Sweets and I made a wonderful journey through spicy food during our last cold together. Unfortunately our nasal afflictions had given our taste buds a vacation, or maybe they were protesting… either way, spiciness was one of the few sensations that our tongues relayed back to our brains.
Decidedly tired of our bland palate we ordered food to be delivered from our neighborhood Indian Restaurant hoping something would break through our taste bud fog. Our spicy aloo curries and korma were the perfect setting for what has become my favorite part of an Indian meal: the cutney! Splashing tangy tamarind sauce on our meal was a good wake up, but the clincher was the spicy hot, green cilantro chili sauce.
Our saved containers of spicy green sauce ended up on burgers the following week with this great easy mayonnaisse mixture. This combo gave a nice two fold punch of spice: green and red chili heat with the salty crunch of bacon.
Spicy Bacon Mayo
Note: these measurements are given in “per burger” quantities, to make it adjustable.
In a well loved cast iron skillet or frying pan, fry up 1 slice of bacon per burger. Allow the crisp bacon to cool and drain, cutting it up into bits when easy to handle.
In a small mixing bowl, measure approximately 2 Tbs of mayonnaise per burger. Add the crisped up bacon bits, enough red chili-garlic paste to make the mixture a nice warm orange color (see picture or adjust to your particular spice levels), and 1 Tbs of chopped green onion per burger. Mix thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.
Spread onto your burger buns and if your are fortunate enough to have Indian food leftovers, pour on some spicy green chutney too. Paired with crisp lettuce, this makes for a stellar burger that will wake up your taste buds and nasal cavities!