Category: Recipes

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Various Ways to Enjoy Bacon

Bacon is one food many people admit to not being able to live without. If you, too, are a bacon lover, then you would surely appreciate the following recipes that use bacon bits. No matter how much you love a particular food, it can get boring if it’s prepared in the same way every single time. So give one or more of these recipes a try!

 

Salads 

One of the most common ways to use bacon bits is as a salad ingredient. Here are some of the best salads with bacon bits we’ve come across:

1. Fresh Greens and Avocado Salad

Mix your favorite fresh greens with sliced avocado and then top with bacon bits. You may also add shaved parmesan cheese to it and a dressing of plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, green onions, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar.

2. Tomatoes and Lettuce Salad

Mix tomatoes (preferably cherry tomatoes) with romaine lettuce and then top with parmesan-bacon crisps. Prepare the parmesan-bacon crisps by combining bacon bits and parmesan cheese, and then baking the mixture until golden brown. You may top the salad with a dressing of anchovies, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.

3. Fresh Summer Salad

Mix watermelon slices, halved strawberries, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly-sliced cucumber, cubed feta cheese, mint leaves, chopped spring onions, olive oil, and red wine vinegar together. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then top with crispy fried smoked bacon bits.

 

Pasta

Other than salads, bacon can also be a perfect ingredient for adding flavor and texture to pasta recipes. Here are our favorites:

1. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta

This recipe is similar to a carbonara, but is creamier and less eggy. The beauty of this recipe lies in the fact that after making the white sauce, you can add ingredients based on what you can find in your kitchen.

2. Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta

This is one pasta dish you can prepare in a cinch. Just caramelize some onions, fry your bacon, cook the pasta, sauté the squash, slice some basil, and then throw them all together (seasoned to taste), along with some goat cheese.

3. Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta

This is another recipe that’s ideal for times when you only have under an hour to prepare something delicious for your loved ones. Simply put a pot of water on to boil and then cook your bacon until golden brown. Add chopped onion and peppers, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper flakes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta in the now-boiling water. Add ricotta cheese to the sauce before spooning it onto the cooked and drained pasta.

 

Other Recipes

Other than salads and pasta recipes, here are other delicious ways you can enjoy your favorite bacon bits:

1. Street-Style Grilled Corn

Grilled corn is a common sight in our markets and a popular treat, especially among children. You can tweak it a little and serve it during a weekend get-together with family and friends. Simply brush the grilled corn with mayonnaise and then roll it in crispy fried and finely crumbled bacon. You may also sprinkle it with chili powder for added bite and serve with lime wedges for a more tropical appeal.

2. Bacon-Cakes and Berries

This is a simple yet mouthwateringly delicious treat to prepare. Just prepare buttermilk pancake batter and then stir crispy fried bacon bits into the batter. Lightly grease a skillet and then cook the pancake in batches over medium heat. Once cooked, you may top your pancakes with fresh berries and serve them with maple syrup.

3. Grilled Onion Crostini

Onion isn’t something many people appreciate, but when paired with bacon and prepared in this manner, you’ll be sure to give it some consideration. Spread softened cream cheese on French baguette slices and then top with grilled onions (thinly sliced) and crispy fried bacon bits. Sprinkle chopped thyme leaves on top, and then add pepper to taste.

Of course, the easiest way to enjoy your favorite bacon is simply to fry it and then serve with toast or rice. But if you’re in the mood for a little creativity and you want to enjoy a classic foodie favorite in interesting ways, then why not try any of the recipes mentioned above?

Food is as much an experience as it is a necessity for our health and nourishment. This is why it is often a good idea to learn new ways of preparing old favorites. And with bacon, you can never go wrong!

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Flavor Fusion and SLERS

A gastronomic adventure took place at SM City Cagayan de Oro last April 8 and 9. Flavor Fusion: Flavors of Northern Mindanao, a food market that showcased the best cuisines the region has to offer, was held at the Event Center of the said mall. It featured a food market, cooking demonstration, and a cook off among culinary students.

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One of the participants of the culinary festival was SLERS, CDO’s very own and manufacturer of the country’s most loved chicharon and ham. Aside from selling everyone’s favorite chicharon, the food manufacturer also made sure guests tasted their mouthwatering ham sandwiches. Of course, only SLERS ham was used in creating the sandwiches. The Jamon de Cagayan smoked ham sandwich is just one of their bestsellers.

 

The SLERS Flavor Fusion booth, which was located near Giordano, by the side of the stage, attracted a lot of people. Each one of them was eager to get their hands on their favorite chicharon: regular, special, and spicy. SLERS also has a “Chicharon in Bag.”

 

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SLERS, which started as a personal culinary endeavor in 1969, is known for its American-style ham. Over the years, the company expanded and came up with other products like the chicharon. Its participation in the Flavor Fusion festival is proof that it is considered one of the pillars of the culinary industry in Northern Mindanao. In fact, this was not the first time that SLERS was invited to participate in a prestigious event. While SM City CDO’s Flavor Fusion was happening, SLERS was also in Manila for the international gastronomy event Madrid Fusion Manila. It was one of the featured ingredients in the said festival.

Aside from the booths, Flavor Fusion also featured Chef Audrey Ramos of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro (CIC) in a special cooking demonstration. This took place on Friday, April 8. The next day, students from some of the city’s culinary schools gathered to show off their cooking prowess at the Chef’s Delight: The Cook Off competition.

 

SLERS’ presence was felt throughout the Flavor Fusion festival as guests could not help but exclaim how delicious and satisfying the chicharon and sandwiches were.

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All-day Breakfast – The Best Meal of the Day, All Day!

Breakfast. The term itself provides a clue as to why this is considered the most important meal of the day. We eat this meal to break a fast. Remember that you’ve been resting for the entire night, which means your body didn’t get any fuel for several hours. If you start your day without breakfast, therefore, it’ll be like trying to get your car to run without petrol! You’ll likely feel sluggish way before lunchtime arrives, and you’ll likely reach for a fatty snack to compensate for the lack of breakfast. Good luck trying to maintain a healthy weight, then.

Other than the fact that it is the most important meal of the day, there are plenty of reasons to love breakfast. For one thing, the foods we normally eat for breakfast are highly affordable, easy to prepare, and oozing with wonderful flavors and aroma. Just imagine how good bacon being fried smells and I’m pretty sure you’ll start to crave it. It is indeed easy to understand why so many people, even those who do not consider themselves morning people, love to eat breakfast foods.

People who love breakfast foods have several things in common. You’ll know you’re one of them if the following are true for you:

  • You never skip breakfast. And if circumstance forces you to do so, people better NOT bother you until you’ve had breakfast food, no matter how late it is in the day.
  • Your home never runs out of cereal because you can eat cereal at any time of the day.
  • You always try to convince your friends that eating breakfast food for dinner is cool.
  • You’ve mastered the art of flipping pancakes.
  • Whenever you travel, you tend to choose hotels that offer free breakfast.
  • Your favorite restaurant serves all-day breakfast.

Well, breakfast lovers, here’s good news for you: There is a well-loved company in Cagayan de Oro that’s been known for offering specialty meat products of excellent taste and quality for decades, and they now offer all-day breakfast meals as well!

We are talking about SLERS, a company that started with leg ham as their primary product, but has grown into a dynamic multi-product business over the years. Today, they have a diner at the ground floor of Gaisano City. SLERS Express Meals serves not only the delicious meat products we’ve come to love, but also our beloved breakfast foods, and the best thing is that they serve these sumptuous treats all day long!

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They have jazzed up the classic pandesal by turning it into the Hamdesal, a sandwich with their very own pandesal as the bun. SLERS sweet ham and lettuce complete the delicious breakfast sandwich. Another Pinoy breakfast favorite offered by SLERS at their diner is the tocino. The “mother” of SLERS, Fely Pelaez, first thought this sweet meat wouldn’t do so well in the CDO market, where people have become used to savory meat products. But her daughter Mercedes, who took the helm back in the late 1980s, proved her wrong. Tocino is now one of their bestsellers, especially among their Express Meals selection.

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Longganisa is another all-day breakfast favorite of SLERS Express Meals patrons. Paired with fried rice and a side dish of atchara, this viand has just the right combination of sweetness and saltiness that’s sure to win the heart of Pinoy foodies, particularly those who are breakfast lovers. And what’s an all-day breakfast menu if it doesn’t have tapa in the selection? SLERS may be known for their pork products, but they have chicken and beef in their lineup, too. So, don’t worry, your favorite tapsilog hasn’t gone missing from their all-day breakfast menu.

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Oh, and let’s not forget the bacon! Who in their right mind would want to skip bacon when we’re talking about breakfast meals? Definitely not SLERS! They have the delectable smoked country bacon on their Express Meals menu, and it’s paired with sunny-side-up egg and fried rice. Just the perfect pick-me-up food for when you’re feeling especially stressed out.

It was nine years ago when SLERS Express Meals was first conceived. Today, it is a thriving part of a truly dynamic enterprise. And perhaps the best news is that you can now enjoy the all-day breakfast offerings of SLERS not only in Gaisano City, but also in SLERS Ham and Café, located at the ground floor of the South Bank Plaza building, Yacapin-Velez Sts. Whatever time of day it is, you can enjoy a hearty breakfast courtesy of SLERS.

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SLERS Express Meals – A New Twist to All-time Favorites

When Mercedes Pelaez Mejia took the helm of their business, she started implementing a series of innovations, and she hasn’t stopped since. She is, in fact, credited for making SLERS the multi-product enterprise that we know and love today. One of the most notable changes she implemented was the introduction of SLERS Express Meals. She figured that the best way to get more people to try their products is to give them the opportunity to taste it without having to buy an entire pack. And what better way to do that than to establish a diner that serves their meat products?

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Among the best things about SLERS Express Meals is that they have a wide selection of equally delicious meals, the food is highly affordable, and you don’t have to wait too long for your meal to be served. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, these are the food choices you can enjoy at SLERS Express Meals:

  1. Hamdesal – The pandesal is a classic Pinoy favorite and it is made even more delicious when it is turned into a sandwich, with fresh lettuce and a slice of SLERS sweet ham. And guess what? The family behind SLERS makes their own bread as well! So you can be sure the pandesal served in SLERS Express Meals is just as tasty as the ham between the slices.
  2. Batchoy – Another Filipino classic, the batchoy is a favorite for both meals and snacks. At SLERS Express Meals, it is served with tender pork cutlets and an all-time favorite among Kagay-anons—SLERS chicharon! Savor its goodness at any time of the day.
  3. Chicharice – It is a well-known fact in Cagayan de Oro that SLERS chicharon makes for a delicious snack, but did you know it’s just as good when paired with fried rice? Try it and discover for yourself what the chicharice hype is all about.
  4. Grilled Pork Belly – Most Filipinos are meat lovers, and pork belly is one of the hog parts we love the most. When it’s marinated and cooked the SLERS way, you just know it’s going to be sinfully delicious, especially when served with a cup of rice and a side dish of atchara. Yummy!
  5. BBQ – Another popular meat dish among Filipinos is the pork barbecue, especially if it’s tender, juicy, and marinated to perfection. And that is exactly what you’ll experience when you try the BBQ meal at SLERS Express Meals—mouthwateringly juicy, deliciously tender meat barbecued just the way you like it!
  6. Tocino – When Mercedes first told her mother that she wanted to include tocino in their product lineup, Fely was skeptical; she thought Kagay-anons wouldn’t appreciate sweet meat. But appreciate it they did! And tocino is now one of the most popular meat dishes in CDO and its neighboring areas. Of course, you’ll appreciate this sweet meat even more when it’s made by SLERS.
  7. Special Sisig – The SLERS team are really going all-out in making sure the public’s cravings are satisfied by serving practically all of our all-time favorites. The sisig is not just a favorite pulutan among Pinoys; it has also become a popular viand. And you’ll love it even more when you discover what makes SLERS sisig so special—the traditional sizzling sisig is mixed with our beloved chicharon! Why simply go for sizzling when you can have CRISPY SIZZLING SISIG?
  8. Bacon – One simply does not live without bacon. SLERS knows this and they have made sure their bacon is well worth your while. Just the right thickness, just the right saltiness, just the right crisp. When served with a cup of rice and one sunny-side-up fried egg, it makes for the perfect breakfast, indeed. But you don’t have to wake up early to enjoy this treat because they serve it at the Express Meals all day long!

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While enjoying any of the sumptuous meals listed above, you may also order either (or both) of the delicious desserts served at SLERS Express Meals. They have leche flan and buko pandan, each of which is enough to truly complete your express meal experience.

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Now perhaps you’re raring to go and sample the delicious meals mentioned above and are wondering: “Where is this SLERS diner located?” You’ll be happy to know there are two SLERS Express Meals in CDO! One is located at the Ground Floor of Gaisano City and the other is along Velez Street. There’s no time to waste! Try the SLERS meals so you’ll know just what we’re talking about.

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A SLERS Guide to Carving Ham

Every year, when the Yuletide season begins, we start seeing TV commercials and hearing radio ads for country-style smoked ham, or what is now popularly known as the Christmas ham. And for most people, these advertisements can be so enticing, making them want to order a leg of ham for Noche Buena. However, there are many who hesitate to buy ham for one simple reason: They’re not quite sure how to carve it.

We at SLERS want you to enjoy your Noche Buena to the fullest, so we’re showing you how to carve a leg of ham. Don’t worry, once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it’s as easy as 1…2…3…

How to Carve a SLERS Leg Ham from Clix Cagayan de Oro on Vimeo.

Tips

  • You may use a ham stand for ease in carving a leg of ham. Make sure the fixtures on the stand are adequately tightened and the ham is secure so it doesn’t slide off when you start carving.
  • If you don’t have a ham stand, you could simply place the leg of ham on a cutting board and hold it firmly with one hand while carving with the other.
  • To make the perfect cuts, be sure to use a really sharp knife.

Enjoy!

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Chicharice – A Unique, Crunchy Surprise from SLERS

If you’ve ever been to Cagayan de Oro, have lived here, or are currently living here, then you have most likely heard of SLERS, the brand that introduced American country-style ham to the country. A lot has happened since SLERS sold their first few legs of ham over four decades ago. The company has diversified their products and ventured into other branches of the food industry.

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Nine years ago, SLERS Express Meals was born out of the SLERS owners’ desire to allow the general public to sample their products by venturing into the quick service restaurant industry. Conveniently located at the ground floor of Gaisano City Mall, right in the heart of Cagayan de Oro’s Central Business District, Express Meals was meant not only to give people a chance to enjoy SLERS products at more affordable prices, but also to give them ideas on how to prepare these products in more fun and unique ways.

One such innovation offered by SLERS at their Express Meals restaurant is the Chicharice. This is basically our beloved fried rice with a twist. As the name suggests, the main ingredients of the dish is cooked rice and the famous SLERS chicharon. Most of those who have tried the dish will agree that it is one of the best reasons to visit the restaurant more often.

But what if you just don’t have the opportunity to dine at SLERS Express Meals as often as you want? In that case, why not try preparing this simple but mouthwatering dish on your own?

It’s easy! You simply need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • A strip of pork belly (marinated and chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • A bowl of cooked rice
  • SLERS special chicharon
  • Spring onions

Okay, now let’s get on with the cooking. You know how to make a scrambled egg, right? Well that’s the first thing you need to do. As soon as your scrambled egg is ready, set it aside and then start sautéing the onion and garlic on low heat until their aroma is released and the garlic is golden brown in color. Add the pork belly and continue sautéing until the meat is cooked. Now add the rice and scrambled egg, and then mix all ingredients together. Your dish is now ready for plating!

Plating your home-cooked chicharice such that it looks as appetizing as the dish served in the SLERS Express Meals restaurant is as easy as cooking the dish. Simply mold the fried rice in a small bowl and then set it on a plate. Top the rice with a few pieces of SLERS special chicharon (you can use the regular SLERS chicharon if you like, but the special chicharon looks a lot more enticing, don’t you agree?) and then garnish with chopped spring onions.

Ta-da! You are now ready to serve your very own version of the SLERS chicharice!

Eating at home doesn’t have to be a boring, repetitive experience. You can easily jazz it up by preparing simple but fun dishes, taking your cue from SLERS and their delicious express meals. The next time you find yourself near a SLERS store or Pica-Pica cart, don’t forget to grab a pack (or more) of their special chicharon so you can enjoy some chicharice with your family within the comfort of your own home. You could even turn the preparation into a bonding experience by letting your children assist you in plating the dish. Now, what can be more fun than that?

The simplicity of their dishes and the unique twist they tend to lend to Pinoy favorites are indeed among the main reasons why SLERS Express Meals has remained strong in the nine years it has been in operation. Today, it has become a landmark for simple, affordable, and delicious meals in the City of Golden Friendship. Locals and tourists alike commend it not only for serving quick meals, but especially for always maintaining high quality in their food, something the SLERS brand has been known for since 1969.

The good news is that you can bring that quality and sense of fun into your own home by preparing meals the way SLERS does, and the chicharice is definitely a good place to start. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this dish will be a sure hit with your loved ones. You may even want to go a step further and serve the dish during a weekend get-together with friends. Have fun and enjoy!

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SLERS Crispy Sisig – Sizzling Sisig with a Twist!

Sisig is one of the most popular dishes in the Philippines. Although it originated in the Northern province, which is also known as the country’s culinary capital—Pampanga—the dish has become well-known and well-loved all over the country. This is perhaps the most versatile dish you’ll ever find. It can be categorized both as an appetizer and as a main dish. And while it was originally composed of chopped pig’s face (ears and snout included) and chicken liver, you will now find hundreds of variations, from ones composed of chopped pork belly to those with seafood as its main ingredient.

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Indeed, there are as many versions of the sisig as there are carinderias and restaurants that sell them. Of course, SLERS isn’t going to be left behind. The local brand that introduced American county-style ham to the country has diversified their business and ventured into the world of quick meals with their SLERS Express Meals restaurant. And because it is a Pinoy favorite, sisig is one of the dishes they offer. As you may have expected, they have their own version of this sumptuous dish.

If you’re anywhere near the Gaisano City Mall, don’t forget to drop by SLERS Express Meals so you can enjoy their delicious Crispy Sizzling Sisig. And if you like it enough (as we’re sure you will) to want to cook it at home so you can enjoy it with family and friends, here are the things you need to prepare:

  • 200 grams SLERS sisig
  • 1 pack SLERS chicharon (crushed)
  • 1 egg

Yes, you read that right. You can now buy a pack of fully-cooked SLERS sisig. It is available at Robinson’s CDO and any SLERS store near you. Now, that makes things a lot easier, doesn’t it? Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s proceed with the cooking…

Get your hot plate out and heat it on your electric stove or gas range. If you don’t have a hot plate and are okay with a “non-sizzling” version of the SLERS crispy sisig, you may skip this part and just prepare a plate on which to serve your sisig.

Now, heat up the SLERS sisig on a skillet. As soon as it is hot enough, transfer it to the hot plate (or the serving plate, as the case may be) and then add your favorite SLERS chicharon. To make the sisig extra special, you may add a whole egg and then mix all the components well. You are now ready to serve your very own crispy sisig!

If you have your own recipe for the all-time favorite sisig, you may use that and then simply add the chicharon and egg to convert the dish into your take on the SLERS crispy sisig. By why go through the hassle when SLERS has made things easy and convenient for us?

The simplicity of their dishes and the ease with which they can be prepared are, in fact, among the main reasons why people—locals and tourists alike—have come to appreciate SLERS Express Meals. And a huge part of why the brand itself has been able to maintain its popularity for more than four decades is that they make it easy for everyone to adopt SLERS dishes as their own.

SLERS is known for providing high-quality food products all the time. Whether you’re buying one of their popular hams, enjoying one of their sandwiches at the SLERS café, or dining with your loved ones at the Express Meals restaurant, you are assured of getting good food at very reasonable prices. And you can bring home the SLERS quality simply by preparing the kinds of food you’ll find at their restaurant right within the comfort of your own home. As shown above, it is easy enough to do so!

The next time you cook for your family, or if you need to prepare lunch for a weekend gathering with family and friends, take your cue from SLERS and keep it simple but delicious. Start practicing your own version of the SLERS crispy sisig now; by the time your friends come over and ask you to prepare food for them, you’ll be ready to wow them with this mouthwatering sisig with a twist!

It never hurts to learn from the experts, and where high-quality, delicious food is concerned, SLERS is definitely is an expert. They’ve been proving their expertise since 1969; there’s no reason why you shouldn’t benefit from it. Bon appétit!