Paleo Sweet Pistachio Bacon
A few months back Kyle and I made a trip to Cleveland to spend some time with our friends. I like to joke that Cleveland is the armpit of America, because really? What is there to do in Cleveland? Turns out, a lot. Cleveland is actually a pretty cool city with a lively downtown and a nice nightlife. It also had some really good food. 100% I judge every city I visit based on the food I get to eat. I think I must have made that pretty clear because George (our friend who lives out there) pulled out pretty much all the stops when it came to food.
One of my absolute favorite meals was at a place called Luckys Cafe. We went there for my favorite meal, brunch, the day we were going to leave. Its in an area of Cleveland known as Tremont, which I basically fell in love with. Seriously, if I lived there (which I wont, because armpit) this would be the neighborhood I would live in. It's an old area of Cleveland that recently started to reinvent and revive itself. It's now a really up and coming area. Also, you can go check out the exterior home that was used in the movie A Christmas Story. So... it's kinda like being famous or something.
Anyways, back to Luckys. Our friend warned us we would probably have a wait for a table once we got there, and he was right. But the nice thing was that we could buy a coffee at the counter and hang out outside on the patio until our table was ready. After about 45 minutes, we were called in. I ordered the most amazing dish called Shipwreck, which was just a huge mix of hashbrowns, veggies bacon and eggs. I also got a side of the Pecan Bacon to share. And that's where this story really begins.
I don't know that I ever had any type of sweetened, candied, etc bacon before this trip. It. Was. Amazing. It was also definitely not paleo. The bacon was topped with brown sugar and pecans and I swear, I ate it and saw God. Since this trip (which was back in April) I've been dreaming of this bacon nonstop. About a month ago, I decided to make a similar albeit more paleo approved version of this recipe using maple sugar. I also decided to use pistachios instead of pecans. I love pistachios but they are usually pretty pricey so I try not to use them in a ton of dishes. Since this recipe only uses a small amount, it was a great chance to use them.
The first time I made this Paleo candied bacon, it was just for Kyle and me. I figured I could make it for breakfast and then save a few slices for a dessert later in the day or week. Well that was just stupid of me, because we ate the whole packet. So, now that I know better, it is important for me to pass this along to you. There won't be any leftovers. I repeat: there will NOT be leftovers. Please mentally prepare yourself now.
3 Ingredient Paleo Candied Bacon (Refined Sugar Free)
Prep Time: <5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Servings: 3-4 (or 1 if you really like bacon!)
1 package uncured, nitrate free bacon (like Pedersons or Applegate)
1 tbs maple sugar (sub coconut sugar if not available)
2 tbs pistachios, chopped/crushed
- Turn oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil. If you have one, place a cooling rack on top of the foil to help separate bacon from the grease.
- Spread bacon across rack/sheet. Cook bacon in oven for ~15 mins.
- While cooking, chop/crush pistachios using a mallet or food processor. In a small bowl, mix together your sugar and pistachios and set aside until ready for use.
- Remove from oven and coat/sprinkle each piece with the nut/sugar mixture on bacon. You can use part or all of your mixture, depending on how you'd like it.
- Place bacon back in oven until cooked to your liking. I cook mine about 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and briefly cool before serving