Just Add Bacon: Four Seasons Jackson Hole Perfects the Waffle


August 19, 2013 in News

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The bacon-with-everything trend shows no signs of slowing, and while some concoctions are a bit dubious (bacon cotton candy?), we can likely all agree that bacon with waffles is a classic.

Now, the culinary team at Westbank Grill at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, is serving up bacon waffles, where the batter is flavoured with bacon fat and smoky bacon bits are baked right in. The waffle is toped with Local Snake River Farms brown sugar bacon, maple butter and bourbon syrup.

“It’s another riff on the sweet-and-salty flavour combinations, like chocolate-covered pretzels, that have been driving people crazy for years,” says Sous Chef Justin Anthony, who created the dish. “The sage-infused bourbon syrup and brown sugar maple butter help top off the savory and sweet combo.”

Create your own homage to bacon with this exclusive Four Seasons recipe (below)—Bacon Waffles topped with brown sugar maple butter and bourbon syrup.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole Bacon Waffles

BACON WAFFLES WITH BROWN SUGAR MAPLE BUTTER AND BOURBON SYRUP

Justin Anthony, Sous Chef of Westbank Grill, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Serves 1

Bacon bits method:

  1. Remove good-quality thick-cut bacon from package and place on wire rack, evenly spaced. Place foil-lined tray on a rack beneath to catch any drips. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes until crisp.
  2. Remove from oven and blot any bacon fat. Let cool and then finely chop by hand.

Brown Sugar Maple Butter ingredients:

1 lb (454 g) butter
1/4 cup (125 ml) brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 ml) maple extract
1 tbsp  (15 ml) Cointreau orange liqueur
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Method:

1. Whip in a mixer until combined.

Bourbon Syrup ingredients:
1 cup (250 ml) bourbon
2 cups (500 ml) pure maple syrup
1 fresh sage leaf
2 sprigs of fresh thyme

Method:

  1. Bring bourbon to a gentle boil and cook until almost reduced (be careful of flare-ups).
  2. Add syrup and bring to simmer.
  3. Remove from heat. Add herbs and steep for an hour. Strain and cool.

Ingredients for waffle batter:
3/4 cup (177 ml) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (125 ml) cornstarch
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1.2 ml) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) salt
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
1/3 cup (79 ml) warm bacon fat
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp (7.4 ml) sugar
3/4 tsp (3.7 ml) vanilla extract
2 oz (57 g) bacon bits (see method above)

 Method:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl.
  2. Mix wet ingredients in a second bowl. Gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Do not beat. Batter should be smooth enough to flow evenly into your waffle iron, but a few lumps here and there are fine.
  3. Pour 8 oz (227 g) into a heated waffle iron and scatter bacon bits on top. Close the waffle iron and cook until golden. Serve with maple butter, bacon and bourbon syrup.
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