Do you like bacon? And, do you need an appetizer idea? Or maybe fifty? That’s exactly what’s contained in this insert from the Food Network Magazine.
Now, of course, all the recipes are not celiac friendly. Surely, a ton of them contain my other allergens too. However, some of them are just right! As for the rest of them, when you cook at home, you can make all the modifications your heart desires. 🙂
I decided to start off with #40, a bacon lettuce wrap. Technically, I didn’t need to modify anything! After the first go-round, it turned out that leaving the bacon “drippings in the pan” was far to heavy for my belly. So, I lightened up the recipe a bit, but kept the general flavors in tact.
This is by far one of my favorite recipes to date. It’s quick to make (even for me!), and I love the flavor combination. I can’t wait to try it out with a couple other sauces when I get the chance as well.
Lastly, for my Fiesta Friday friends over at Angie’s blog, this recipe makes a TON of appetizers. Or, y’all could just start making your way through the 50 bacon ideas too. Then, we’ll have enough food for awhile. 🙂
Without further ado, on to the recipe!!
Bacon Lettuce Wraps Recipe
- 8 Bacon Slices
- Shiitakee Mushroom Caps (8 oz. chopped)
- Water Chestnuts (1 cup chopped)
- A Carrot
- GF Orange Sauce (Any thicker sauce along the same flavor line will work)
- Boston Lettuce
- Chop 8 bacon slices. Cook the bacon to the desire level of crispness. Remove from the pan and pat dry.
- While the baking is cooking, chop 8 oz. of shiitake mushroom caps, ½ cup of carrots, and 1 cup of water chestnuts.
- You have a choice! You may leave 1 tbsp. of grease OR start a new pan with just a dash of olive oil. Cook the shiitake mushrooms for 2 minutes.
- Add in the water chestnuts and carrots. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add in a ¼ cup of sauce and the crispy bacon.
- Mix until the sauce is warm, and then remove from the burner.
- Scoop into Boston lettuce leaves. Use large leaves for an entrée and small leaves for an appetizer. Serve warm and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- If you keep the grease in the pan, you’ll need to use more sauce or a thicker sauce, such as a GF hoisin sauce.
- To my vegetarian/vegan friends, I love the bacon in this dish, but the sauce, water chestnuts, and vegetables combination is delicious as well. Maybe try it without the bacon? Or tofu? (I’m not good at meat substitutes).
Have a wonderful weekend!