Dark Chocolate-Dipped Artisanal Bacon, Encrusted in Applewood-Smoked Almonds
While not made with beer, this Dark Chocolate-Dipped Artisanal Bacon, Encrusted in Applewood-Smoked Almonds is a wonderful candy to pair with beer. Try pairing this chocolate coated pork candy with a, American Stout, Chocolate Stout, or Russian Imperial Stout. The pairing beer can be barrel aged for a more intense beer pairing experience, using the different types of barrels (Bourbon, Rum, Wine) to create even more compare and contrast interactions on the palate. This candy is great when mixed with other Chocolate Beer Truffles. To learn more about chocolate and Making Chocolate Beer Truffles, check out the blog post.
Adapted from BeerAdvocate Magazine: Cuisine à la Bière | Feb 2009 | Issue #25
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- 3/4 cup chocolate, dark or bittersweet, tempered
- 8 strips bacon, Artisanal, smoked, thick cut, cooked until just crispy and cooled
- 1/2 cup almonds, smoked, coarsely chopped
- Take a piece of cooked and cooled bacon, dipping seven-eighths of it in tempered dark chocolate, lightly shaking it to remove any excess chocolate, then coating each side with chopped smoked almonds. Place onto a drying rack and let sit until the chocolate hardens.
- Store the chocolate dipped bacon in an airtight container in a cool place. As cooked bacon is safe to leave out for a few days, since the moisture content, salt cure and chocolate coating all help preserve it.
Chocolate Beer Truffle Recipes:
- Bruin Beer Caramel Truffles Infused with Ginger, Cinnamon and Orange Peel
- Caramelized Cocoa Nibs in Imperial Stout Truffle
- Chambly Noire Beer Brittle for Chocolate Beer Truffles or Beer Bark
- Flanders Red Ale Beer Caramel
- Kriek-Soaked Dried Cherry with Framboise Crème Caramel Chocolate Beer Truffle
- Malted Dark Chocolate Bacon Ganache with Alderwood-Smoked Salt Truffles
- Russian Imperial Stout Truffles