|Nueske's Bacon Cookoff finalist Joe |
Ruenwald. He's on the left, we think.
|Joe's Bacon Schnitzel draws upon a family recipe.|
Joe: First off, I set down some criteria for what I think a winning recipe would be.
1) Bacon is the main ingredient - not just sprinkled on top type of thing
2) It is a unique dish - never seen on a restaurant menu or a recipe website
3) It honors the rich heartiness (not heart healthy-ness) of bacon
My brainstorming from there went down the thought process of, what have I made for dinner that blows everyone away? Some of the other ideas I tested out were bacon eggrolls, bacon rangoon, buffalo bacon sandwich, and bacon brownies. None of these turned out bad, but none seemed like winners either. So I do what I always do when I need inspiration. I went to the fridge and I grabbed a bottle of my home brewed dunkelweizen. Before I could finish pouring it into a glass I realized bacon schnitzel is the answer. All that remained was to take my grandmother's schnitzel recipe, and rebuild it from the gravy down.
BDJ: Why do you love bacon?
Joe: Because it tastes great.
BDJ: What's your favorite way to eat bacon (besides in this recipe, of course)?
Joe: On toast with crunchy peanut butter.
BDJ: Why should you win?
Joe: I should win because I have crafted a dish that showcases all the wonderful properties of bacon while keeping bacon as the star of the show, and it is incredibly tasty as well.
BDJ: Anything to add?
Joe: Best of luck to the other bacon cylons out there.