Meet the Lardon. It’s Actually Better Than Bacon

September 21, 2015

Never underestimate the French. We thought it couldn’t get better than bacon, and yet all the while, the Gaulois over here are topping salads and spiking pastas with bacon’s crispier, juicier cousin, the lardon. Lardon is just a fancy word for slab bacon sliced into matchsticks (there’s some debate as to appropriate dimensions, but about ¼-inch thick, 1-inch long seems to be a sweet spot).

So why is this little stick of meat so good? If strip bacon from the package can be too flabby, too gristly, too crumbly, too burnt, lardons are the just right of juicy, salty…