It’s Thursday again! Thursday has suddenly become my favorite day of the week. It’s the day that I get to share another member of the Improv Challenge with you. This week, I’d like you to meet Kate, from FoodBabbles. Her site is filled with beautiful photos of glorious food. In her own words, “I’m just a girl with a passion for good food. I am a mostly stay-at-home-mom, part-time paramedic, baker, and amateur fotog. I started my blog FoodBabbles about a year and a half ago. I had just quit my full-time job to stay home with my daughter, Maddy who had just been born a few months before. I’ve always baked a lot and my husband was always encouraging me to share that love with people. I didn’t know just how much I would love writing this blog! It’s my outlet to challenge myself to learn and try new things, meanwhile sharing my successes as well as my snafus.”Now lets get on to the goodies. She brought BACON!!
I’m one of those people who is a firm believer that nearly anything on this earth is truly made better by the simple addition of bacon. Honestly. Bacon is kind of one of the most delicious, perfect foods ever. Doctors and cardiologists may beg to differ and true, they have science on their side, however I have a whole lot of love for bacon.
Not too long ago, bacon and chocolate together became all the rage. I found myself wholeheartedly on this bandwagon. I first fell in love with this sweet and salty combination through a little candy bar called Mo’sChocolate Bacon Bars. Oh. My. Goodness. Heavenly! It’s my very favorite candy still even though I’ve been on a wicked salted caramel kick.
The other day while at work my partner mentioned that she brought chocolate dipped bacon to work recently. How had I not thought to do this myself?!?! Seriously! It’s certainly not an original idea. It’s been done and redone but I haven’t done it. This is something that needed to happen in my kitchen. Although, I have to say… now that it has happened, this may be a very dangerous thing.
First of all, get yourself a big ol’ slab of some serious bacon. I’m talking thick cut, high quality bacon. Next, you need that bacon to be crispy. I’m generally a soggy bacon kinda gal. When I go to a diner I actually order my bacon “soggy” and the waitresses always give me a certain sideways look, as if to say “Really?” or perhaps they’re just thinking “Gross.” Whatever the thought, I just like my bacon to be a little less than crisp. However, this is one of those times where super crispy bacon is an absolute must. I find the best way to accomplish that is in the oven but you use whatever method you like. Just make it happen.
Then just dip that lovely pork into some amazing chocolate, I prefer dark. I wanted to up the salt to sweet ratio so I gave mine a sprinkle of fleur de sel. I am also a firm believer that a sprinkle of that on anything sweet brings it to a whole new level. But that’s just me. After I was done, I also had the idea that toasted almonds would be quite tasty sprinkled over this bacon also so perhaps I’ll give that a try next time or if you do, let me know how it came out!
Remove pan from oven and drain bacon on paper towels.
Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth.
Dip each bacon slice in the chocolate then lay flat on the parchment paper to set.
Allow the chocolate to cool for about 10 minutes then sprinkle with fleur de sel then allow to set completely.
– Enjoy! ~K.
It’s me again. Now with this kind of wonderful example, can you see why I love the Improv Challenge? There are some fabulous bloggers on board making some incredible dishes. Next Thursday is our Peanut Butter and Jelly Improv Challenge. Who knows what will show up? I bet it won’t be your everyday, run of the mill Wonder Bread sandwiches!