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Bacon fat pie crust

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I have been wanting to do this forever. Bacon fat pie crust!!! What could be more perfect for a lady that loves bacon and is lactose intolerant? NOTHING

At first, I wasn't sure bacon fat pie crust should work. I actually thought I was the first person that ever had the idea, until I googled it and became very sad. But oh well! This is my take on it.

While it is super delicious and flaky, bacon fat pie crust is not the prettiest, nor is it the most sturdy. So let's call it "charmingly rustic" instead. :D So just be prepared. It will act as a vehicle to get pie fillings into your mouth and that's all you can really ask for.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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This is the Joy of Cooking pie crust recipe, altered with bacon fat instead of butter. :) However, the chilling times and prep are slightly different - we'll talk about those on the next step.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup bacon fat, frozen
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional - bacon can be really salty!)
  • 6 tablespoons ice water + more as needed
Tools Needed:
  • wax paper or freezer paper
  • a pastry cutter, chilled
  • a large chilled glass or metal bowl
  • spatula or wooden spoon - nothing netal

Step 2: Prep work

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The day before you'd like to make it, measure out your cup of bacon fat and roll it up into a log using wax or freezer paper.

Get out the bowl you'd like to mix it in, as well as your pastry cutter.

Pop all three in the freezer.

Step 3: Part one

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Mix together the flour and salt (if using) in the chilled bowl.

Cut the bacon fat log into halves, and cut one of the halves into chunks. Place the chunks into the bowl and cut them into the flour using the pastry cutter. Keep cutting until it's the consistency of crumbs, pictured below.
rclubbs8 months ago
I'll try this for my next chicken pot pie!
waggy1019 months ago
Thanks for the idea
waggy1019 months ago
It tastes really goooood
waggy1019 months ago
You should make an apple pie
wold6301 year ago
You are my husband's hero! I will definitely be trying this the next time he cooks up bacon! I think it sounds amazing too!
PitStoP1 year ago
Cool.. What you used for filling? I like your new picture... cute!
jessyratfink (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
The filling is almost a chocolate pudding - a bit more dense, though!

And Big Dee says thanks! She's very photogenic. ;)
Jobar0071 year ago
It would be perfect for quiche!
wildgift1 year ago
This is cool. Bacon fat is just lard, so if you want a less bacony crust, you can use lard instead.