Top 10 Bacon Recipes of 2008

Uncooked streaky bacon.

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1. Slow-cooked Bacon – that’s it, just bacon. The reason plain old bacon makes it to the top 10 is the “slow-cooked” part. This year I discovered a new cooking technique that changed everything. Cooking bacon on, say, medium-low for longer results in a better finished product. Try it and see the difference!

2. Chicken with Rosemary, Bacon and Balsamic – The recipe calls for pancetta, but I use bacon…sweet savory bacon. The bacon laid across the chicken keeps it moist while baking. Towards the end when you are reducing the pan drippings, I like to finish cooking the bacon separately, then dice it up and sauté with some fresh green beans.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Dates – So simple, yet so tasty. Technically you’d want to wrap dates in Prosciutto, but it costs more and we’re in a recession. So wrap some dates with bacon, stuff some manchego cheese in the date, then bake it until that sweet, savory bacon is crisp.

4. Roasted Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon – Do I need to say anything about this? I think it speaks for itself, and it’s perfect for a nice bottle of your favorite red wine.

5. Curly Endive and Apple Smoked Bacon Salad – If you’re like me, you’re trying to lose some pounds, so eat a salad. A salad with bacon in it.

6. Grill-Roasted Whole Fish Stuff with Fresh Herbs and Wrapped in Bacon – I have to admit, I haven’t made this recipe yet so it doesn’t have the Bakas Stamp of Approval. But we wanted to have a fish recipe on the list making good use of slow-cooked, crispy, savory bacon.

7. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon – One of those simple, yet tasty recipes perfect for after work when you don’t have the time to make a sick meal.

8. Bacon and Potato Soup – What could be better to warm your spirits than a soup made with my favorite friend: savory, yummy bacon.

9. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops – Emeril is to bacon what Gary Vaynerchuk is to wine 2.0. In other words, he makes good use of it.

10. Bacon Brownies – Oh God! I think I’ve found the meaning of it all. Are you kidding me? Brownies with frickin bacon in them!!

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  18 comments for “Top 10 Bacon Recipes of 2008

  1. May 29, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    This really must be fate. Two bacon lovers in the same competition. Not to be fanatic about it, but I thought hey it's allowed with someone who is equally passionate about something so delicious. Thanks for the tips!

    You've inspired me to eat a BLT.

    • May 29, 2009 at 9:06 PM

      I think there might be 3 bacon lovers. Hardy is equally as passionate about bacon.

  2. John
    May 29, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    What's not to love about BACON? Isn't it a Basic and ESSENTIAL food group? Now I have to wonder whether those bacon brownies would help energize me for the Anthem Stride Through Time tomorrow.

  3. Dean
    May 30, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    A variation on #3 – Devils on Horseback: Prunes wrapped on bacon and grilled on a BBQ. A great breakfast entree!

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