These addictive truffles were inspired by some served at the prestigious Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina, a restaurant known nationwide for its innovative desserts. Whereas the chef there uses dry-roasted peanuts, I much prefer the large, toothsome, regular goobers I order routinely from Aunt Ruby's in Enfield, North Carolina (1-800-843-0105), and for even smoother and richer texture, I do add butter to the chocolate. If ever the affinity between bacon and peanut butter and/or chocolate were questioned, these truffles serve as undeniable proof. Stored in an airtight container, the truffles keep in the refrigerator up to about a week and are best served slightly chilled.
6 slices lean streaky bacon
4 ounces salted peanuts (about 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
Six 1-ounce squares semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa
1. In a large skillet, fry the bacon over moderate heat till crisp, drain on paper towels, and let cool completely.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine the bacon, peanuts, and sugar and grind to a fine texture. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the peanut butter, and stir till well blended and smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and chill about 1 hour.
3. Roll the mixture into balls about 1 inch in diameter, place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill about 30 minutes longer.
4. Meanwhile, combine the butter and chocolate in a small saucepan and stir over very low heat till melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool till warm. Sift the cocoa into a bowl.
5. Coat the balls completely in the melted chocolate, dredge thoroughly in the cocoa, and store in the refrigerator till ready to serve.
Excerpted from The Bacon Cookbook: More Than 150 Recipes from Around the World for Everyone's Favorite Food by James Villas (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2007). Copyright 2007 by James Villas.
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