Candied Bacon Cashews

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 1/4 lb. raw cashews
  • 1/4 c diced, cooked bacon
  • half of the bacon fat from cooking
  • 1 Tbsp cold butter
  • smoked salt

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until boiling.  Add the cashews and stir continuously.  Use a pastry brush dipped in water to occasionally wipe the inside of the pot.

When the water evaporates and the sugar is carmelized, stir in the bacon.  Turn off the heat and add the bacon fat, butter and smoked salt to taste.  Transfer to a greased cookie sheet to cool, then break apart.

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