Bacon Torte Recipe – Is Pork Healthy?

I’m always looking for healthy yet tasty recipes that my kids and husband will enjoy.  I come from a family that was more of a meat and potato family.  Being gluten free and practically grain free we need to think outside of the box in making fun, healthy but really delicious meals.  

We don’t eat pork a lot.  There are different viewpoints of why pork may or may not be healthy for us.  

Such as pigs eat anything in their path, they don’t sweat and so therefore may hold more toxins.  Pigs have a simple digestive tract and may hold unto toxins in their system. Many pork items are processed and may contain harmful additives.

Why am I telling you this, when I’m providing you with a recipe that has bacon in it?  

Well I know that I am not going to steer everyone away from eating pork all together, so I thought I’d give you a healthy recipe to enjoy every so often.

If you purchase pork products, I would suggest you purchase from a farmer who raises pigs on the pasture in an organic field that DOES NOT get gmo feed.  The farmer should be feeding the pig organic non-gmo feed.  

My farmer is Pasture Adickes Farm in Buffalo, MN.  I am a drop site for them on a periodical basis.  Let me know if you want to be informed when they will be here next.  They have pork, beef and chicken.  Next drop is scheduled for  April 29th.

Pasture raised pork is more nutritious, better tasting, better for the land and workers and doesn’t consume any antibiotics or chemicals.*

Did you know that pasture raised pork has a higher amount of the beneficial omega-3’s fatty acids and higher nutrients then conventionally grown pigs, such as vitamin E and selenium?*

The pork you purchased should be without nitrates, nitrites and no artificial ingredients, antibiotics, without gluten and no sugar.

So when my family chooses (which is occasionally) this is how we purchase our pork.

Below you will find a Bacon Torte recipe that I made for our Easter celebration this year.  I was inspired by some other recipes I saw and made it a healthier version by adding in and reducing a few other ingredients.  

I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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*http://superhumancoach.com/benefits-of-pasture-raised-organic-pork/

*https://robbwolf.com/2014/10/09/5-reasons-switch-pastured-pork/

Bacon Torte
Serves 6
A great recipe for bridal shower, brunch or Easter celebration. The great taste of bacon with the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and potatoes.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs bacon (organic, no nitrates or nitrites, sugar and gluten free)
  2. 3-4 potatoes (may use sweet potatoes or yellow potatoes),thinly sliced - I used a mandolin
  3. 1 onion, thinly sliced
  4. 8-12 oz of shredded organic raw cheese, I used mozzarella and colby jack (may use goat or sheep)
  5. 1 cup spinach, chopped
  6. 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  7. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1 1/2 black pepper
  9. 1/2 tbsp rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Use a circular glass dish and layer the bacon strips in a fan like pattern. Start with half of the bacon strip in the middle of the dish and the other end hangs over the edge of the dish
  3. Slice the potatoes in about 1/8-1/4 inch thick slices.
  4. Once bacon is laid out, add in the potato slices in a circular pattern, alternating the layers with some cheese, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and black pepper.
  5. Once the items are stack in 3-5 layers, fold the bacon strips over the top of the veggies until it is all enclosed.
  6. Bake at 375 degree for about 1 hour and 30 minutes or more.
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