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$500 Winner: Savory Category

Rita Williams | Farmers EC 

Rita Williams’ grandma, with help from Pillsbury, inspired Texas Pecan Bacon. “My grandmother loved to cook and taught me so much,” says Williams, whose food service career introduced her to bacon-wrapped Pillsbury cornbread twists. Now a grandmother herself, Williams makes the bacon without the bread for a treat she says her grandchildren like anytime.

20 thick slices bacon, maple flavored
4 tablespoons chopped Texas pecans
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and apply cooking spray. Arrange bacon on foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Mix pecans, sugar and black pepper. Press mixture into bacon, covering well.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until crisp but not too dark. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Servings: 10. Serving size: 2 slices. Per serving: 144 calories, 6.41 g protein, 10.23 g fat, 4.96 g carbohydrates, 0.71 g dietary fiber, 356 mg sodium, 3.73 g sugars, 17 mg cholesterol