Cheesy Bacon Straws

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 

1/2 orange, juiced 

1 pound regular uncured bacon (not thick cut) 

1/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar

Directions

Special equipment:
eight 5-inch wooden or metal skewers
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and fit a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  2. In a small saucepot, mix the maple syrup, red pepper flakes, orange juice and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  3. Line up the bacon slices on the wire rack and brush with the hot maple syrup mixture. Sprinkle some cheese on each piece of bacon. With a skewer in hand, fold the end of a piece of bacon in half lengthwise and press the skewer through the end. Do this to 4 pieces of bacon, spreading them out evenly across the skewer, and place the skewer on the baking sheet. Twist the bacon pieces into long spirals so as to create straws. Take another skewer and skewer the bottom of each piece of bacon to keep the bacon twisted. Do this to all the bacon.
  4. Bake until the bacon browns, about 35 minutes. Let cool slightly on the rack; the bacon will get crunchy as it sits. Serve immediately.

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