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Marinated Grilled Bacon with Apple Mash Recipe

The sweetness of the apple mash perfectly complements the smokiness of the bacon in this dish from Urdapilleta Pig Farm in the Basque country.

by Urdapilleta Pig Farm
Feb 11 2015, 12:00pm

"If you serve the apple mash in the shape of a nest and add a free range egg yolk stewed at 65º C for 6 hours, you will remember this dish the rest of your life."

Servings: 4
Prep time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes

2 pounds seasoned sticky bacon, preferably a whole piece
kosher salt
2 pounds green apples


1. To make the seasoned sticky bacon, salt a piece of bacon for 24 hours and remove the salt. Pat dry and marinate with paprika. Leave to cure for 15 days.

2. Once the bacon is marinated, cook at a low temperature (about 150 degrees F / 65 degrees C) for 6 hours. The fat will render out during this process.

3. Once the bacon is cooked, cut it in 2-inch/ 5-cm cubes. In a hot pan with a little oil, grill until browned and serve with hot apple mash.

4. For the apple mash, roast the apples in the oven until soft and remove the skin and core, leaving the pulp as a smooth mash. Serve with the bacon.

From MUNCHIES Guide to the Basque Country - Part 3