Bacon. Next to ice cream, it’s probably one of the world’s most perfect foods. But what happens when you combine the two? No, we’re not talking about a bacon-flavored ice cream or a few pieces of bacon in your vanilla (although that’s not a bad idea), we’re talking about a bacon ice cream sandwich. What’s a bacon ice cream sandwich? We’re glad you asked.
When the Turkey Hill team stumbled onto a few photos of the legendary sandwich — which includes vanilla ice cream sandwiches between two wafers of crispy, woven bacon — we knew we had to make it for ourselves in the Turkey Hill kitchen and post the step-by-step process here on the blog. Here’s how it all went down.
The sweet-and-salty sandwich of your dreams starts with a woven sheet of bacon. It’s a little tricky to make, but once you get the hang of the process, it’s not too bad. Start by laying six slice of bacon flat on a baking sheet. Then peel back every other slice, lay down a slice of bacon (running in the opposite direction, and put the peeled back slices back in place. Then peel back the slices of bacon that you didn’t move earlier, put down a slice of bacon, and the put the peeled back slices back in place. Repeat that process until you have what looks like a tasty quilt of bacon.
To cook your bacon blanket, just pop it in a 400 degree oven on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes. When the 20 minutes are up, carefully flip the woven sheet and bake for another 15 minutes. Your cooking time may vary, but you’ll know it’s ready when the entire sheet looks nice and crispy.
Next, you’ll want to cut two rectangles from your sheet of bacon, roughly in the shape of ice cream sandwich wafers. You should use a sharp knife for this step, and not one with a serrated edge (which can break the bacon’s fragile edges).
All that’s left to do now is fill your super sandwich with ice cream. You can opt for a classic ice cream sandwich flavor like vanilla, or choose whichever flavor you like. So how does it taste? It’s actually pretty good! We initially thought the bacon would crumble after the first bite and become a bit messy, but the woven structure and the baking process actually fuses the bacon into a very sturdy and durable sheet.
Do we recommend the bacon ice cream sandwich? Yes. If you’re an ice cream and bacon fanatic, this is one flavor combination you’ll definitely want to try for yourself!