How-To: Chef Ray Garcia’s Famous Bacon-Wrapped Bacon

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Chef Ray Garcia’s bacon-wrapped bacon started as a joke and ended up as a signature dish.  The crunchy exterior and creamy, salty interior of the bacon pairs perfectly with the sweet acidity of ripe tomatoes.

 

Bacon-Wrapped Bacon

Yield: 10 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

Bacon:

1 2-pound slab smoked bacon
10 shallots, julienne
2 quarts apple juice
1 gallon chicken stock
Approximately 45 strips thinly sliced smoked bacon

 

Avocado Cream:
1 avocado
1 cup crème fraiche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

To Assemble and Serve:
4 heirloom or Early Girl tomatoes
Fleur de sel
2 cups baby Sylvetta arugula
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper

 

METHOD

 

For the Bacon:
Trim the bacon slab of its tough top skin and excess fat and slice into 2-inch by 2-inch squares. Sear all sides of the bacon pieces over medium-high heat; remove from the pan and set aside. Sweat the shallots in the same pan until fragrant; add the apple juice, stock, and the seared bacon. Transfer the bacon and liquid to a pot and braise in the oven at 350 degrees until it is tender. This should take about 2 hours.

 

Remove the bacon from the braising liquid and let cool. After the bacon is cooled, wrap each piece with enough strips of the thinly sliced bacon to cover. Fry the wrapped bacon over medium-high until crispy on the outside and warm on the inside and slice into 4 even pieces.

 

For the Avocado Cream:
Blend the avocado and crème fraiche and season with salt and pepper.

 

To Assemble and Serve:
Cut the tomatoes into thick slices; put them on a plate and season with fleur de sel. Toss the arugula with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Top each piece of tomato with the arugula and add the wrapped bacon. Spoon the avocado cream along the side of the tomatoes and finish with the freshly cracked black pepper.

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