Yes, you read that right. PRALINE BACON. Sweet. Salty. Smoky. Nutty. This is good. Very, very, VERY good.
I first had praline bacon when I lived in New Orleans at an awesome restaurant right down the street from me in the Bywater called Elizabeth’s. This place is the bomb dot com, and if you are EVER in New Orleans you MUST go there. They even have a PRALINE BACON BURGER! Hmm… is it worth hopping in my car and driving 22 hours to eat there right now? Maybe not this time. But let me tell you, it’s tempting.
Pralines are a rich, decadent treat made from sugar, nuts (usually pecans), and milk or cream. The result is a super sweet candy-like cookie-ish treat that is also like fudge. It’s a bit hard to explain. Suffice it to say: they are delicious.
This recipe takes the praline’s sugar and nuts and puts it on BACON. I don’t know why, but I feel the need to capitalize the word bacon every time I write it. Probably because I am so excited when bacon + sugar get together! It’s the perfect (and impressive) side to pair with an otherwise savory brunch, such as alongside eggs benedict or a quiche.
OK here’s how this works. First of all, you must bake the bacon. Have you ever baked bacon before? Oh boy, you are in for a treat.
To bake bacon, you will need a rimmed baking sheet and an oven safe cooling rack that fits inside it. I just got mine as a birthday present from my amazing sister, who knew exactly what her food blogger sister wanted for a gift (all right, I may have
hinted told her that I really wanted them). I tried, but I could NOT for the life of me find a set like this in a store. Not at Bed Bath and Beyond, not at Target, not at Marshalls. So if you don’t own a set like this, I suggest buying them from Amazon: I got a Nordic Ware Baker’s Half Sheet and an oven safe cooling rack that nestles right inside it perfectly.
Baked bacon is super crispy and tasty. The fat renders off and drips down into the baking pan, so the bacon isn’t as greasy as frying it. It also cooks extremely evenly to a crisp perfection.
To make the praline bacon, line the bacon on the rack and line the baking sheet with foil (so no mess to clean up!). Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It won’t be quite cooked at this point, and it will have shrunken considerably. Then, brush with maple syrup and sprinkle with a mixture of brown sugar and nuts (I forgot to buy pecans, so I used almonds), and bake for 10-15 additional minutes. The result? AMAZING.
But, wait! Isn’t this blog about real, unprocessed food? Why are you using brown sugar?
Well, because praline bacon is one of those treats that you simply must treat yourself to. You simply cannot live a fulfilled life without tasting this decadent treat.
So go ahead and make it. Everything in moderation, folks :-)
- Place 10 slices of bacon on the rack and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until fat is rendered off and bacon is almost cooked.
- Brush bacon with maple syrup (2 tablespoons), and sprinkle brown sugar (1/2 cup) and almonds (1/4 cup) evenly on top.
- Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, until sugar is melted.
- Remove and allow to cool partially before eating.
- Wire baking/cooling rack