April 11, 2007

Like Cocaine for Pig Lovers

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I think I need to clear something up. It appears that some of you may be confused. I received the following comment on my post about mango wrapped thai shrimp: “Just add bacon and I'm hooked.” Well duh! Bacon makes everything better, EVERYTHING! Do I really need to put a disclaimer at the bottom on my posts stating: “This would be better with bacon.” I thought that was assumed. I also thought it was obvious that bacon is even better when you make it yourself, (Ruhlman’s Charcuterie can help you with that). So with those two important points in mind, I bring you BACON BRITTLE!!! It’s the best of both worlds, salty and sweet and chockfull of homemade bacon. Don’t you dare turn your nose up at it either because one taste and you’ll be converted. I brought this platter of bacon brittle to a dinner party and people were hesitant at first to try it, (I didn’t tell them what it was, they just looked at it warily). Then one brave soul took a bite and her eyes lit up as she exclaimed “Bacon brittle!” She had never had it before and I was thrilled that she knew immediately what it was and even more thrilled that she loved it. Once the ice was broken the others grabbed a piece as well and I know I managed to sway more than a few of them over to the bacon side.


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I would love to take credit for Bacon Brittle, but I can’t. I learned about it from one of my favourite bloggers, Danielle of Habeas Brulee who wrote a little round up linking to food posts she’s enjoyed recently. Among those links was one for Bacon Toffee made by Off the Bone. Pure genius! I renamed it to Bacon Brittle because I like alliterations, but I followed their recipe exactly. I’m constantly printing out recipes that I see on other blogs with good intentions of trying them out, but more often than not they get filed into my big blue binder never to be seen again. Not this time. I started making Bacon Brittle seconds after reading the recipe. I felt compelled to make it, especially because I had just finished making some more homemade bacon, (once you start, you can’t stop). I went right into the kitchen and got to work. A couple hours later I was chewing contently on a piece of fresh Bacon Brittle, followed by another and another and another... You know you want to make it. Don’t fight the urge. Your taste buds will thank you.


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"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." -Doug Larson




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26 comments:

Peabody said...

I have had this before...it is the best. Then again I think of bacon as the 5th food group.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I can't believe this...how can you do this...to bad I had to go and read this post, I really thought this was cranberries or raspberries in toffee and had very little interest...and then you go and tell me it's bacon...I'm sunk...B A C O N...
Doug Larson really had it right!

Elle said...

Mouthwatering doesn't even begin to describe those photos. Ohhhh. Bacon! Gotta luv it, especially as brittle. Will power to resist is gone...evil wench.

K & S said...

aagh! if only I could find some good bacon in Japan!

Gattina said...

I also feeling compelled biting my pc screen now!!!

eunice said...

This is such an awesome pairing that I'm salivating at the mere thought of it....

breadchick said...

ok Bri...it is 7:30 on a rainy, cold Thursday morning and all I really want is a nice plate of scrambled eggs and crisp bacon and you do THIS!! My co-workers just caught me liking my computer screen....

breadchick said...

um..that was suppose to be "licking" not "liking". See! Distracted by bacon...

hester said...

Bri... I am just not sure... bacon brittle? really? I guess I will just have to try it out to be convinced!

Meeta said...

I would probably be one of those hesitant ones! But if you bring some over I'll try!

breadchick said...

NYT Food Section yesterday (just getting around to reading today) had the "perfect" bacon sandwich!
http://tinyurl.com/ywcxy6

Lis said...

My brain just exploded from reading the article Mary linked to.

Aside from that, I'm trying to figure out a way to get HIM outta the house so I could make this and then not tell him what it was so I could see the expression of sublime perfection appear on his face. (I'd have to get him out because if he knew what I was doing, he'd poo-poo it and not try it. *sigh*)

xoxo

Danielle said...

That Doug Larson quote is brilliant and right on target. It's great that you've been converting more people to the love of bacon toffee/brittle! And as always, I just love your good humor and your photography.

PS: You're one of my favorite bloggers, too.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love bacon to the bones and this recipe is a keeper!

Sara said...

You are a GODDESS!

emily said...

That sounds bizarre and yet, absolutely delicious.

Shawnda said...

Now *that's* what I wanted for breakfast!

joey said...

Now if you had brought that over to my party I would have grabbed everything for myself! I love it bacon and sweetness...just my thing :)

gilly said...

Hi Bri! I can honestly say that I'd have never thought of this in a hundred years!

ruhlman said...

great idea!

Kristen said...

I have never heard of this...where have I been? Yummy!

anita said...

How fabulous!...I agree that bacon makes everything better...I am so craving to try it!

Anne said...

Now, that is something different :)

foodhoe said...

holy moly that looks so good with the meaty chunks of bacon. Is it crunchy toffee? I broke down and just went out and bought thick cut bacon...

SteamyKitchen said...

I'm in P-I-G heaven right now!!! I made it but didn't follow recipe exactly (gah! i never do!) used too much brown sugar and it dind't harden all the way. BUT it was so (*&*(!$&!$ delicious. I used a spatula to scrape from baking sheet into my mouth.

I am such a pig. literally.

Trying again tomorrow!!!!

helen said...

I made these on Sunday and they are gone. I'm horrified yet I've evangelized to several others. I even changed my IM pic to be bacon.