I’m not much of a person for candles. To me, they often seem like more trouble than they are worth. After all, for all their benefits, they are pretty temperamental. For instance, you always have to be very careful to make sure they don’t get knocked over. Because of their fussy nature, I’ve never been a huge fan. That is, until I heard about bacon candles. And these are not just those regular bacon candles – the ones that smell like bacon frying, but are made of some weird chemicals. I’m talking about bacon candles that are also edible.
Edible bacon candles
What magical invention am I talking about? I’m talking about this. Rick Gresh, a chef at David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago, has created a candle that is basically a solidified bacon vinaigrette. You light it, and you can drip the “wax” – the melted bacon grease – onto a salad or entree. Very burny, but also quite delicious-sounding! As the gothamist folks say, can we just pour the melted bacon fat down our throats? (I’m guessing, unless I want some serious burns, probably not.)
It’s origin, like many great inventions, came when Rick Gresh had cooked a lot of bacon at his restaurant. He was accumulating a lot of bacon fat, and so he tried to think of something to do with all of the leftover bacon fat. “Most people,” says Gresh, “don’t want to see spoonfuls of bacon fat, so the idea was to utilize it in a clever way. One day, I was sitting at home surrounded by candles, and thought, ‘Why not make a bacon candle?’” Eureka!
Foie gras and bacon lighting
The first one he made was just a pure bacon candle. He used it to pour a light bacony seasoning over scallops, steaks and various other dishes for a smoky addition. Since then he’s branched out to the bacon vinaigrette candle. And probably most indulgently, he’s created a foie gras and steak candle. Uhm, why aren’t all candles made of foie gras and steak and bacon?
Folks at his restaurant seem to go wild for the candles. “We send [the candles] to the table and first, people think it’s for ambiance. Then, when we drop the [spinach] salad, we pour the candle over it. You always hear a lot of screams,” Gresh says.
Do yourself bacon lighting
You can buy the candles at his restaurant – they cost $5 each – or you can try to make them yourself. The recipe requires about a pound of bacon fat (that’s a lot of bacon!), some red wine vinegar and herbs, and candle containers. Gresh says it will take about 20 minutes to prepare, but that doesn’t include the chilling time to solidify the bacon fat. The full instructions are here. I don’t think I will be making any myself, but I’d love to hear about anyone else’s attempts to make bacon vinaigrette candles.
What do you guys think of the bacon candles? Do you think you want to create some burning bacon deliciousness?