It occurred to me recently that in all my kitchen adventuring, I’ve never presented any recipe here that I could honestly call “whimsical.” Main dishes and the occasional appetizer or soup course might be my jam, but rarely have I ventured to share anything that I could file under “Just Because I Could”; an admitted frivolity that you can eat. Not long ago, I set about remedying this by trying my hand at something more likely to turn up in a county fair concession stand or covered in gold leafing and flower petals at some “eclectic” (and yes, overpriced) Manhattan eatery, than on my dinner table on a weeknight, of all times. Given that I chose bacon for my base ingredient in this endeavor, things were off to auspicious beginnings from the outset.
Bacon is one of those foods that people— and even robots, apparently—never seem to tire of finding new uses for. Bearing that in mind, I figured it was high time I tossed my proverbial chapeau into that pen of all things porcine. And so I did, ending up with this original recipe for Oreo-Crusted Bacon.
What You’ll Need:
- 12 Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies
- 6 strips of thick-cut bacon
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
What To Do:
- Carefully separate all Oreo cookie halves and use a butter knife to remove creme filling to a bowl. Set aside.
- Collect and crush cookies inside a plastic food storage bag. Cookie crumb size need not be perfectly uniform; having some larger crumbs in the mix is all right, however overall texture should be gravel-like, with no pieces larger than a green pea.
- Mix brown sugar into Oreo crumbs until evenly incorporated. Empty crumb-brown sugar blend into a mixing bowl or high-edged dish.
- Add bacon and honey to a large bowl. Coat bacon on all sides with honey, then dredge bacon slices one at a time through Oreo crumb-brown sugar blend. (One good method of helping crumbs stick to the meat is to lay each bacon slice upon the surface of the crumb/sugar blend, then bury it in the crumbs/sugar and use your hands to apply 10 seconds of gentle pressure before removing it to cookie sheet.)
- Bake bacon in 375-degree oven on cookie sheet for 7 to 8 minutes, then turn bacon over to cook for an additional 5 minutes, extending cooking time in two-minute intervals, checking between increments to see if bacon needs to cook longer.
- Let bacon cool on a plate for 5-8 minutes, to give Oreo coating time to crisp up a bit, then enjoy.
Cooking Tip: Placing a metal cooling rack on your cookie sheet and then laying the bacon upon the rack to cook is a good means of avoiding having Oreo coating get soggy from bacon lying in pools of its own grease as it cooks. When prepared this way, I didn’t need to turn my bacon over, as it cooked up crisp on both sides.
Optional: While Oreo-Crusted Bacon can stand on its own merits with ease, who doesn’t love a good dipping sauce? Especially one that makes use of the creme filling removed from the cookies and delivers a little kick to the palate along with subtle sweetness?
Spicy Oreo Creme Dipping Sauce
What You’ll Need:
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- Creme filling of 12 Oreo cookies
- 1/4 tsp green jalapeño powder
What To Do:
- Add softened cream cheese, Oreo creme filling, and jalapeno powder to a medium-sized serving/mixing bowl. Microwave in 10-to-15-second increments until ingredients are soft enough to be evenly mixed together using a spoon.
- Mix until smooth texture without lumps is achieved. Enjoy with Oreo-Crusted Bacon.