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My love affair with bacon is well-documented in my artwork. Living la vida loca of the Starving Art Student leads one to seek ever cheaper substitutes for proper nutrition. The local Cash & Carry willingly obliges by selling 15-lb flats of bacon for $0.87 a pound, making it the cheapest meat available in the region. Despite much eye-rolling and finger-shaking by my peers that I'd suffer eighty-seven heart attacks in a year with all the bacon I eat, I've actually lost ten pounds and my cholesterol is so depressingly normal that it's too boring to write about. Meanwhile, my neighbors have dubbed my dwelling-place The House That Bacon Built.

I joked last spring when printing my drypoint engraving All Day I Dream About Bacon that I was going to put bacon on an apple pie. No one believed me.

Until last Saturday, that is, when I marched to the Arcata Farmer's Market in search of Gravenstein apples...






Gravenstein apples are tart and crisp, ideal for pies and snacking. These Gravensteins came from a farm in Willow Creek, California, less than 100 miles away. Eating local food is a smart choice at any time of year, but September is also Local Foods Month in Humboldt County. What better way to celebrate than with a pie?

My main concern with this pie was that the bacon would make the apple pie too greasy. To avoid this, I fried the bacon first and then crumbled it to manageable portions. I then lined the pie crust with bacon pieces, and mixed the rest in with the apples.





From there it was just a matter of laying out the top crust and engaging in a bit of arts and crafts...





And into the oven it went.



So how was it?

I wouldn't be posting this if it wasn't absolutely incredible. It wasn't greasy like I thought it would be. The flavor was a perfect balance of sweet and salty. I served it up with slices of smoked cheddar cheese for a room full of amused but open-minded skeptics, and the entire pie was gone in 10 minutes.

Bacon Apple Pie

Ingredients:

* Pastry for 9-inch pie, uncooked
* 6 cups apples, peeled and cut into thin slices (about 2 1/4 lbs or 8 medium apples)
* 3/4 lb uncooked bacon
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 Tbl flour
* 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp nutmeg
* 1 Tbl milk
* 1 Tbl sugar

Directions:
Fry bacon in skillet until slightly floppy. Drain on paper towel. Chop bacon into 1/2" pieces. Line bottom of pastry-lined pie plate with a layer of bacon, reserving the rest.

In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add apple slices and remaining bacon pieces. Toss to coat.

Transfer bacon-apple mixture to pastry-lined pie plate. Place upper crust on pie plate (bonus points for a lattice, double bonus points if you can show me a bacon lattice!) and seal. Cut slits in the top if you are using double crust to allow to vent. Brush top with milk and sugar. Bake at 375 F for 1 hour or until bubbly.

Cool on a wire rack. Serve with smoked cheddar cheese slices.

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pickleberries
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
There are no words for me to properly admire your culinary prowess and sense of adventure. Bravo is the closest I can come.

Mmmm, bacon.
odonata9
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
pure genius! bacon truly does make everything better.
kisstheground
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
omg. i will make my husband do this (he's the baker, i can't bake to save my life). we love the bacon here, too.
perosha
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
baaaaacoooooooon...

this is pure genius!! will definitely have to try this sometime. ♥
fairbrook
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
mother of good..you are truly doing the lord's work.....
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elizabethf
Sep. 18th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm actually going to be getting one of those (along with a bunch of other Vosges yummies) when I'm in Vegas in a couple of weeks!
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(no subject) - xlagartixax - Sep. 19th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC) - Expand
quix
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
This product was obviously made just for you:

Bacon Salt. ^^
ghoti
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Kosher bacon? There's somethign wrong there.
(no subject) - wdomburg - Sep. 18th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
kajicarter
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely! And man, I wish we could get bacon at that price here!
lola_joan
Sep. 18th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
That's truly inspired. wowza.
buboniclou
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, what if you baked the cheese into the crust?? Mmmmmmm
kastinkerbell
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
I was going to say a little cheese, too!
I'm thinking of making something like this for my upcoming birthday, except instead of a double crust, I'll do a sharp-cheddar crumbly top...
(no subject) - xlagartixax - Sep. 19th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) - Expand
starbrow
Sep. 18th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
omg. that looks so good.

Shall have to make it for myself sometime, much smaller.
ladypuppy
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
Recipe is saved. This, combined with the bacon pumpkin muffins posted yesterday, has given me my theme for the fall. BACON.

PS-- the bacon salt was not great. Too sweet.
ophy
Sep. 18th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.... bacon pumpkin muffins? I've scrolled back in this community and peeked at your friends list (you've got some awesome communities and RSS feeds over there) but I can't find these muffins.

Can you reply with a link? Muffins can be done a lot easier than a pie right now.
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(no subject) - subjnctive - Sep. 19th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) - Expand
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squidkibbles
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Incredible. This is truly fantastic and inspired. Had I not just made a batch of apple crisp with my remaining macs I would be rushing off to the kitchen to create this toute de suite.
heartsarts
Sep. 18th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
::waves:: hello!!! I live in Eureka! My bf, is SO love with bacon, I can't wait for him to get home & show him this! I went on vacation this summer and brought him him bacon band-aids, bacon shaped air freshener for his truck...

Do you go to HSU? I'm currently taking printmaking there and I love your drypoint :D
xlagartixax
Sep. 19th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
I do indeed attend HSU! You might have even seen my pair of monotypes of the Wildlife building if you've been in the printmaking studio recently; I'm currently taking Print 2 with Sarah.

Small world? Small county, indeed...
(no subject) - heartsarts - Sep. 19th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC) - Expand
elizabethf
Sep. 18th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Oh my hell. I am DEFINITELY trying this. It sounds divine!
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