Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chocolate Bacon Peanut Bark

Chocolate and Bacon was the chocolate trend in 2009. What a great pairing! In 2009 I posted recipes for Chocolate Covered Bacon, Chocolate Bacon Brownies, Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies and a lot more. I also reviewed several chocolate/bacon foods to buy such as Vosges' Mo's Bacon Bar as well as links to other blogs and recipes. Susan Russo on NPR had a great article last week on different pairings of bacon with different foods, but this was my favorite. It's simple to make.

Chocolate Bacon Peanut Bark adapted from Susan Russo's recipe

8 strips bacon
16 ounces fair-trade organic chocolate 60%-75% cacao (chunks or chips are fine)
1 cup unsalted peanuts

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, turning several times, until browned and done, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop finely.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add chocolate to a double boiler (or a saucepan on top of another saucepan). Once the water begins to boil, add the chocolate. Using a spatula, stir continuously, until smooth and creamy.

Stir in the bacon and peanuts. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to 3/8-inch thickness. Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour. The bark should be hard and chilled.

Place bark on a cutting board and cut into pieces — any size or shape you'd like. Serve at about room temperature.


Mason Canyon said...

What a great recipe. When you first say bacon and chocolate, it doesn't sound like a pair. But, the more you think about it, the more it does. I'll have to give this a try.

Janet Rudolph said...

It's the sweet/salty thing, plus the crunch and smooth. You'll love it!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the link.

Janet Rudolph said...

Loved it! Fun to make and eat.