Friday, August 7, 2015

Foodie Fridays - Balsamic Berry Parfait

If you're a friend on Facebook you know that one of my favorite weekend activities is watching cooking shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Recently I saw an episode of Giada at Home where she made raspberry balsamic parfaits topped with caramel crunch. They sounded delicious, but what sounded even better to me was candied bacon instead of the caramel crunch. So this is my spin on the balsamic berry parfait, sending out summer with a bang, using the last of the season's berries in my balsamic berry bacon parfait.

2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 slices nitrate free bacon
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
8 oz. marscapone cheese
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup quartered strawberries

Pour 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar into a small sauce pan or skillet. Whisk in a pinch of brown sugar, about 1/2-1 teaspoon. Heat over low-medium heat stirring often to reduce. The final reduction should be syrupy in texture.

To make candied bacon cook bacon in a skillet until just barely done and still limp, then sprinkle on a little brown sugar. Flip, cook for 30 seconds and then repeat on the opposite side. Result will be crispy and sticky goodness, let cool on a plate or cooling rack, not on paper towels as the sugar will make the paper stick. Chop the cooled candied bacon roughly and set aside.

Add yogurt and marscapone cheese together in a small bowl, whisk together until smooth.

Now you're ready to assemble your parfaits! In 2 clear glasses or parfait dishes first put down a layer of the yogurt and cheese mixture. Then add a good portion of the quartered strawberries (about 1/4 cup per glass) then drizzle a little of the balsamic reduction over each. Layer another portion of the yogurt and cheese, then another of berries and balsamic. Top with the candied bacon (about 1 strip per glass).

Yields 2 generous portions - perfect for a dinner for two.

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