Inspired by the candied “millionaire’s bacon” at San Francisco’s Sweet Maple restaurant, this version has even deeper flavor, thanks to soy sauce and Chinese five-spice powder. It’s like spicy bacon candy, great for breakfast, as an appetizer, chopped into a salad, or even sprinkled over ice cream.
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and set a rack over the foil. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack, leaving no space between the slices.
In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and five-spice powder, and then brush the mixture over the bacon.
In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar and red pepper flakes. Evenly sprinkle the mixture over the bacon, covering each slice completely.
Bake, rotating the sheet halfway through, until the sugar is melted and the bacon is brown and shiny, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on the rack for about 5 minutes, then loosen the slices from the rack with a metal spatula. Continue to cool for another 5 minutes before serving; the bacon will crisp as it cools.
nutrition information (per serving):
8, Fat Calories
70, Saturated Fat
7, Monounsaturated Fat
28, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips