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Spiced Bacon Crack
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It's bacon, sugar and puff pastry -- what's not to love? Make this treat for game day, or any get together.


  • Spiced candied bacon

    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
    • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • Bacon crack

    • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
    • 1 pound spiced candied bacon
    • 1 cup brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350º.

To make candied bacon: In a bowl, mix together brown sugar with all of the spices. Dip each slice of bacon into the brown sugar mixture, being sure to coat both sides well. Lay bacon on a foil wrapped sheet tray in a single layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and cooked through. Remove from the oven and let cool.

To make bacon crack: Line another baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Unroll puff pastry onto the baking sheet and prick all over with a fork.

Crumble candied bacon on top of the puff pastry evenly and then cover liberally with brown sugar. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until puff pastry is cooked through and sugar has caramelized. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Cut into wedges and enjoy!