For time immemorial, across the world, people have enjoyed nibbling on pieces of crunchy pork crackling while they sip on a cold beer. The secret to producing these artery choking treats has been well guarded - passed down the generations through the centuries.
The Davinci Code of beer snacks - we can only guess at the recipe.
After extensive research and a process of trial and error that has dominated my life since about ten o'clock this morning, I am proud to reveal my own recipe. My recipe utilizes the delicious but normally unchewable rind of the bacon that might otherwise be discarded, and one of the wonders of our age; the microwave oven.
Every-day household items can be very dangerous. But then again; WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
Step 1: Prepare the Rind of Your Bacon
Get yourself some delicious bacon with the rind still on.
With a sharp knife simply cut the rind off the bacon. Don't leave too much fat on it.
Step 2: Trim and Arrange Your Rind
I chose to cut my rinds in half and tie them in a simple knot like pretzels.
You may choose to keep them as long sticks or more complex knots.
You are only limited by the length of the rind and your imagination.
Step 3: Cooking
Arrange your raw rinds on a microwave proof dish. Try not to let them touch each other as they will tend to weld together.
Stick the dish in a microwave oven and cook on high for about three and a half minutes. Check them and give them a turn a couple of times during the cooking.
Here are some tips:
- If you don't want your microwave to smell of bacon for a week; try using someone else's.
- Don't be tempted to use paper towel to absorb the fat; it will just stick to the bacon rind and make a mess.
- Don't put a lid on the dish; the steam will prevent your snacks from getting really crackly.
- Don't be frightened of the loud and violent noises and smoke coming from the microwave. It might sound like it's about to explode, but don't worry; it probably won't.
Step 4: Serving
Once your rind has become wonderfully crackly and crunchy, arrange the pieces on a plate and serve with a glass of icy cold beer.
If necessary I suppose these can be served with a non-alcoholic drink - but this is only a theory and has not been tested.
I hope you have enjoyed my very first instructable. If you did, please consider giving me your vote in the bacon competition.