You know you’re in home cook heaven when you see that Mason jar of gold by the stove or fat-capped ivory in the fridge. Bacon grease is a long-standing Southern staple in the kitchen. Southern cooks know the benefits of saving bacon grease and using it to replace or even amplify butter, shortening, and other cooking oils in their favorite recipes. We’ve used bacon grease to fry eggs, sauté most vegetables, fry comfort foods to that perfect golden brown, and even bake with it in a pinch — if we have enough on hand.
And that’s where Bacon Up® Bacon Grease comes in! The last thing you want during the holiday season is to be short on the miracle fat that has been one of the best kitchen helpers this side of grandma’s famous biscuits or dad’s fried turkey. Bacon Up® is triple-filtered and shelf-stable — so it’s ready to go when you need it to save you time, mess, and expense while you prep that famous Christmas casserole of yours!
You can also try Better N Bacon CEO Monica Riney’s favorite: Skillet Apple Crisp. When she is not overseeing the day-to-day at this small family-based company, she delights in transforming beloved family and holiday recipes with Bacon Up®! According to Monica, “Apple crisp is such a great finish to any meal with its combination of sweet and tart flavors and its soft and crunchy textures. Using Bacon Up® Bacon Grease gives it added depth and richness that we all love.” Let’s gather our ingredients and head into the kitchen!
- · 6 medium apples
- · 3 Tbsp Bacon Up® Bacon Grease
- · ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
- · 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- · ⅛ tsp Kosher salt
- · 1¼ cups old-fashioned oats
- · 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- · 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold
- · ⅓ cup brown sugar
- · ⅛ tsp Kosher salt
- · Garnish: sprinkle of ground cinnamon
- ) Preheat oven to 350°.
- ) Ensure apples are washed, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized pieces; put into a large mixing bowl.
- ) In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt Bacon Up®.
- ) Once the Bacon Up® is melted, whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
- ) Pour the Bacon Up® mixture into the mixing bowl containing the apples and toss until the apples are coated.
- ) Add the apples and Bacon Up® back into the skillet and turn the heat to medium. Continuously stir until apples begin to soften, 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
- ) After the apples are partially cooked, cut the 5 tablespoons of butter into 5 separate pieces. Mix all topping ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. It is easiest to combine with a pastry cutter or hands. It is okay to have small lumps of butter throughout the mixture.
- ) Top the apples in the skillet with the topping evenly, sprinkle cinnamon on top, and place in the oven.
- ) Bake for 35-40 minutes, until apples are tender and the topping is crunchy.
- ) Top with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.