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Bacon Update: Crispy, Salty, Smoky Ways to Enhance Springtime Dishes
Leeks: Most risotto recipes require standing at the stove and stirring the pot continuously; this simpler version lets the oven do all the work. Follow this basic recipe but substitute 1 large or 2 small spring leeks for the onions.
Asparagus: Rub the spears with olive oil and season with pepper, then gather 3 to 4 together and wrap them in a strip of bacon. Lay on a pan with slots or holes set over a jelly roll pan to catch the grease, and roast in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.
Spring lettuce: Salads are all well and good, but no dish combines fresh, raw vegetables and just-fried bacon to the effect that a BLT does. Pile bacon, butter lettuce and roasted tomatoes (since they aren't in season yet, roasting them is the best way to give them instant flavor) on toasted bread--and be sure to use a generous slathering of mayo.
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