Ah, another Cooking for Two that I cooked for one!
Gentle readers, I present to you Bacon Big Boys!
I had been eyeing this recipe for a while 1. because of the name (I ♥ Bacon!) and 2. because of the photo.
Oh my, that is a big boy! So big that one was more than enough for me.
I didn’t have a french roll of any kind so I used 2 of my regular hot dog rolls (to accommodate all of that heartiness) with 2 regular Oscar Meyer franks, 3 slices of bacon, and fat-free cheddar.
Look at that thing. It was Guinea Pig-sized.
I had to cook my Big Boy longer than the directed 12-16 minutes–it was well over 20. No surprise since this was one massive sandwich.
But once it was cooked, check this out:
Look at all that melted cheesy, crispy-bacon goodness! Looks almost as good as the BH&G picture.
So for my accoutrements I chose ketchup, a mayo/horseradish/mustard mix, and maple syrup.
Let me explain: Cheddar + bacon + sausage + bread = breakfast.
So I put a li’l monkey bowl of imitation maple syrup on the side of my Big Boy. The ketchup sucked. My mayo/horseradish/mustard sauce was passable. But the maple syrup beat it by a landslide–even with the dijon mustard in the sandwich.
Oh. My. God. If you put a breakfast sausage in this–with a smoked cheddar or SMOKED GOUDA–this shit would be bananas. To quote Jem, it would be outrageous. Truly, truly OUTRAGEOUS!
The whole bacon/cheese/maple syrup combo reminds me of Harringtons of Vermont (and I guess a McGriddle). Harringtons is one of those great catalogs that sends you meat in the mail. I LOVE GETTING MEAT IN THE MAIL! But it’s really good food–like Hickory Farms on awesome steroids. The smoked cheddar is worth the admission alone, baby.
One of my best birthdays ever was–oh shit–6 years ago?!?–when a full breakfast package (bacon, ham, pancake batter, smoked cheddar cheese, Vermont maple syrup, jams, etc) unexpectedly arrived at my front door. My boyfriend at the time (ex ex ex) ordered it and he made me a beautiful breakfast (complete with Mimosas) and we spent the entire day at home, in pajamas, watching classic films like Casablanca and Now, Voyager (my fave movie of all time).
It really was a lovely, lovely day. One of the very best days. The food was so good!
But then the dick broke up with me 2 weeks later. Asshole. I hate you.
But I still adore maple-smoked cheddar. You can’t take that away from me.