Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Caramelized Bacon Recipe
I am a huge fan of gastro pubs. I love the hand crafted cocktails and the imaginative reinventions of bar snacks. I also find that most gastro pubs (at least the ones I have had the pleasure of visiting) seem to have a pretty good gluten free snack menu, which might feature something like this gluten and refined sugar free caramelized bacon recipe.
This recipe is inspired by a bar snack I had at a gastro pub in Orlando. The dish was called Bacon and Eggs and was basically a spicy deviled egg with caramelized bacon. The eggs were great but oh, that bacon! I couldn’t get enough of that bacon. I dream about that bacon.
The bacon I had at the pub was coated in brown sugar mixed with a pretty long list of other stuff, so I decided to simplify the recipe and to try it with coconut sugar instead of the brown sugar.
I have to tell you – this recipe should come with some sort of warning due to the addictive nature of this bacon. You can serve it as-is with drinks, crumble it into salads or roasted veggies (Brussels sprouts would be amazing), break it into shards and serve with brie, atop some really good vanilla ice cream … the list goes on.
Really, you gotta try this recipe!
Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Caramelized Bacon
Gluten free nonstick cooking spray
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Wholesome! coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
⅛ – ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
7 pieces (about ½ pound) thick, nitrate free bacon, cut in half
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a wire cooling rack on top. Spray the rack with cooking spray.
In a shallow bowl or plate, combine the coconut sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper. Brush the bacon on both sides with maple syrup and dip into the coconut sugar mixture, making sure to coat well. Place on the rack and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle the nuts on top of the bacon slices and continue baking for another 5 – 10 minutes or until the bacon is fully cooked through but the sugar coating is not burning. You want the bacon cooked very well or it won’t crisp up as well as it should when cooled.
Run a spatula under the bacon strips to loosen, then let cool on the rack. Serve at room temperature.
This Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Caramelized Bacon Recipe makes 14 pieces
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