One of the great things about living abroad is checking out the new foods. Many things are familiar, but every once in a while you encounter something new that tastes great, even if it isn’t good for you. Since I’ve been doing all the cooking lately, I get to pick out the new foods to try.
Speklap (or Bacon Flaps or Streaky Bacon) is one of those foods. Basically strips of long and thick bacon, Speklap is available marinated or plain at nearly any grocery store (and probably the butchers’ as well). It is a fairly inexpensive cut of meat and, since it a fatty cut, four slices can be made to stretch over a couple of meals when combined with a starch and veggie. It is also sold chopped up for those sorts of dishes.
When it comes to dinner, I like to keep it simple. I recommend buying the Speklap pre-marinated (the orange marinate is good and a bit spicy) and pan frying it on medium heat until the pink is gone. Then I serve it with rice and a vegetable. The “a la minute” Speklap cooks very fast, but even packages that don’t indicate that cook pretty quickly.
Leftovers can be chopped up for breakfast the next day or for American omelets. Its also good with potatoes, but really nearly everything is.
We haven’t tried it yet, but speklappen appears to be popular for BBQ. Since it cooks up quickly and takes marinades well, I can see why.
Of course others have much more experience with speklappen then me. Here are a few recipes that I hope to try in the future.
Beans with Apples and Pork: A traditional Dutch dish according to GoDutch.com.
Speklappen with a Crispy Herb Crust (Dutch only)
Grill Speklappen Sate: (Dutch only) Dan & I are suckers for the peanuty flavor of sate sauce.
Do you have a favorite recipe or ideas for a good one? Share it in the comments.