Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Maple Bacon Gravy

Serves three to four: (pictured over mashed potatoes and peppered tenderloin)

You will need:
maple syrup
7 large pieces of bacon
chicken broth
Penzey's Mitchell Street Seasoning or Old Bay
crushed red pepper
olive oil (may not be required)
Parsley for garnish (optional)

For ease of assembly:

In one coffee mug place 1/4 cup chicken broth

In a second coffee mug place 1 cup plus 1 Tablespoon milk as well as  1 Tablespoon plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup. (note 1 and 1/2 tsp is 1/2 Tablespoon)

In a third coffee mug place 1 Tablespoon plus 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed well with 1/4 cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon Penzey's Mitchell Street Steak Seasoning (Old Bay is a close equivalent of spicy and savory) a pinch of crushed red pepper, and a small dash of salt and pepper.

Fry up about 7 pieces of Amish or thick cut bacon. (The Amish bacon, if you can find it, is generally less fatty, and fries up in thicker, bigger pieces).

Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain, and roughly chop into small pieces, set aside..

In your fry pan, pour off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon grease (if you can't eyeball it, pour off to measure but leave the browned bits in the pan).

If you have less than 3 Tablespoons of bacon drippings, add olive oil to bring it up to that amount.

Add chicken broth to the 3 T. of hot bacon drippings/oil in pan, lowering heat slightly so it doesn't spatter and whisk to deglaze the pan, stirring up the little brown bacon bits. Add the cup of milk/maple syrup mixture from the second coffee mug , whisking frequently over medium heat , just until it comes to a boil.  Reduce heat just slightly to maintain a simmer, and SLOWLY stream in the cornstarch/milk/spice mixture, whisking constantly, and continue to whisk as it bubbles at a simmer for about 7-8 minutes, until thickened. Add another Tablespoon of milk if you wish thinner gravy,

 Add bacon in, stirring to heat bacon and then SERVE IMMEDIATELY. 

Great on chops, tenderloin, chicken, waffles, biscuits.

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