Quick BBQ Sauce


This recipe is from Chow. Its pretty good considering it is ketchup based, its quick and easy – nough said.

1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 cup water
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until ingredients are completely incorporated. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer until flavors have melded and sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. If not using right away, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


Swiss Chard over Polenta with Bacon


This is a great quick weeknight meal when your short on time. And how can you go wrong with Bacon?

1 c polenta
12 tsp kosher salt
6 ozs bacon
2 shallots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 lbs chard, ribs removed, roughly chopped
Red pepper flakes
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsps balsamic vinegar

Cook polenta with salt as package directs.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large frying pan until crisp. Transfer to paper towels. Heat bacon dat in same pan over medium heat. Cook shallots, garlic until softened, 4 minutes. Stir in chard leaves, chile flakes, and 1/3 c water. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until wilted.

Stir cheese into polenta and spoon into bowls. Toss chard with vinegar and spoon over polenta. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on chard.

Serves 4.