Chocolate bacon cupcake with chocolate buttermilk frosting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This month’s issue of Food Network Magazine, March 2014, is all about bacon. Now I’ll admit that at first glance I was not quite certain about the Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes and I am still not sold, but the issue did have some interesting reveals. Like it is best to start cooking your bacon in a cold frying pan. There are three different types of curing listed: wet-cured, dry-cured and uncured. Here’s a link to those cures, their meanings and a bacon buying guide.
My personal favorite Ina Garten’s Caramelized Bacon
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Recipe from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. Copyright (c) 2012 by Ina Garten. By Arrangement with Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc. for Food Network Magazine
Yield:15 to 20 servings
Bacon Appetizer Cocktail Party
thye1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup chopped or whole pecans
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 pound thick-sliced applewood-smoked bacon (such as Nodine’s)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil (for easy cleaning) and place a wire baking rack on top.
Combine the brown sugar and pecans in a food processor and process until the pecans are finely ground. Add the salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper and pulse to combine. Add the maple syrup and pulse again to moisten the crumbs.
Cut each bacon slice in half crosswise and line up the pieces on the baking rack without touching. With a small spoon, evenly spread the pecan mixture on top of each piece of bacon, using all of the mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is very browned but not burnt. If it’s underbaked, the bacon won’t crisp as it cools.
While it’s hot, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside to cool. Serve at room temperature. (The caramelized bacon can be made early in the day and stored at room temperature.)
Another fun section is: In the Know, What’s your Bacon IQ? This issue has so much fun information and thought-provoking recipes go online or pick up an issue and let me know what you think.