Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Easy Bacon Bits

I love real bacon bits in salads or scrambled eggs but making them is a chore - all that frying and cleaning up the overspray for a few strips of bacon. Recently, however, I discovered an easy, abundant source of bacon bits for those of you who live in the Bay area.

Here's what you do. Drive to your nearest Barney's gourmet hamburger palace, sit down, and order their B.L.T. sandwich and a mocha milk shake. Don't forget the mocha shake - it's crucial to the plan.

While awaiting your sandwich, make goo-goo eyes at your Beloved across the table while you sip your mocha shake, which will have arrived well before your sandwich. Barney's mocha shakes are killer, made with real ice cream, real chocolate sauce and real coffee, served in a very tall glass with a wide-bore straw (that's still not wide enough to allow you to suck up such a thick shake) and alongside the other half of your shake in the metal blender container with a long spoon (very helpful!).

If you have followed directions carefully, by the time your sandwich arrives you will be too full of the mocha shake to eat another bite of anything. Now, ask for a box in which to transport your sandwich (which, parenthetically, is 'way too thick to bite, anyway, and too awkward to eat with a knife and fork) home. Once you get home, take apart the sandwich and pick out all the bacon, putting it into a separate baggie that you will keep in the fridge. On my sandwich, there was fully 3/4 of cup of bacon and perhaps a tad more.

Voila! a boatload of bacon to be chopped in a trice for your next omelet or salad! Nothing could be easier! And you got an unbelievably good mocha shake in the process, a bonus.

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Blogger Rev. Biggles said...

Hi! Funny you mention it. I ran across a different form of the same thing a few weeks ago. Why didn't I post it? Lazy and lacking inspiration. In any case, here's what I did. Fry bacon and pat grease off with paper towel. Let come to room temperature. Slid them in to a ziplock and tossed in the fridge. I was really surprised at how long they stayed crunchy and TOTALLY edible right out of the frige, just over a week. Even Tiny E was impressed at how well they tasted & felt.


Tuesday, April 21, 2009  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

PICK OUT ALL THE BACON???? NO way is that going to happen. Cooked bacon is eaten bacon - and quickly before the beloved come and steals it off your plate (goo-goo eyes do not fend of bacon theiving round this house, O no)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Rev. Biggles, I heat up the bits in a pan before making the omelet and that brings them right back to flavorful. On salads, I let them come back to room temp or just lightly zap them in the microwave to bring back that fresh flavor.

Morgan, if the Beloved has had his own bacon burger, he's less likely to resort to thievery.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009  

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