Bacon has become the go-to savior of basically every dish. Need to add some salty to that sweet? Throw some bacon on it. Need more meat on your meat? Throw some bacon on it. Want your dish to go from mundane to impressive? Throw some bac–yeah, yeah, we get it.
If there’s a dish out there, chances are you’ll find a recipe for a version with bacon. Less utilized but just as effective: bacon fat. Sure, cooking with bacon fat instead of oil may be excessive. No, your cardiologist won’t like it. But dear lord will it turn your dish into a shining trophy of salty, savory deliciousness.
If you happen to be someone who has never uttered the phrase “too rich,” this bacon-fat hot chocolate is the glutinous beverage you never knew you needed. It’s rich. It’s savory. It’s salty-sweet. It’s all that is right about American excess, served in a steaming mug that, yes, should probably be garnished with bacon.
- 3 tablespoons rendered bacon fat, melted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) bittersweet chocolate chips
- Whisk in the chocolate chips until melted.
- 1 Whisk together the bacon fat and cornstarch in a medium heavy saucepan.
- 2 Whisk in the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer over high heat, whisking, then simmer 1 minute and remove from heat.