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“These are from Lauren Groveman! She was on the Food Network about 5-7 years ago and I caught this show. They look really nice and very appetizing! Have not as yet tried this particular dish but how could it be bad - it has wonderful ingredients. The bacon rolls may be partially roasted (about 20 minutes) up to two hours ahead and left at a comfortable room temperature until being finished off right before serving.”
1hr 25mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bread Crumbs:
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  3. Tear the bread into pieces (leave on the crusts) and place in the bowl of the food procesor fitted with steel blade and process until of fine crumb consistency. Note: generally between 5-6 slices of bread will yield 1 cup of crumbs.
  4. Measure your bread crumbs (3 generous cups)& place on shallow baking sheet.
  5. Place in the oven and set your timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, check the crumbs. They should feel dry with a light golden color. If still soft, swish them around to redistribute and place back in the oven for a few more minutes and check again but don't allow to scorch.
  6. Remove from oven and pour crumbs into bowl.
  7. Prepare Stuffing:
  8. Melt 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine in 8-inch skillet over medium heat.
  9. When butter is hot and bubbling, stir in minced onions, celery and garlic.
  10. Saute the vegetables until softened and fragrant, 3 minutes.
  11. Stir in the minced water chestnuts and thyme.
  12. Cook gently for one more minute to release the flavor of the thyme.
  13. Stir in the parsley and remove from the stove.
  14. Pour the contents of the skillet into the bowl with crumbs and fold together to combine.
  15. Replace the skillet to the stove over medium heat and melt 2 more Tablespoons of butter ro margarine.
  16. When hot, add the chicken livers (which have any connective tissue cut away) & patted dry.
  17. Put in a single layer and sear on both sides until golden.
  18. Reduce the flame, cover & simmer for 2 mintes just to cook through. (Avoid overcooking the liver. They should retain pinkness in the center.).
  19. Uncover the skillet, raise the heat to cook just a bit to caramelize the bits of onion and liver that cling to the bottom of the skillet.
  20. Remove the livers to a cutting surface and allow them to cool slightly.
  21. Meanwhile, pour the butter or margarine out of the skillet but do not wipe out the interior.
  22. Place the skillet back over medium heat and pour in the chicken or vegetable stock.
  23. Bring to boil and reduce by half as you occasionally scrape any bits or caramelized liver and vegetables up off the bottom of pan.
  24. While the stock reduces, chop the chicken livers into small but still textural pieces making sure they don't become "pastelike".
  25. Fold into the bowl of crumbs.
  26. When not more than 1/2 cup of stock remains in the skillet, remove from the stove and "swirl in the remaining 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine".
  27. Pour the reduced stock/butter mixture into the bowl of crumbs and when just warm, stir in the beaten egg.
  28. Season well with salt & freshly ground pepper.
  29. To work with bacon: Lift small walnut sized portions of the stuffing mixture and gently squeeze to help the crumbs bind together.
  30. Roll each portion into a ball and place on tray.
  31. Cut your pkgs of bacon in half "crosswise" on your work surface.
  32. Continue assembling as many pairs of bacon strips as can comfortably fit on your work surface.
  33. To assemble: Brush the exposed (facing up) side of the bacon lightly with some maple syrup.
  34. Take one ball stuffing and place in the center where the two pieces of bacon cross and overlap.
  35. Wrap the exposed bacon around the stuffing alternating with the bottom, side, top and side strips.
  36. Secure the roll with one or two tooth picks.
  37. If not baking right away, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  38. Roasting: Place the stuffed bacon rolls on a roasting rack that sits over a shallow baking sheet.
  39. Roast them in your preheated oven until crisp and piping hot throughout, about 30-35 minutes.
  40. Serve hot or at least warm.
  41. Since you might not be able to fit all these on one rack, either roast in two batches or use two baking sheets with racks and roast in the upper and lower thrids of the oven (switching after half the prescribed baking time).

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