Ritz Cracker–Bacon Brickle

Recipe comes courtesy of 'The Art of The Cheese Plate' by Tia Keenan

Noah Fecks

File under “Things You Should Only Eat Once a Year.” Ritz Cracker Bacon Brickle is an over-the-top sweet, salty, and crunchy confection perfect for Jasper Hill Farm Winnimere Cheese and Boxing Day parties.

Reprinted from ©The Art of The Cheese Plate by Tia Keenan, Rizzoli, 2016. Photography © Noah Fecks. Click here to purchase your own copy.

10
Servings
291
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
Makes 20 reasonable portions or 10 unreasonable portions.

Ingredients

  • 4 chopped bacon slices
  • 25 Ritz crackers
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

In a nonstick medium sauté pan, cook 4 chopped bacon slices (I use Vermont Smoke & Cure Maple Brined Thick Sliced Bacon) over medium heat until crisp. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel to drain. Reserve the rendered fat in the pan.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square cake pan with aluminum foil, leaving extra foil overhanging the edges.

Put 25 Ritz crackers in a single layer in the prepared pan, completely covering the bottom of the pan.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and the reserved bacon fat and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Cook until the mixture turns

light brown and has a nutty aroma, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and the bacon.

Pour the sugar mixture over the crackers and bake for 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips over the hot brickle. Return to the oven and bake until the chocolate has completely melted, about 2 minutes.

Smooth the chocolate out with a heatproof spatula and cool completely on a wire rack.

Lift the brickle from the pan by the edges of the foil. With the foil still in place,wrap the brickle tightly in plastic wrap and freeze overnight. The following day, carefully peel away the foil, wrap the brickle in plastic wrap, and freeze until readyto serve. Break the brickle into serving size pieces and serve frozen.

Store in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
21g
32%
Sugar
20g
N/A
Saturated Fat
11g
54%
Cholesterol
32mg
11%
Protein
3g
6%
Carbs
26g
9%
Vitamin A
79µg
9%
Vitamin D
0.2µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.6mg
3.2%
Vitamin K
6µg
7%
Calcium
22mg
2%
Fiber
1g
5%
Folate (food)
4µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
12µg
3%
Folic acid
5µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
5.4%
Magnesium
23mg
6%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.9mg
4.7%
Phosphorus
64mg
9%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
98mg
3%
Sodium
150mg
6%
Sugars, added
19g
N/A
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
0.5mg
3.2%

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