Feeling Blue? Try Candied Bacon!
Candied bacon is an sweet, smoky and delicious way to creatively add bacon to even more great bacon recipes. Now that the holiday season is officially over, and everyone is returning to the regular routine of work and school, you may find yourself settling into somewhat of a post-Christmas funk. Especially now that we’re deep into January, snowy weather and early sunsets can conspire to get even the most ebullient personalities feeling a little blue.
Luckily, as with many minor cases of the doldrums, the winter blahs can easily be cured by a quick pick-me-up, courtesy of bacon. In this particular case, however, we’re going to call on the wonder of candied bacon. This sweet-and-salty concoction is becoming ever more popular in recipes these days, especially if you happen to be baking with bacon, or otherwise need to showcase bacon’s sweeter qualities. Many excellent beverages, brownies, and even salads have been created with the help of candied bacon. This sweet and crumbly ingredient is just the thing that many folks need to turn their frowns upside down and get back to feeling like they’re living in a winter wonderland!
Now candied bacon is pretty magical in and of itself, and is a snap to make. All you really need to do is coat some bacon liberally with brown sugar, bake it in the oven, and voila! Once you have a tray full of candied bacon, here are some of our favourite ways that you can give make yourself a wintery treat that will bring a blush back to your cheek in now time.
Candied Bacon Salad
If you’re anything like me, you’ll indulge in comfort food a lot more than usual during the winter, but all that meat and carbs cam leave you feeling a little run down. This salad, featuring lovely bitter escarole, seasonal meyer lemons, exotic pomelos and candied bacon is a great way to make fun of some of the best in-season produce while also feeling like you are indulging yourself. The brightness (and healthiness!) of the flavours will have you feeling better in no time!
Festive Candied Bacon Lillipops
One of the things that can get me down after the holidays end is the lack of parties. I find I miss entertaining and having an excuse to have a house full of people. The trick here is to remind yourself that you don’t need to use the holidays as an excuse, and having an impromptu get-together can be just the thing to life everyone’s spirits. An intimate cocktail party featuring sparking wines and candied bacon lolipops is just the thing to get everyone feeling festive again.
Maple Bacon Cocoa…MMM
Sometimes, though, the very best way to treat yourself during the winter is to curl up in front of the fireplace with a good book, some of your favourite music, and a steaming mug of hot cocoa. Make that treat even a little more special by whipping up a batch of the CoolHaus’ famous maple bacon hot cocoa. This delightful treat is warming and delicious, and will make you feel pampered and happy again no matter how cold it is outside!