They always say bacon makes everything better. But is it possible for bacon to make itself better? The answer is yes.
I have always added pepper to my bacon before I cook it. Just to add a little something extra. To take it up a notch, as Emeril says. But this combo takes bacon to a whole new level. I can't take credit for this recipe, I give that credit to Kelly Kapowski.... Well, Tiffani Thiessen. She was making brunch on her new show on the Cooking Channel and made this bacon. She added maple syrup, brown sugar and fennel seeds to the bacon. Genius. I love all of those, but never would have thought to put it on my bacon before I baked it.
The bacon came out carmelized as well as sweet and savory. It was the perfect bite and crunch (if you like your bacon somewhat burned, which I do!). My husband has an unhealthy love of bacon. I probably created an even bigger bacon problem by making this for him. I guess i'll be making more bacon from now on. But if I am making this bacon, I am okay with it.
Maple Fennel Bacon >> Serves 2
- 12 Slices of Bacon
- 3 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Fennel Seeds (crushed)
- Cracked Black Pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the slices of bacon on a baking sheet. Mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar and brush onto the bacon. Season with black pepper. Sprinkle the crushed fennel seeds on the bacon strips. Bake until brown and crisp, about 20-25 minutes. Let them cool on a rack and serve with your favorite breakfast or by themselves!