Friday, January 8, 2016

Candied Cinnamon-Chile Bacon for #TastyMurder


I can't decide whether this should be called 'candied bacon' or 'bacon candy.' Whatever you want to call it, it's amazing! You'll see this in at least three of my dishes for the Tasty Murder Dinner. Click for the menu: here.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb Applewood Smoked Bacon (must be thick-cut)
  • 1 C organic brown sugar
  • 1 t ground sweet Calabrian chile
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • pinch of fleur de sel


Procedure
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack on top of that. In a small mixing bowl, blend all of the dry ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.


Place the bacon on top of the wire rack. Spoon 1 T of the sugar mixture over each piece of bacon and spread evenly over the surface. Place in the preheated oven. Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and, gently, spread the caramel that has formed over the bacon. Return to the oven for another 10 minutes.

Using tongs, carefully flip the bacon over and spoon 1 T of the sugar mixture on the second side. Spread it evenly over the surface. Bake for 5 minutes.


When the bacon is crisped and the glaze is caramelized, it's done. Remove to a parchment-lined baking sheet and let cool completely.

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