How to Make a Bacon Cornucopia (“Carnecopia”)
With the weather starting to feel like fall, we thought a cornucopia would be in order for the birthday BBQ. But how about a bacon cornucopia? A bacon cornucopia… Such gluttony! How could we resist. And so, the bacon cornucopia was born…
chicken wire, about 2′ x 2′
cotton or hemp twine
scissors you don’t mind ouching by cutting chicken wire
4 lb bacon
1/2 box toothpicks
cookie sheet with taller edges
cookie drying rack or other rack that the bacon cornucopia can cook on
Instructions on How to Make a Bacon Cornucopia:
1) Cut chicken wire into a square with a rounded edge. I found it easiest to fold it together into the shape of a horn and cut it like that. You’ll want one edge of the cornucopia lip to be shorter than the other. The longer edge will be where the goodies spill out.
2) Fold chicken wire into a horn shape and use your twine to string it shut.
3) Being careful not to poke yourself on the chicken wire, bend the wire into a horn shape, keeping in mind that the horn tip should point up and the longer edge lip should be the base of the cornucopia.
4) Wash well with soap and water to ensure and debris and dust are cleaned off. Dry.
5) Wrap horn with aluminum foil.
6) Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
7) Open four packs of bacon and separate the slices to make them easy to grab individually as you build your horn.
8) Start wrapping at the tip. Make sure that as you wrap, you are overlapping the bacon by half, as the bacon will shrink. Use toothpicks to hold the bacon in place.
9) Continue wrapping all the way up. As the bacon warms up, it may start to loosen. Use more toothpicks. I had considered wrapping it in cotton twine as well, but only had hemp (hemp would leave small threads behind, so I opted to continue with toothpicks).
10) Wrap thickly all the way to the lip edge. Due to the weight of the bacon, rotating the bacon cornucopia toward the end became difficult. I ended up picking up the bacon and wearing it like a meat puppet on my hand, and continuing to wrap bacon slices around.
11) For the cornucopia lip, fold slices of bacon in a zig zag pattern, poking tooth picks through both sides (through bacon, wire skeleton, and bacon again) to hold it into place.
12) When your cornucopia is all wrapped up in bacon, you’re set to go! Put it in the oven (325 degrees) for 30 minutes, laying on its side so that the pointed tip of the cornucopia is pointing sideways.
13) At 30 minutes, gently flip cornucopia over. Make sure you’ve stabilized it with a tool inside the bacon cornucopia as well as using something to hold the bacon in place on the outside. Be careful of the tip.
14) Bake at 325 degrees for another 30 minutes. Your cornucopia is almost done!
15) Let bacon cornucopia rest for 3-5 minute, then gently remove and discard toothpicks. You do not want to wait too long for this step, or removing the toothpicks will break the bacon. Do this while the bacon is still somewhat soft and warm.
16) Allow to cool completely and carefully move to platter where you will be serving. Add plentiful grilled meats, vegetables, or whatever else you’d like pouring out of your bacon cornucopia.
17) Revel in your bacon cornucopia gluttony. The “WOW” factor of this centerpiece is well worth it, but you may never want to eat bacon again after this. You have been warned.