Before I dive into this post, we need to have a celebration because…this is my tenth post!!! WOOOOOOO PARTYYYYY. I realize it may seem pathetic to celebrate 10 posts, but it’s taken me almost 2 years to get here so….
You gotta celebrate the little things, yall.
Getting on with it, most of you probably know that Valentine’s Day was yesterday. Personally, I think Valentines Day is a questionable holiday. (Why do we need to designate a day to tell people we love them?) Despite the frivolousness of Valentines Day, I have found that there are some ways to spend time with the person/people I love that make celebrating worthwhile. Some of you, like my awesome friend and fellow blogger, Rachel, may like to opt for romantic, candle lit bubbles baths, but I am clearly all about the food. (Example: I am such a sucker for heart shaped chocolate.)
Last week, I wrote about a semi-fancy romantic dinner I had with my beau. We could have done something equally fancy for Valentines Day, but instead we decided to have a laid back dinner in. Full disclosure – this post is not about our dinner last night, but another simple night in, which was everything I’d ever want in a night with a loved one.
Mantry Dinner Night
Background story: For Christmas this year, I got Hunter a 3-month subscription to Mantry, which is a SUPER COOL company that sends themed boxes tailored to men with artisan food products that are made across the country. I thought this would be the perfect gift because 1) Hunter is a man. 2) Hunter loves eating and cooking. 2) Hunter loves America! And not to toot my own horn, but I was soooo right.
Since I gave him the first box when I was in town, he thought it would be nice to make dinner together using some of the items he got! I think the key to having a great night of cooking with someone is to not make anything too complicated. When making a complicated dish, you have to pay attention and follow all the steps. Who wants to do all that when all you really want is to have fun with the person you are with? For that reason, Hunter and I decided to make (at Mantry’s suggestion) Bacon and Brie sandwiches.
Here’s what came in his Bacon Nation box:
We used the Applewood Smoked Country Bacon in our sandwiches. In my experience cooking bacon can be a kinda gross and majorly greasy process, but, thankfully, that day Bon Appétit magazine posted a picture on their Instagram of a foolproof way to make bacon! Place it on a wire rimmed baking sheet and cook it in the oven for 15 minutes at 375F.
We followed their instructions to a T and the bacon came out so well. Once it was done, we combined the bacon with some amazing Brie, slices of pink lady apple, arugula, and Cranberry Jalapeno Pepper Jelly all on a delicious Golden Age Boule. (The Mantry recipe calls for Beer Jelly, but we couldn’t find that at the store.)
YALL. I don’t know what I’ve been doing with my life but this was one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten/ The combination of flavors and textures was unlike anything I’ve ever had and to top it all off, it was so easy to make!
Before the main event, we had peanut brittle and pork skins as snacks. Then we had out sandwiches with salad, and red wine, followed by bacon caramel toffee for dessert. It was all in all a very fun, easy, tasty (and bacon-y) night.
Whether you ate your weight in bacon like we did that night, I hope you all had equally fun, tasty nights for Valentine’s Day! For more information on Mantry and their recipes, check out these links:
wishing you the best in your food adventures,