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Caramelized Bacon

There were a few recipes at Stevens Catering that we could not make enough of. Guests kept coming back for more until it was all gone. This is one of those recipes. I finally learned to ask clients how much to make and they understood when it was gone I would remove the serving dish from the table and guests would eat other things. Ina Garten did a great job on this recipe and it is just that good. Enjoy!

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Caramelized Bacon

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina Garten, page 31
Course Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, brown sugar, cayenne, maple syrup, pecans

Equipment

  • sheet pan
  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup chopped or whole pecans
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 pound thick-sliced Applewood-smoked bacon I use Wright’s Hickory Smoked

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil (for easy cleaning) and place a wire baking rack on top.
  • Combine the brown sugar and pecans in a food processor and process until the pecans are finely ground. Add the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and pulse to combine. Add the maple syrup and pulse again to moisten the crumbs.
  • Cut each bacon slice in half crosswise and line up the pieces on the baking rack without touching. With a small spoon, evenly spread the pecan mixture on top of each piece of bacon, using all of the mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the topping is very browned but not burnt. If it’s underbaked, the bacon won’t crisp as it cools.
  • While its hot, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside to cool. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

These can be made early in the day and stored at room temperature.

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    Thanksgiving Meal- Sweet Potato Casserole

    It would not be Thanksgiving or Christmas at Sweets & Eats without Sweet Potato Casserole; and thanks to my best friend and her mother, we have a great recipe. 

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    Sweet Potato Casserole

    Source:  Adapted from Carolyn Bates Carlisle and her Mother,  Christine Bates, fondly known as Tetot
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Keyword brown sugar, pecans, streusel topping, sweet potatoes

    Ingredients

    • 5 cups warm mashed sweet potatoes
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 stick butter
    • 2 each eggs slightly beaten
    • 1 dash salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2/3 cups milk use up to this amount if dry

    Instructions

    • Mix all ingredients and place in a greased casserole. Mix in separate bowl the following ingredients for a streusel topping:
      1/2 cup light brown sugar
      1/4 cup flour
      1/2 cup pecans, chopped
      1/2 stick butter, melted
      dash salt
    • Mix streusel and pour over sweet potatoes.  Bake 350 F. for 30 minutes.

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