Among the many things on my “plate” today is exactly how I’m going to celebrate International Bacon Day.
Thankfully, August 31st falls on a Friday so if I happen to “over-serve” myself I’ll have the weekend to recover, but more important, what bacon brand/s should I choose and what should I make? These decisions are not to be considered lightly.
My first thought is to make a thick, char-grilled, medium-rare Wagyu burger and top it with some cheddar cheese and piled high with thick-sliced pan-seared, crispy but not too crisp bacon.
But…here’s my dilemma.
Is bacon a stand-alone meat?
Seriously, with all the praise bacon gets world-wide, all the accolades, all the culinary worship, even its own DAY, bacon (except for breakfast) is still relegated to a supporting role.
It even takes a back seat to eggs.
Still, who can resist stealing a strip (or 2) off a plate as they’re coming off the griddle? Who wouldn’t risk the occasional hot grease splatter burn on a tender forearm just to enjoy one of THE most addictive proteins on the planet.
And so, I ponder because besides a Bacon Cheeseburger, a B.L.T. Sandwich and Bacon Wrapped Scallops seem just as fitting a tribute.
But as I think about it more, I’m going to go “center of the plate”, giving bacon its rightful due and I’m going to buy a locally made product this year. Dearborn Brand, Thick Sliced, Applewood Smoked Bacon, then do the following:
- Set your oven to 375 F.
- Using a baking or sheet pan with a lip, place a wire grate or rack just above the surface of the pan.
- Lay out the bacon strips, side by side, without overlapping.
- Baste each strip with PURE Michigan Maple Syrup.
- Sprinkle each strip with Light Brown Sugar
- Grate a very small amount of fresh black pepper over each strip…just a little bit.
- Place in the oven and bake until each strip is JUST crispy.
- Drain and serve.
Like many people, I LOVE bacon, and I’ve written several Blogs and created several terrific recipes which feature bacon.
To see some of these great recipes and to learn more, click on these links.