Picture it: you're a Savoy Hotel-trained chef who's climbed his way from a chef-de-partie saucier to a chef inside Buckingham Palace, and an 8-year-old boy is telling you how to make bacon properly. Oh, and that boy is none other than Prince Harry.
That's exactly the situation Darren McGrady found himself in some two decades ago.
"It was after [the royal family] came back from Walt Disney World, and I had cooked bacon for breakfast," McGrady tells Food & Wine. "We serve the same bacon you can get in the states, and I broil it just the same. But Prince Harry said to me, 'We had it in America at Disney World, and it's so crispy you can snap it. You have to broil it first, and then you have to put it in some paper towels and place it in the microwave for a minute.' And I thought, yeah, OK, thank you, you little brat, teaching me how to cook. But as soon as he was gone, I tried it, and I got this amazingly crispy bacon."
It turns out bacon-cooking advice wasn't the only thing Prince Harry gave McGrady, who says he was inspired by Prince Harry's favorite foods when he developed the recipes in his newest cookbook, The Royal Chef at Home: Easy Seasonal Entertaining.
Once McGrady learned the "correct" way to make bacon, he says he never deviated from Prince Harry's recipe, whether he cooked the crisps alongside eggs and toast or used them to top peanut butter and jelly muffins that Prince Harry and his older brother, Prince William, adored. Now, you also know the right way to cook bacon—thank you, Prince Harry!—and you can make those muffins with this recipe too.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup strawberry jam
1. Preheat the oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 12-cup muffin tray. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and mix well.
2. In a second bowl, mix the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla paste. Add the dry ingredients to the milk/butter mixture and stir together. Divide the batter between the muffin tins and add a tablespoon of peanut butter followed by a tablespoon of jelly to each muffin.
3. Bake in the center of the oven until muffins are golden brown.
This story originally appeared on Foodandwine.com.