My friend Susie recently twittered, "Bittersweet and bacon truffle--not good. Sorry @barbaricgulp but apparently bacon & chocolate do not go together." Now, I feel it's my duty to show Susie the error of her ways...and prove her wrong, of course.
My love of all things porcine is no secret to my closest friends and casual acquaintances. Kelli bought me a bacon scarf for my birthday last fall. Stephanie (the "other" Steph) will often forward me links to things like bacon air-freshener, bacon bandaids, & bacon jelly beans. She even sent me a Patron Saint of Bacon figurine.
We like pork so much around here that we currently have a PIG HEAD in the refrigerator, with plans to make roasted cheeks & crispy fried ears. We even had peanut butter & bacon truffles at our pig roast reception in early April.
The truffles were a BIG HIT. They were devoured so quickly, in fact, that our photographer didn't even have a chance to take a picture of them. And, I only got ONE to eat. Many people gushed about how good the truffles were & several asked for the recipe that day.
Since I can vouch for the deliciousness--and pure genius--of the bacon & chocolate combination, I'm challenging Susie to make these truffles at home & see for herself. And then admit defeat.
Peanut Butter & Bacon Truffles
from Chef Kirk Warner of Kirk's Traveling Kitchen
Makes 20-25 truffles
5 strips of bacon, cooked until very crisp, then well-drained
1/2 cup dry roasted, salted peanuts
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sweetened cocoa powder
- In a food processor fit with metal blade, pulse bacon, peanuts and sugar until they’re ground and a medium-fine texture.
- Combine with peanut butter, cover & chill until firm, 1-2 hours.
- Using a double-boiler, melt chopped chocolate. When chocolate melted, remove from the heat and sift in cocoa, stirring constantly.
- Use truffle scoop to make balls with peanut mixture. Dip them into chocolate & transfer to a parchment-lined sheet tray. Chill until the chocolate hardens. Serve at room temperature.
- Truffles will keep at room temperature for 2 days, in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer for up to a month.