1 lb. thick cut bacon
1 cup semi-sweet or 60% Cocoa Chocolate Chips (we used Ghirardelli)
Toppings of your choice:
Chopped Pecans, Almonds or Pistachios (we used pistachios)
Sea Salt etc.
Directions: My mom made this sweet bacon treat for me after I had returned home from being on the road for 21 days. There is nothing better than walking into a house that smells like maple syrup….until you add Bourbon to it!
I highly recommend pairing this with a fine Bourbon. I had just returned from Lexington, Kentucky and bought “Knob Creek” Single Barrel Bourbon. It was heaven! Here’s how to make the perfect night of Chocolate, Bacon and Bourbon!
First, prepare your bacon in your oven or the OXO Good Grips Microwave Bacon Crisper… My mom cut the bacon into small 3″ pieces before cooking it and place it on a foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
During this time, grab some Bourbon, consider your life choices and invite your family to play a weird game of “Let’s make a Fairy Tale.” Producer Missy had my mom and I play and it slowly devolved into an odd tale of a nasty man in a shed being attacked by children. How to Play: The first player says, “Once upon a time..” and each player says a line until the fairy tale is told.
When bacon is completely cool fill a 1 cup glass measuring cup with 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Put in microwave for about 1 minute….take out and stir. Put back in microwave for about 15 seconds…take out and stir again. The chocolate chips may not be completely melted but stir vigorously to see if they will finish melting in the hot glass measuring cup. If needed you can microwave another 15 seconds until smooth and shinny. Be careful because if you microwave too long the chocolate will get hard.
Individually dip the cooked bacon pieces into the melted chocolate (let the excess chocolate drip off) then place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle each bacon piece with toppings of your choice BEFORE the chocolate hardens. Then place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes to set.
When needed repeat the melting process for the other 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
- Alternate ending: You may choose to tip the cooking pan over in your frig, scream like a crazy lady about how your daughter has a crappy fridge and blame everyone for your crappy bacon treats.
- Enjoy your bacon treats with a smooth Bourbon and love your life.
Store the chocolate covered bacon in a plastic container in the refrigerator.