Bacon Cannoli! I was invited to a graduation party for a friend who just finished nursing school. I thought I would make her something special for this celebration. Everyone loves sweets and everyone loves bacon. Why not combine the two. In my opinion, sweet and salty are the best flavor combinations. This dessert was a big hit. Nutritional information is not included because… Well it’s bacon, cream and sugar and it is best if we just don’t know. Anyways, without much ado…I bring you bacon cannoli, Mother Nature’s greatest gift.
· 2 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream
· 1 1/2 Cup Ricotta
· 1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
· 1/4 tsp Vanilla
· 1 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
· Pin of Nutmeg (whole is best)
· 1 1/2 Cups Mini chocolate chips
· 20 Slices Bacon
· Aluminum foil (unless you have cannoli tubes)
· Maple syrup
I will say that the first batch of cannoli filling I made turned out very gritty. You really have to strain the ricotta or this is what will happen. Well I did not have the time to let it strain for a day or two because, as always, I waited until the last few hours to make this dish. I searched into the dark underbelly of the inter-webs for a solution and I found one that worked like a charm.
3. Wrap a slice of bacon around the foil tube you just made (arts & crafts with cooking is so cool if you don’t have an actual cannoli tube). Continue with remaining bacon while I worked on the cannoli tubes. I will say the second batch turned out much smoother and creamier.
1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Time to make your cannoli tubes. See image.
3. Wrap a slice of bacon around the foil tube you just made (arts & crafts with cooking is so cool). Continue with remaining bacon.
4. Coat the bacon with a thin layer of maple syrup.
5. Place your bacon into the pre-heated oven for about 18-20 minutes. My oven tends to be a bit of a @#$%@# sometimes so I rolled my bacon over mid-way through and got perfect crispiness all over. Remove from oven and allow time to cool.
6. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat your heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
7. Combine powdered sugar, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon into the cream.
8. Combine the pulverized ricotta and mini chocolate chips. Gently fold into the cream mixture.
9. Pipe the cannoli mixture into the bacon and add more mini chocolate chips as garnish.
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