Brown Butter Baklava Bacon
so like apparently bacon baklava is a thing — not baklava bacon but bacon baklava — where it’s baklava with bacon inside, or on top, or whatever, but I didn’t know this until I googled baklava bacon only because I randomly came up with the idea to make bacon with baklava ingredients, and that’s when I discovered bacon baklava (super run-on, I know, I know). Now would I ever make bacon baklava, probably not. Baklava is good on its own but when it comes to bacon... bacon + nuts + sweetness, it's a treasure sent from the Bacon Gods
I love bacon. I was raised as a Muslim but nothing stopped me from having bacon. I didn’t care about pepperoni, or ham, or any pork dish. It was bacon that took my heart. Bacon.
After changing my diet, I was so upset to find that bacon is often sold with sugar as a primary ingredient. What the heck! And then one day, while my husband was getting a haircut in Oakland, I was walking through the Lakeshore Farmers Market and came across a meat company that sold ‘no sugar added’ bacon.
Since then, I’ve been buying bacon packs in pairs and leaving them in my freezer until I feel like I deserve a week of bacon in my diet. Today’s recipe was inspired by a recipe shared by Katie over at Personally Paleo. The inclusion of pistachios made the side of my lips touch my eyes. “I am so fucked,” I say to myself. Immediately, I share the recipe with my sister-in-law who has an equal love for bacon as I do. Her thing is bacon tamales. She asks me to make the recipe and send some her way ASAP, but I…oh I had a better idea: BAKLAVA BACON.
I didn’t have have pistachios or almonds on hand so I scarfed down my 4pm lunch and drove to the store like there was no tomorrow, because THERE WAS NO TOMORROW. NOT IF THIS BAKLAVA BACON WASNT BORN. OH NO SIR.
- 1 pack 12oz bacon
- 2 tablespoon raw shelled pistachios
- 2 tablespoon raw slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoon raw walnuts
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- dash of salt
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (omit to make it paleo!)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- preheat oven 400°F
- place bacon strips on baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes
- meanwhile, ground up the nuts in a food processor or blender until course
- in a small pan, roast nuts over medium heat for 5 minutes, adding the spices. set aside when done
- in a small saucepan, melt butter and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or more, until butter begins turning brown, remove from heat and add honey and maple syrup, keep stirring because the heat of the saucepan will continue to brown the butter
- remove bacon from oven, brush on the butter mixture and sprinkle the nut mixture over each slice
- return bacon to oven for 5 more minutes
- let cool for 5 minutes before serving