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Coffee Bacon Sandwiches

March 1, 2012

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You guys!  Um… everything is seriously BONKERS right now!

a) there’s coffee on my bacon.

b) there’s a TON of you at my first book signing.

c)  i’m out in the world wearing a blazer and pretending that I’m not shy.

And things have only just begun to get crazy.  I’m about to get crazy (and totally wear a blazer) in a city near you!

But first, Coffee Bacon… yet another recipe from the Joy the Baker Cookbook, and one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever shoved into my face.

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Here’s a peek at my very first book signing!  Whoa, dudes.  Standing room only?  How is this a thing that’s even possible!?

Thank you for coming out.  Thanks for all the hugs and laughs.  I’ll post more of your smiling faces soon!

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Bacon is good.  Bacon certainly doesn’t need any help from little ol’ me.

But.  Well.  Why not give it a little face-lift just for fun?

I mixed together ground coffee beans, brown sugar, molasses, chili powder, and a bit of water, and created a loose paste.

You know how bacon comes in a package layered and staggered?  I poured the coffee mixture over the staggered bacon and let it marinate for a few hours.  After some time, I removed the bacon from the fridge, and removed just some of the coffee marinade.  I baked it up crisp… and it’s almost sandwich time!

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This fancy-ish sandwich would not be complete without a homemade spread.

Goat cheese is the start.  I placed goat cheese in a bowl and mashed it together with dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, and chili flakes.  Mashing requires just a bowl, a fork, and a good amount of pressure.  Totally technical.  I know.

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Here’s what’s happening here:

a) lightly buttered and toasted bread.

b) fresh spinach.

c) bright, tangy, and sweet goat cheese spread.  The sweetness is a nice compliment to the salty bacon.

d) coffee bacon!  If you’re not excited about this… if you’re still looking at me with a strange face, let me explain.  Coffee marinated bacon doesn’t bake up with a strong coffee flavor.  The coffee bakes out a bit and lends a depth and richness to the coffee.  Molasses give the bacon some deep sweetness, and chili powder adds some quality kick.  If you’re skeptical… I totally get it.  I just think t hat smashing breakfast items together is cool.  Give it a try.  I really do think you’ll be surprised!

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I’m out in the world being weird with my cookbook, White on Rice Couple, Cristina Ferrera, and Kitchen Aid.  I don’t even want to tell you:

a) how many carbs I have to consume to eat my way out of shyness.

b)  how truly excited I am to meet you out in the world.

c)  just how much I want you to make coffee bacon, because you might think me creepy.

photo from momfluential.net

Coffee Bacon Sandwiches

makes 8 pieces of bacon and enough spread 4 sandwiches

coffee bacon recipe from Joy the Baker Cookbook

Print this Recipe!

For the Bacon:

8 slices uncooked bacon

1/4 cup freshly ground coffee

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon water

For the Spread:

4 ounces goat cheese

4 medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

For the Sandwich:

fresh baby spinach leaves

crusty, toasted bread

Lay cascading bacon slices atop one another so that the fat is on top.  Place bacon on top of a piece of plastic wrap or brown butcher paper.

In a small bowl, stir together ground coffee, chili powder, brown sugar, molasses, and water.  Spread the mixture on top of the bacon slices, pressing with the back of a spoon.  The coffee topping will only be on the top, fatted rim of the bacon.  Wrap the bacon and coffee in the plastic wrap or butcher paper and place in the fridge. You may want to put the mixture in a large sealable back to prevent any leaking.   Let sit for 2 hours of overnight.

When ready to bake, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pay separate bacon slices on the paper in a single layer.  If you prefer, you can wipe some of the ground coffee marinade off before baking.  The majority of the coffee will only be on the top layer of the bacon slice.

Bake until browned and crisp, 14 to 17 minutes, or until bacon has reached your desired crispiness.  Remove from the oven, allow to drain on a piece of paper towel and assemble goat cheese spread.

To make the Spread:  In a medium bowl, place goat cheese, pitted dates, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil and red pepper flakes.  Use a fork to mash the ingredients together.  Mash until well incorporated.  Add a touch more lemon juice or olive oil to reach your desired consistency.

Spread goat cheese mixture on buttered and toasted bread.  Top with coffee bacon and fresh spinach.  Serve immediately.


181 Comments Add A Comment

  • My cookbook arrived from Amazon on publication day, and it is awesome! The recipes sound amazing, and the book is gorgeous. Thanks, Joy, for giving me LOTS of ideas to try in my kitchen. So glad I found your blog and now have your cookbook. What a ride you’re on. Congratulations!

  • I hear blazers are the new “it” thing! Looking good JTB.

  • Ok, not really food related but had to say it anyway – awesome blazer! Love it!

  • That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. And congratulations! Wishing you more success. ;)

  • First I thought “what?!”, and then after the marinating thing I thought “yeees!”. This sounds so strange fantastic!
    I’m excited for you and you book and your tour, that’s all so great. Unfortuntely you are not coming to Germany for a book tour, are you ;)? But I will definitely get your book.
    Love your site, Lena

  • I’ve seen a couple of people tweeting about this recipe and I’m so intrigued!

    PS you’re rocking that blazer.

  • Your tour sounds like such a blast! As for these coffee sandwiches, I’m pretty dubious, but because it’s you I trust you and I think I’m going to have to give them a try :-)

  • I love a multitasking breakfast. More caffeine please. I’ve got a banana bread with coffee in it that gives me the same kind of joy (pst- great blazer. You look fabulous).

  • Joy – I love, love, LOVE this! Coffee? Good! Goat cheese? Good! Bacon? Amazing! Why not combine them all for maximum deliciousness. I’m going to try this tomorrow! And don’t worry about the carbs that are helping you through the day. We’ve all been there at one time or another. Best wishes for the rest of your book tour!

  • LOVE a bacon sandwich, this looks immense!

  • Go Joy! And you were worried about people showing up…

    Also, I want to create the world’s greatest breakfast sandwich with this bacon, the mushroom & onion biscuits, and a perfectly friend egg. Perfection? dunzo

  • I would never have thought of this… But it looks delicious…

  • I just got done editing pics from the event today and will be posting tomorrow. It was fabulous talking to you, watching you in action, the inscription that you wrote in my book is going to be my guiding light…

    And the cupcake with pink sprinkles and that marshmallow frosting MADE my 5 year olds day. Ok, it made her month. That frosting is…like…the best.stuff.ever. And your book, ok, best cookbook ever and I’m only like 10 pages into it. The cooking/kitchen tips just in the intro, right there, worth the price of admission, folks!

  • I love coffee with my bacon so why not put the two together! Brilliant idea Joy, I can’t wait to see the book x

  • That looks SO good, can’t wait to try it!

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