Toasted Spiced Almonds and " bacon tease".
1 egg white
1 t. cold water
2 C. whole almonds
3 T. sugar
3 T. packed brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. and line a half sheet pan with foil. Butter well if using foil or spray with cooking spray.
Whisk the egg white and water well until it is very frothy but not stiff. Add the almonds and stir well to coat. Using another bowl mix the sugars, salt, and cinnamon then add them to the nuts. Stir altogether coating well. Spread on the prepared sheet and bake for 1 hour turning the nuts every 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Break up and store in an airtight container.
THE TEASE. I WOULD HAVE NEVER DREAMED I COULD CURE MY OWN BACON. But that is what I am up to now!! Even as I write it is curing away, 4 pounds of it in my spare refrigerator. It will be "working" for a full 7 days. I have written the first half of the post chronicling why I am interested in this, the recipes, the availability of ingredients, and will conclude next Wednesday 2/15 by frying some up and reporting what I have yielded without any artificial ingredients or nitrates or other undesirable and harmful additives. So stay tuned if you too love real bacon but not the nitrates.