This recipe is ideal for anyone who loves two of our favorite ingredients, wild mushrooms and bacon. The pairing is nothing new; it’s a classic combo that has been celebrated since the invention of smoked pork. (Even Bilbo the hobbit loved wild mushrooms and bacon.) But our recipe uses a particular form of bacon that you may not be familiar with: jowl bacon. Like “regular” bacon, jowl bacon contains a mixture of luscious fat and lean meat and a load of smokey flavor, but it comes from a completely different part of the pig (the jaw & cheek) which gives it a softer, almost gelatinous texture. It’s that swooningly tender texture that leads many pork lovers, and that includes us, to prefer jowl over the standard sort of bacon and use it whenever possible.
We’re lucky to have access to a variety of fresh wild mushrooms almost year round, but if you don’t, you can buy them from Earthy Delights. You can also use whatever cultivated fresh mushrooms are available locally, from white buttons to shiitakes to oyster mushrooms – preferably a mixture of several interesting textures and flavors.
Once the mushrooms have been roasted, these tender, fragrant rolls take almost no time to make. If you’re a purist and want to go the extra mile, you can make these delicious rolls with crisp, flakey homemade puff pastry (surprisingly easy), but if you’re in a hurry, pre-made crescent roll dough is as close as your neighborhood grocery’s cooler.
Wild Mushroom and Jowl Bacon Crescents
Wild mushrooms and tender, flavorful smoked pork jowl make a delicious filling when added to quick-bake crescent rolls for a flavorful brunch or side dish. The versatile wild mushroom filling can be made in advance and used in a variety of other ways too. A little bit of this savory filling goes a long, long way.
- 1 or more packages of quick bake crescent rolls
- 1 egg, beaten
- Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Jowl Bacon (recipe below)
With the mushroom filling made and ready to use, preheat the oven as directed on the package for the crescent rolls.
Open the package and unroll the dough, laying the crescent roll triangles out on a floured surface. Chop the cooked mushroom mixture coarsely and place a spoonful at the wide end of each dough triangle. Brush the pointed end of each triangle with the beaten egg and roll up with the filling enclosed inside starting at the wide end.
Arrange the crescents on a baking sheet, brush the tops with a little more beaten egg and bake in the oven according to the instructions on the package (about 11 minutes).
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Roasted Wild Mushrooms with Jowl Bacon
These smoky-savory mushrooms make an outstanding accompaniment with just about any dish. Top pasta, polenta or risotto, fill an omelet, serve alongside beef, chicken, pork or turkey. If you don’t eat pork, simply omit the jowl and add an extra splash of olive oil.
- 2 lb assorted wild mushrooms, trimmed and cleaned (substitute cultivated exotic mushrooms, if wild are unavailable)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 oz smoked jowl bacon, cut into batons (substitute slab bacon or pork belly if jowl is unavailable)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Fresh thyme (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the jowl bacon batons and olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Cook until the fat renders and the jowl begins to brown around the edges, about 8 – 10 minutes.
Pull apart or cut the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces. Toss the mushrooms in a baking pan with the warm jowl bacon and rendered fat/olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss in sprigs of fresh thyme, if using.
Slide the pan into the pre-heated oven and roast for 20 minutes, then stir the mushrooms well. Continue to cook and stir every 20 minutes until the liquid has completely reduced and the mushrooms are cooked through, about 60 – 75 minutes total.
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