And, now we come to the grand finale of the Bacon of the Month Club adventure – Zany’s holiday gift that keeps on giving. This was a three-month sampler membership, but the company knows just how addicting having bacon dropped on your doorstep each month can be. This final package includes a tempting love note that says, “It doesn’t have to end here …”
We’ll see. I’ve never been good about long-term commitment, but could be convinced to re-up if it meant never worrying where my next slice of bacon came from.
For now, I’m focused on my final delivery, a gorgeous hunk-of-ham called Arkansas Peppered Bacon. Yes, this hickory-smoked bacon from the foothills of the Ozarks is hand rubbed with cracked black pepper. Look at that luscious, glistening fat!
It is a truly a thing of beauty, and I take a deep, intoxicating whiff of the fumes of smoky fat and pungent pepper. Besides being rather fond of bacon, I’m a bit of a pepper addict, so this is a match made in heaven – or the Ozarks, to be geographically correct.
For my third and final baconfest, I turn to the recipe offered in the “manual” supplied by Zingerman’s Bacon Club – a savory Bacon Hash. Because, if pepper bacon isn’t enough, why not just toss some potatoes, Worcestershire and heavy cream into the skillet? Diet? What diet?
The full recipe can be found here.
It is a savory cacophony of carbs and fat. I’m in hog heaven. Zany, I can’t thank you enough! You’ve probably ruined me forever when it comes to pedestrian bacon!
By the way, if you happen to have leftovers of bacon hash (which seems highly unlikely) and store it in the fridge overnight, eaten cold, it tastes like the best potato salad ever.
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