Monday, August 2, 2010

Bacon...and some other stuff.

For years, I have been what you might call a Bacon devotee, believing that bacon improves everything it touches. I won’t go so far as to say it became my religion, but certainly a guiding philosophy. And as the years came and went the list of things made better by bacon grew, and the list of undesirable combinations remained at zero. But then the unthinkable happened. Twice, in a period of less than three months, bacon, a substance to which I was blindly devoted, let me down. The first instance was a bacon chocolate bar. Vosges, the maker of fine artisanal chocolates had blended two amazing flavors in a single candy bar; and for a brief moment I was overwhelmed with the flavor possibilities, thinking I had quite possibly stumbled upon perfection. But then I tasted it, and as the chocolate melted in my mouth, so too did my dreams. I literally could not give the remainder of the bar away, for as I had learned, bacon and chocolate, do NOT belong together. Strike one.

But you don’t abandon a lifelong friendship over a simple infraction, this small dent in bacon’s normally impenetrable armor was oddly endearing, and closer to my friend I grew. But the young man inside me was eager to experiment, and to taste all the world had to offer, so when I caught wind of a bacon-infused Maple Bourbon cocktail recipe, it was mere minutes before I had set out to create it. Strike Two. I won’t say it was undrinkable, because I made more than I should have, and I finished it all, but it was unnatural. A bit like a barking cat at the pet store, after the initial shock wears off, you might pet the cat, but you aren’t going to be bringing it home.

Ok, I’ll admit it. Bacon has it’s faults, and I don’t expect it to be walking on water, or parting the red sea anytime soon, but despite this I remain devoted, and many years from now, when my bacon-fat corroded arteries, slowly choke the life out of my wrinkly body, I will still be one of bacon’s greatest ambassadors. The below recipe was unabashedly stolen from “The Bite Size Blog”, who are doing some amazing things, you should read their work, I changed an ingredient here and there, mostly based on what was in my kitchen, and paired it with French fries for a more complete meal, but they were the originators and the inspiration, and one must give credit where credit is due.

Scallop BLT’s w/ Fries
Six Large Sea Scallops
Small head of bok choi
Small heirloom tomato
Three slices of bacon
Two large russet potatoes
Honey Mustard Glaze (below)
Herb Mayonnaise (below)

Blanch the bok choi in boiling salted water, and after less then a minute remove and immerse in an ice bath to halt the cooking process. Bake the bacon, while waiting for the water to boil. Over high heat, sear the scallop until golden brown, about 1 minute per side, near the end, add a tbsp of butter to the pan, and spoon over the scallops as they cook. Allow them to cool for a minute before halving. To assemble layer the scallop, bok choi, tomato, bacon, herb mayo, and finally the top of the scallop. Pair with a heavy helping of French fries.

Herb Mayonnaise
½ c Mayonnaise
½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Chopped Sage
1 tsp Basil
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp Ancho Chile powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix, and season to taste.

Honey Mustard Glaze
2 tbsp Mustard
1 tbsp Brewed Coffee
3 tsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cinnamon

Line a baking sheet with tin foil and lay out three slices of bacon. Mix the above ingredients in a bowl and apply to the strips of bacon with a pastry brush. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into one inch strips once cool.

French Fries
Peal and slice the fries, submerge in heavily salted water for a good thirty minutes, dry, and drop into 320° oil for 5-6 minutes. Remove and dry off the excess oil. Raise the oil temperature to 375° and fry for an additional 1-2 minutes until crispy. Serve.


  1. I agree with you that Bacon improves everything it touches. Especially eggs.

  2. Lovely little scallop "sandwiches" if you might. I agree that bacon is awesome but some things might do better without the pairing which is so popular right now. I have to admit I've never tried bacon chocolate chip cookies so I'm hesitant to say I don't like them, but I'm not so sure they'd be on my Christmas cookie list.Your scallop blts sound delicious. The glaze and herb mayonnaise look so flavorful. Thanks for sharing!

  3. the scallop BLT is pure genius!! wow... the fries look delicious too! what a great meal!