Sunday, October 12, 2008

CCB: Chocolate-Covered Bacon, The Saga

Salt and chocolate has got to be one of my favorite flavor combinations - think about it, chocolate covered peanuts, the chex mix that has bits of chocolate worked in, the trail mixes where you pick out all the salt-crusted chunks of chocolate out first - its just a really good combo.
Which is why chocolate covered bacon, as ludicrous as it sounds, has been haunting my dreams for the past month. I saw the stuff on a random food network challenge show and have not been able to stop salivating over it. And now, at last, the dream has come true. And yes, it's really, really delicious. Its also really, really messy, so here is a photo that some other, obviously less clumsy, bacon lover took of their product. Mine did not turn out nearly so pretty, but it all tastes the same anyway.

Chocolate Covered Bacon: The Recipe

-however much bacon you feel like enshrouding in chocolate - I used the applewood smoked kind that is slightly sweet
-semi-sweet chocolate chips or pieces - I used 1/2 a bag for 1/2 lb of bacon.
- some sea salt

1. pan fry the bacon until crispy and drain on paper towels to soak up all the extra grease
2. in a medium sauce pan, boil some water. when its boiling, put a small saucepan into the boiling water, and add the chocolate, stirring constantly as it melts. (this process is basically a poor man's double boiler - if you have one of those, please it use it instead!)
3. dip the bacon in the chocolate! you can neatly and easily just do half the slice like in the picture above, or you messily (and more deliciously) drench the whole piece like I did. Put your dipped bacon on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
4. sprinkle your still-warm bacon pieces with sea salt for extra salty-yumminess.
5. stick the cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes so that the chocolate hardens up.

Be sure to share your new favorite food with others - they'll think you're super clever for making such a weirdly wonderful treat!

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