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Luscious Joys - Bacon



Do you have one food you could eat every single day? There are a couple of foods that come to mind for me, like king claw crab legs, steak with hollandaise sauce, turkey legs, scallops, gouda cheese, chocolate mousse and last but not least, BACON. It’s funny because I’m not keen on pork and normally never eat it at all for the exception of ham. But when it comes to bacon, that’s another story. The sizzling, crunchy salt and sweet of maple bacon are enough to make anyone’s mouth water... and have you ever made Bacon Crack? Also known as Bacon Saltine Cracker Candy, it is absolutely to die for. I’m sorry I have not shared this with you sooner. This is an easy recipe, and well… simply delicious!


BACON CRACK

1 1/2 sleeves saltine crackers 1 1/4 cups butter 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar 1 lb bacon

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a greased or sprayed rimmed baking sheet (16″ x 11″) and cover with foil or parchment so it also comes up the sides. Chop the bacon into bits and cook in a pan until crispy. Drain on paper towel and pat down to remove as much grease as possible, then set aside. Put down a single layer of crackers to cover the pan. In a saucepan, add the sugar and butter and heat until it has all melted and begins to boil. Be careful because this mixture is HOT. Give it a stir and when the syrup is boiling, continue to boil for 3 full minutes. After 3 minutes, pour the mixture, CAREFULLY (It is hot, remember!) over the crackers and place in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the bacon all over. Allow to completely cool then break in to pieces.

You’re going to love the brown sugar against the saltiness of the bacon, and the combination with the caramel. I’m so glad I have a pound of bacon in the refrigerator!!

Another one of my all-time favourite BACON recipes would have to be


MILLION DOLLAR BACON

1 lb thick cut bacon

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. Lay the bacon on the parchment paper and sprinkle with about half of the brown sugar. Sprinkle on the red pepper flakes, cayenne and cracked black pepper. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on the top and then give it a good pat all over. Think of it as a rub that’s going to coat your bacon in candy-like goodness. You don’t really have to worry about coating the reverse side because as the bacon cooks, the sugary coating will run under it and coat the other side of the bacon, too. Then just pop it in the oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until it reaches your desired crispiness. Done and done! The heat of all the peppers tempers out the brown sugar and makes for a really yummy brunch treat.

And last but not least, this is the most Luscious BACON recipe you will ever experience – over and over!!


MARINATED SCALLOPS WRAPPED IN BACON

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

12 large sea scallops, halved

12 slices smoked bacon, halved

24 toothpicks

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Stir together maple syrup, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard in a bowl until smooth. Add the scallops, and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate at least one hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange bacon pieces on baking sheet (You can put all the bacon on a cookie sheet. It really isn’t a problem to pull it apart.) Bake in preheated oven until some of the grease has rendered out of the bacon; it should still be very soft and pliable, about 8 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and pat with paper towels to remove excess grease. Drain or wipe grease from the baking sheet. Wrap each scallop piece with a piece of bacon, and secure with a toothpick and place onto baking sheet. Sprinkle the scallops with brown sugar. Bake in preheated oven until the scallops are opaque and the bacon is crisp (unless most of the grease has been drained from bacon, it will not be crisp but still very good), 10 to 15 minutes, turning once.

There are hundreds of different recipes using bacon, but for quick easy and delicious appetizers, these are all delicious and usually we make one of these to go with our Friday night appetizer meal; after all, don’t we all need a special treat on Friday after the long week to go with your cocktails?


You betcha we do!

Kathryn Hartwell

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