Maple Candied Bacon is the perfect addition to a delicious salad. That is, if you can manage to not eat it all first!
We all know that bacon makes everything better, right? Aside from eating it straight out of the pan, bacon is one of my favorite toppings for pizzas, sandwiches, and burgers. But then I discovered something even more amazing! Yes, that’s right. Something even more amazing than bacon. Maple Candied Bacon.
This little creation is super easy to make, and I can’t even begin to describe how tasty it is. One of my friends made a batch of candied bacon a few months back, and I literally could not walk through the kitchen without grabbing another piece.
It was a chewy, sugary, savory treat that I found quite addicting! Whenever I can manage to not eat it all first, I love using candied bacon as a topping for salads. I’m also imagining using it on top of these Maple Bacon Cupcakes in the near future.
In the warmer months, you pretty much can’t keep me away from the smoker and/or the grill. But now that it has turned cooler, I am confined indoors. One of my favorite pans in the kitchen is my large cast iron skillet.
I use it for everything from bacon in the morning to steaks and pork chops at night. Sure, cast iron is heavy and can be a bit harder to clean than a non-stick pan…but man, the results are totally worth it! Thanks to the fact that cast iron can get super hot, I find it to be the best way to get a delicious sear on meats.
For this Maple Candied Bacon, I actually used the cast iron skillet to cook the bacon, and then I used it again to candy the bacon. I’m all about having fewer dishes to clean! I find this Maple Candied Bacon to be a delicious snack all by itself, but one of my favorite ways to use it is on salads.
For instance, this salad was super easy to make. I chopped up one head of romaine lettuce, and then added crumbled blue cheese, toasted walnuts, pickled banana peppers, and dried cranberries. Then I added the crown jewel of this salad: the maple candied bacon. Finish the salad with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette, and you’ve got a gourmet salad that looks (and tastes) like something you would order at a restaurant!
We think David's Maple Candied Bacon would also be great beside Erin's protein pancakes recipe, don't you?