Executive Chef Adrianne Calvo is the owner of the award-winning Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, and hosts Maximum Flavor Live on NBC’s 6 in the Mix. The busy author of four cookbooks is also the creator of this addictive bacon recipe certain to delight those who love taking the heat with the sweet. Quick and easy to prepare, it will have your guests begging for more with its spicy crunchiness.
Ghost Pepper Candied Almond Bacon
- 4 slabs thick cut bacon, apple-wood smoked
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/4 sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Ghost Pepper Salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. On a cookie sheet, lay the slices of bacon flat. Pour honey over the bacon, add brown sugar, and dust with cayenne pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until the bacon is cooked through and begins to caramelize on the edges. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add sugar and almonds. Cook over medium high heat until sugar begins to turn an auburn color. Stir constantly and pull off heat. Pour the candied almonds onto a nonstick mat or surface sprinkle with ghost pepper salt and allow to cool. Chop the cooled candied almonds even more and spread onto the bacon generously. Bake for an additional minute to allow the almonds to adhere to bacon. Allow to cool and enjoy.
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