Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Bacon Rice Krispies Treats
OK, so if you have been following lately you know that I have been on somewhat of a Bacon tear. I promised myself that I would get back to what I originally intended this blog to be, i.e. a humorous look at the food and culture of Upstate New York. Pursuant to this, I decided that I needed to finish with a bang. Before I could hang up my bacony spurs I needed to come up with a dish that was not only novel, but that people would actually wish to recreate. Something that might actually enter the pantheon of "normal" household recipes regardless of its unconventional use of Bacon. What I came up with was a very simple concept, Bacon Rice Krispies Treats.
I started with a package worth of delicious bacon.
I wanted to go for maximum crispospitude and crisposity so the bacon could stand up to the marshmallow mixture without getting soggy. I baked the bacon in the oven until relatively well done.
I set the bacon aside to cool and began the Rice Krispies recipe. I didn't veer from tradition here, I used exactly the directions that come on the box. I started by melting the marshmallows in the butter.
Next, I chopped up the bacon into small chunks, about the size of large bacon bits. I mixed these with the required Krispies prior to the addition of the marshmallow mixture. I felt that this would ensure an even distribution of bacon and would also help to maintain crispness.
After thoroughly mixing the whole mess together I spooned it into a greased baking pan, leveled it out and set it aside to cool. I thought the be-speckling of bacon was simply divine.
After an anticipation riddled hour I decided the treats were sufficiently cooled to cut into. I set in with my knife and extricated a nice sized hunk of the Bacon Rice Krispies treat.
Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by how normal and good these tasted, not weird or nasty at all. The treats were simply delicious, it seemed like a time tested concoction instead of something that I thought up last night. The salty bits of bacon work very well with the sweet and gooey Rice Krispies treats. I am a big fan of sweet/salty combinations like salted caramels or peanut brittle and these guys are very much along those lines. To tell you the truth, I think that the recipe could actually stand significantly more bacon than what I used, I might even think about doubling the amount next time I make these. I highly recommend that you give these a shot, forget about the novelty value of using bacon in rice krispies treats, these are simply very good.