4.10.2012

Mini Bacon Cheesecake

 
Have I freaked you out yet? Scared you away? Mwaahhhaaa!

Well, sometimes the out-of-the-ordinary can turn out to be the extraordinary, my friends.

Didn't mean to go all greeting-card on y'all. But it's true. I wouldn't typically have bacon and cheesecake married together, but listen to me, people: it ROCKS. This is some tasty filth, I'm tellin' ya.

This weekend I received the beginning of my subscription to the Food Network Magazine. I'm always looking through it at the check-stand, and usually see more than a few recipes I'm willing to try, so I ordered a subscription for under $10 for the year. I'm not really a total magazine girl, but when it comes to food I can't get enough of the recipe-filled goodness this magazine provides.  After looking through my first magazine, I'd have paid $50 for what tips and recipes I've found so far.

When I told Ryan I'd be making bacon cheesecake I think he gagged. He claimed they don't go together... I reminded him of Chopped. Plus, I thought this recipe looked really interesting. I love making recipes that are different, yet attainable, and easy to prepare. The caramelized bacon had such a savory-sweet-and-salty taste in contrast to the creamy, heavenly, cheesecake filling. The chocolate crust was my favorite part. I really loved it! I can't wait for Ryan to try it out when he's home from studying. I'll have to tell you how that goes...

I didn't have chocolate wafers, but we had a package of chocolate animal crackers, so that's the only change I made to the recipe.

Be brave, trust me, and enjoy!

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Mini Bacon Cheesecakes
as seen in FoodNetworkMagazine

Bacon and Crust:
4 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons sugar
12 chocolate wafer cookies
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt

Cheesecakes:
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 large egg

Make the bacon: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 24-cup mini muffin pan with paper liners. Put the bacon pieces in a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until almost completely browned, about 4 minutes. Pour off the drippings and reserve. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over the bacon and cook, stirring, until the bacon is crisp and glazed, about 3 more minutes. Transfer the candied bacon to a plate; set aside until ready to use.

Make the crust: Pulse the cookies, butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon bacon drippings, and the salt in a food processor until finely ground. Firmly press 1 heaping teaspoon of the crumb mixture into each mini muffin liner. Bake until the crust is set, about 12 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack.

Make the cheesecakes: Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Combine the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium-high speed until light and smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and egg and mix until just incorporated, scraping down the bowl as needed. Fill each mini muffin cup with about 2 teaspoons batter and bake until set, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a rack, then transfer the pan to the refrigerator and chill at least 4 hours. Top each cheesecake with a piece of candied bacon.

 

This recipe is being featured at Bacon Time! Thank you!


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17 comments:

  1. Mmm! I could eat anything with bacon! It looks delicious and I am sure he loved it! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Thanks so much, Trish! I love you guys! And yes, he surprisingly loved them.

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  2. Oh, these sounds totally delicious. I could eat just about anything that has the word bacon in it. I would love it if you would come link this up at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party.

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    1. Thanks for the invite, and for stopping by.

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  3. Ohmygoodness! Bacon and cheesecake together! WOW! and double wow!

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    1. Isn't it crazy-face?! We couldn't believe it, either!

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  4. I have heard a lot of desserts with bacon these days but never cheesecake, sounds delicious!!

    New follower :)

    Stephanie
    www.chocolatecoveredbuttons.com

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    1. It really way! Thanks for following Stephanie! Your blog looks fantastic, btw.

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  5. This looks so pretty but I just don't know about it. Of course I don't really like bacon. So I will just have to have more cheesecake to make up for that!!! Thanks for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

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    1. Liking Bacon is definitely a must for this dessert.

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  6. Bacon... AND cheesecake! Wow, I must try this. A little salty and a little sweet. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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    1. I'm glad you like it, I think it made people nervous ;) Thanks for checking out your links, Alison! You're the best.

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  7. You are getting a double feature at Bacon Time tomorrow!

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    1. YOU = FREAKISHLY AWESOME. Thanks so much Mindie! I'm pumped!!!!

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    1. They were strangely tasty. I'm glad you think they look yummy - I think I've scared a lot of people away. hah!

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  9. This looks incredible... and I have never pan-candied bacon before -- thank you for the tip!

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