For this party snack, meaty bites of slow-roasted slab bacon are tossed with a homemade chile crisp that's studded with freshly toasted chunks of dried chiles, fresh ginger, and garlic. Native to Mexico, slender and spicy dried Japones chiles lend their heat to this quick and easy version of the popular Chinese condiment. For an even easier version, try this with your favorite store-bought version of chile crisp.

Justin Chapple

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Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
marinate:
8 hrs
total:
9 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
8 to 10
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Using gloves, remove and discard stems and seeds from chiles. Transfer chiles to a food processor or a spice grinder; process until finely chopped but not ground, about 15 seconds. Stir together chiles, peanuts, salt, cumin, Szechuan peppercorns, black pepper, and star anise in a large heatproof bowl; place a fine wire-mesh strainer over bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high until shimmering. Add shallots, garlic, and ginger; cook, stirring often, until golden and crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Immediately pour mixture through strainer set over bowl with chiles. Spread strained solids on paper towels to drain. Let cool 30 minutes; stir into chile-oil mixture in bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange bacon cubes evenly on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until fat has rendered but bacon is not yet crisp, 45 to 55 minutes. Meanwhile, remove chile crisp mixture from refrigerator; let come to room temperature, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a large bowl; discard drippings. Remove and discard star anise from chile crisp. Add 1/4 cup chile crisp to bacon; toss to coat. Add additional chile crisp to taste. Serve warm with food picks.

Make Ahead

Chile crisp can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Bring to room temperature before using.

Notes

Find Japones chiles at your local Latin market or on amazon.com.

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