Bacon-Cantaloupe Wraps

Every once in a while, my hubby does something that seems kinda out of the ordinary.

Not anything bad – just different and not something I would expect him to do.

Before you start suspecting that it’s something horrid, allow me to explain: 🙂

Somehow I started getting Every Day with Rachael Ray mags for free. I don’t remember how – I think it was a special promo or something that I signed up for. Anyway, a while back (September 2010), I got the new magazine and asked my hubby if he would go through it and mark things he liked. He did and I forgot about it.

Then one day I was doing my meal planning and pulled that magazine out. I flipped to this page that had a recipe for Bacon-Cantaloupe Wraps and thought it looked nasty.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

I had to do a double-take to make sure that was really his writing.

Indeed it was.

Shocker.

Well, I wanted to make it since he really had written “good” by that recipe. So I put it in my menu plan and slightly dreaded that specific meal.

Wow – let me tell ya, this stuff is good!!! And this is coming from a former doubter. 😉

Seriously, though, the combination of the sweet cantaloupe, salty and crunchy bacon, and fresh lettuce is SUper-yum. The original recipe calls for red onion (which I don’t really care for unless it’s cooked), red wine vinegar and dijon mustard (which I didn’t have). I substituted some honey mustard and spicy mustard (1/2 and 1/2) for the dijon and used some apple cider and white distilled vinegar (1/2 and 1/2) in place of the red wine vinegar. Both the substitutions and omission had excellent results.

I’m giving you the recipe without the red onion (since that’s how we tried and liked it) but feel free to check out Rachael’s original recipe if you want the extra bite.

And now I present to you:

via Rachael Ray

 

 

Bacon Cantaloupe Wraps
original recipe from Rachael Ray

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard (or 1/2 spicy & 1/2 honey mustard)
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • Half of a 4-pound cantaloupe, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1 head green-leaf lettuce, cut into ribbons

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the skillet. Whisk in the vinegar, sugar and mustard; season with pepper. Transfer to a medium bowl. Finely chop the bacon.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise evenly on the tortillas. Layer with the bacon, cantaloupe (placed horizontally), and 2 cups lettuce. Roll up the tortillas lengthwise; secure with toothpicks and cut in half. Add the remaining lettuce to the bowl of dressing and toss. Serve the wraps with the salad.

 

 

Ohhh…now I would like to eat one of these right now. Another thing I’ve discovered is that bacon is one of my husband’s love languages. If he walks into the house and I’m cooking bacon, I have just earned 10 gold stars. Or maybe 20. The point is – he loves bacon. I don’t like cooking bacon. It’s greasy and permeates the house and my clothes for the entire day. I’ve tried cooking it in the oven, but can’t seem to get it to cook evenly. I think part of the problem is my pans.

I wonder if anyone sells bacon perfume? Because, if they do, that might come in handy. Date nights, anniversaries, birthdays…you know, any special time – just spritz on a little bacon perfume and I’m good to go.

Well, I’m sure all the dogs in the neighborhood would love me anyway even if my hubby wasn’t a fan.

All that to say…try this recipe and it will not disappoint.

Especially if your man is a bacon-lover. 😉

15 comments

  1. Chelo @ Home & Bahay says:

    Interesting, indeed! The bacon perfume part made me LOL and almost wake up a napping baby! 🙂 Would love to try this maybe when Seth is away because he does not like cantaloupe.

  2. Laurie says:

    My mom buys her bacon pre-cooked in a big bag at Sam’s. I’ve heard other people speak of it too. It works out cheaper/pound because it is precooked. She keeps it in her freezer and just adds it to omelets and things when they want it. I’m not really sure if it’s pre-crumbled or how it’s packaged.

    And maybe because I’m pregnant, but this actually sounds REALLY yummy to me. I was thinking maybe add some feta cheese or something (and I’d cut the mustard because I’m not a mustard fan). Yum! I was planning on getting a cantaloupe on sale this week… 🙂

  3. Christa says:

    wow – really? I will definitely check into that. Cooking bacon takes so much time for me – mostly because of the clean-up! I’ve spent so much time scrubbing my pans when I use the oven-bulk-cooking method!

    And yes – you should definitely try it. It really is so yummy!

  4. Charity says:

    hahaha!!! It’s like that Taco Bell commercial where the girl has the bacon chalupa in her purse! 😉

  5. Hhhmmm…thinking I should try this. My hubby absolutely loves cantaloupe and of course loves bacon as well. Does any man not love bacon?? I’ll let you know if I do try it!

  6. Diana says:

    Coincidence…I just made bacon last night (and the house still smells like it), and both my husband and brother informed that I need to call my mom to figure out how to cook bacon properly. I always overcook the middles while the ends of the slices don’t get done. If you figure it out, a bacon cooking tutorial would be awesome! 🙂

  7. Melanie Hill says:

    They make Bacon soap…

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/cubegoodies/da14/?itm=bacon_soap&rkgid=280498435&cpg=omty1&source=msn_toys

    And bacon car air fresheners, bacon bandaids, bacon mints, floss, toothpaste…

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SSVZLW/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B002OFW9YO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0QA2KR9XJGKYVEG4ZZCN

    Yeaah. Crazy.

    Hey have you ever looked into doing tutorials on Youtube?? People can make a lot of money doing that and I think your videos would be popular.

  8. Christa says:

    ewwww…gross!!! that car air freshener seriously made me feel a bit nauseous. bleaaaaahhhhh…
    weird – people actually make $ doing video tutorials on youtube? crazay. I think that’s something my hubby could do, but for me – I like to back away from the camera every chance I get. 🙂

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