Everyone loves bacon, most especially me, so finding new bacon recipes is a really good way to make my day. Bacon might not be healthiest food out there, but I like to indulge once in awhile. As long as you aren’t eating it all the time, going crazy once in awhile is perfectly fine. Check out these bacon recipes and get ready to enjoy life just a little bit more.
1. BLT Dip
This is one of my favorite bacon recipes, thought it’s far from nutritious. I save it for special occasions to keep myself from overdoing it. I promise you’re going to love this one.
1 pound bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 tomato, seeded and diced
Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Stir together the mayonnaise and sour cream in a bowl. Crumble the bacon and add to the mayonnaise mixture. Gently stir in the tomatoes just before serving.
2. Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Poppers
These have to be one of the best appetizers out there. They’re super easy to make, but I seriously have a hard time backing away. I could eat the whole plate if no one stops me. Serve these up at your next get together and you’ll see what I mean.
6 jalapeno peppers
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
6 bacon strips, cut in half widthwise
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili seasoning
Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and take the seeds out. Beat the cream cheese and cheddar in a bowl until well combined. Place an even amount of the cheese into each jalapeno half and then wrap each with a piece of the bacon. Stir together the brown sugar and chili seasoning and coat the peppers with it. Bake the peppers at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes in a greased baking dish.
3. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
I love Brussels sprouts steamed with salt and pepper, but if you prefer something with a bit more flavor, this is the recipe for you. This is an economical and fairly healthy side dish that works great with roasted turkey, chicken, fish or a thick, juicy steak.
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1 ½ pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup chicken broth
Cook the bacon in a skillet until brown and crisp. Remove the bacon and add the olive oil to the pan. Saute the shallots in the oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Toss in the Brussels sprouts and stir to coat with oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer the sprouts for about 10 minutes. Drain the sprouts and top with bacon just before serving.
4. Bacon and Egg Hash
At my house, we eat classic breakfast foods for dinner all the time. They’re fast, delicious and super simple. This is one of our favorites. It comes together so fast your family won’t have to wait to eat when they’re starving.
½ pound bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 ½ pounds roasted new potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper
4 large eggs
Cook the bacon until crisp and brown, then set aside. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease from the pan. Saute the onions and peppers in the pan for about 3 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook an additional 5 minutes. Gently crack the eggs on top of the potato mixture and allow to set for 5 minutes. Serve right away.
5. Jalapeno Bacon Pizza
Yes, you can totally put bacon on pizza. Why not? Check out this yummy combination of salty, crispy bacon and spicy jalapenos and you’ll be a convert. If you’re going to indulge in pizza, go all out!
¾ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
6 ounces queso fresco
¼ cup light sour cream
1 fresh jalapeno, sliced
Pico de gallo, for garnish
Make your own dough and sauce if you prefer, but go ahead and use prepared versions to save time and sanity – that’s what I do. Top the crust with sauce, then sprinkle on the bacon and bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp. Top the pizza with the cheese, sour cream, jalapeno and pico de gallo.
6. Apple Spinach Salad
This is a great recipe for balancing the fat and calories in bacon with something a little healthier. There’s something about the flavor of bacon that just pairs so well with many salad ingredients. This is perfect for dinner because you can eat the leftovers the next day and it’ll be just as delicious.
2 cups fresh spinach, torn
1 medium apple, chopped
2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 red onion slices, separated into rings
2 tablespoons chopped nuts
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ teaspoon Worcestershire
¼ teaspoon celery seed
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon pepper
Dash of hot pepper sauce
In a bowl, combine the spinach, apple, bacon, onion and nuts and toss well. In another small bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients to make the dressing. Toss the spinach mixture with the dressing to coat.
7. Bacon Mushroom Swiss Meatloaf
This tastes like something you get in a restaurant, but you can eat it at home in your sweats. Don’t worry – it’s not hard to make and you’re going to love the results.
12 ounces raw, chopped bacon
1 small white onion, chopped
5 white button mushrooms, chopped
1 ½ pounds extra lean ground beef
¼ cup evaporated milk
6 ounces shredded Swiss cheese, divided
½ cup corn flake crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease and sauté the mushrooms and onions until soft in the remainder. Combine the beef, egg and milk in a large bowl. Add the onions and mushrooms, about 4 ounces of the cheese and all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon. Add the cornflake crumbs and combine the mixture very well. Form into a loaf and place in a meatloaf pan. Bake for 1 hour, then top with the remaining cheese and bacon. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
Do you eat bacon? What’s your favorite way to cook it?