After being inspired by the Pig Candy
instructable, I decided to give chicken fried bacon a whirl. So here goes....
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Step 1: Ingredients That You Will Need
The ingredients are pretty simple. You will need the bacon, of course, some oil of your choosing, white flour, bread crumbs, eggs and whatever spice mix that you prefer, I like Lawry's
Step 2: Setting Up the Coating Mix
You will need three shallow bowls, lined up in a row, and a seperate plate to put the coated, raw bacon. The first bowl has the flour, at this time mix in a teaspoon or two of the spice and mix it in well with a fork. In the second bowl, crack two or three eggs and beat them well. The number of eggs that you will use depends on how much bacon that you are going to fry up. The third bowl has the bread crumbs.
During this time, you will add approximately two inches of oil to a medium sized frying pan and heat it on the stove top. SAFTEY TIP- turn the handle of the frying pan to the inside of the stove top so that you don't accidentally tip over the pan and spill the hot oil. You can seriously burn yourself!!
Step 3: Dredging the Bacon in Flour
Take a strip of bacon and liberally coat in flour, ensuring that the entire piece is coated.
Step 4: Dipping the Bacon in Egg
The next step is to dip the bacon into the egg batter. Egg batter sometimes doesn't want to co-operate and will not cover the bacon in some places. It is important to ensure that the bacon is totally covered in egg.
Step 5: The Breadcrumb Coating
This is the final step of the coating process. Put the bacon onto the breadcrumbs and pat them down onto the bacon. Lift out the bacon strip with your fingers and give it a little shake to release any breadcrumbs that have not adhered properly.
Step 6: Raw and Ready to Go
After coating each piece of bacon, you can place it onto the plate that you have next to your "coating assembly line" It is better to wait until all the pieces that you want to cook are ready to fry instead of frantically trying to make new pieces while watching the bacon cook at the same time.
Step 7: Frying the Bacon
Now here comes the fun part! If you have a thermometer, the oil will be ready to use at 375 degrees. If you don't have one, sprinkle a litte flour into the oil. If it starts to fry, the oil is ready to use. With a pair of kitchen tongs, NOT your fingers, drop in two or three pieces of bacon into the oil. If you overload the pan, the oil temperature will plummet and the oil will not be hot enough to fry. After about 30 seconds, flip the bacon strips over so that the other side gets cooked. The cooking process happens really quickly, about one to 1 1/2 minutes. You will know when the bacon is done when both sides of the coating turn a golden brown. Remove the bacon and place on a plate covered with a few paper towels.
Step 8: Removing Excess Oil
Once you are done all the cooking, place another paper towel ontop of the bacon and gently pat out any excess oil. With this recipe this sounds a little counter intuative, but it will make for a better eating experience.
Step 9: The Finished Product
Now admire your artery clogging, heart stopping culinary efforts! A creamy ranch dressing makes a great dip!