Sex & Love
Duck Bacon Three-Way
The first time I tried it, I was in a group. The second time, it was with a married man. The last time, I was alone and loved every minute of it. It had started while I was doing my … Read More
The first time I tried it, I was in a group. The second time, it was with a married man. The last time, I was alone and loved every minute of it. It had started while I was doing my shift at my local food co-op when the seasoned staffer asked for a volunteer to stock the meat cooler. I figured I could handle meat, so I jumped right in. As the burly bearded man told me what we had to put out, he got an excited twinkle in his when he breathed, “oh, and we have duck bacon today.”
Sure, I had heard of turkey bacon, beef bacon, and even lamb bacon but never duck bacon. “Is it any good?” I asked my curiosity piqued by his tone while the slim rectangular packages were placed into the cooler. After my shift was over I did a little shopping and found myself back at the meat cooler. I thought of a friend who loves duck, so why not try this? So we arranged a brunch. A few friends over on a sunny winter weekend to sample a tasty new treat. We cooked up a batch of the duck bacon and placed tiny pieces on crackers. I had even bought a duck liver pate (pork-free) that we smeared on tiny wedges of toast. There were many other delicacies that afternoon, but for the meat eaters of the group all anyone remembers was that taste. Squares of thin sliced smoked duck meat fried in duck fat – all that salty, smoky soaked in silky tender duck fat. What flavor! Bursting from each cracker. Why aren’t more things cooked in duck fat? A few days after the brunch, a friend was home sick with a cold. And what’s that saying? “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” And what clears a stuffy head better than duck? There was some left over after the brunch. I brought a loaf of fresh bread and we soaked up the duck fat and sprinkled the bread with garlic powder. And to make things even more treyf my friend had some leftover macaroni and cheese. It was the most decadent meal I think I have ever cooked. By the end of the week, I was hungry and alone. My boyfriend was at work and there was little in the house to eat. A few potatoes, onions and the rest of the duck bacon. I didn’t know if could top the ecstasy of the last time I had eaten the duck, but I roasted the potatoes and cooked the onions in with the bacon and tossed in the potatoes until they were coasted in the silky duck. I was glad I was alone, because sometimes it’s just better when you are alone with duck juices dribbling down your chin. I don’t know if there is a food more naughty to kosher keeping Jews than pork – although technically it is no more a sin than any other prohibited food. Yet, bacon gets many Jews really riled up (read the comments). So all this talk of bacon feels a little scandalous even if duck bacon can be kosher (okay, not eaten with mac n’ cheese). But the really naughty here is how amazing duck bacon really is. To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, “Was that bacon, or did an angel just give birth in my mouth?” Oh yes, I will be looking for duck bacon again.