Candied Bacon and Squash Seeds

When I cook I try to utilize every part of the ingredient to the best of my abilities. With this habit, I’ve been able to think outside of the box and truly become creative in the dishes I make.  Recently I made a butternut squash soup and with my puree soups I love adding a crunch or a bite. At first I was only going to make herbed croutons until I started scooping out the seeds of the squash. I looked at the spoonful of seeds and thought, what a perfect thing to make a garnish with! In doing so I decided to candy them with bacon. 

Yield: 1 Cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Squash seeds
  • 1 Cup Bacon (small diced)
  • 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper

Method of Procedure:

  1. Cook bacon for 1 min.
  2. Add seeds and brown sugar, cook for 1 min.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Cook at low heat for 5 mins while consistently stirring.
  5. Afterwards, put the candied bacon on a sheet pan with wax paper to cool.
  6. Once cool, break apart into little bits.

*Can be used as a garnish for soups and salads. It’s also great by itself to be shared as a snack. I enjoy it with a nice glass of bourbon. 

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