In honor of national Truffles Day, we present these decedent Bacon & Beer Truffles!! Bacon and beer…how can you go wrong!
1 box brownie mix
Eggs, oil, and water as called for on the box
1/2 cup brown sugar
12-ounce bottle of porter beer
1 pound of raw bacon — cooked, drained, and crumbled
12-16 ounces of chocolate candy coating
A few pinches of flaked margarita salt, optional as a garnish
Bake brownies as directed on the box.
Cook your bacon and drain it while the brownies are baking. Set the cooked bacon aside for later.
When the brownies are done baking, remove them from the oven and let cool.
Into a large, deep skillet, pour the brown sugar and porter beer.
Cook on medium heat until it begins to get syrupy, stirring occasionally. (Don’t get impatient and turn the heat on high.) Using medium heat, it will take maybe 20 minutes or more to get a syrup-like thickness. When a liquid is cooked until it’s thick, that’s called a “reduction.” It concentrates the flavor; that’s why beer selection is important. A slightly bitter beer will turn into a very bitter reduction. To be safe, I chose a mild, rich, smooth porter.
Chop your bacon into fine crumbles. Add MOST of the bacon crumbles into your thickened beer reduction — but set aside about 3 tablespoons of the bacon crumbles to use later as a garnish.
Cook for another minute or two. Mine was bubbly and thick. Remove from heat.
After cooking your porter beer reduction, it’s time to cut those brownies. First, cut off all the edges, which will be too crisp to be a part of your tender truffles. I ate my crusts as soon as I cut them out of the pan. You should, too.
Cut your crust-free brownies out of the pan and into a large bowl. No need to cut them into squares or be neat about it. Add the bacon-and-beer reduction.
Stir the brownies and reduction together until they’re well mixed into a thick, smoky-sweet dough. Get about a tablespoon of dough and roll between your palms into a truffle-sized ball. Place onto aluminum foil. Repeat until all the dough is gone.
In a microwave-safe container, melt your chocolate candy coating. I like to use a small container so that my truffles have a nice, deep bath to dip in. Drop one ball in so it gets coated completely. Then, using two forks, fish it out. Place it onto foil and, before it has the chance to dry, immediately garnish it with a sprinkling of bacon crumbles and maybe some margarita salt.
Repeat this one truffle at a time: Dip, garnish. Dip, garnish. Dip, garnish. Until you’re done.
SEE STEP-BY-STEP PHPTO RECIPE HERE: http://outoftheboxbrownies.com/2013/01/14/super-bowl-truffles/