Chocolate Covered Bacon (or as my husband calls it Man Candy)
16 slices applewood smoked bacon, thick cut
12 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, chopped
4 ounces white chocolate or almond bark, chopped
Cook bacon until crisp. You can either cook it in a pan on the stove until crisp or on a foil lined pan in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Place cooked bacon on paper towels to drain and cool. Cut each bacon strip in half.
Melt your semi-sweet/milk chocolate. You can either melt it in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. You can add about a teaspoon of shortening to thin out the chocolate even more if you want a thinner consistency. Whisk until completely smooth.
Lay the bacon on a fork and dunk the bacon into the semisweet chocolate and make sure it is completely coated. Gently tap the fork against the side of the bowl letting the excess drip off and lay on a parchment or waxed paper lined quarter sheet tray. Repeat with all the bacon slices.
Melt the white chocolate/almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Be careful not to heat it too much or it will seize. Drizzle over the chocolate covered bacon. Put the sheet tray in the refrigerator to set, about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the sheet tray to a serving dish and serve.
makes 2 small servings
~8 ounces dark chocolate, cut into pieces
~1 cup heavy cream or whole milk (don’t you dare use non-fat in an attempt to make it healthy!)
1-2 teaspoons sugar (depending on the sweetness of your chocolate)
1 generous pinch of sea salt
Combine the chocolate with half the milk in a small saucepan over low heat. If you have a double boiler- feel free to use it. Stir until the chocolate has melted, then add enough milk for it to reach your desired consistency. Add sugar and a pinch of salt to taste.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate (serves 4)Ingredients
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 quart milk
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)
- 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole
- pinch of salt
- Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.
Just. Died. Must make this!
OH. MY. GOD. O___O