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Apr 12, 2007 10:48 AM

Honey-fried bacon

Well, I was reading Cervantes's Don Quixote and it was mentioned that the main character ate bacon fried in honey.. Well, this sounds really good to me, but after various experiments, I can't find a way to fry anything in honey, it always just burns Any help?

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  1. I saw something like this on Everyday Food, a PBS cooking show. They used maple syrup and basted the bacon strips with this, perhaps warmed or diluted, I don't recall details. You want a light glaze. They put the strips in a broiler pan and cooked it in an oven. I would line the bottom of the pan to catch drips. I think you roast until the bacon is crispy, probably 10-15 minutes?

    1. Well, I know some BBQers that put brown sugar on bacon and smoke it- call it Pig Candy. I haven't tried but my friends rave about it.

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      1. re: Spencer

        I've wrapped bacon around shrimp w/ jalapeno, put brown sugar on it and broiled. It was good.

      2. this recipe for bacon baklava was in a recent food and wine - haven't tried it but I think it would satisfy that craving.

        1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon
        1 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
        3/4 cup coarsely chopped dates
        1 package phyllo dough
        10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
        1 1/2 cups sugar
        1 cup pure maple syrup
        1/2 cup water
        2 tablespoons bourbon
        Finely grated zest of 1/2 orange

        Preheat the oven to 400°. In a skillet, fry the bacon in batches until crisp. Drain well and crumble. In a food processor, finely chop the bacon with the almonds and dates.
        Butter a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Lay a sheet of phyllo in the pan; trim the edges to fit and brush with butter. Repeat with 4 more phyllo sheets and butter. Spread 1 cup of the filling evenly over the phyllo. Repeat this layering of 5 phyllo sheets and bacon filling two more times. Top with 5 buttered phyllo sheets, buttering the top well.
        With a small, sharp knife, cut the baklava into diamonds. Bake the baklava for 10 minutes. Turn the oven to 325° and bake for 1 hour longer, or until nicely browned.
        Meanwhile, combine the sugar, maple syrup, water, bourbon and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then let cool to room temperature. Pour the cooled syrup over the hot baklava and let stand at room temperature uncovered overnight.