Oh yeah, I went there. Bacon on a stick. This food memory is going to sound crazy and it's from so long ago I can't admit the year. However, I assure you this is real and it's all about bacon. A grillion years ago, I went to my cousin's wedding and ate a sweet bacon-stick appetizer that blew my mind. I couldn't figure out what it was. I just.kept.eating.them.
Brown Sugar Bacon Sticks: One of my Favorite Food Memories
Years later, I made these bacon sticks and they were good but they were missing something. I wanted them to taste like the appetizer from the wedding. But I couldn't. I rolled bacon - wrapped around a grissini breadstick - in brown sugar and baked them. In hindsight, one big mistake was not cooking them on a wire rack so the sugar and fat can drip down onto the foil. They were always a mess! Humph. Plus, there was a layer of flavor missing.
When I added the maple syrup it was a game changer. I can't believe it took me so long to realize the missing link was maple syrup. So embarrassing! Finally, I cooked them on the wire rack and brushed them with good-quality, real maple syrup when they came out of the oven and I finally did it!! They tasted exactly like the wedding appetizer. Keep in mind also: this is only a four-ingredient appetizer.
I set aside a few for my mom to try and this is what she said and I am not kidding, "Oh my God these taste just like that appetizer at your cousin's wedding."
My mom and I had never discussed the appetizer from my cousin's wedding. I never knew this was a food memory for her and that she also loved that appetizer and had daydreamed about it from time to time over the years. This is a "true story," as my Uncle Buck used to say. Yes, I had an Uncle Buck.
The Brown Sugar Bacon Stick Gallery
There's a delicate touch needed when preparing bacon sticks
It's relatively straightforward to make these, but you do need a soft touch. Grissini breadsticks are needed and to be honest, many of the breadsticks in the package I bought were broken. When handled, they can break if you are not careful. So we adapt, right?
- For the broken Grissini breadsticks - I just broke off a bit from the top to even them out. They are a bit too long anyway.
- One strip of bacon should be gently wrapped around the breadstick.
- Transfer the bacon stick to the brown sugar and coat the whole stick.
- Lay out your brown sugar bacon sticks on a wire rack placed on top of a foil-lined sheet pan.
- After they are cooked, transfer to another plate or clean sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Brush with maple syrup.
Now go forth and make bacon sticks! Seriously, this is a great appetizer for a crowd and you could even put these babies out at your next brunch gathering. Either way, it will be the one thing everyone remembers.Print