Simple. Savory. Satisfying.
You need only a few key ingredients to whip something up in a pinch.
These simple worthy recipes for breakfast lunch and/or dinner use only three (or four) savory ingredients – an old standby of sour cream, chives and bacon no less. On their own they’re pretty dull, but collectively they add a powerful punch to some dishes. Something definitely to consider but maybe not to incorporate into a steady diet.
I can’t remember the last time I went out and actually bought bacon in a store because I usually reserve bacon as a side for occasional Sunday brunch. However I was cross border shopping and ended up buying a box of uncured fully-cooked apple smoked bacon at Trader Joe’s. I don’t know; just had a craving. And I hate frying up bacon because of all the rendered fat and this one only needed a few seconds in a microwave or frypan. The problem is, then you have to use it up in a relatively short time span.
For a few days I made the most delicious BLT sandwiches, but I switched the lettuce for avocado so it became a BAT instead. So yummy with beefsteak tomatoes, good bread and mayo.
I probably won’t eat bacon for a while now, but if you have a craving as I did, here are a few easy ideas to help use it up. With sour cream and chives of course.
Breakfast Bourdain style:
Anthony Bourdain’s Scrambled Eggs
Cook time: 10 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 2 servings
Here chopped bacon is fried until crisp. Eggs are whisked and added to pan (sans milk or water). When eggs are finished cooking, a dollop of sour cream is stirred into the eggs, along with chopped chives or green onions. It works and tastes incredibly good.
- 1/2 cup sliced bacon (about 2 slices of thick-cut or more depending)
- 4 eggs, whisked
- salt & pepper
- 2 Tbsp chopped chives
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- Heat a medium or large pan (nonstick if you have it) over medium-high heat.
- Add bacon to pan and cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is crispy, about 4-5 minutes (if using regular).
- Lower heat and drain some of the bacon fat.
- Add eggs to pan, stirring constantly, and when set, remove from heat.
- Stir in sour cream, chives and season with salt & pepper to taste.
Lunch: Penne pasta with sour cream, bacon and chives
INGREDIENTS for two (or four as a side)
- 8 ounces short pasta (penne, ziti, etc)
- 6 slices bacon, chopped and cooked until crispy
- 1/2 stick butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
- Chives, chopped
- Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Return to the hot pasta pot.
- Put the pot on the lowest heat setting on your stove and stir in butter and sour cream. Stir until both are melted and combined into the pasta.
- Stir in chives and cooked bacon.
- Serve at once.
Dinner: Baked Potato
Whatever you’re having with a side of baked potato. Tell me you don’t need any instructions on this. OR; even better: just a fully-loaded baked potato with added stuff like broccoli and cheese. I know you want to!
We all have to satisfy our cravings. Okay; I’m done!