Anyhow, I went to a friend's house for BBQ yesterday, first one for me this year after an abysmal summer here in the UK. I decided to make baconnaise, what could be a better condiment to grilled burgers? I've wanted to baconnaise for ages as I love anything with bacon in it. Bacon is one of the main reasons I can't be a vegetarian, that salty smokey flavour, mmmmm.
So I did a bit of research and read a couple of recipes on various sites, and this is the recipe I came up with. It includes actual bacon, not just bacon fat, as I really wanted a strong bacon flavour. It was yummy, but yes, you can kind of feel your arteries clog up while you eat it. I fried 12 rashers of bacon, and used 6 of the rashers in the baconnaise. Though if you're like me, you will have no problem finding use of the remaining 6 crispy rashers...
I used to hate making mayonnaise, that it was so difficult and took ages to get really thick. Then I learned how to make mayonnaise using a hand blender, and suddenly it took 2 min to make perfect mayonnaise, amazing! I describe the method below. If you don't have a stick blender, you can slowly add the bacon fat to your egg mix like you would for a normal mayonnaise.
12 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
3 egg yolks
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp smoked paprika
0.5 tsp chili flakes
Fry the bacon rashers in a pan until crispy, remove rashers to plate to cool
Pour the bacon fat into a bowl to cool
Finely chop 6 of the bacon rashers to a grainy powder
In a tall beaker, add egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, garlic and spices
Pour the bacon fat through a sieve into the beaker. Add more neutral oil if necessary to make up a total volume of fat/oil to 1.5 dl
Take a stick blender and push it to the bottom of the beaker. Turn the blender on, it will now create a vortex where the oil is pulled into the eggs. After 1-2 min, slowly pull the blender up. Voila, you should now have perfect mayonnaise!
Add the bacon powder to the beaker and give it all a quick mix
Taste and add more vinegar, spice, black pepper and salt to taste
Enjoy this piece of bacon heaven as a condiment for BBQs or on sandwiches