Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple

Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple
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About This Recipe

In the sun-drenched valleys of Napa, where the vines stretch endlessly towards the horizon, a new culinary delight has been born, inspired by the bold flavors that are as integral to the region as the grapes themselves. This delight is none other than Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple, a dish that perfectly encapsulates the daring spirit of California’s wine country.

The inception of this dish is deeply rooted in the local philosophy that champions a marriage of locally sourced ingredients and the art of flavor fusion. The star, thick-cut bacon, takes on a glossy coat of sweetness from the pineapple—a fruit that thrives in the California sun, adding a lush, tangy bite. The heat comes from the chipotle peppers, delivering a smoky warmth that is reminiscent of the fiery sunsets over Sonoma's rolling hills.

Pairing this dish with the right wine is not just a suggestion; it's an essential part of the culinary experience in Napa, where food and wine share an intimate dance. The robust flavors of the bacon call for a wine with character and a hint of spice, making a Zinfandel from Turley Wine Cellars an impeccable match. The wine's bold fruit and nuanced spice profile bring out the best in the bacon's smoky sweetness.

For those who lean towards a time-honored approach, a Syrah from Kunde Family Winery in Sonoma is a classic choice. Its peppery notes and structured body are the perfect companions to the chipotle's spice, each sip echoing the richness of the glazed bacon.

Adventurous palates might be enticed by a GSM blend from Cline Cellars. This blend, with its tapestry of flavors from Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, offers a sip as complex and layered as the dish itself, standing up to the sweet heat of the pineapple chipotle glaze.

And for those who seek a delightful contrast, a Riesling from Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley provides a refreshing counterpoint. The wine's crisp acidity and gentle sweetness act as a palate cleanser, beautifully balancing the savory richness of the bacon.

The recipe finds its place on a menu as a versatile player—served as an appetizer that sets the stage for a robust main course or as a side that complements the heartiest of dishes. Its bold flavors ensure it stands proudly next to a seared steak or a rich, creamy pasta, yet it’s delicate enough to not overshadow a simple salad dressed with olive oil from Napa's own Round Pond Estate.

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Chipotle Peppers

The smoky heat of chipotle peppers is the heart and soul of this dish. Chipotles are dried, smoked jalapeños that impart a deep, nuanced flavor that can't be mimicked. They are a culinary staple in Napa, where chefs value ingredients with bold, complex flavors. The peppers used in this glaze can be found at Whole Spice, a local Napa purveyor of premium spices. The inclusion of these peppers provides an earthy warmth that balances the sweetness of the pineapple and the richness of the bacon, creating a harmony of flavors that is as memorable as a sunset over the Sonoma hills.

How to Create the Perfect Glaze

Creating the perfect glaze for bacon is a simple process that requires a little know-how:

  1. Blend Ingredients: Combine your pineapple, chipotle peppers, brown sugar, honey, and apple cider vinegar in a blender until smooth. The goal is a balanced mixture where no single flavor overpowers the others.
  2. Simmer: If time allows, let the mixture simmer on the stove for a few minutes. This melds the flavors together and allows the sugar to dissolve fully, ensuring a smooth application.
  3. Test the Consistency: The glaze should be thick enough to adhere to the bacon but not so thick that it doesn't spread easily. If it's too thin, simmer it for a bit longer; if too thick, a splash of apple cider vinegar can thin it.

FAQs on Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple

  1. What can I use instead of chipotle peppers? For a milder heat, you can substitute with a pinch of smoked paprika or a dash of barbecue sauce.
  2. How long can I store the bacon once it’s cooked? Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven to maintain crispiness.
  3. Is this recipe gluten-free? As long as you use gluten-free bacon and ensure that your other ingredients are free of gluten contaminants, this dish can be gluten-free.
  4. Can I make the glaze ahead of time? Absolutely! The glaze can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the fridge.
  5. What if I don’t have a blender? A food processor works, or you can finely chop the pineapple and mix the ingredients manually for a chunkier texture.

Tips for Success with Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple

  1. Bacon Selection: Opt for thick-cut bacon for this recipe. The robustness of Niman Ranch bacon, known for its quality and flavor, works perfectly.
  2. Glaze Application: Apply the glaze generously, but save some for a second coating halfway through cooking for an extra layer of flavor.
  3. Serving Suggestion: Serve the bacon as a stand-alone appetizer or incorporate it into a brunch menu. Pair it with a Napa Valley wine, like a Riesling from Chateau Montelena, for an extraordinary experience.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Bacon Glazed with Chipotle Pineapple
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Summer
Yield:
4 servings
Calories Per Serving:
450
Prep Time:
PT10M
Cook Time:
PT25M
Total Time:
PT35M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb thick-cut bacon
  • 1 cup pineapple, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. In a blender, combine the diced pineapple, chipotle peppers, brown sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar, and smoked paprika. Blend until smooth.
  4. Brush each bacon slice with the chipotle pineapple glaze, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the glaze has caramelized.
  6. Let the bacon cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.

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