Pecan Praline Bacon
I’m bbaaaacccckkkkkk! Have you noticed I’ve been gone? Well, not really. I just haven’t posted anything since Monday. When I first started blogging I committed to myself to post two days a week but as I got into it, I decided I had more to say and changed it to three days a week. That’s been working really well for me until this week. This is the first time I’ve even missed a day but it’s been a rough few days for me! We had a great weekend with friends coming over for football but I’ve hurt my back since then and also came down with a little bug. I’m fine now and so glad all that is over. I have had a few days to get cooking and I’m so excited about what I’ve been working on! I think you’re going to love it as much as I do!!! That’s why I started with this Pecan Praline Bacon recipe! Because I love ya and because it’s even better than you might guess…it’s awesome! I promise!
I don’t even like pralines. Crazy to some of you, I know. Especially since we spend so much time in New Orleans where you’ll find them all over the place. To me, they’re just too sweet. Like icing. I’m not an icing fan either. Now more of you are shocked, right? How can a person in their right mind not like icing? When I was a kid my mom used to tell me I was going to give myself diabetes because of the huge amounts of sugar I would eat. I even ate spoonfuls of white, granulated sugar. I mean we all ate weird things when we were little, right? I probably wouldn’t go that far these days but I still love sweets…just not really icing. I pick out the piece of cake with the least amount and scrape as much off as I can get! Anyway, these aren’t like icing at all (not really positive why I went into all that but) and not like pralines really either. They are WAY better!!!
Pecan Praline Bacon is also super easy to make. It would be perfect for a brunch or when company is over because you whip up to topping that’s only four ingredients and put it in the oven while you work on the rest of the meal. Oh or a shower or couples party, too! This recipe will be a hit with whomever you make it for…even if it’s only you. It’s also really, really good at room temperature so for a party as an appetizer or even a fun snack this recipe can be whipped up and set aside for whenever you need it. It couldn’t be easier. I warn you though…if you make them…you WILL eat them. I started with a small batch to make sure they turned out the way I wanted them to and I am so glad I did. The last bite was taken exactly 3 1/2 minutes after they were barely cook enough to touch. This is no exaggeration! Try me on this and see for yourself.
As you can see, there are very few ingredients. I used Maple flavored bacon because it’s what I had and also it’s what I like the best. See, sugar! I used some pecans of course and brown sugar (:D) and I needed some spice so I added some Tony Chacherie’s Cajun Seasoning but you could use cayenne if you wanted although it’ll be a little hotter. In this recipe the Cajun seasoning didn’t make it HOT, just added a little something to offset the sweetness. I wouldn’t even call it a kick. Maybe just a small nudge but it was definitely needed. Then I stuck it all together with some maple syrup and made a paste like this:
I cut the bacon strips in half so that they were more manageable and laid them across a wire rack on top of a foil lined baking sheet for easier cleanup. Then I just spooned on this insane topping, doing my best to get it evenly distributed and making sure the pieces didn’t touch. (They actually do touch in this picture but I fixed that.) If they’re touching while they cook they’ll be stuck together and you’ll have to tear them to get them apart.
Pop these beauties in the oven for 25-30 minutes depending on your oven, let them cool and dig in! You’re welcome.
- 3 slices maple bacon cut in half
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (I used Tony Chacherie's)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Combine brown sugar, pecans, Cajun seasoning, and maple syrup in a small bowl.
- Stir together until mixed well creating a thick paste.
- Arrange bacon on cooking rack placed over a foil lined baking sheet making sure they aren't touching.
- Spoon topping onto individual slices of bacon.
- Place in center of a 375 degree oven and bake until done, 25-30 minutes. They must be done in order to crisp and not stay limp.
- When the bacon begins to cool but not all the way room temperature, remove to a napkin lined plate or serving dish.
I know I say this a lot but this is probably one of my top three recipes so far. For real. What’s your favorite? Do you have one? Something you’d like to see me do? Let’s discuss!