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Bakin’ with Bacon

When it comes to bacon, we like to put it in everything. There’s simply no limit to the incredible things you can do with this ingredient. Just calling it an ingredient seems somehow demeaning. Bacon brings the magic. It is so much more than an ingredient.

If you are not baking with bacon, we recommend that you try it. So here are a few recipes to awaken and inspire the savory baker in you.

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Your breakfast egg sandwich just got a little more interesting. Split one of the bacon and cheddar scones and slide an egg inside. Late riser? This recipe is perfect for weekend brunch.

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Bacon & Cheese Pull-Apart Bread

The only way this bread gets any better is if you serve it with butter. Bacon and cheese in every layer will put this at the top of your most-requested recipes.

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Pig Brittle

Our crunchy brittle has a surprise in every bite: savory bacon! You might be raising an eyebrow as you read this. But bacon is perfect in candy.

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Oatmeal Cookies with Bacon, Apple and Pecans

These are our favorite cookies. Can you imagine the smell of bacon and the smell of cookies occurring simultaneously? Let’s just say it’s pretty much heaven.

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Cast Iron Cornbread with Bacon

We love a cast iron cornbread. Put bacon in that, and we are smitten. This is like love-at-first-sight, head-over-heels infatuation.

 

 

Secret Ingredient: Chestnuts

Our Secret Ingredients series shines a light on products that make all the difference when cooking with D’Artagnan.

The chestnut tree is nicknamed l’arbre à pain, or “bread tree” in France, with good reason: from sweet to savory, chestnuts make their way into many dishes.

A natural to pair with poultry (turkey, goose, duck) or pork (everything from bacon to stuffed tenderloin). The earthy flavor and dense texture of the chestnut make it a unique  – if largely overlooked – addition to any meal.

Find ways to work these little beauties into your recipes.

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Duckspotting @ Borough + Parlour, Minneapolis

Duckspotting is snapping & sending in pics of dishes from your favorite restaurants, made with D’Artagnan ingredients! We supply restaurants all over the country & love to see what creative chefs are doing with our products. Keep sending them in!

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Where: Borough + Parlour

What: Chef Drew Yancey’s  Smoked Pork Belly, Celery Root, Apple, Marieke Gouda, and Hazelnut

How: Borough is at  730 North Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 |  for reservations click here or call (612) 354-3135

Dining out & spot some fabulous dishes made with D’Artagnan ingredients? Snap a pic & email with the details to lilyh@dartagnan.com. Or post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Duckspotting. We’ll give you & the restaurant a shout out!

Ham for the Holidays

Our heritage ham is featured in the December issue of Bon Appetit magazine … and they did a beautiful job with it. Check out their video with editor Adam Rappaport extolling the virtues of the ham for a holiday party. We get a little choked up watching the video. Our ham looks so good. And it’s bringing people together, with forks and knives at the ready.

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Let’s have a close-up, shall we? Just look at that gorgeous glaze and crispy skin. There’s nothing to it, as the video proves. And we have two simple recipes for the glaze. But don’t be afraid to improvise.

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You can get one of these glorious 12- to 14-lb pieces of porcine heaven at dartagnan.com.  Already have a plan for your Christmas meal? Well, maybe a ham would liven up your New Year’s Eve party!

Roasting for the Holidays

What are you roasting for Christmas this year?

It seems fitting that a holiday gathering should center on a piece of roasted meat. Thanksgiving has the turkey, but at Christmas there’s room for more culinary expression.

While technically not a roast, something we always recommend for a big party is the cassoulet. An iconic French dish of beans and cured meats, the cassoulet has come into its own the past few years. Lots of restaurants are serving it, in all kinds of variations. Our recipe kit is the classic version from Southwest France, as you would expect. This one-dish meal serves up to 12 people, making it ideal for a holiday meal.

This is the natural "crust" that is formed on a cassoulet. No crumbs required.

This is the natural “crust” that is formed on a cassoulet. No crumbs required.

The Christmas goose. Without Dickens, would we all yearn for a roasted goose on the table? When you want to invoke tradition, and do it with flare, this is the bird for you. With dark meat and incomparable flavor, a goose is ideal for a smaller crowd – say 5 to 7 people.

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Roasted Goose, a la Dickens

Another well-established European tradition is the capon. Bigger than a chicken, with more robust flavor, plus a lot more breast meat, the capon is a crowd-pleaser.

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A juicy capon for Christmas.

Many families roast a turkey at Christmas, and it’s a solid choice, because it feeds many and is a little more mainstream than a goose or capon. We like ours with black truffle butter under the skin, just to keep things interesting.

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Black truffle butter serves to flavor and baste the turkey.

For those with a taste for red meat, there’s always Wagyu beef. This 3- or 4-rib roast is the last word in luxurious dining. There’s not much to do when it comes to roasting this epic piece of beef – just be sure not to overcook it. You want to err on the side of rare to maintain the exquisite texture and flavor.

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The Wagyu beef standing rib roast in all its glory.

No, we did not forget the holiday ham. Ours is made with heritage-breed pork and is smoked over real applewood. All you need to do it glaze it and pop it in the oven for a superb meal of impressive proportions.

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Our heritage ham all glazed and ready.

Whatever you decide to place at the center of your holiday feast, you’d better order fast for delivery before Christmas! Monday, Dec. 22 is the last chance!

Save 20% off All Foie Gras

If you’re feeling that itch, there’s only one thing to do.

Order foie gras and save 20% off in our foie-la-la extravaganza sale! It ends tonight at 12 midnight EST, so head over to dartagnan.com now!

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This limited-time offer ends Wednesday, 12/17/2014 at midnight EST. Discount may not be combined with any other offer and is not valid on pending or prior purchases. Offer applies to product purchase only, before shipping and handling; standard shipping charges will be applied.

Happy Hanukkah!

We wish all who celebrate the Festival of Lights a happy and health Hanukkah. May all your latkes be fried in duck fat and topped with foie grasHappy Hanukkah 2014

 

Foie-la-la SALE!

Just in time for the holidays, it’s our famous foie-la-la sale – take 20% off all foie gras and for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

Looking for the perfect party starter for Christmas? Medallion of foie gras with black truffles is quite nice. And there’s nothing like a terrine or torchon at the holidays, either as a gift or in a festive spread. Go ahead, indulge a little. It’s the holidays, after all.

HPC_FoieLaLa2DayThis limited-time offer ends Wednesday, 12/17/2014 at midnight EST. Discount may not be combined with any other offer and is not valid on pending or prior purchases. Offer applies to product purchase only, before shipping and handling; standard shipping charges will be applied.

Secret Ingredient: Demi-Glace

Our Secret Ingredients series shines a light on products that make all the difference when cooking with D’Artagnan.

Demi-glace is one of those things that professional chefs know about and home cooks need to discover. For sauces, there is nothing better. Braising liquid fortified with demi-glace is a miracle. Added to soups, bean dishes and yes, mushroom or vegetable sautés, demi-glace is the secret sauce.

Don’t get caught without demi-glace in the freezer.

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Secret ingredient bonus: pictured is our duck and veal demi-glace. For those more beefy dishes, try our veal demi-glace.

 

Gifts for Foodies

When it comes to gifts, is there anything better than food? Not for those of us who are obsessed with all things culinary! Is there someone like that on your list? We’ve got you covered.

From gift baskets and foie gras to our signature cassoulet kit, there is something for everyone at dartagnan.com.

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