I like to refer to Momma as a whiz in the kitchen. Raising a family on a shoestring budget, you have to get creative, or else it'll be boxed meals and frozen dinners. Not only did Momma know how to shop Smart & Final to take advantage of bulk pricing on her everyday ingredients, but she also knew how to prepare these dishes for 'freeze ahead' meals. And, in the unspeakable event that a second package of something was opened before the prior was finished, Momma knew how to coax the leftovers into an entirely new dish. However, cooking with coffee is something I first became familiar with through my German heritage, though, today, I use Momma's ingredient ingenuity to forge my own coffee recipes. Long before me, my European ancestors where using day old coffee as a substitute for water to infuse baked goods with extra moisture and flavor. Today, I #ChooseSmart ingredients, like coffee, our family can use for multiple dishes and drinks throughout the week.
The Wired Piggy Dark Roast Bacon Burger with garlic aioli and coffee glazed bacon is a delightfully refined steakhouse burger with a wonderful smokey flavor that has light citrus highlights and is very clean to eat. All the indulgence of an afternoon cup, without any of the caffeine! Best of all, you can stock up on your favorite blend of Ambiance coffee and be entered to win one of 10 Keurig Single Serve machines or 10 $100 SmartCash cards, beginning January 2nd! And be sure to follow the Smart & Final Facebook page where you'll also have the chance to win daily giveaways through January 15, 2014.
What Daughter Says: Work your favorite flavors into new cuisine to create surprising results with minimal skill.
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Coffee Glazed Bacon:
* 6 Slices Uncooked Packaged Bacon
* 1/4 C Ambiance Ground Coffee (Medium Roast)
* 1/2 TBS Chipotle Powder, or Chili Substitute IfI Heat Okay)
* 2TBS Packed Brown Sugar
* 2TBS Molasses
* 1 TBS Water
Roasted Garlic Aoili
* 1/3 C Olive Oil Mayonnaise
* 3 TBS Minced Garlic Cloves
* 2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* 2 TBS Fresh Lemon Juice
*4 1/3lb Fresh Ground Beef Patties
* 4 Whole Wheat Buns
* Roasted Garlic Aioli (Recipe Below)
* 6 Strips Coffee Glazed Bacon (Recipe Below)
* 1 Head Butter Lettuce
* 4 Slices Pepper-Jack Cheese
* Salt and Pepper To Season Patty
1.) Remove strips of bacon from package without separating strips from one another. Cut down middle of bacon wedge to create two even portion. Combine Coffee Glazed Bacon Ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until a dark, sticky, paste is formed. Spread past generously in a thick layer across the (fat side up) edges of bacon. Wrap in parchment paper and place in a ziploc baggy, refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
2.) While bacon is marinating, prepare Roasted Garlic Aioli. Place Olive Oil and Minced Garlic in a small saucepan and simmer over med-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until aromatic. Remove from heat and stir in mayonnaise and lemon juice. Add a pinch of pepper if desired. Refrigerate until burger is ready to be assembled.
3.) Preheat oven to 425F. Remove bacon from fridge and spread single strips about 2" apart on a lightly greased sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven for 12-14 MINS until edges are crisped and bacon is desired texture. For candied bacon, bacon will continue to set once removed from oven- allow to cool entirely before serving.