Bacon is always a hit with a crowd, and this Candied Bacon is no exception.
Can someone tell me about the power of bacon? I mean I know it’s good and all. And it truly does make everything better. But sometimes it brings out another side of people. We had a party a few weeks ago and the food went fast – faster than any year before.
I went through 4 pounds of bacon! 4 pounds. And there weren’t even that many people there. People like their bacon and will fight like mad to get it on their plates and in their bellies. So what was the lesson learned that night? Really, there is no such thing as too much bacon. I think if we had served 8 pounds, it would all be gone too.
Never. Enough. Bacon.
Have you ever had Candied Bacon before? It is simple to make and goes amazingly well with cocktails. Since it’s an unexpected appetizer, it’s a great treat to serve during the holidays. But be warned; people will love it. And eat all of it.
The ingredient list is short and prep time even shorter. Pulse the pecans and brown sugar in a food processor, add a little cayenne for some depth and heat and then drizzle in a little pure maple syrup. Put this yummy mixture on top of the bacon and pop it in the oven. What comes out is a spicy, sweet candied bacon that is guaranteed to be the hit of the party.
An added bonus? The smells of bacon wafting through the house. And when that greets your guests at the door, you know it’s going to be a great night. Bacon, cocktails and friends. A combination that can’t be beat.
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 cup chopped or whole pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 pound thick-sliced bacon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a jelly roll pan with foil and place a baking rack on top. Set aside.
- Add brown sugar and pecans to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until pecans are finely chopped. Add cayenne pepper and pulse again. Add maple syrup and pulse until just combined.
- Cut bacon in half cross-wise and place on top of rack. Be certain that the slices do not touch each other. Use a spoon to divide the pecan-brown sugar mixture evenly among the slices of bacon.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tops are browned but not burned. Remove from oven and place on a paper towel lined plate.
- Serve at room temperature.
Make sure you bake bacon to your desired degree of doneness. If bacon is undercooked, it will not crisp as it cools.
Need more ideas for appetizers with bacon? Try these party pleasing favorites!