What could be better than bacon? Well, how about maple bacon. With cooler days coming our way, our food choices tend to become more comforting and often sweeter. This bacon is sure to liven and sweeten up your breakfast and would even be an interesting addition at dinner parties. I dare you to put it on a cheese plate or even on top of a boozy hot chocolate drink. I mean, it’s bacon. It goes with everything.
The recipe uses Mountain Town Olive Oil & Co.‘s Maple Balsamic Vinegar. It’s the first of its kind, an aged pure maple balsamic, using real 100 percent pure maple produced at a small family farm in Vermont. This balsamic is outrageously good. Think pancakes, waffles, pork chops, ice cream, dressings, marinades, chocolate, cake, fruit, and glazing bacon! It also pairs well with their organic butter extra virgin olive oil, California toasted almond oil, French Walnut oil, blood orange olive oil and any of the superlative unflavored extra virgin olive oils in their collection.
Go pick up bottle of this versatile vinegar and get to glazing!
- 12 ounces bacon, applewood smoked is best
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup crushed pecans
- 1-2 teaspoons MTOO maple balsamic vinegar for finishing
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet in foil and spray if desired so nothing sticks.
- Place maple syrup in a shallow bowl and chopped pecans on a large plate or platter. Dip bacon in maple syrup, covering completely, let excess drip off. Place syrup covered bacon in the chopped pecans and press pecans onto the bacon.
- Lay prepared bacon on the wire rack leaving about ¼ inch between pieces. Bacon can be cut to fit as many pieces on the rack as possible.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes, remove from oven and gently turn bacon over. Some of the pecans will fall off, but that's okay, they make tasty nibbles for later. Continue to bake 15-20 minutes longer, or until desired crispness is reached. Bacon will continue to crisp once removed from the oven and cooled.
- When there is only a few minutes left to cook, take bacon out and drizzle the maple balsamic over all the pieces. Cook for a few more minutes to let the balsamic caramelize. Take out when the bacon reaches your desired crispness, add another drizzle of balsamic vinegar and enjoy,