Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chicken Fried Bacon - Have you ever heard of such a thing?

I seriously don't know anyone who doesn't love bacon.  This is a must try recipe.  I have not tried it yet, but do plan to try it Saturday.

6 cups flour                        2 Tbsp baking powder           
1 tsp salt                            1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper           
1 quart buttermilk               2 lbs bacon           
 vegetable or canola oil       Creamy Ranch dressing

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.  Place half of this mixture in a large, flat baking dish.  Pour half of the buttermilk in a separate large baking dish.  Dip each bacon strip first in the buttermilk, then in the seasoned flour.  Set the bacon aside on a rack for a few minutes to allow the flour to absorb some of the buttermilk to form a good coating.  For an extra crispy coating, dredge the bacon once more in just the flour mixture.  Heat a good inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan (or in a deep fryer) until a thermometer inserted reads 350 degrees.  Fry the bacon, a few strips at a time (you don't want to crowd the pan or fryer), until the strips are golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.  Drain the bacon on a rack.  Continue until all of the bacon is fried.  Serve the bacon warm (do allow it to cool a few minutes before serving as the hot bacon can burn) with the cold dipping sauce and plenty of napkins.   

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