OK. Here’s the thing. I know nothing about anime and manga. Well, that’s not entirely true. I know that they are Japanese and that every cosplay I’ve seen from one is gorgeous. And that, my friends, exhausts my knowledge. It’s not that I’m not interested. I just don’t even know where to start. I know that some of you out there are big fans, so leave a comment and tell me your favorite. And tell me where I should begin my journey so that I can understand and expand my cosplay horizons…seriously…all gorgeous.
I also know that food figures in. In the interest of appealing to a wide range of fictional foodies, I spend plenty of time on Pinterest (follow my “Fictional Food” board here) doing…research. Yeah, research. Not wasting time…Research. Anyway…during those research sessions I have found all kinds of recipes from anime. They all look delicious, but I decided to start with “Sizzle Crisps” from Avatar: The Last Airbender . (affiliate link.) Sizzle crisps are described as bacon-like and hot. Apparently, they’re a favorite snack among the Fire Nation. Using this recipe from Fiction-Food Cafe as inspiration, I put my own sizzle crisps together.
These are super simple. I don’t think a formal recipe is necessary. I mixed about 3/4 of a cup of brown sugar with 1 Tablespoon of black pepper sriracha seasoning from McCormick’s (affiliate link.) Feel free to adjust the spice to your heat preference. I like spicy, so I went for it. You could also use white or maple sugar, if you prefer. Once you’ve got that mixed up, press it all over some thick sliced bacon. You’ll have enough to cover 8-12 slices, depending on how liberal you are. Pop the bacon in the oven at 400° for 15-20 minutes. I suggest a baking sheet with sides and a rack. I also recommend lining your pan with foil for easier clean-up. I always rotate my pan halfway through cooking because of my oven, but you do what works best with yours. Once they’re nice and crisp, move them to a cooling rack (or I used a cutting board.) Once they’re cool, cut them into bite size pieces and enjoy!
These little guys were so, so good. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little salty… The whole family loved them, even H-man who’s not a fan of spice. They would make a great little game day appetizer!
I apologize profusely if I have made any mistakes in referring to any of the media in this post. Please reference the first paragraph where I explain my complete ignorance on the subject. And don’t forget to leave suggestions in the comments!