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. If you'd like a little dessert with your bacon, be sure to check out my bacon desserts hub
Recipes for Bacon-Wrapped Scallops
- Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Spicy Mayo
Here's a simple, tasty recipe from TV Chef, Tyler Florence, at the Food Network. Spicy mayo and slices of avocado to top the bacon-wrapped scallops. Wicked easy to make.
- Recipe - Bacon Grilled Scallops with Bourbon
Just like bacon, grilling is another go to method of making food taste even better, so combining them is a no brainer. Add a little bourbon to kick the flavor up a notch.
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.
So here's a few recipes to spice it up.
Do you love bacon? You need this book!
A love story... about bacon
If you have a ridiculous love for bacon, this is the book for you. In Bacon: A Love Story, popular bacon blogger Heather Lauer serves up a piping hot dish of fun and facts with this definitive love letter to what she calls meat candy.
Heather explores the ins and outs of how bacon finds its way to your skillet and what to do with it when it gets there.
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 and Bacon Rolls Recipe | Simply Recipes
Turkey bacon roulades. Turkey cutlets layered with Provolone cheese, ham, and seasonings, rolled up and wrapped with bacon, then baked. Pictured here in a drool-worthy photo from Elise.com
- 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 :)
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!
Gourmet Bacon on Amazon
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.
A Bacon Must-Have - Bacon Salt
Everybody loves Bacon!
For the truly bacon obsessed, the best place to congregate with your fellow bacon lovers is online. In addition to the blogs that are just about bacon, there's all sorts of other foodie and cooking blogs that are sure to talk about bacon and offer recipes on a regular basis.
So check out some of these links to the bacon blogosphere and if that still isn't enough bacon for you, you can always pick up a couple of cookbooks from Amazon.
Not sure if your next meal should include bacon? Let the bacon flowchart help you decide.
Think even dessert is improved by the taste of bacon, check out my Bacon Desserts hub
Cooking with Bacon
Blogging about Bacon
- The Bacon Show
ONE BACON RECIPE PER DAY, EVERY DAY, FOREVER
- Bacon Unwrapped
A blog dedicated to the Best Meat Ever - bacon.
I heart Bacon hasn't been updated in awhile, but there's some good stuff in the archives.
- Porkopolis: considering the pig
Porkopolis examines the pervasiveness of the pig in human affairs and the resulting influence on human culture.
- The Shameless Carnivore
For those of you who like meat in general and not just bacon!
- Bacon and Bakin'
A foodie blog by a bacon-loving fan
- Simply Recipes Food and Cooking Blog
Simply Recipes has quite a few great bacon recipes and features awesome photographs and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.