Bacon Bliss For Dinner: Delicious New Zealand Recipes

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Bacon is a beloved ingredient in New Zealand cuisine, adding a salty, smoky depth to countless dishes. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or a show-stopping centerpiece for a gathering, bacon can elevate your dinner repertoire. Here, we explore a variety of delicious dinner ideas featuring everyone’s favorite cured meat, all made with readily available ingredients in New Zealand.

The Classic: Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

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This comforting and satisfying dish comes together in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil

  • 150g diced bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cooked rice (cold is preferred)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a large wok or pan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    2. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
    3. Push the garlic to the side of the pan and pour in the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs until just cooked through.
    4. Add the cooked rice, peas, and spring onions to the pan. Stir-fry for a few minutes to heat through.
    5. Return the bacon to the pan along with soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together to combine.
    6. Serve hot, garnished with additional spring onions if desired.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 450
    Fat: Approximately 20g
    Protein: Approximately 25g
    Carbohydrates: Approximately 40g

    Hearty and Flavorful: Bacon and Veggie Pasta Bake

    This creamy and cheesy pasta bake is perfect for a comforting family dinner.

    Ingredients:

    500g pasta (penne, fusilli, or macaroni work well)

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 150g diced bacon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets
  • ½ cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain.
    2. While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
    3. Add onion and garlic to the pan and cook for a few minutes, until softened.
    4. Stir in chopped tomatoes, broccoli, and mushrooms. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened.
    5. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and flour. Gradually whisk this mixture into the tomato sauce until thickened.
    6. Stir in Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, and pepper.
    7. In a baking dish, combine cooked pasta and the prepared sauce. Top with reserved bacon.
    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 550
    Fat: Approximately 30g
    Protein: Approximately 20g
    Carbohydrates: Approximately 50g

    Elegant and Easy: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Creamy Dijon Sauce

    This impressive-looking dish is surprisingly simple to make.

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 12 slices bacon
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
    2. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Wrap each chicken breast with 3 slices of bacon, securing the ends with toothpicks if necessary.
    3. Place the bacon-wrapped chicken breasts in a baking dish.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, cream, and thyme.
    5. Brush the chicken breasts with the Dijon sauce.
    6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is crispy. Baste the chicken with the remaining sauce a few times during baking.
    7. Serve with roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: Approximately 500