And I’m not just talking about bits of bacon tossed with the noodles. Sure, that will add color, texture and flavor to the salad but you can go a step farther.
I’m talking about tossing the noodles in a tablespoon of bacon fat before everything else is added. You’d be surprised at how much difference one ingredient in such a small amount can make.
You will need fatty bacon for this macaroni salad. Belly bacon. The kind that renders fat almost as soon as the rashers touch the surface of a hot pan.
You will need only a tablespoonful of the flavorful fat, but don’t worry if you get a lot more than that. You can set aside and chill what you won’t use, and reserve it for another cooking project.
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If you’re not a fan of raw carrot, peel your carrot and toss, uncut, into the pot of boiling pasta. Cook for five minutes, scoop out, drain, cool and chop.
Bacon macaroni salad
- 100 grams belly bacon
- 3 cups cooked macaroni
- ¼ cup chopped carrot
- ¾ cup cheese - cubed (soft cheeses are particularly good for this salad)
- ½ cup crushed pineapple
- ¼ cup finely sliced scallions
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- salt - to taste
- white pepper - to taste
- sugar - to taste
- Cut the bacon into thin strips.
- Fry in an oil-free pan until browned.
- Scoop out the browned bacon and drain on a stack of paper towels.
- Measure a tablespoonful of the bacon fat and pour over the macaroni and toss thoroughly.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
- Chill the bacon macaroni salad before serving.