Peanut Butter Bacon Crostini
I am very fortunate to report functioning power and water service amidst Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Coming from Houston, hurricanes are a very serious worry but most often result in hurricane parties rather than disaster. So while I was definitely the first to dismiss Sandy’s potential, the devastation is very real. I am so thankful to be minimally affected – I know that others are not so lucky and our thoughts are with them.
In preparation for the storm, I went to the grocery (like every other New Yorker…) and when I saw the checkout line snaking around the entire store, I knew I needed to prioritize. While I left the store with plenty of useful things, the resulting concoctions were a little more creative.
After the whole PB&P craze on New York Times last week, I was determined to pick up some bread and butter pickles to further enable my peanut butter adoration. After a mild panic attack while being prodded down an aisle by one too many carts, I left empty pickle handed.
However, there was bacon.
If you remember, peanut butter bacon cookies were the first stab at this combination. This concocted “crostini” version is also one for the record and memory books. Maybe it was the perfectly crisp bacon, or the hint of sea salt in the PB, or perhaps it was the 60 mph wind gusts, but my sense memory with this delicious treat is not one that will ever be forgotten.
Peanut Butter Bacon “Crostini”
1 baguette or crusty bread thinly sliced and toasted
bacon, oven fried
peanut butter (I highly recommend the natural peanuts + sea salt only varieties)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place bacon on a layer of aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet. Fold up sides of the aluminum foil so that oil is captured and easy to discard. “Fry” for approximately 20 minutes, flipping half way through, until bacon is cooked to the level of crispiness you prefer. Place on paper towels to drain.
Meanwhile, toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes at the same temperature.
Slather up bread with peanut butter and place crispy bacon slices on top to form the.best.hurricane.light bite.ever.