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RECIPE: Praline Bacon With Blue Cheese

A praline bacon appetizer, side or cheese
course. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk
Marketing Board.

 

Here’s something special to make for a lover of bacon and blue cheese—two popular ingredients found together in a Cobb Salad.

The praline-crusted bacon with its peppery kick contrasts with the creamy saltiness of blue cheese. The mouthfeel is unforgettably lush and the flavor is addictive.

Serve it as an appetizer, as a cheese course after the main course, or as a sophisticated side with breakfast eggs.

BLUE CHEESE WITH PRALINE BACON

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond meal (finely-ground almonds—you can also use pecans)
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 slices thick-cut or slab pepper-encrusted bacon (we use Niman Ranch)*
  • Your favorite blue cheese (we use Roquefort)
  • Optional garnish: cherry or grape tomatoes or radish, plus microgreens for a salad course
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    *If pepper bacon is not available, add two tablespoons of fresh coarse-ground black pepper to the praline mixture.

    Preparation

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

    2. Combine all ingredients but the bacon in a wide, shallow dish. Dip and press each slice of bacon in the praline mixture on both sides.

    3. Lay bacon strips on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle additional praline mixture over the bacon slices in the pan.

    4. Roast the bacon until the fat begins to render, about 6 minutes. Rotate the pan front-to-back and continue roasting until the bacon is crisp and brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

    5. Remove, cool and break or cut bacon into bite-sized pieces. Serve warm or room temperature with the blue cheese and optional garnish.

    This recipe is courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.

      




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