A recipe sent in by our West Coast correspondent, Kajsa: You’ve had Angels On Horseback, (oysters wrapped in bacon), and Devils On Horseback, (dates wrapped in bacon – the ones at Magnolia are fantastic), I now give you Hipsters On Horseback! Yes, there may have been drinking involved in the naming of this creation. These are super simple and quick to make and the brininess of the hearts goes well with the salty fattiness of the bacon. I prefer to use thick cut peppered bacon from a butcher—it cooks more evenly and is easier to wrap. 1lb bacon 1 large jar of marinated artichoke hearts Preheat broiler to 400º and move the rack to the top position. Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil. Drain the artichoke hearts and cut the bacon in half, wrap each heart and secure with a toothpick. Broil for 5 minutes, turn them over and broil for another 5 – 9 minutes, until bacon is crispy. Makes about 24 Can I rate my own dish? 4 strips!!!
Grubstreet has a list of the 101 Best Sandwiches in New York. And no surprise, many of these are pork sandwiches! There are so many in fact that I decided to choose a mere 10 from the list that I would like to try in the next year or so. From the bottom of the list up, here are my picks: 100. The Elvis – Peanut Butter & Co. 83. Ham & Cheese – Char No. 4 56. Bacon & Marmalade – Prune 53. PMB (pancetta, mango & basil) – Sullivan St. Bakery 43. Bacon, Egg & Lettuce – BKLYN Larder 39. Bacon, Egg & Cheese – Prime Meats 32. BLT – Frankie’s Sputino 26. Country Ham Biscuit – Egg 22. Grilled 3-Cheese with House-smoked Ham – The Breslin 13. Croque Monsieur – Bar Boulud I think I’ll start with number 53! A lot of these picks are based on me already loving particular restaurants or wanting to try ones I haven’t. There is lots of porky goodness on the list besides these. What are your favorites? Any sandwiches that you think are missing? I think Bierkraft’s Serrano should have been very high on the list. And are ice cream sandwiches not considered? Because Xie Xie’s 1000 Year Old Ice Cream Sandwich would easily top my list!
At the Brooklyn Lyceum this weekend, I was on a mission to pick up some spicy BaconMarmalade, taste some MilkMade ice cream and see what other goodies I could find. Unfortunately, it was disgustingly hot and muggy up there preventing me from perusing all the tables very thoroughly. But on my quick loop around I spotted a sign through the crowd with the enticing words: Candied Bacon with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. As I drew closer, I still had no idea what this candied bacon thing was… until I saw the pretty little display of macarons off to the side. I LOVE macarons! And now someone has put two of my great loves together? Yes, I know I have many great loves—but this is one I hadn’t even thought of. Macaron Parlour has a very unique take on the traditional macaron. Upon first bite, it is rather odd to find an actual piece of bacon sandwiched inside your delicate macaron. But the flavors are rather intriguing and work together quite well. Thanks to Simon for offering me a paper towel to mop myself up so that I may enjoy your macaron even more! Other interesting flavors I have yet to try: S’mores Black Sesame with Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Might I suggest a new flavor collaboration? How about BaconMarmalade and chocolate… ooo.