As a Native Texan, I visit The Texas State Fair every year at least once. They are known for frying all sorts of crazy stuff every year and was my inspiration for this recipe. We love bacon. We love fried foods. We love cream gravy. And we don’t like anything bland, so I’ve incorporated hot sauce in the egg batter, Creole seasoning in the flour mixture and jalapenos in the cream gravy. Crunchy, Creamy, Mildly Spicy and Bacony!
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623 per serving
- 3 cup vegetable or canola oil, for frying
- 1 pounds thick-cut bacon slices, sliced in half crosswise
- 3 eggs
- 3 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoons hot sauce
- 3 cup flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoons creole/cajun seasoning
- 5 tablespoons reserved oil used in frying bacon, for gravy
- 1/4 cup flour, for gravy
- 2 cup buttermilk, for gravy
- 1/3 cup water, for gravy
- 3/4 teaspoons salt, for gravy
- 1/4 teaspoons black pepper, for gravy
- 1 tablespoons pickled jalapenos, chopped for gravy
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place several layers of paper towels on a plate to drain bacon and set aside. Pour oil into large cast iron skillet or other type of deep skillet and heat to 350 degrees on medium high heat, turning to medium when temperature is reached.
Fried Bacon-Step 1
In a medium bowl mix eggs, buttermilk and hot sauce with a fork. In another medium bowl whisk flour, salt, pepper and Creole seasoning.
Fried Bacon-Step 2
Working with each half slice of bacon, dip each in egg mixture, then in flour mixuture, shaking off excess flour. Dip again in egg mixture, then flour mixture, shaking off excess flour.
Fried Bacon-Step 3
Place immediately in hot oil in pan, turning after 30 seconds. Fry 2 minutes on one side, turn over and fry again 2 minutes on the other side. Remove to paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reserve 5 Tablespoons of oil for making gravy. Fry 3 pieces of bacon at a time.
Fried Bacon-Step 4
When all are cooked and drained place all pieces of bacon onto the prepared parchment-lined baking sheet and place in oven. Cook 15 minutes, or until bacon is cooked completely through and outside is crispy but not too brown.
Add reserved oil to saucepan and heat on medium high heat 30 seconds. Add flour to oil and stir with a spoon constantly while cooking 3 minutes.
Pour in buttermilk, water, salt, pepper and pepper. Cook on medium high heat 5-6 minutes, whisking occasionally, until heated and almost boiling. Add chopped jalapenos and stir. Remove from heat and pour into individual serving dishes and serve with fried bacon slices.