Sunday, January 3, 2010

Candied Bacon! Yes, Bacon.

I didn't believe it myself, when I first heard of candied bacon. But there it was, posted on one of my favorite blogs, Food Wishes. Chef John has managed, in no small part, to perfect bacon! I cooked a batch of these strips of little heavens for a Christmas Fondue party, and yes, a couple did end up dipped in cheese and chocolate! And yes, they were delicious that way, too. So here's the recipes for candied bacon, adapted from Chef John's Food Wishes blog.

Candied Bacon

1 pound thick center-cut bacon, preferably peppered
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 TBS. maple syrup
2 TBS. rice vinegar
black pepper to taste

Prepare glaze by mixing together the brown sugar, maple syrup and rice vinegar and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange uncooked bacon on a wire rack and place over a lined cookie sheet. I used aluminum foil. Cook bacon for 10 minutes, flip and cook for an additional five minutes, then add glaze to up-side and bake for an additional five minutes. Flip, glaze and cook for five minutes. Keep repeating this process until total cooked time is about 35-40 minutes. Actual cooking times depends on how thick your bacon cuts are. After the bacon is fully cooked and hardening, set aside so it can fully set up. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Yup, I'd have to say that a piece of this bacon dipped in chocolate would be the way to go!