Ok, I know the Superbowl is still a little ways away (5 February for those non-sports folks) but a great Superbowl Party requires planning! It takes a lot to keep a group of football crazed fans happy.
Let’s start with food! Now, normally, besides What to Cook Wednesdays, I don’t really do a whole lot of recipes around here. BUT, I have a snack that is going to change your party. What is it?
Cayenne Candied Bacon
It’s ok…I’ll give you a minute to let that soak in. I did say bacon and candied in the same sentence afterall.
Now, ready for how to make it? Good! I’ll share the steps with the help of Junior who first introduced us to this life altering treat.
First up, gather your ingredients (recipe adapted from Emeril’s):
- 1 lb turkey bacon (feel free to use regular but adjust cooking times accordingly…you’ll see from pictures that I did both)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- vegetable oil or cooking spray
Now, let’s get our candy on!
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Next, cover your rimmed baking sheet(s) in aluminum foil. Trust me, this is a very important step!
Now, spray a cooling rack with cooking spray OR lightly coat it with the vegetable oil. Your choice but we are lazy so cooking spray it is. Put the cooling rack on top of the foil in the baking sheet.
Lay your bacon on top of the rack without letting the pieces touch.
In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Mix it really well to ensure the spice is blended into the sugar as evenly as possible.
Coat the top of your bacon pieces with the brown sugar mixture. You may not use the entire amount of sugar mixture and that is ok!
Stick that turkey in the oven! Set the time for 30 minutes.
After the 30 minutes mark, start to check it every 5 minutes or so. For real bacon, the cooking time will be shorter so keep that in mind.
Let it cool for a minute or two and then transfer to parchment or waxed paper to drain. I would not recommend paper towels because they will probably stick.
ENJOY your treat!
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