I know bacon recipes have almost become cliché on food blogs, but bacon captures attention like a bride walking down the aisle.
No one turns away, all eyes are where they’re supposed to be … on the Pecan & Maple Balsamic Bacon Appetizer recipe.
Adding maple to bacon is not culinary genius, but it works. It always works. Here, we go a step further finishing the smoky-sweet-nutty treat with a splash of Vermont Maple Balsamic.
Maple balsamic, you say?
Sweet and elegant, not some artificial maple wanna be, it tastes exactly like you’d imagine if you mixed maple syrup and aged balsamic. Its tangy, sweet, maple-y richness rocks everything we’ve tried it on, especially breakfast sausage and bacon.
I made this Pecan & Maple Balsamic Bacon at Christmas for a white elephant gift exchange. I figured I could take a singing trout or a dancing Santa, but the bacon seemed more tasteful and just as ornery.
Who wouldn’t fight over Pecan & Maple Balsamic Bacon? Luckily, no fights broke out, and the one person who I knew would want it more than anyone, got it.
I couldn’t convince him to share; he took it straight to the car.
Pecan & Maple Balsamic Bacon
- 16 ounces bacon applewood smoked or best available
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- Vermont Maple Balsamic
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a wire rack inside. Brush the rack with oil to prevent sticking.
- Place maple syrup in a shallow bowl and chopped pecans on a large plate or platter. Dip bacon in maple syrup, covering completely, let excess drip off. Place syrup covered bacon in the chopped pecans and press pecans onto the bacon.
- Lay prepared bacon on the wire rack leaving about 1/4 inch between pieces. Bacon can be cut to fit as many pieces on the rack as possible.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes, remove from oven and gently turn bacon over. Some of the pecans will fall off, but that's okay, they make tasty nibbles for later.
- Continue to bake 15-20 minutes longer, or until desired crispness is reached. Bacon will continue to crisp once removed from the oven and cooled.
- Once the bacon is done, remove from oven and carefully lift wire rack out of pan. Now is the time to nibble on the pecans in the pan or save them for salad toppings later. Drizzle Vermont Maple Balsamic over bacon and enjoy.