A few weeks ago, I received a sample packet of coarse Himalayan salt crystals from Pure Pink Salt. Apart from filling up my salt and pepper grinders with this salt, I was trying to think of a good recipe to make use of these pink salt crystals.
Then, I came across this recipe by Evan Thomas who is the author of The Wannabe Chef. Reading through the recipe , I knew I had to try making it because it appeared so simple and yet, I could think of more than a dozen ways to use this delicious seasoning. Perhaps calling it a “seasoning” may not do it justice because it may imply artificial additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG).
I like this homemade recipe because it is made from only three fresh ingredients – bacon, salt and black pepper. It is relatively healthy in small doses since most of the bacon fat has also been rendered from the baking process, leaving only the small crispy and flavoursome bacon bits to add just that extra flavour and texture to an otherwise bland salad or soup.
So last weekend, I set about making bacon salt from the simple recipe below.
Can you possibly imagine the aromas coming from the oven as the bacon was being baked? Heavenly!! When the bacon was cooled, I had to constantly slap Mysaucepan’s wrist as she was stealing bits of the crispy bacon and eating it on its own. Each strip of bacon was like a long, golden brown piece of decadent bacon chip!
I can think of a good sprinkling this bacon salt to make the following foods come to life!
- Creamy cauliflower soup
- Fig and rocket salad
- Leek and potato soup
- Pea and ham soup
- Roasted pumpkin soup
- Rocket salad and shaved parmesan
- Seafood chowder
Salads / Entrees
- Baked potatoes and light cream
- Boiled French beans and sugar snap peas
- Breakfast poached eggs
- Cold potato salad
- Creamy mashed potatoes
- Grilled asparagus and zucchini
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Guacamole and tzatziki dips
Meats / Mains
- Angel hair pasta with EVOO, garlic and cherry tomatoes
- Barbequed, steaks and lamb chops
- Cold chicken or turkey slices
- Homemade ham and pineapple pizza
- Poached salmon fillet with watercress salad
- Roasted pumpkin, eggplant and capsicum salad
- Spaghetti vongole
Using this bacon salt sensibly and in moderation, I believe it can contribute to more healthy eating habits by reducing the salt content in our cooking by a larger amount than the addition of the bacon salt since it is more flavoursome than just ordinary salt.
This recipe is adapted from the recipe of Evan Thomas, author of The Wannabe Chef.
- 600gm rashes of bacon
- 2 tablespoon of salt flakes or salt crystals (adjust according to your preference for saltiness)
- 2 – 3 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
1. Place the bacon on a baking grill and bake at 180 degrees Centigrade for approximately 25 – 30 minutes. Check constantly to avoid over-cooking / burnt bacon as it becomes bitter.
2. Turn off oven when the bacon become a deep golden brown and it should be very crispy and light as most of the fat has been rendered from the baking process.
3. Let cool then place the bacon, salt and pepper in food processor and process in short bursts until it becomes a very coarse and sand-like texture.
4. Store bacon salt in air tight container in the fridge.
1. Some fan-forced ovens can operate the grill and baking functions simultaneously and I have chosen this function as the process is faster and the bacon is crispier.
2. Let the bacon cool to room temperature and it should be very crispy and can be broken by hand into crumbly bits before processing in food processor.
3. The bacon salt should be fairly coarse and not too fine because bigger, crispy bits have better texture when mixed with soups, salads, pasta and meats.
This delicious bacon salt can be used for so many recipes where it can enhance flavours and textures. Can you imagine the good old creamy seafood chowder with a sprinkling of this bacon salt?
So dear readers, have you tried bacon salt in your food before and would you give this recipe a go?
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ChopinandMysaucepan received complimentary samples of the Himalayan salt courtesy of Pure Pink Salt. All opinions on this blogpost are our own.
For more information on Himalayan salt, you can visit Pure Pink Salt at www.purepinksalt.com.au