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Monday, April 23, 2012

Bacon Lettuce Roll-ups

So the hubster came home from a visit at Sam's Club with three pounds of bacon. Not on the list, so I take this as a not so subtle hint. Out comes the big cookie sheet to bake up a batch of bacon. I generally try to get three dishes out of a pound. That is sometimes hard to do when we keep nibbling. Oven baking is awesome. None of that curling or spattering grease in your face when it pops. Ouch. Besides, I like my bacon crisped, so I hate those undercooked curls that never make contact with the skillet. Yuck. Oven baked bacon is easiest to crumble into salads too. Even the fatty parts crisp up. I get the edge pieces since I prefer crisp. The aforementioned husband gets the bendable slices from the center of the pan. The kids get whatever. They are not as picky.

This time I was successful in getting three dishes from a pound of bacon. First, I made a wonderful scramble with bell pepper, mushrooms and spinach. (And duh, the eggs and bacon of course.) We also added a sprinkle of Jack cheese to melt on top. Next, I made the roll ups for my guys' lunch.

The fun thing with these is trying to get the lettuce to stay rolled. For my bottom leaf, I was using iceberg lettuce. It was thick and already curly. I roll in the direction of the curl. There is no arguing with lettuce. Over that, I put some fresh from the herb garden specialty lettuce leaves for color and a few more vitamins. Then a layer of cream cheese. I put one down the center, then a blob on the edge to act like glue. This morning, I put these wonderful tiny grape tomatoes in a line down the roll. Then, on with the bacon slices. Roll 'er up and use the extra cream cheese to glue the lettuce together. I admit one worked better than the other. But then one roll up was actually two leaves, so it fought me a little bit. All ends up the same in the tummy they say.

I had just a couple of bacon slices left over, so I made a broccoli salad. I love adding a tablespoon of the bacon grease to my mayo dressing. I also sweeten our dressing a tad, and add dehydrated onion flakes. Seriously delicious, even though John is not a huge broccoli fan. Bacon makes most anything better. Good thing since I have two more pounds in the fridge. Ah, the joys of the wholesale club!


Jennifer [To PIN/share a Post, Click the 3 dots or the Red SAVE Button] said...

Awesome! Sounds fabulous and very creative. Your guys are very blessed to have you taking care of them so nicely.

Diane said...

Sounds very yummy...oven baked bacon...what temp and for about how long...and doesn't it splatter all over in the oven? I love bacon but usually use the microwave covering with a paper towel...but I'd love to try the oven method.

Lisa Marshall said...

I bake mine on a rimmed cookie sheet, starting with a cold oven set to 400. How long depends on the thickness of the bacon. Just watch it. I don't have trouble with splattering because the heat comes up slowly. It doesn't get all curly either.

Carrie from Sam's Club said...

Lisa, your bacon inspired meals are great! You should check out our KC Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Skewers recipe from Simply Delicious Meals on for another bacon inspired meal. Thanks for sharing AND for shopping at Sam’s Club! – Ramona from Sam’s Club

sgoldman328 said...

This looks delicious! Thanks!

Map of Ancient Greece said...

Another Smart post from you Admin :)