Monday, January 21, 2013

Spiced Bacon Twists

If there's one thing I like, it's bacon.  I really really like it.  It smells great and it tastes great too.  So when I saw this recipe in the latest Simple & Delicious, I knew we had to try it.  I am the biggest fan of bacon in the house.  My oldest child prefers it over sausage, but doesn't love it like I do.  My middle child could take it or leave it, but she will eat it.  Steve eats it sometimes, on a discretionary basis.  Nathan won't touch it.  So a recipe like this is mainly for me.  But I knew Sam would eat it, too.  We had this with pancakes (and sausage) on Saturday night.

Spiced Bacon Twists
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
dash cayenne pepper (omitted)
10 center-cut bacon strips

Combine first five ingredients; rub over bacon on both sides (I laid the bacon out on a cutting board and sprinkled the spices over the top and then pressed them into the bacon).  Twist bacon; place on rack in a 15x10x1 inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until firm.

I used my broiler pan for this, and I didn't spray it with cooking spray.  My rationale was that bacon is so fatty, it will be easy enough to clean.  I was very wrong about that.  It took (I estimate) about 5 times longer to clean the pan after dinner than it did to eat the bacon during dinner.  So spray your pans, girls!  The bacon tasted great though.  Emma had a little taste and didn't like it, but Sam and I both thought it was great.  Steve had 1 piece to be polite, but didn't have 2, so I know he wasn't that crazy about it.  It's okay because I am crazy enough for both of us.  Definitely will make again.

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