Wednesday, February 13, 2013

3 words, 11 letters…say it and I’m yours... “I have bacon”

Here are 2 cards I wouldn't mind receiving on Valentine's Day (or any day, really)...

 However you choose to say I Love You on Valentine’s day, say it with Bacon!

 (Bacon Hearts pre-chocolate-covered)

Bacon Hearts (Chocolate-Covered)
You need:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cut your bacon slices in half.  Use 2 pieces of bacon per heart, and shape one side at a time into a heart shape.  Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes.  Once cooled completely, dip in chocolate.  

Bacon Truffles
You need:
2 tsp dark brown sugar
¾ cup Cashews, salted
8 slices of bacon, cooked and divided
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp honey
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Parchment Paper

Add dark brown sugar, cashews and honey to the food processor, and 6 slices of bacon roughly chopped.  Pulse in Food Processor for 20-30 seconds or until finely ground.  Stir together bacon mixture and peanut butter in a small bowl until smooth.  Cover and chill for 1 hour in the freezer or 2 hours in the fridge.

Shape rounded teaspoons of mixture into ¾-inch balls.  Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, and chill for an hour in the fridge or freezer.

Chop remaining 2 bacon slices finely.  I prefer the double boiler method for melting chocolate, however, you can do this also in the microwave.  If using a double boiler, place a glass bowl over a saucepan with boiling water.  Bowl needs to be larger than the mouth of the saucepan.  If using the microwave, Microwave chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 to 1 and ½ minutes or until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Stirring about half-way through.  Dip Chilled bacon balls into chocolate.  Place back on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and top with leftover chopped bacon.  Chill 30 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or longer in the freezer. 

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