Friday, October 11, 2013

Sizzle Crisps from "Avatar: The Last Airbender"


          Today's world of "Avatar" food is sizzle crisps; a popular Fire Nation snack often eaten at festivals and events, like the circus, such as the one in "Appa's Lost Days" (ATLA s.2, ep.16). It's said that the taste of sizzle crisps is distinctly bacon-like with the typical Fire Nation hotness. So I decided to make this snack out of for realsies bacon. And then made it like candy. And then added the hotness. So here you go! Fire Nation sizzle crisps, AKA sugared baked bacon, powdered with spices. Of course, you can go as easy or as hard on the spices as you'd like.

Fire Nation Sizzle Crisps

Ingredients:
1 pkg. Bacon (preferably center cut, normal thickness)
1/2 Cup White Granulated Sugar OR 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Ground Red Pepper Powder
(&/or other spice powder. I like the red pepper + McCormick's Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking tray (with sides) with foil & place a wire rack onto the tray. Pour the sugar onto a large plate & spread it around & (if using brown sugar) fluff it with a fork. Open the bacon pack & cut all of the bacon in half. Using the fork or your hands, dredge each strip of bacon in the sugar (rub it on if using your hands, esp. good for brown sugar) & shake off any thick clumps. Lay the sugared strips on the wire rack & slide the tray into the preheated oven. Bake for about 15 mins & then carefully flip the strips over & bake for about 15 mins. more or until the bacon is nice & crisp-ish & no longer pink (oven times vary & bacon brands vary too, so keep an eye on it! Don't let the bacon burn!).
2. Remove the tray & let cool about 5 or so mins. The bacon will stiffen a little as it cools. Stack one row of strips together & transfer to a plate or cutting board. Cut into bite-sized pieces & then separate the pieces from one another. Repeat with the remaining bacon strips. Put all of the pieces in a plastic sandwich baggie & sprinkle in some red pepper powder &/or any other spice you'd like. Do this to taste, of course (I suggest adding powder in small amounts)! Seal the baggie & shake to coat the bacon pieces. Serve the spiced bacon pieces in red cupcake liners (this is great if you're having a party or something). If you don't want to cut the bacon into little pieces, simply sprinkle-spice both sides of the uncut bacon strips while they're still on the wire rack. Enjoy!

5 comments:

  1. I'm making these even as I'm typing this comment (can't wait to eat them!). I do have a recommendation, though: use a baking tray with sides, if you can. I used a flat sheet to bake the bacon, and I just had to move the slices to a walled sheet, because the sugar and bacon juices were running down and dripping onto the bottom of my oven. :/ It smells great, though!

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    1. Hi, Nehelania! I'll add that to the instructions for clarification. In my mind a tray has sides and a sheet is the one that doesn't. But even though I say tray in the instructions, I shouldn't assume people will automatically know I mean the kind with sides–so thanks for mentioning this!

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  2. I just finished making these. OMG so good! 10/10 would make again. It was so hard to share them with the husband.

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