I returned from a trip to Scotland this week to find an interesting message on my answering machine. I had been selected as a finalist in the dessert category of the Central Market bacon recipe contest. Finalists were required to bring their prepared dishes to the Southlake store where they would be judged by a panel of 3 judges who work at Central Market's cooking school. Needless to say I was thrilled to have been chosen but a little nervous at the thought of having real people , instead of my diplomatic husband who happily eats anything I prepare without comments. He knows better by now.. But I digress.. Despite being hesitant to make a fool of myself, I realized this would be a great learning experience. I convinced my neighbor, Carol, to accompany me on my adventure and she thankfully obliged. There were 3 entrants in the dessert category and 3 in the savory category. It didn't really hit me what I was doing until I saw the other contestants setting up their displays.
In this recipe thick juicy bacon is candied with a spicy caramel coating then topped with a scoop of creamy goat cheese and berries to create a taste sensation that is out of this world. Be sure to make enough as these are guaranteed to disappear fast.
6 strips thick cut bacon 3 teaspoons sriracha seasoning 1 ½ teaspoons ground cardamom ½ cup brown sugar 7.5 oz creamy goat cheese ¾ cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen and thawed
Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Begin by preparing the cheese topping. In a small bowl mix together goat cheese and berries until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. In a separate bowl mix together sriracha seasoning, sugar and cardamom. Set aside. Cook bacon for 4 minutes in center of oven then turn strips over and cook for a further 4 minutes. Remove from oven, pat dry then transfer to a separate baking sheet. Liberally sprinkle sugar mix on both sides of bacon slices then return to oven and broil for approx. 90 seconds. Turn slices over and cook for a further 90 seconds. Remove bacon from oven, place on a sheet of waxed paper and allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Using a melon baller place 1 – 2 scoops of cheese mix on each bacon slice and serve immediately while bacon is still slightly warm. Enjoy!
In 2008 I co-founded the rescue group, Animal Advocates of North Texas (AANT) to help lost and abandoned animals find forever homes. My blog will regularly feature cats and dogs who are looking for homes and I would be delighted if you would share them with friends and family who might be considering adopting.
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