Today, I submit for your consideration: waffles and bacon. Together.
Alright, so I love bacon. I really do. I can’t help it…it’s delicious. I haven’t jumped on the Bacon Bandwagon, though. As much as I love bacon, and as much as I love the combination of sweet and salty, I’m not interested in a bacon cupcake. Or a bacon donut. Don’t even bother talking to me about bacon candy or gum…the idea makes me cringe.
While I’m sure there actually are great recipes out there combining bacon with cake and other sweet treats, I’m more of a bacon purist. I like bacon for what it is on it’s own. I like what it brings to a meal, but I could certainly eat an entire meal of just bacon strips. Don’t judge me.
Here’s the thing, other than bacon, I don’t eat pork. I’ve never really likes it, and unless it’s chopped up and served in some kind of lovely sauce, I typically avoid it. But bacon? Mmmmm, bacon.
About a year and a half ago, the hubster started making the most delicious (and probably the unhealthiest) bacon I’ve ever had. Ever. He got the recipe from the great Alton Brown, and we haven’t looked back.
Alton brown is going to take over the world, and make it a better place. His bacon alone could bring about world peace
Anyway, this particular recipe had bacon, brown sugar, and black pepper. All good things that should naturally be put together. Trust me. This makes the most phenomenal bacon…if you like to add a little bit of sweet and spicy to yours.
You simply lay your bacon out on wire cooling racks set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle plenty of brown sugar over it. Then crack lots of black pepper over that, and bake. Then flip and bake some more. Alright…so silly me didn’t take a picture of the glory that is Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, but trust me when I say it’s a beautiful thing.
Now, we’d been enjoying this manna from heaven for about 6 months, when I stumbled upon Joy the Baker. Genius that she clearly is, Joy threw some bacon very similar to this into some waffle batter and made gorgeous bacon filled waffles with it! She and Alton should join forces in the quest for world peace.
I mean, come on! How on earth could this end up being anything other than brilliant? Trust me when I say that you must try this. If you love bacon, you can’t pass this up. Go invest in a waffle maker, if you have to, but don’t miss these. This is going to be our Christmas morning breakfast. I can hardly wait!
The bacon can be made a day or two before you plan to make the waffles and refrigerated until ready to use. Meanwhile, the waffle batter whips up in less than five minutes, and can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to five days, so there’s nothing too long and complicated about this recipe and you can make it well in advance of the big day. I advise not mixing the bacon into the batter until just before you cook the waffles. We’ve made these several times, and the whole family loves them! Plus, the waffles freeze wonderfully, so you can just pop one in the microwave or toaster and have yummy bacon waffles anytime.
World Peace Bacon Waffles
Makes about 14 to 16 8-inch round Belgian waffles, but cuts in half very easily
FOR THE BACON
1 pound bacon
3 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons black pepper (more or less, to taste)
FOR THE WAFFLES
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
1 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To make the bacon: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place wire cooling racks on the sheets.
Lay the bacon out on the cooling racks and sprinkle evenly with half of the brown sugar and half of the pepper. Press the sugar and pepper into the bacon, then flip it over and sprinkle the remaining sugar and pepper on. Again, press the ingredients into the bacon. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, flip the bacon slices over, and bake for another 10-15 minutes, checking the bacon regularly to prevent burning. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving, or allow to cool before chopping into bite sized pieces and adding to the waffle mixture.
To make the waffles: Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Preheat your waffle iron.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; make a well in the center and set aside. In a medium bowl, Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla; whisk together. Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the center of your dry ingredients. Whisk until just combined; do not over stir. Stir in the bacon pieces. Cook waffles according your waffle maker’s instructions. Place each waffle in the preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve.