Gallery: Because Bacon: 35 Bacon Recipes We Love

  • Mushrooms, Bacon, and Asparagus Topped With Eggs

    Sydney Oland

    This play on hash uses the combination of earthy mushrooms, sweet asparagus, and thick-cut bacon as the base for runny fried eggs.

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    Corn Muffins with Candied Bacon

    Sydney Oland

    Corn muffins and candied bacon are each amazing on their own. But the two combined? It's the brunch food you never knew you needed.

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    Bacon, Onion and Cheddar Cheese Bread

    Sydney Oland

    The hardest part about making this bacon, onion, and cheddar quickbread is smelling it baking in the oven and the waiting for it to cool.

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    Eggs in a Bacon Basket

    Sydney Oland

    Eggs and bacon are a great pair. Cooking your eggs in bacon cups? Even better. The bacon is microwaved, then put into a mini-muffin tin, and baked in the oven making it easy to feed a hungry breakfast crowd.

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    Bacon, Cheese, and Scallion Waffles

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    It's hard to argue with bacon, especially when put into waffle batter with plenty of melty cheese and crunchy scallions. Except for cooking the bacon and grating the cheese, this recipe requires no more effort than it takes to make a regular old waffle.

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    Bacon-Banana Waffle Sandwich with Peanut Butter and Maple Syrup

    Suzanne Lehrer

    Elvis had a good idea with his peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich. If only he'd thought to add maple syrup and some waffles!

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    Braised Bacon with Smoked Paprika Pancakes

    Sydney Oland

    Braised, thick-cut bacon requires a bit more work than frying strips until crisp, but the end product is so satisfying that it's worth the extra time it takes to prepare. The smoked paprika pancakes complete this twist on traditional brunch fare.

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    Grilled Kale Salad With Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    Lauren Rothman

    We know, kale and bacon are trendy. But the combination of smoky, crunchy, soft, and slightly sweet (thanks to the apple cider vinegar) makes us wonder what took us so long to start eating kale and bacon together.

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    Grilled Shallot-Stuffed Peaches With Bacon and Buttermilk Dressing

    Lauren Rothman

    When peaches are in season, we want to eat them with everything, including bacon. Cooking the peaches makes them soft, sweet, and ready to be stuffed with shallots sautéed in rendered bacon fat. The buttermilk dressing brings a cool contrast.

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    Chinese Spicy and Sour Stir-Fried Cabbage With Bacon

    Shao Z.

    While chili pepper, garlic, and scallions provide a spicy kick in this recipe, it wouldn't be the same without the smoky, porky flavor of bacon. Blanched cabbage gets tossed with aromatics, sautéed in bacon fat, and then topped with crumbled fried bacon.

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    Vegan Bacon

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    The trick to creating a good vegan substitute is not to imitate the original, but think about what flavors and textures the food should have. This vegan bacon is made from roasted mushrooms that are dusted with sugar, garlic powder, and paprika and then smoked.

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    Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes With Bacon, Parmesan, and Parsley

    Jennifer Olvera

    Juicy cherry tomatoes are packed full of smoky, crunchy bacon, salty Parmesan cheese, creamy mayo, and a sprinkling of bright, fresh parsley for a simple, crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre.

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    Pressed Stilton, Pear, Date, and Bacon Sandwiches

    María del Mar Sacasa

    This sandwich is modeled on a cheese plate: it's filled with Stilton, crisp pear, and sweet dates. Plus, you know, bacon.

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    Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    How do you say no to a grilled cheese with crispy bacon and rich avocado and juicy tomato? That's right—you don't.

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    Skillet Spaghetti alla Carbonara with Kale

    Yasmin Fahr

    Some traditional recipes aren't meant to be messed with. Spaghetti carbonara is. This version using bacon and kale adds more complex flavors but keeps the eggy, cheesy notes we love.

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    Bacon and Pimento Macaroni and Cheese

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Classic mac 'n' cheese gets a southern twist with crisped bacon and chopped pimentos. It's like eating a big, warm bowl of pimento cheese, but better.

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    Polish Cabbage, Potato, and Bacon Casserole

    Lauren Rothman

    Cabbage and potato is a combination that's pretty hard to resist, but the bacon is what makes this casserole the dish your go-to comfort food.

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    Grilled, Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Arugula and Red Onion Relish

    Jennifer Olvera

    Bacon and aji picante (a relish made from limes, onions, parsley and cilantro) add some smoke and brightness to an otherwise simple shrimp taco. Toss in some peppery arugula and you've got dinner.

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    Bacon and Kimchi Steamed Buns with Carrot and Cucumber Slaw

    Bacon and Kimchi Steamed Buns with Carrot and Cucumber Slaw
    Nick Kindelsperger

    Pork buns meet easy weeknight meal. After marinating the cucumber, carrot, and ginger for just 15 minutes, everything comes together while the seam buns cook. The cool slaw and spicy kimchi off a bright contrast to the fatty bacon.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Cocktail with Apricot Horseradish Dipping Sauce

    Sydney Oland

    Upgrade your shrimp cocktail with bacon! The trick to getting perfectly cooked bacon and shrimp is microwaving the bacon beforehand so neither component is over- or under-cooked. The apricot horseradish dipping sauce adds an addictive sweet heat.

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    Beer-Steamed Mussels with Bacon

    Marvin Galputos

    In Belgium, mussels are frequently steamed in white ale for added flavor. This version one-ups that by tossing in some fried bacon for salty contrast.

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    Chicken Chowder with Potato, Bacon, and Corn

    Yvonne Ruperti

    This chicken chowder is a meal-in-a-bowl kind of soup. Fresh corn, fragrant thyme, and smoky bacon get tossed in to amplify the flavor.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers with Pineapple and Teriyaki Sauce

    Joshua Bousel

    If dried out grilled chicken-breast skewers bring you to tears of boredom, you'll love how wrapping the chicken in bacon and dousing everything with a pineapple and teriyaki glaze keeps the meat juicy and full of flavor.

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    Bacon Wrapped Marmite Chicken Legs

    Sydney Oland

    Marmite may be a love-it-or-hate-it condiment, but here it's bacon that takes center stage. It's a dish you'll find appealing even if you don't love the salty, yeasty spread. Just be sure to choose a thick-cut bacon so the chicken doesn't dry out while cooking.

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    Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeño Popper-Stuffed Grilled Chicken

    Jennifer Olvera

    Who doesn't love jalapeño poppers? These chicken breasts are stuffed with sour cream, garlic, fire-roasted jalapeños, and Parmesan cheese, then wrapped in bacon and grilled. It's grilled chicken, but with the spice, cheese, and bacon flavors you crave.

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    Turkey, Bacon, and Broccoli Rabe Shooter's-Style Sandwich

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Forget your normal bacon sandwich. This shooter's-style sandwich stuffs thick layers of turkey, perfectly arranged bacon, and garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe into a hollowed-out loaf of bread. The whole thing is pressed overnight before being sliced into generous, cake-like slices.

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    Barbecue Bacon Burgers

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    This bacon barbecue burger is over-the-top in a good way. There's crisp bacon, a smoky burger patty, soft onions, and sweet barbecue sauce.

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    Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    If you want the bacon-iest burger out there, this is it. Bacon strips are weaved together to ensure maximum coverage on top of the burger patty. The bacon fat is then used to cook the hamburger patty, toast the bun, caramelize some onions, and boost a thousand island-style special sauce. It may approach too-much bacon land, but ends up being just enough.

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    Tangy and Sweet Tomato-Bacon Jam With Onions and Garlic

    Jennifer Olvera

    Classic fruit jams are nice, but when you have a bounty of tomatoes it's time to go in a savory direction. The addition of bacon, mustard, and worcestershire sauce nicely complements the tomato's acidity. You'll want to put this jam on top of everything from sandwiches to cooked vegetables.

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    Maple Bacon Bread

    Donna Currie

    A fresh baked loaf of bread ranks pretty high up on our list of favorite foods. Add chopped bacon? We can't keep our hands off.

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    Bacon Swizzle Sticks

    Marcia Simmons

    Bacon swizzle sticks are garnish, tool, and, snack all in one. The spiraled strip of bacon pretties up your drink, it's strong enough to stir with, and it tastes good.

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    Chocolate Chipotle Bacon Popcorn

    Elizabeth Barbone

    This spicy and rich chocolate-covered popcorn gets a salty kick by adding crumbled bacon. It's positively addictive.

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    Bacon Long John Bars

    Alexandra Penfold

    Thanks to their long rectangular shape, Long Johns are the ideal doughnut vehicle for bacon consumption. Salty bacon cuts the intense sweetness of the maple glaze while the crispy crust makes this doughnut the perfect dunker.

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    Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

    J. Kenji López-Alt

    Bacon, hot chocolate, bourbon, and hazelnut liqueur are a match made in boozy drink heaven. But bacon isn't just crumbled on top; the rendered fat is emulsified into the drink for an extra bacony flavor.

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    Bacon Chocolate Chip Biscotti

    Lucy Baker

    If your experiences with biscotti are limited to the stale sticks at coffee shops, these bacon chocolate chip ones will show you just how good this cookie can be. Simultaneously salty and sweet, the combination of chewy bacon and crisp cookie will keep you reaching for just one more.

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