My friend, Meha, posted a link to a recipe for Bacon Bowls tonight...and I couldn't wait to try them. So...I didn't! Wait, that is.
Not Martha offers a helpful demonstration on forming the bowls. Because my only muffin tin is a mini, I decided to make little appetizer size cups instead of big bowls. Forming them was a bit high-maintenance. I didn't use foil...I draped 2 pieces (1/3 of a slice each piece) across the bottom of the tin...then baked them for 25 minutes total...checking on them every few minutes to make sure they were holding their shape...re-forming them when necessary.
When they looked nearly done, I removed the little cups from the back of the pan, flipped it over and put each cup into one of the muffin tins, squishing it down until it formed a deeper cup. I then cooked them for an additional 5 minutes.
I let them cool a couple minutes in the pan, then removed them to a paper towel. I filled them as follows:
1) Hard-boiled egg with mayo - it was quite good, but may have been improved with the addition of some chipotle, which I was OUT OF for the first time in 6 years!! (My food photography skills stink...and I've never been good at making beautiful food...so you'll have to take my word for it when I say these are a lot more tasty than they LOOK in these pics!)
2) Shredded Beef with Summer Marinade - very good. I think it would be even better with a slice of rare tenderloin and some horseradish. Mmmm.
3) 3-4 chocolate chips in the bottom, with hot caramel poured over the top and a little Sea Salt to top it all off Ecstasy. Pure ecstasy.
I am going to work on perfecting the bowl part and finding a simpler method. I'll let you know what I come up with!
In the meantime, give it a go! You won't regret it...