Is there such a thing as too much bacon?
My heart (and my arteries) say yes, but my taste buds say no.
I’ve mentioned many times here how my Mother’s cooking was not for the weak of heart. Seriously, you needed a really strong heart, because after a few of her home-cooked meals, your ticker would be working overtime to pump the grease out of your bloodstream. Bacon was the meat of choice in our house, and Mom put it in everything.
Since marrying Wilzie, my bacon consumption has gone way down. But on Tuesday, feeling that our blood to bacon-fat ratio was dangerously low, Wilzie sliced open 2 (TWO!) packs of bacon.
It was going to be a big night in the fojoy house.
He put aside 8 slices to enjoy with our pancake dinner, sliced up the rest into bite-sized pieces, and threw half of that into the frying pan. Then he settled on to the couch and opened the laptop…leaving me in charge of the bacon.
After the first batch was fried, I transferred it to a bowl, drained the grease and started frying the second half. Unfortunately, every time I went to stir the still-cooking bacon, I would dip my fingers in to the already crispy bacon in the bowl for a nibble.
When it was all said and done, I probably ate a quarter of that bowl*. But that’s not all! Then we had our pancake & bacon dinner. The only time I have pancakes for supper is on Shrove Tuesday, and I look forward to it all day, but I only had three slices of the salty strips because I was
already stuffed with my bacon “nibbles” dainty, so I gave my extra piece to Wilzie.
*Please don’t judge me.
Then Wilzie went to work on his snack mix. I found this recipe on a blog around the Super Bowl (I cannot remember which one, so if it looks familiar, please claim it in the comments – because it is AWESOME!) and we tried it out a couple of weeks ago. The only problem with it is that it seems to have disappeared.
Maple Bacon Party Mix
2 cups corn chex
2 cups rice chex**
2 cups wheat chex**
1 cup peanuts, salted and roasted
6 strips bacon, cooked extra crispy and chopped
4 T. butter, melted
4 T. maple syrup
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1-1 1/2 teaspoons Maldon (any salt will do but if you are using table salt reduce the quantity)
**Wilzie used Chex, Cheerios, pretzels, mixed nuts, Honeycomb cereal and, of course, bacon
Combine the cereals, peanuts, and cayenne in a large, microwavable-safe bowl. In a small bowl combine the butter and maple syrup. Add the butter mixture to the cereal and stir very well. Microwave on high for three minutes stirring every minute to prevent the sugars to scorch.
Add the bacon and salt. Stir. Let cool. Serve
So Wilzie worked his kitchen magic, and when the first batch was finished cooking, he brought it to me to sample.
“Mmm…s’good.” Nibble pretzel. Nibble bacon. “REALLY good!” Nibble cashew. Nibble bacon. “SO GOOD!” Nibble bacon. Nibble bacon. “You can just leave that bowl here…”
How did my Mom never think of this!?!
I think I sat with that bowl at my side for the next, oh…2.35 hours “nibbling” on the bacon snack mix. It was incredibly addictive, and even though I was so far past hungry, I could not stop eating it. I finally had to make Wilzie take bowl away (as I pulled out another Honeycomb and one more piece of bacon), but instead of making it to the cupboard, Wilzie sat down and started to munch. That is dangerous stuff.
And there’s more!
Wilzie used the rest of the bacon that we fried (and its gooey grease***) to make potato bacon soup for supper last night. And even though I have had about my year’s quota of bacon and can feel my arteries hardening as I type this, he works so hard to make yummy meals, it would have been be rude to turn it down…
***I am not a proud woman
And…I may have begged Wilzie to run to our local cupcakerie to pick up a couple of their featured maple bacon cupcakes.
He said “No”.