Bacon 101 - Delicious & Easy Bacon Recipes
Delicious, Tasty Bacon!
Of all the foods that are a bit "sinful", bacon is probably my favorite. If I ate it every day I'd never get bored with it. In fact, I have to keep myself from eating it every day. I love a bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast, and that's always with the yolk too!
I've been trying to expand my repertoire a bit beyond just breakfast though, so here's some great bacon recipes for my fellow bacon lovers to try. And remember, if something tastes good on its own... it is bound to taste better with bacon!
Let's start off with some traditional favorites like bacon-wrapped scallops and then move on to some more fanciful bacon recipes.
While I love seafood, scallops have never been my favorite so I usually avoid them. For a long time, I even avoided the bacon-wrapped scallops just because I dislike scallops so much I assumed that even bacon couldn't save them.
I was so wrong. Bacon totally saves the scallop!
The basics are easy enough: wrap bacon around scallop, whack a toothpick in it to hold it together and stick it under the broiler until it is cooked through. Usually takes 10 to 15 minutes and you need to turn it once.
Look how easy it is!
Poultry and Bacon
Chicken and turkey can both be improved by bacon. I find turkey far more flavorful than chicken anyway, so turkey and bacon, mmmm, yum.
Chicken and Bacon
- Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs - Allrecipes
Marinated mushrooms and bacon-wrapped chicken chunks are threaded onto skewers with pineapple, and cooked on the grill! Dead easy recipe, but I hate pineapple so I usually swap for anything else -- tomato, onion, more mushrooms *g*
- Bacon Wrapped Boursin Stuffed Chicken Breast
Bacon Wrapped Boursin Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recipe | Recipezaar - Delicious chicken breasts, wrapped in bacon or pancetta to ensure they remain moist, stuffed with Boursin garlic & herb cheese and then roasted with cherry tomatoes
- Fried chicken with Bacon and Pepper Cream Gravy
As if frying the chicken weren't enough, let's add some bacon! Too much work for me, but if you love to fry your own chicken, I'd check this one out.
Turkey and Bacon
- Turkey Burger Stuffed w/ Crispy Bacon
Ground turkey with bacon, caroway and havarti cheese. Looks delicious even though I hate caroway seeds. But you can leave those out.
- Bacon-Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy Recipe - CHOW
This recipe is for the full bird, so its perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas and makes a nice alternative to the plain roasted Turkey. Designed to keep the flesh nice and moist.
- Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe by Ina Garten
Pretty much the only way to get me to eat brussel sprouts is to wrap them in bacon! But this is true of so many foods :)
Bacon wrapped Asparagus - yum!
More Awesome Bacon Recipes
- Not Martha - Bacon Cups
Possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen someone do with bacon. This would be a great way to serve salad, especially if you're on Atkins :)
- Make Your Own Bacon
This is pretty incredible. You can make your own bacon at home. It is a lot of work, but the results certainly look outstanding. This blog post has been bookmarket on del.icio.us 266 times. I wonder how many of those have tried it *g*
- Flashback: 1981 - Holiday Bacon Appetizers
from "The Pioneer Woman Cooks!" blog. These holiday bacon appetizers are ridiculously easy to make. All you need is bacon, crackers and parmesan cheese.
- Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
Bacon-wrapped shrimp recipe, grilled and seasoned with chipotle chili and lime. Delicious!
Where to Buy Gourmet Bacon Online
If you love bacon, you should definitely try to get your hands on some gourmet or artisan bacon. It is nothing like the standard packaged fare you'll find at your local supermarket. Far tastier and flavorful than Oscar Meyer, it also generally doesn't shrink nearly as much and you'll have some nice thick slices for your BLT sandwich or any recipes you care to make.
If you're lucky enough to have a butcher's shop or an ethnic deli in your neighborhood, that is also a GREAT place to buy bacon. I find Russian bacon to be delicious and will drive out of my way to the Russian delicatessen to buy it.
Also, Whole Foods has a couple of nice bacons at their meats counter and I would think you might find at least one or two decent bacon choices at Trader Joe's, though it's been awhile since I've been to one.
Should I have bacon?
Not sure if your next meal should include bacon? Let the bacon flowchart help you decide.