Everyone knows if you eat something that’s candied while eating something else that’s fried, then the calories in those two foods just cancel each other out. It’s like multiplying two negative numbers to get a positive. Add bacon and eggs to the equation and you’ll be buying smaller jeans by the time you’re finished reading this post.
There really isn’t all that much more to say about this killer combination that the recipe title and photos don’t already convey. Just imagine biting into hot, sticky-sweet bacon while mopping up a river of egg yolks fried in salty bacon fat with a slice of toasted brioche. Pre-heating your pan yet?
The insider’s secret to the crispiest, crackliest candied bacon is to use Turbinado sugar, which is the raw form of sugar made from the initial pressing of sugar cane. It has much larger crystals and more of a molasses taste than fully processed sugar. And as far as the eggs fried in rendered bacon fat? I don’t think they need any explanation at all.
Candied Bacon and Fried Eggs
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 min (includes cooling)
Cook Time: 20 min
4 slices bacon
3 Tablespoons Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
Brioche toast, or other bread, for serving
Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add the bacon and cook until crispy, making sure to drain and reserve all of the fat drippings. Set the cooked bacon and drippings aside.
Heat a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ¼ cup water and the Turbinado sugar and stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil and begins to thicken, about 2 minutes. Add the cooked bacon to the pan, tossing to evenly coat it in the syrup.
Position a drying rack over a sheet pan. Transfer the bacon to the rack and pour any remaining syrup over it. Allow the bacon to cool while you fry the eggs.
Fry the eggs in 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon drippings in a pan set over medium heat.
Serve the fried eggs atop toasted brioche with a side of candied bacon.
Recipe inspired by Mike Porsche of Egg restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.