Because Chicago can't go three months without a bacon-related food festival, we found ourselves back at Lincoln Hall this year for another edition of the Bacon Takedown. It's a simple concept: a batch of home cooks are each given 15lbs of bacon (which sounds like a prize in itself), then they get to cook whatever they want in a no-holds-barred public taste-test, with the winners scoring a year's worth of pig candy. Here's what they came up with...
Watch your back Fannie May, your turtles have nothing on this chocolate-covered, bacon pecan praline.
3. Bacon apple jam
This bad boy is made up of apples, bacon, honey whiskey, maple syrup, chili powder, brown sugar, ground mustard, and ground ginger. Phew! We promise it takes a lot less time to enjoy than to list the awesome ingredients inside it.
4. Bacon creampuff
They put the bacon in the dough, they put the bacon in the cream, you put the whole thing in your mouth.
5. Bacon fried ravioli
A spicy shrimp & bacon fried ravioli w/ Parmesan and ricotta cheese alongside bacon-sweated onions with a bacon Alfredo sauce.