Bacon, It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore!

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Bacon has been around for centuries. Preserving and salting pork bellies began in China around 1500 B.C. The Greeks and Romans kept up the tradition, also enjoying salted pork, according to bacontoday.com. Bacon has been called the “candy meat”, as it is considered to be  decadent, rich and indulgent. Every year, the average American eats nearly 18 pounds of the cured, smoked pork. Whether you enjoy it at breakfast alongside your eggs or with lettuce and tomato at lunch, bacon has a treat for everyone, stated healthyeating.sfgate.com.

Here are some unique and savory bacon recipes for BYMS bacon lovers:

  1. Bacon Guacamole: Mash 2 avocados with 1/2 cup each chopped tomato and cilantro, 1/4 cup each chopped onion and crumbled cooked bacon, 1/2 minced jalapeno, some lime juice and salt.
  2. Cheesy Bacon Popcorn: Drizzle 4 cups hot popcorn with 1 tablespoon bacon drippings. Toss with 3 tablespoons crumbled cooked bacon and 1/4 cup each grated Parmesan and cheddar.
  3. BLT Pasta: Cook 8 slices bacon; drain and chop. Cook 1 chopped red onion, 3 sliced garlic cloves, some red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt in 3 tablespoons drippings. Add 5 cups grape tomatoes; cook 12 minutes. Add 1/3 cup cream; cook 2 minutes. Toss with 12 ounces cooked penne, 4 cups arugula, the bacon, some basil and a splash of pasta water. Top with Parmesan.
  4. Bacon Pizza: Top a round of pizza dough with tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, thinly sliced onion, crumbled cooked bacon and salt. Bake at 500 degrees F, 10 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Tomato-Bacon Gravy: Cook 6 slices chopped bacon in a skillet; drain. In the drippings, simmer a 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (crushed), 1/4 cup water, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, and salt and pepper, 20 minutes. Add the bacon.
  6. Bacon Quesadillas: Cook 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms and 1/4 cup chopped onion in butter until soft. Add 2 slices chopped Spicy-Sweet Bacon (No. 42). Spread on tortillas with grated cheddar, then fold in half and cook in a skillet.
  7. Bacon Meatballs: Pulse 6 ounces pancetta in a food processor. Add 1 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup each chopped onion, chopped parsley and grated Parmesan, 4 garlic cloves, 2 eggs, and salt and pepper; pulse to combine. Form into small balls. Brown in a skillet with olive oil, then simmer in tomato sauce until cooked through.
  8. Bacon-Wrapped Steak: Rub 1 1/2 pounds beef tenderloin with minced garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Wrap with bacon. Sear on all sides in an ovenproof skillet, then roast in a 400 degrees F oven until the meat registers 125 degrees F, 20 minutes.
  9. 9. Sweet Bacon: Press both sides of bacon slices in brown sugar; place on a rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F, flipping once, 18 to 20 minutes.
  10. Bacon-Apple Pancakes: Mix 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 egg, 1 grated apple and 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon. Cook in a hot buttered skillet.
  11. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies: Add in chocolate chips and bacon bits to cookie dough and stir well. Place dough on a sheet of waxed paper and refrigerate at least an hour. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes.

Make bacon the star ingredient in pastas, salads, snacks and more. Learn the easy recipes above and surprise your family and friends with your delicious bacon meal!

Sources: foodnetwork.com and startcooking.com