Sweet & Savory Bacon Bites!

THE SANDWICH: This one’s perfect—and easy!—for the bacon lovers in your life: Balsamic Glazed Bacon with Fresh Basil on Sweet Dinner Rolls.

bacon! pan de sal

THE INSPIRATION:I might do a five-day bacon cleanse.” My genius sister, Diana, said this last week over dinner at Bubby’s.


Organic uncured bacon

Balsamic glaze — I used Acetum Blaze, which I bought at Faicco’s Italian Specialties on Bleecker Street in NYC.

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Organic fresh basil

Sweet dinner rolls — Heat them in the oven before using. I baked Pan De Sal from a Filipino bakery in Jersey City to a deep golden brown. (Thanks, Mom!)

THE RECIPE: So super simple!

Preheat oven to 350˚.

Lay bacon slices on silpat-lined baking sheet (with edges, so the bacon fat doesn’t drip off). Squeeze a thick line of glaze onto each side of bacon, and spread evenly on slice using a silicone pastry brush.

Bake 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 5. Then transfer bacon slices to a wire rack on top off another baking sheet and bake for another 10 minutes until dark and glossy but not burnt.


(The bacon strips won’t be crispy, but instead will be slightly candied and chewy, the way I like ’em.)

Slice the rolls, fresh from the oven, lengthwise but not all the way through, creating a V.

Remove some of the doughy insides (or not), then butter each side.

Optional: You can use the bacon and glaze drippings from the first baking sheet as a spread! Of course, I couldn’t, because I sopped all that deliciousness up with bread before the bacon was done cooking.

Cut bacon strips in half, and place 3-4 layers on bottom half of roll. Tear 1-2 basil leaves into pieces and place evenly on bacon. Serve immediately.


My sometime poker home game, featuring Ian





… as well as some previous Surprisees, like Chris …


Will and Ray (in the background)


THE VERDICT: “Even a bacon morsel is great — thanks!” said Ian, who turned out to be a big bacon fan.


(“Now I want you to go in that bag and find my wallet.”

“Which one is it?”

“The one that says ‘Bacon, Motherfucker‘ on it.”)

Added Ray: “Even bacon-wrapped shoe would be delicious, and this was way more delicious than that.”

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