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Published:January 15th, 2009 16:43 EST
Holly Clegg discovers Bacon Perfect Choice for Black-Eyed Pea Dip!

Holly Clegg discovers Bacon Perfect Choice for Black-Eyed Pea Dip!

By Rocco Loosbrock

Recently I wrote about Holly Clegg who is the best-selling author of the trim & TERRIFIC cookbook series.  As it turns out Holly was so excited to discover`s entire line of fantastically flavored bacon  that she enthusiastically tested the Apple Cinnamon bacon and created a mouth-watering Apple, Bacon and Brie Pizza delivering sweet and salty in every bite. What she liked best about the bacon, Holly said, Not only does this bacon have less shrinkage and is lower in fat content, but because of the wonderfully intense flavor, a little goes a long way. "  In addition to creating a eye teasing pizza she made a mouth watering Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Bacon just to usher in the New Year as this hearty dip perfectly entices anyone, especially sports fans, glued to the television. 



Holly said, if you are considering it is the perfect food gift for any occasion, your decision will be which flavored variety of bacon to give.  However, if you enjoy cooking, you will be like Holly and enjoy how each flavored slice of bacon adds pizzazz to any recipe.  Holly confesses My major daily decision is which recipe gets that added boost of bacon and which flavor to try!!! "  To learn more about Holly visit



Black-Eyed Pea Dip


This quick dip is simply black-eyed peas in a zippy, cheesy sauce featuring jalapeno flavored bacon for that added perk.  Don`t save this dip only for New Year`s good luck, as it will entice your family and friends year-round. Serve with chips.


Makes 20 (1/4 cup) servings


1 onion, chopped

1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos, optional

2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 slices Coastal Caliente Jalapeño County Bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled, divided

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies

4 ounces shredded, reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese


1. In a nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, green pepper, and jalapenos over medium-low heat until tender, about 5 minutes.

2. Add black-eyed peas and stir in flour. Gradually add 2 slices crumbled bacon, tomatoes and green chilies, and cheese, stirring until melted and heated throughout.

3.  Top with remaining slice crumbled bacon and serve.


Nutrition information per serving: Calories 64, Calories from fat 28%, Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 272 mg, Carbohydrate 8 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 0.5 lean meat, 0.5 starch



Apple, Brie, and Bacon Pizza


Rich, creamy Brie, crispy bacon and cinnamon apples top this fantastic pizza that may be served for brunch, as a snack or even as a light dessert. It is hard to resist hot out of the oven "I couldn`t.


Makes 16 slices


1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust

4 ounces Brie, rind removed and thinly sliced

1 large baking apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

6 slices of Baby Bubba`s apple cinnamon bacon, cooked and crumbled

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 450ËšF. Spread pizza crust onto a baking pan.

2. Top pizza crust with Brie and apple slices.  Sprinkle with bacon

3.   In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top.

3. Bake for 10 "12 minutes or until cheese is melted and apples are tender. Slice and serve.


Signing off at Pigging out!
Rocco "Boss Hog" Loosbrock


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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Bacon Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club