Candied Strawberry Bacon (with salad if ya want it)

unnamed-2Behold, Candied Strawberry Bacon.  It might be the best thing, since, well, my low carb peanut butter and chocolate dipped candied bacon.  Seriously, y’all, it’s some melt-in-your-mouth crazy town.  The easy way to candy bacon is to cook it on a low temperature for about an hour with something sugary on top— like brown sugar.  I added Parkesdale Farms Strawberry Syrup to the mix and, well, just call it Strawberry Heaven.

I had the chance to partner with the Parke family for my latest Weather Channel segment and these strawberries are seriously the sweetest, juiciest berries I’ve ever tasted.  Below is a shot of me with Matthew Parke, after he picked me a long stem red strawberry!

unnamed-4The caption should just be “WHOAH.”

After my candied strawberry bacon experiment, I added it to some candied walnuts and then feeling guilty for all the candied things happening, I threw in some more strawberries and a little feta and spinach for good measure.  My kind of salad.

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Candied Strawberry Bacon (with salad if ya want it)

Ingredients

    For the bacon
  • 1 package of center cut bacon
  • brown sugar
  • Parkesdale Strawberry syrup
  • For the candied walnuts
  • 1 bag of walnut pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • For the balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • For the rest of salad
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • sliced strawberries
  • feta

Instructions

    For the bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Lay out bacon on a rack over a large rimmed baking pan
  3. Press brown sugar into each slice of bacon from top to bottom.
  4. Drizzle strawberry syrup over each slice.
  5. Bake for one hour.
  6. When cool, cut up bacon and put on salad
  7. For the walnuts
  8. Heat up butter on medium heat in a large frying pan and add walnuts. Add brown sugar, cumin, salt and cayenne and stir to coat. Toast in pan for another 5 minutes and set aside.
  9. For the dressing
  10. Add garlic, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to food processor and pulse till combined. Turn processor back on and slowly add olive oil to emulsify.
  11. Toss spinach with dressing.
  12. Make the salad
  13. Add feta, strawberries, walnuts and bacon to dressed spinach and serve.
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