Monday, November 28, 2011

Candied Bacon

Candied Bacon Bites

It sounds strange, I know. 

But keep an open mind and give it a try before you rule it out!

Please!

Some call it "Pig Candy," others call it "Sugared Bacon," but most call it "Candied Bacon."

It's versatile, I think.

"I think" is what I've been doing while I am making this appetizer.

"I think" is what you do when you are cooking 11 pounds of Candied Bacon!

I am cooking enough "Candied Bacon Bites" so that 300 women sample this treat at a holiday event tomorrow night!

"I think" candied bacon will be good:
  • crumbled into a salad
  • a twist for a BLT
  • a toast point with a small scoop of pimento cheese and a garnish of candied bacon
  • cream cheese with a bit of blue cheese mixed in, spread on a cracker with a bite of bacon on top
  • on a turkey, Swiss cheese, and candied bacon sandwich
  • a cream cheese, candied bacon, and apple dip.  I don't know how to make that yet, but I think I might just work on a concoction
 . . . that's all I can say for now, there's bacon in the oven!

Just remember this, when being creative -- "sweet and salty!"  That will help you think outside the box!

Candied Bacon

1 pound thick sliced bacon
Brown sugar
Cayenne or black pepper, if desired

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with heavy duty foil and place a cookie cooling rack inside the pan.



Pour a generous amount of brown sugar into a pie plate.  Put just a sprinkle of cayenne or black pepper into the sugar and stir around.

Dredge the bacon in the sugar and pack in onto the bacon.



Place the bacon on the cookie rack and bake until crisp, being careful to not let it burn; 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.

Remove from the cooling rack and place on a clean cooling rack to cool.

Serve in your own creative style -- or by itself.



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