In seventh grade my friend Joey decided he was going to say “frigid” instead of “cool.” He persisted through about three days of ridicule until the most amazing thing happened. Kenny, the school’s only black kid, said that the new Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz song “Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)” was “fuckin’ frigid.”
When Kenny said something it caught on fast and for the next six months everything from Tamagotchi to J.C. Chasez’ new haircut was “frigid.” It was my first time witnessing the development of a meme from its conception to its death. In much the same way that “frigid” was born not of necessity but excess, the Internet’s current obsession with salted, cured pork bellies is pretty over-the-top.
The good people over at the bacon.reddit keep an eye on the internet bacon landscape and right now they are pretty busy. From the proliferation of the Bacon Roll to the New York Times’ write-up of the Bacon Explosion, bacon is- forgive the pun- sizzling right now.
Our house is getting in on the act, too. A friend of the house, a man whose nickname is actually Bacon, smokes and cures his own bacon using locally sourced, happy pigs from Bledsoe Farms near Woodland. The Bledsoes pigs end up on plates all over Sacramento and the Bay Area and their product has made the transition from Ithaca and its Piggery much easier. Did I mention that the bacon we have is in great big huge slabs? No? Well, it is.
As a result of a pocket lightening trip eastward, this morning was devoted to picking up odd jobs at my brother’s house for a few bucks. A harrowing bike ride along the American river gave me a lot of time to plan my “baCongratulations on your workout!” feast. Here’s what I came up with.
The “Yeah, I deserve this”
It’s a breakfast taco. Its got bacon in it.
Makes 4 tacos.
3 slices of the thickest cut of bacon you can find. Mine was a half inch thick, you can do better.
1 chopped (large) shallot, or half a red onion
4 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
4 medium corn tortillas (I picked up Mia Abuelita green chile tortillas at the Coop and I’m very happy with them)
Any good recipe starts with frying bacon, so commence. While it’s frying put some cheese on your tortillas and put them in a 200 degree oven. so it can get melty. Since I’m using a cast iron skillet right now I’m being pretty liberal with the fat in an effort to season it.
Let the bacon render out a little bit and save the fat! When your superstar ingredient is cooked to your liking, take it out and throw the onions to sautee in the baconness. Add a little pepper and when they’re just about done add your cilantro to cook it for maybe 30 seconds.
Chop the bacon and put it back in and put the whole mixture in some sort of prep bowl. Turn up the heat on your bacon pan and fry your eggs in the leftover grease. Take your tortillas out and throw your fried egg on top and then cover with the bacon/cilantro mixture. Its high quality protein and, at least in my case, no added salt as the bacon provided all the salt in the dish.
You never hear anyone say, “Finish your bacon!”