Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Homemade Bacon Sea Salt for Queens Swap
As you may have heard through my various rants, Meg, AJ and I held the 4th Queens Swap this past weekend at Sweet Afton Bar, and it was a smashing success. Not only did we enjoy the most participation to date, our swappers came from all over Queens and even (dare I say...) Long Island. It was refreshing to see everyone's enthusiasm for the food, and it was pleasure mixing and mingling the regulars with our newbies. I'll write a more complete post about the entire event later in the week, but in the meantime wanted to give you a preview of my personal contribution, which was bacon sea salt.
Riding the wave of excitement from past swaps, I was ready to step it up this time with a pantry enhancing specialty item, rather than something for immediate consumption, such as my chocolate chip bacon cookies or the coconut yerba mate truffles. To go along with the bacon theme, I chose a simple bacon sea salt, also gaining inspiration from my favorite salt makers - friends at Gardenfreude who produce expertly made herb sea salts.
Overall, the item was a big hit, and I heard it come up many a times during the "negotiation" phase of the swap. I was really flattered, but the ingredients spoke for themselves. I got the recipe via a fabulous blog called The Wannabe Chef, which in turn received inspiration from the Food Network. In any case, here's the recipe - and feel free to alter it any way you want. You're welcome to make the bacon chunks a little bigger for extra texture - it's all about your preference. Enjoy this important food group.
Homemade Bacon Sea Salt Recipe