Chocolate is not just for sweet dishes anymore. Chef Scott Campbell of New Leaf Restaurant & Bar uses cocoa nibs to season a bacon-wrapped venison fillet. He also uses dark chocolate, along with butter, to enhance the flavor and creaminess of the blackberry sauce he serves along with the meat.
Go to Google and search bacon. About 178,000,000 results, right? Now search sex. About 3,050,000,000 results (at least by last night's count). So there are some 17 times more results for sex than bacon. That's still a pretty good ratio considering the motivating factor of the human race. So it's no surprise bacon recipes do well, and no surprise bacon-wrapped recipes do well. That's one reason The Daily Meal's Cook editors assigned a week of Recipe SWAT Team to bacon-wrapped recipes (if only there could be a bacon-wrapped sex recipe, but this is a PG-rated site... shh!). When thinking about all the ridiculous, yet tasty and fun bacon-wrapped recipes we could create, one challenge came to mind amongst The Daily Meal's staff: Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Fried Ice Cream. Just saying.
There are all kinds of ridiculous reasons to do try this recipe, but mostly you should try it: 1) because if you don't have one it's a great excuse to go buy a reasonably priced countertop deep-fryer, 2) you're wrapping something with bacon that shouldn't be wrapped with bacon and then fried, and 3) see one and two, but with the dessert factor thrown into the mix. Fair warning... for this recipe you need: (per that first reason) a deep-fryer, patience, and a healthy degree of self-restraint — cereal-crusted ice cream tastes really good even before it's deep-fried.
Two more things to think about before you get started. Many recipes cite a Mexican fried ice cream said to have originated at Chi Chi's. That recipe and many others call for vanilla ice cream and Kellogg's Corn Flakes. Truth is, there are worlds of other possibilities. Think of every ice cream flavor and cereal combination you can. We're talking strawberry ice cream and Fruit Loops and chocolate ice cream and Kellogg's Corn Pops. Everything goes. Many recipes also call for coconut flakes and or nuts. This one doesn't. It's a four-ingredient deep-fried bacon-wrapped fried ice cream. That's it... just four.
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Hot dogs are an amazing invention, partly because of how versatile and fun they can be when you trick them out with toppings. Wrapped in bacon, nestled into a bun, covered with colorful toppings, and the zigzag of condiments, the Sonoran dog has to be one of the coolest, most visibly striking riffs of the genre.Like many epic food creations, the origins of the Sonoran hot dog are hard to pin down. In a New York Times article from 2009, John T. Edge noted tales of bacon-wrapped dogs being fed to crowds at wrestling matches in the 1950s in Mexico City, and Sonora, but also suggested Oscar Meyer’s own print ads hawking the idea of bacon-wrapped dogs may have had something to do with how this riff began.However it got started, the end result is a fun (and messy) one. Refried beans, tomatoes, onions, salsa, avocado, and well, bacon, all come together to create a colorful, zesty, indulgent and filling treat. For tang and texture, the refried beans in this recipe (Texan purists can call them Yankee refried beans all they like, but this riff is tasty!), incorporate an ingredient unlikely to be found in most traditional recipes, but one that Chicago-style hot dog lovers would never eat a hot dog without: pickles.In any event, just make sure you have some moist, sturdy bread (no top-loading bun substitutions for the traditionally used bolilo rolls).Click here to see 8 Creative Hot Dog Recipes.
These are a spin on the popular bacon-wrapped dates; I just add a nutty twist to it. If you’re not in the mood to fry, skip the grapes (although I strongly suggest you don’t), but making the peanut-honey-cayenne purée to stuff the dates with is a must.