Microwave Bacon Peanut Brittle

Microwave bacon peanut brittle

When I was at IFBC in Seattle last month we were treated to bacon peanut brittle. This would not be something new to the bacon lovers out there. After all, our world is slowly being taken over by baconnaise, bacon lip balm, etc. We even came across bacon martinis and bacon bloody marys when we were at brunch. But for me the idea of bacon in peanut brittle was something new and yet, oh-so right.

My problem is that when I'm bored, I bake - or  make something generally not healthy, but satisfying to my sweet tooth. So here I was thinking about that bacon brittle. My version is a tweak to the microwave versions out on the internet.

Important! Do not try to make double batches! It will boil over and make a sticky, gooey mess in your microwave. Believe me. I know.

Bacon amount can vary depending on your bacon addiction.

Bacon Peanut Brittle

     4 slices of bacon
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 c. unsalted peanuts, skins removed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Grease the foil with butter. Set aside.

Fry the bacon in a skillet until it is crispy. Remove and dry on paper towels. Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease for later. Take crispy bacon and chop it into very small pieces.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and peanuts in 2-quart microwave glass mixing bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 8 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Add bacon, vanilla, baking soda, and bacon grease. At this point it will foam up, but stir thoroughly and put back in microwave. Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Brittle should be tan in color. Quickly spread on buttered baking sheet as thinly as possible. Let cool. Break into pieces.