With 20 home cooks preparing 300lbs of bacon, Lincoln Hall played host to the festival of nitrates known as the Bacon Takedown last Saturday. Like Shang Tsung gathering Mortal Kombatants, Matt Timms tours the country seeking out amateur chefs to battle with key ingredients like lamb, curry, and other things that're vastly inferior to bacon. Here’s the best that the bacon contenders had to offer, starting with a bacon-pecan cheesecake that has a graham cracker & pecan crust, vanilla cheesecake, and bacon topping.
Fat Elvis Bacon Cups
Hopefully, you meet a more dignified end than The King if your diet allows for a cup made of bacon carrying a waffle, peanut butter mousse, bananas, and chipotle-maple candied bacon sprinkles.
You wouldn't want to be more than one degree away from this skewered bacon-wrapped risotto (especially since it took down the people's choice vote) packed with shiitake mushrooms, bacon grease-soaked onions, and gruyere that is then deep-fried and coated with maple syrup.
The next best thing to a bacon root beer float, this sasparilla gelato is garnished with a bacon-wrapped Medjool date, bacon vanilla powder, candied cocoa nibs, and candied orange peel.
Cheesy Bacon Breadsticks
The two-time Takedown champs Joshua Gutzwiller and Nick Angel placed second with these bacon breadsticks coated in parmesan, mozzarella, everything bagel seasoning, bacon crumble, and a dipping cup of bacon marinara sauce.