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Sweet candy bacon
I know what you’re thinking: It’s bacon. How can it get any better? Well, it can. Oh, it can.
The best part, beyond the deliciousness, is how easy it is for kids to make something that will literally bring “oohs and ahhs” from anyone who eats it.
That’s got to make a beginner chef proud and happy. Just thinking about these makes my mouth water, so let’s get right to it.
6 strips of bacon, the thicker the better
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you have a convection-roasting feature, use that. If not, regular baking will work just fine.
Place cooling racks inside the baking pan. There should be about 1/4 inch of space between the pan and the cooling racks. This will allow hot air to get under the bacon and cook it all over.
Lay your bacon strips on the cooling racks so that the strips run perpendicular to the rack rods.
Pour syrup into a small bowl and then dip a basting brush and paint each strip. Then set aside the syrup. This step should be done by your child. Seriously. Nothing’s hot yet. It’s just bacon-laying and painting. Any kid can do it. Yes, there will be syrup everywhere and your kid will probably smell like some combination of raw pork and syrup but, well, yeah. Given the raw meat situation, I should probably advise you to be sure he washes his hands thoroughly afterward. But don’t stress. Think of the powerful immune system you’re building. See? Bacon really is the best.
Bake the bacon for about 10 minutes.
Pull pan out and paint another coat of syrup on the bacon and put it back in the oven.
Bake for another 1 to 2 minutes, or until the bacon is done to your desired crispiness level.
Remove, plate, then listen for gasps of sugar-bacon pleasure.
This recipe was excerpted from Dad's Book of Awesome Recipes: From Sweet Candy Bacon to Cheesy Chicken Fingers, 100+ Recipes the Whole Family Will Enjoy! by Mike Adamick. Adamick is a stay-at-home dad who writes the Daddy Issues column on Jezebel.com and contributes to the San Francisco Chronicle's parenting blog, The Poop. Learn more at mikeadamick.com.
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