A day off is a glorious thing. I usually have a list of things I want to accomplish throughout the day. On a good day I’ll accomplish about two of those things. Posting this is on my list so, this will probably be the biggest feat of my day. I woke up late today. I laid in bed catching up on shows I missed and reading some of a book I need to finish. When I finally made it downstairs to cure the growls of hunger in my stomach, I found myself not wanting the usual yogurt or toast. What is the best way to cure a dull morning? Two words: Candied. Bacon. I gathered the ingredients. Turned on the stove. Then, in a mere 15 minutes I was in utter bliss. This is the easiest “recipe”. I quote recipe because this has only three ingredients. Look at that crispy, caramelized richness. I savored every last morsel. This is a true example of how a few ingredients can really elevate something normal. I did end up having the boring yogurt too. I needed some balance.
- A rimmed baking sheet (so no grease spills down)
- Parchment paper or tin foil
- A few pieces of a smoked bacon (Applewood or Cherrywood for example)
- Pure maple syrup (not the processed stuff)
- Coarse ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with the foil/paper. (I am a lover of parchment but alas we had none in the house, so use what you have.) Place the bacon horizontally on your baking sheet.
- Pour a teaspoon of the maple syrup along each piece of bacon. One teaspoon per piece. Add a pinch of the black pepper.
- Keep it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. But check on it because it will brown quickly because of the syrup.
- Transfer it onto a plate to dry for a bit. I don’t like to eat it when it’s right out of the oven, weirdly enough. The full flavor comes together after a few minutes, trust me.