A chef friend just gave me 3/4 pound of bacon he made himself. It looks a-ma-zing. Lean, luscious.
What should I make with it?
Would like to make something I can give back to him. Maybe some chocolate-covered bacon candy.
That sounds fantastic. But I almost wonder if you should keep it on its own so you can enjoy it! Maybe cook one strip and taste it and let us know how it is. Maybe it;s the best bacon ever on its own. Maybe it needs sweetness so we can help you candy it. Maybe it needs salt so dark chocolate with sea salt is the way to go. Plus it gives you an excuse to eat a slice of bacon, so....
And indeed, I did just that! I made several strips on their own. One in a pan which I had with eggs that I fried in the rendered bacon fat; then I cooked several in the oven, sone of which I ate as is and some I coated in chocolate. I made some into "pig candy" (roast with brown sugar coating). And some I cooked with grilled shrimp, parsley, butter.
It was a good weekend!