This weekend was the Super Bowl and also a good friend’s birthday. In honor of both, we had Baconfest. All things pig and pig-derived. A few of the fun things I brought to the party:
Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs
Hard boil a dozen eggs. Allow to cool, peel, and slice.
Combine egg yolks, 1/4 cup of ranch dressing, and 6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled into little bits. Smaller is better!
Spoon yolk-ranch-bacon combination into a pastry bag or gallon storage bag with a corner snipped
Touch the tip into the bottom of the indent of an egg and gently squeeze the bag, lifting up as the cup fills. My friend Heather gave me this tip and it made it SO much easier!
I made some extra bacon-ranch by stirring cooked bacon into simple ranch dressing and left it out on the table for dipping veggies. Yum!
Combine 8oz (1 package) of softened cream cheese with 4 slices of bacon, cooked well and crumbled into little bits.
Roll out a package of crescent rolls and cut each triangle in half.
Place a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture on the wide end of each triangle and roll up.
Bake for 8 minutes (or until golden brown) at 375
These were DELICIOUS, and I’m thinking they’ll be awesome at brunch with other flavors mixed into the cream cheese. I think next time I make these I’ll mix the cream cheese with fruit jam or maybe even peanut butter.
I adapted this recipe from BaconToday.com.
Jeff had made a couple batches of Cayenne-Candied Bacon and had a ton of brown sugar left over. He didn’t want to throw out perfectly good sugar, but he didn’t want to save it since he’d been dredging raw bacon through it. So we found the bacontoday.com recipe and figured we’d give it a shot with a few adjustments.
Follow directions for candying about a pound of bacon, saving the drippings. About 1/4 of a cup of bacon grease is plenty. We ended up with less, which was fine, but you won’t want more.
Melt a cup of butter and add it to the bacon drippings. Let them cool.
Mix in 2 cups brown sugar and 2 eggs, beaten. Add 1/4 cup honey, 1tsp salt, and 1 tsp vanilla.
Set aside 4-5 slices of candied bacon and break or chop the rest into little pieces and mix into the dough.
Mix in 3 cups of flour a little at a time. As with any recipe, add flour gradually to ensure that you don’t get lumps.
Cut the pieces of bacon you set aside into 1″ squares.
Roll dough into balls and press a bacon square into the top of each. Arrange on a cookie sheet and bake 12-15 minutes at 350. Makes 2 dozen.