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Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Makes about three dozen bites

1 pound small or medium red potatoes
2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
12 ounces to 1 pound thick-cut bacon
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1-3 teaspoons hot sauce
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash and dry the potatoes. Chop them into 1-inch pieces, keeping the chunks roughly the same size even if they aren’t the exact same shape. Put the potatoes in a medium pot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Season the water with 2 teaspoons of salt. Once the water begins to boil, cook the potatoes for 3 to 4 minutes, until you can stick a fork into them without too much resistance. You want the potatoes to be almost, but not fully, cooked through so they won’t fall apart during the next steps.

Drain the potatoes and put them in a large bowl. Add the rosemary, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of pepper, and toss until the potatoes are evenly coated.

Cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each potato bite in a piece of bacon, securing it with a toothpick. Put the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil spaced an inch or two apart. You may need to cook the potatoes in two batches.

Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes, then flip each piece. Cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the bacon is cooked through and as crisp as you like it. Mix the sour cream and hot sauce in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pile the potato bites on a plate and serve alongside the dip.

Super Simple Chocolate Mousse

serves 4

100g (3oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small chunks
300mL ( 10 fl oz) whipping cream
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place about 2cm (1in) boiling water in the base of a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat. Place a heatproof bowl on the saucepan and check to make sure that the base isn’t touching the water. Add the chocolate and leave for about 5 minutes to melt, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, whip cream with icing sugar and vanilla until soft and fluffy. You don’t want it to be too firm.
Stir the chocolate and when it is all smooth add chocolate to the cream and fold through.

Divide between 4 small glasses or espresso cups and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Pasta with broccoli & pinenuts

serves 4

400g (14oz) short pasta
2 bunches broccoli, cut into florettes
1/2 cup pouring cream
2 handfuls pinenuts, toasted
2 large handfuls grated parmesan cheese

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Check the cooking time for your pasta on the pack. Set your timer to go off three minutes before the pasta will be done.

Cook pasta and when the timer buzzes, pop in the broccoli and continue to cook for the remaining three minutes or until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli bright green and cooked through. Reserve a cup of the cooking water then drain.

Place the saucepan back on a low heat and add the cream, pasta and broccoli. Toss to combine then add the pinenuts and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. If it looks a little dry, add some reserved pasta water.

Taste and season.

Honey Kissed Crispy Chicken Sandwich

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and pat dry
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
oil for frying
2 kaiser rolls
mayonnaise
About 2 teaspoons honey
tomato slices
lettuce leaves
sliced red onion

Place chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag.Pound with the flat side of meat mallet until flattened to 1/4 inch thick (a rolling pin would work too).
In a bowl whisk together buttermilk, egg, 1 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt and Tabasco. Place chicken breasts in the bowl, turn to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
After marinating the chicken, place flour, baking powder and 1 tablespoon of seasoning salt in a resealable plastic bag. Remove chicken from marinade and transfer to flour. Shake to coat. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.
Heat 1/ 2 inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the oil starts to shimmer, sprinkle a little flour over it. If it sizzles its ready. Fry chicken until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
Toast kaiser rolls. Spread mayonnaise on roll. Place chicken breast on bottom half of roll, drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey over each chicken breast. Add tomato, lettuce, onion and top half of roll.
Serve.

via Recipe for Honey Kissed Crispy Chicken Sandwich at Life's Ambrosia.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Nonstick Spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt

1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Use a pan with a nonstick surface or apply a little nonstick spray.
2. In a blender or with a mixer, combine all of the remaining ingredients until smooth.
3. Laddle approximately 1/3 cup of the batter into the hot skillet, forming 5-inch circles.
4. When the edges appear to harden, after a minute or two, flip the pancakes. They should be golden brown.
5. Cook pancakes on the other side for same amount of time, until golden brown.
Makes 8 to 10 pancake