Okay, so I know what you're probably thinking. Bacon? In a milkshake? Whaaaa? But trust me on this, it works out incredibly well. Seriously, like, addicting well. To explain, I made this milkshake for a recipe contest that required bacon as the main ingredient. As a native Oregonian, I frequented a doughnut shop in Portland called Voodoo Donuts that makes a maple bar with a crispy slice of bacon on top. I was always a fan of this creamy/sweet/bacon combination, and when I saw the posting for the competition I knew I wanted to make something sweet. Since bacon and maple get paired fairly frequently, I spent a lot of time thinking about what other ingredient I could use. Then, while I was wandering the isles of the grocery store, I saw a can of dulce de leche and knew what I wanted to do. Blend them into a wonderfully rich and flavorful milkshake, of course! So here it is, folks, the results of my mad scientist-like cooking skills. And I can say with 100% honesty, it was SO incredibly good. While I was working on this post last night I started craving one again just writing about it. Luckily, I still have some bacon, milk, ice cream and dulce de leche left over, so I plan on making another one today for me and for Jeremy. Cheers!
5 Slices Bacon
1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
1/4 Cup Milk
1 Heaping Tablespoon Dulce de Leche
1 Teaspoon Vegetable Oil or Butter
Grease the surface of a large frying ban with the vegetable oil or butter and then place the pan over medium-high heat. Lay the bacon flat onto the surface of the pan and fry them, flipping every few minutes, until they are crispy but not charred. Remove them and set them aside to cool for 5 minutes.
Take 4 of the bacon slices and place them on a separate plate. Cut them into small pieces, about 1 to 1/2 inch around.
Place the ice cream, the milk, the dulce de leche, and the chopped bacon in a blender. Put the lid on the blender, and blend at high speed for about a minute, or until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
Pour the milkshake into a clear serving glass and garnish with the single slice of cooked bacon. Serve immediately.