Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Years ago, I headed out for a cocktail with a good friend of mine, and as we ordered our standard drink at the time, a Cosmo, I remember her very seriously looking at me and imparting words of wisdom.  "Fiona" she said, "Now that Sex and the City has ended, we can really only order Cosmos for another 6 months or so, before they are completely out of style." She was right, within 6 months if you ordered a Cosmo, the bartenders looked at you a little funny.  Of course I'm not here to talk to you about cocktails, I am however here to talk to you about food- and, more specifically, bacon.  2010 was the year of bacon.  It showed up everywhere, breaking free of its breakfast and the occasional BLT binds, it morphed into desserts, appeared more prevalently in salads, and basically be THE addition to any myriad of dishes.  However, as 2010 faded into its place in history, I think it can be said, with a fair sigh of relief, that the fad Bacon appearing in every dish also faded.  Of course that doesn't mean bacon has disappeared from menus everywhere, quite the contrary actually, but it does mean that it will be used in moderation much more effectively.  However, based on the aforementioned Cosmo rule, I decided that I could ride the bacon chic coattails for a little longer- and made the perfect dessert for Super Bowl Sunday- Chocolate Covered Bacon.

That's right- I said it.  Chocolate Covered Bacon in honor of the biggest pigskin match up of the year.  It seemed fitting, right?  Or I just wanted bacon...and chocolate. Honestly though, how could I go wrong?  Crisp, salty bacon slathered in sweet, silky chocolate...a duo made in heaven. 

Chocolate covered bacon was shockingly easy to make, which makes it incredibly dangerous as I now know I can have this delightful treat anytime I want.   I see the bright red "DANGER" sign flashing....

Ingredients:
5 strips of bacon, cut in half to create 10 smaller pieces
2 1 oz square of semisweet chocolate
Water

Lay the bacon flat on a rimmed baking sheet lined with tinfoil, bake at 400 degrees until crisp.  Remove from baking sheet, and set aside to cool.

You'll want to melt the chocolate over indirect heat.  To do so, find a glass bowl that will set fit about 1/4 to 1/2 way into a sauce pot.  Fill the sauce pot with water until it is just touching the bottom of the glass bowl.  Bring the water to a boil, and add the chocolate squares.  Monitor the water to make sure it doesn't boil over, or go too crazy.  The heat from the gently boiling will melt the chocolate into creamy perfection.  

Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the pieces of bacon into it, using a silicone brush to fill any cavities and to brush off excess chocolate.  Place the coated pieces onto a piece of wax paper and allow to cool and harden.
Enjoy!  

8 comments:

Megan said...

Oh man. I need some of this.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This is dangerous for me to read with bacon in my fridge! btw, I totally still order cosmos. They might be old new but they are still great drinks!

Boston Food Diary said...

OH I meant to say that! I totally still order them every so often as well! They are delicious!

eatliveblog.com said...

Um....YUM!

Nanette said...

Sorry but here I will pass. This is really health killing. Hope you haven't eaten too much of it.

kitchenmisfit said...

Who ever decided to combine chocolate and bacon is the greatest person ever

Meesh said...

you just WENT THERE and I am so glad you did. Yum

XingyMingy said...

Woah..this is..interesting. A must try! Maybe I'll add it to the chocolate fountain table, shake things up a bit ;)

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