As I was browsing through blogville and all things internet, I started seeing all sorts of ideas and menus. I had all sorts of ideas milling about in my head (some of them were even good ones). Oscar night is a star studded event so I was thinking about making something that was also star studded. Star studded with bacon of course!
Bacon peanut brittle came to mind so I started to browse the wild world of the internet and found many different recipes and you know what I discovered? I discovered that you can take any peanut brittle recipe and add bacon to it. I don't have a tried and true recipe for brittle so I used the recipe found here at My Man's Belly with only a couple of adaptations.
Bacon Peanut Brittle
Printable recipe here
Make sure you have a candy thermometer for this one. You will need it. Also, gather all of your ingredients into bowls before the sugar is done boiling so you can add it all in quickly and pour the molten hot mass onto the cookie sheet.
Gather up the following into their own separate bowls:
- 1 lb bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup roasted, peanuts. (I used unsalted but salted would work here to)
- 1/2 tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 tbsp vanilla (I will use a full tablespoon next time)
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp salt
Affix the candy thermometer to the side of a large pot and add to the pot:
- 2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 3/4 cup water
Prepare a cookie sheet with either a silpat or silicone liner or butter it generously and set it aside so it is ready to use when it comes time to pour out melty, hot, molten sugary goodness onto it.
Place the pot on the element and turn the heat to medium. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves, then set the spoon aside until it is time to stir in the other ingredients.
Stay in the kitchen during the boiling of the sugar. It can burn so quickly. Don't even run to the bathroom to pee quickly or duck into the other room to check the score on the Jets game!!! (This means you Mrs Kimball!)
This can take a while but do not turn up the heat on the stove, it will be tempting but burnt sugar is gross and messy so don't!
When the temperature reaches 290 degrees or the hard crack stage, remove the pot from the heat. This is important because even if you turn the heat off on an electric stove, the element stays hot and you can burn the sugar.
When 290 degrees has been reached, quickly dump in the peanuts, bacon pieces, and butter. Stir quickly to incorporate. Now just as quickly, dump in the vanilla, salt, and baking soda. It will bubble up so be careful. Stir until it stops foaming and quickly (carefully too) pour the molten hot mass onto your prepared cookie sheet and let it spread out. Do not use a spatula or the spoon to smooth it out because it will deflate the brittle.
Allow the brittle to cool completely before breaking it into pieces.
Savour it slowly....enjoy it.....every bacony piece.