There are foods out there that are just plain fun. Like this one; Baconnaise. This bacon flavored mayonnaise developed by Justin and Dave touts their motto- “Everything Should Taste Like Bacon.” Amen and amen! So many other foods have had their shot at the alter like peanut butter and chocolate but now it’s mayonnaise and bacon’s turn at wedded bliss and let me tell you, there is no divorce in the future for this-honeymoon-will-never-end couple.
Trevor at J&D’s, also the makers of the already famous Bacon Salt and the good fellas behind Operation Bacon Salt, sent me a generous box of bacon in various forms; Baconnaise, Bacon Salt, and Bacon Lip Balm. Opening the box brought much laughter, I mean think of it, everything bacon! Doesn’t bacon put a smile on your face? Well unless you are Kosher. But wait this product is Kosher, so smile away! Vegetarian? Smile, you too can have this. That next evening, we had a neighborhood gathering to kick off the Holiday Season and I thought that would be a good time to bring on the bacon. I placed a bowl of Baconnaise out with some crackers and here are some of the responses I heard:
“Now this is something I would buy.”
“It’s Kosher too?”
“This stuff is fantastic, perfect for a BLT.”
I also put out the Bacon Salt for my guests to sprinkle on their popcorn. If you know me well, I always have a big bowl or two of popcorn out when I entertain large crowds. They sprinkled Bacon Salt with reckless abandon over their popcorn and all agreed it tasted just like bacon. They thought the Bacon Lip Balm was a hoot too.
I PROMISED A RECIPE
Baconnaise can be substituted anywhere one would use mayonnaise, at least in savory dishes. Other than the obvious uses; potato salad, deviled eggs, BLT’s minus the need for bacon, Baconnaise can be used in the most succulent dishes. I promised Trevor a recipe and after some thought I came up with Crab Casino Canapés. These little bites are perfect for our family during Christmas. We like to follow the Sicilian tradition of Seven Fishes at Chirstmas; we only do five as seven are too many. Crabmeat is one of our favorite seafoods and what goes great with crab? Bacon. This canapé recipe is based on the classic flavors of Clams Casino which includes garlic and red pepper, Parmesan cheese, and bacon combined with the classic appetizer called the Crabbie. A cheesy, bacon spread is made to canopy fresh English Muffins and baked to a bubbly, golden appetizer to wow all holiday-makers.
Crab Casino Canapés
1/2 cup Baconnaise
1- 5 ounce jar Kraft’s Old English Cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. red bell pepper, tiny dice
Dash Tabasco Sauce
6 ounces lump crabmeat
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
6 English Muffins, split
In a medium bowl mix the first five ingredients until smooth. To remove cheese from the jar, microwave uncovered jar for 20 seconds. Gently fold crab into the Baconnaise mixture. Spread crab mixture evenly over each English Muffin half. Sprinkle each muffin with 1 t. Parmesan cheese and bake on a cookie sheet in a 400° oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Remove from oven and let cool 1 minute before slicing in half. Serve on a pretty platter arranged to look like crab claws. Makes 24 pieces.
Remember my Jalapeño Popper Dip? I substituted the mayonnaise in that recipe with Baconnaise and it was fantastic. Served as our Thanksgiving appetizer, everyone gobbled this right up.
WHAT ABOUT THE BACON LIP BALM ROBIN SUE?
The Bacon Lip Balm is the perfect gift for guys who hate when their lips are chapped and all wifey or girly friend has in their purse is Maybelline Long Lasting Fire Engine Red Lipstick. It is lightly smoke scented with a bit of a sweet taste on the lips and goes on smoothly without that overly waxy feel. Move over smoky bedroom eyes, here comes smoky bedroom lips. Heck with the guys, I liked it too.
Here are some lip balm recipes for giggles:
Bacon Lip Balm + Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Lip Balm= Kinky Foodie Threesome Kissin’
Bacon Lip Balm + Cheetos Lip Balm = That Cheeto Orange Glow Tells Momma Who You Been Kissin’
Bacon Lip Balm + Pop*Secret Buttered Popcorn Lip Balm = Greasy, Messy, Sloppy, I Need a Napkin Kissin’
Trevor sent a little card in with the package of bacon glory, stating for me to have fun with their crazy bacon products. And you know what? I did, I really did. Thanks Trevor!
PS- To my wicked good friends in Boston, if you find their Bacon Suit, give it back, ‘k.