
#3093…$18.99

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Norpro Safe Grill 2-in-1 Brush with Scraper

2-in-1 nylon bristle and scour pad cleans grates thoroughly with ease. Nylon bristles have a coating which cleans without damaging surfaces. Includes a metal scraper to get rid of baked-on debris.

14.5″ x 3.25″ x 2.75″
#3094…$8.99

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Norpro Round Cast Iron Bacon Press

Make “smashburgers” or keep bacon from curling with this sturdy press. Wooden handle stays cool to the touch.  Ideal for bacon, ham, grilled sandwiches, hamburgers and quesadillas.

8.75 in. 
#3091…$24.99

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Daily’s Hardwood Smoked Peppered Thick Cut Bacon

Premium, first-quality thick-cut bacon in delicious new flavors. Serve as a scrumptious breakfast side, or wrapped around chicken, steaks, or shrimp. Gluten Free.

1.5 lb. pouch
#8465…$13.99

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Try these for your next BBQ!

Potluck Sides

It’s not a successful potluck without sides! Read on for two mouthwatering Potluck Sides for your next bbq.

Summer BLT Dip

Calling all BLT fans! This potluck side is for you. Enjoy a cream cheese and sour cream base mixed with bacon, ranch dressing, tomatoes, cheese, and onion. You can serve it with chips, crackers, naan bread, toast, or even vegetables.

Summer BLT Dip

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Cook bacon until evenly brown and crisp; blot well on paper towel. Chop into smaller, bite-size pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir in Rosie’s Ranch Dressing Mix. Fold bacon into the sour cream and mayonnaise mixture. Allow flavors to meld in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
  3. Mix in tomatoes, and other optional ingredients, just before serving.
  4. Garnish top with a few diced tomatoes and green onions.
  5. Serve with bread, chips, or crackers.
Cheese Tortellini Broccoli Salad

Who doesn’t love a good pasta salad? This tortellini salad features bacon, onion, dried cranberries and cheese-filled tortellini in a creamy balsamic sauce. You won’t go back to any other pasta salad recipe after this!

Cheese Tortellini Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook tortellini according to the package instructions. Rinse with cold water, drain well and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place bacon on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the bacon is brown and crisp. Transfer cooked bacon to paper towels; crumble and set aside.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooled tortellini, broccoli, onion, and dried cranberries. In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, sour cream, balsamic vinegar, and sugar. Pour the dressing over the tortellini salad and toss until well mixed.
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours or up to six. When ready to serve, stir in the crumbled bacon and chopped walnuts.

Recipes are featured in our July 2022 catalog.

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Blue Cheese Burger Totchos

Burgers frequent out summer menus, but we were excited to change it up with this satisfying Blue Cheese Burger Totchos. This fun meal has blue cheese dressing, hickory smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbled, hamburger and red onion on top of a bed of crispy tater tots. If you love blue cheese, it’ll be a hit!

Tips for cooking tots

If you want restaurant crisp tots without a deep fryer, we have a couple of tricks up our sleeves.

  1. We love our air fryer for crisping with way less oil. Simply spray with Vegalene (#1212) and air fry at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes, or until desired crispness is reached, stirring every 5 minutes.
  2. Another easy option is to broil. Arrange the tots in a single layer on a cookie sheet, spray with Vegalene (#1212) and broil for 1-3 minutes or until crisp.
Blue Cheese Burger Totchos

A fun meal of blue cheese dressing, hickory smoked bacon, blue cheese crumbled, hamburger and red onion on top of a bed of crispy tater tots.

Blue Cheese Burger Totchos

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Arrange frozen Tater Tots in a single layer on an 11 inch x 17 inch baking sheet. Heat for 19-21 minutes cook to a light golden color. Season to taste.
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Remove from heat. Stir in ketchup.
  3. Spread tater tots onto platter; drizzle with dressing.
  4. Top with ground beef mixture, bacon and remaining ingredients.

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Bacon, Egg & Toast Heart Cups

While we certainly aren’t the first to enjoy Bacon, Egg & Toast Heart Cups, we won’t be the last! Enjoy a crispy, garlic buttered toast heart complete with a bacon “arrow” and egg center for a fun Valentine’s Day breakfast. Serve your egg cups with Gossner Foods Shelf-Stable Reduced Fat Strawberry Milk (#1708) and an assortment of red fruits to complete the meal.

Try these mix-ins

  1. Instead of salt and pepper, sprinkle with Alison’s Everything Bagel Seasoning (#1826).
  2. Add Tillamook Medium Cheddar Shredded Cheese (#1866).
  3. Top with hot sauce.
  4. Add a small handful of Flav-R-Pac Omelette Blend (#3216) to the bottom of the cup.
  5. Sprinkle chopped mushrooms on top.

Don’t have a heart-shaped pan?

If you don’t have a heart shaped muffin pan (like most of us), we have an easy solution. Simply place a small ball made of Kirkland Premium Quality Foodservice Foil (#1963) in the upper section of each well. Position the bread around it to create your heart shape, and assemble as described below. If desired, you can also position foil along the sides to produce a clearer heart “tip”.

Bacon, Egg & Toast Heart Cups

Enjoy a crispy, garlic buttered toast heart complete with a bacon “arrow” and egg center for a fun Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Bacon, Egg & Toast Heart Cups

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 375F. Spread butter into 6 wells of a heart-shaped silicone muffin pan.
  2. Then, slightly roll out the bread and cut with a 4 1/2 in cooke cutter. Cut each circle in half, then press along the sides of the muffin cup. Spread the remaining butter on the bread.
  3. Now, par-cook the bacon in a skillet, about 4 to 5 minutes. Lay a slice into each well to create bacon arrows.
  4. Next, crack an egg into each well and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the egg is set.
  6. To serve, carefully run a knife along the edges and remove from pan. Garnish with parsley or chives, and enjoy!

Adapted from: https://www.marthastewart.com/330179/bacon-egg-and-toast-cups

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3 New Year’s Eve Appetizers

We’ll be starting 2022 the best way we know – with delicious food! Whether you’re keeping it small this year and staying in, or going out to a big party, these New Year’s Eve Appetizers are a great way to ring in the New Year. We personally feel like finger food is the way to go for New Year’s Eve, but all of these can be served with utensils as well. Choose from anything like easy dips to bacon wrapped shrimp, or little smokies to air fried raviolis.

Tried-and-True Recipes to Bring to your New Year’s Eve Parties

Air Fried Ravioli

The Air Fryer recipe you didn’t know you needed! We recommend served Air Fried Raviolis as smaller gatherings, as they cook in batches. Either way, enjoy crispy, parmesan-coated ravioli served with marinara sauce.

Air Fried Ravioli

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat air fryer to 350F.
  2. Then, mix the bread crumbs, parmesan, and basil in one bowl, with the egg a separate bowl. To bread the ravioli, first dip the ravioli in the egg, followed by the bread crumb mixture. Place in air fryer basket, and repeat until all are coated.
  3. Next, spray with Vegalene, and fry for 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  4. Serve with marinara sauce.

Adapted from: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/air-fryer-ravioli/

Maple Meatballs

Meatballs are a go-to party recipe. Whether you serve with rice or on their own, these flavorful Maple Meatballs with a kick will be gobbled up at your New Years’ Eve parties.

Maple Meatballs

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the maple syrup, chili sauce, chives, soy sauce, and ground mustard. Bring to a low boil.
  2. Add the meatballs to the saucepan and return to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs are thoroughly heated.
  3. Serve as an appetizer with toothpicks or over hot cooked rice.

Recipe from: Catalog #12, 2021.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Bacon makes everything better, right? These flavorful, sweet and spicy bacon wrapped shrimp are the perfect finger food for New Year’s Eve gatherings. They are great served as is, with the toothpick making them easy to grab, but can also be served with a dipping sauce of your choice.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, place a Crestware Rack (#1145) in a Crestware Cookie Sheet (#4020). Set aside.
  2. Next, combine the butter, brown sugar, chipotle powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Then, wrap each piece of shrimp with half a slice of bacon, leaving the front and tail exposed. Next, use a toothpick to secure the bacon, then place the rack.
  4. Use a basting brush to spread the butter mixture all over the shrimp, keeping any extra to baste on half way through.
  5. Now, bake for 12 minutes, flipping halfway. When you flip the shrimp, apple more of the butter.
  6. Enjoy!

Adapted from: https://www.thecookierookie.com/bacon-wrapped-shrimp-appetizers/

Fall Harvest Salad

A hearty Fall Harvest Salad with maple sweet potatoes, candied cinnamon sugar pecans, cranberries, and feta cheese on a bed of spring mix. Serve as-is for your Thanksgiving menus, or add some Norbest Ranch Raised Sanpete Marinated Turkey Breast Steaks (#2336) or Main St. Meats Chicken Breast Strips (#2609) for a delicious week night dinner this fall.

How can I change this recipe?

As with most salads, the best way to change it up is to add more topping options. To stick with the fall harvest vibe, we recommend adding seeds like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. In addition, try swapping the sweet potato for butternut squash or thinly sliced apples.

Fall Harvest Salad

A hearty Fall Harvest Salad with maple sweet potatoes, candied cinnamon sugar pecans, cranberries, and feta cheese on a bed of spring mix.

Fall Harvest Salad

Ingredients:

For the dressing:

Instructions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 350F. Add the sweet potatoes in a single layer to a Crestware Cookie Sheet (#4020) lined with a Crestware Silicone Baking Mat (#8436). Then, bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping half way.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet and add the pecans. Cook for a few minutes, or until the nuts are toasted. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  3. Then, prepare the dressing. Place the bacon in a skillet and cook until crispy. Remove from pan to a paper towel lined plate, then add the garlic, apple cider vinegar, syrup, salt and pepper. Simmer until thickened and the mixture stays on the back on a spoon, and crumble the bacon into the pan. Stir in poppy seeds.
  4. To assemble, add the spring mix to a large salad bowl. Top with the roasted sweet potatoes, cinnamon pecans, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and dressing.
  5. Serve immediatly.

Adapted from here and here.

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Apple Bacon Panini

This time of year is all about apple recipes- anything from Cinnamon Apple Pancakes to One Pan Apple Pork Chops. The recipes are endless! But, as we enjoy all the fresh apples we can, we can’t forget about the delicious combination of apple paired with cheese…and, bacon makes this sweet and salty combo even better.

This simple Apple Bacon Panini pairs crispy bacon and apple slices, creamy gouda cheese, and jam stuffed between two hearty slices of sourdough, making it a great lunch on a crisp fall afternoon.

Tips for the best sandwich

Think of it as a panini or an adult grilled cheese- there are a few tips to keep in mind for the best results.

  1. Cook the bacon in the oven. This will make clean up easy, and result in deliciously crisp slices!
  2. If you don’t have a panini press, simply place in a cast iron skillet, using a second skillet to press it down.
  3. Use cheese slices, rather than shredded.
  4. Rather than using sourdough, give our Stone Ground Ciabatta Variety Pack (#5898) instead.
  5. Elevate the flavor by adding fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or tarragon.
Apple Bacon Panini

A sweet and salty Apple Bacon Panini with crispy bacon and apple slices, creamy gouda cheese, and jam stuffed between two hearty slices of sourdough.

Apple Bacon Panini

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, prepare the bacon by preheating the oven to 450F. Then, line a Crestware Baking Sheet (#4020) with Kirkland Premium Quality Foodservice Foil (#1963) and add the bacon. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp, flipping halfway. Place on a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease.
  2. Now, to assemble the sandwiches, butter one side of each slice of bread. If desired, spread the jam on the inside. Top with one slice of gouda and one chance of cheddar, a few apple slices, and two slices of bacon. Place another slide of bread, buttered side up, and repeated until the rest of the sandwiches are assembled.
  3. To cook, press into a panini press and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches, and enjoy!

Adapted from: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bistro-apple-panini/

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Mom’s Brunch Casserole

Mom’s Brunch Casserole is a hearty make-ahead breakfast casserole full of bacon, eggs, and bread topped with melty cheese. Whether you’re preparing this casserole ahead of time for busy school mornings, or in preparation for family to visit- the dish will be gobbled up with hardly any mess to clean up! Prepare the night before and toss it in the oven in the morning, and your kitchen will be smelling amazing. Complete the meal with a side of fresh fruit and a warm pot of Stephen’s Gourmet Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa (#2310).

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Mom's Brunch Casserole

Mom’s Brunch Casserole is a hearty make-ahead breakfast casserole full of bacon, eggs, and bread topped with melty cheese.

Mom’s Brunch Casserole

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Arrange half of the slices, buttered side down, in a single layer in a 9×13-inch baking pan. Top with half of the cheese, half of the bacon and half of the egg mixture.
  3. Add a second layer of bread, cheese, bacon and egg mixture. Sprinkle the paprika on top, cover and set aside in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the casserole uncovered until the eggs are set, about 45 minutes.

From Catalog #9, 2021.

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Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

The best thing about waking up in a cozy sleeping bag in the cool mountain air is knowing a hearty breakfast is next on the agenda. While enjoying nature’s beauty, a camping trip offers a chance to slow down and smell the bacon with a meal that’s much more indulgent than a protein shake on the go. We look forward to our camp menus almost as much as the change of scenery and schedule. In this post, we’re sharing some of our favorite campout recipes and products that make it easy to cook away from your kitchen.

AP Products to make Camping Easy:

Enjoy a Classic American Breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage cooked over a campfire.

Classic American Breakfast

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. To prepare the pancakes, add the mix to water, blending with a wire whisk. For light, fluffy pancakes, avoid over-mixing. For thinner pancakes, add more water. Pour batter onto lightly greased, preheated (365°-375°F) griddle. Cook pancakes 1-1¼ minutes per side. Turn only once.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the sausages by placing the thawed links on a greased flat top grill. Grill, uncovered, for 12-16 minutes or until internal link temperature reaches 160°F and sausage is browned, turning links often.
  3. For the bacon, grill over medium heat for 6-7 minutes per side. You’ll love the smoky flavor that grilling brings to bacon!
  4. Now, melt butter in a dutch oven pan. Add the whisked eggs, and gently stir until they are almost set. If desired, add Tillamook Medium Cheddar Shredded Cheese (#1866).
  5. Then, divide the bacon, sausage, pancakes, and eggs between a few plates and enjoy.
Campfire Breakfast Burritos

Filled with bacon, egg, potatoes and cheese- these burritos are a great way to start your day outdoors.

Campfire Breakfast Burritos

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. First, add the chopped bacon to a skillet and cook until no longer raw. Then, add the potatoes and sautee for a few minutes until just tender. Now, add the whisked eggs, stirring frequently. Once the eggs are set, stir in the cheese until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
  2. Now, divide the egg mixture between each tortilla. Fold the ends in and roll tightly. Then, wrap each burrito in a Medallion Interfolded Foil Sheet (#2351), then into a Ziploc Gallon Bag (#1979). Store in a cooler with ice until ready to cook.
  3. To cook, either place the foil-wrapped burritos in hot coals and cook until heated through about 10 to 15 minutes. Or, place on a camping skillet over a small fire or hot coals, cooking for a few minutes on each side until lightly browned and heated through.