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Top Rated Bacon Recipes

Looking for the perfect sweet and savory spread for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Perhaps a tasty recipe to bring to a friend's in-home brunch? We've got just what you need.This recipe is provided by Executive Chef Daven Wardynski of Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Negroni. Glazed. Bacon. What else do we really need to tell you? Serve this alongside your meats and cheese at a cocktail party (or better yet, sprinkle on top of a Negroni pork shoulder taco). The recipe is courtesy of Tango & Stache, a pop-up culinary experience in San Francisco.

Who doesn't love guacamole? It has the perfect texture and is loaded with flavor. This recipe gives the delicious dip a twist by incorporating bacon. Photo Courtesy of Jason Goldstein, Chop Happy

Sweet and savory candied bacon is the ultimate accompaniment to pancakes or French toast when you are entertaining for brunch. Cook the bacon on the grill for extra-smoky flavor. Or, see tip for preparing the bacon in the oven.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

No need to bring home the bacon anymore, when you can make it yourself. While there’s plenty of good bacon available these days, the Accidental Locavore loves to make her own. It’s really easy, just takes about a week to cure the meat, and you don’t need a smoker, although you might want one. I generally use two 2 ½-pound pieces of pork belly because it’s easier to handle and you can play around with different spice blends. This started out from Michael Ruhlman’s excellent Charcuterie book.

This creamy fun dip is ideal for a tailgating or homegating event — it'll rock the socks off your guests. Remember to serve warm and enjoy!

Marinating asparagus and wrapping them in bundles with thick, juicy bacon turns the spears into a little entrée or a hefty side dish. Saving the marinade for drizzling over the cooked bundles adds one last punch of flavor. The bundles can also be roasted in the oven.

Bacon for breakfast is good but candied bacon is even better, especially when you add the smoky flavor of the grill to the mix. What a way to celebrate...anything!

Add some streaky bacon to your grilled cheese sandwich to add a little extra salty flavor and crunch.

If you're obsessed with chicken and waffles, then you have to try this easy twist on the dish. Instead of fried chicken, you'll have cirspy bacon and homemade fluffy waffles topped with maple syrup for an extra touch of sweetness — all in under half an hour. Recipe courtesy of Leena Asuma, Gals That Brunch

It's a universal fact that everything is better with bacon. So for this take on the classic bacon-wrapped scallop, we add in an extra dose of bacon. By basting the scallops with the bacon grease, you make the overall effect as bacon-y as possible.Click here to see the Bacon: It's What's for Dinner story.

This recipe is full of so much win, it's honestly ridiculous. Let's break it down. First, it's bananas, which are basically a super-fruit. They're sweet, delicious, easy to find, and healthy. WIN. Then you consider that they are bite-sized. Hello! No utensils necessary, easy to share, and full of entertaining and portion-control opportunity. Third, it's freakin' wrapped in bacon. Then you consider that they take about three minutes to prep... even more WIN!


Bacon recipes

Whether you prefer streaky or smoked, go beyond the breakfast plate with this budget-friendly ingredient.

Bacon & roast onion salad

A rustic salad for one - contrast peas and caramelised onion with salty, streaky bacon and mustard dressing

Bacon bolognese

A family spaghetti supper tailored for kids who don't like mince – packed with vegetables and flavoured with pesto

Braised bacon with colcannon cakes

A bacon joint can stretch a long way. Serve with potato and Savoy cabbage cakes, plus a fried egg and optional tomato ketchup

Boiled bacon with cabbage & carrots

A classic. Boiled bacon is always well received, whatever the occasion, but we especially love the leftover sandwiches the next day!

Garlic bacon butties

You'll need good, crusty white bread for these instant hangover cures

Bacon & parsley hotcakes

This is perfect for a lazy brunch or a quick supper. To make brunch even easier, make the dry mix the night before, then stir in the eggs and milk

Pea & bacon pasties

Fill puff pastry with a mascarpone, smoked bacon, peas and Parmesan mix, shape into parcels and bake until crisp

Bacon & broccoli pasta

A quick and tasty pasta dish that goes from pot to plate in just 20 minutes making it an ideal midweek meal


How to make a bacon rose bouquet

Even Brussels sprouts and turkey are much more exciting once they're roasted and blanketed with the crispy and salty stuff. For Dec. 30, which is National Bacon Day (yes, we're aware that there are several holidays devoted to this fantastic food), here are 25 mouthwatering recipes that prove everything is better with bacon.

Al Roker's homemade bacon waffles

Have your family or guests wake up to Al's sweet bacon waffles so they can have the best morning ever!

5-Ingredient Carbonara Pizza

If Italian carbonara bacon-and-eggs pasta sounds yummy, imagine how awesomely delicious this combo is on a pizza.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Baked Beans

There's no such thing as too much bacon when it comes to this side that's perfect for year-round entertaining.

15-Minute Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

Thick-cut bacon makes this quick Chinese dish especially flavorful.

5-Ingredient Nutella Bananas Foster Croissants with Bacon

This knock-out dessert delivers a one-two punch with only 5 ingredients. It also doubles as a super–deluxe breakfast. Substitute the bananas with pineapple and the Nutella with dulce de leche for an awesome variation!

Pimento Cheese and Bacon Burger

Pimento cheese is dangerously delicious, and when you add it to a bacon burger, it's a killer party dish.

Al Roker's Vegetable and Bacon Frittata

For this delicious frittata, Al cookies the veggies in bacon fat to give them a super rich flavor.

Lidia Bastianich's Spaghetti Carbonara

Perhaps a perfect dish, this pasta is simply made with spaghetti, bacon, eggs and grated cheese. Since there are so few ingredients, be sure to choose the best possible version of each for the most delicious result.

Cobb Salad in a Crispy Bacon Cup

Turn bacon strips into a crispy vessel for everything from this classic salad to scrambled eggs.

Savannah's Mom's Kentucky Wonder Green Beans with Bacon

A TODAY anchor favorite, sop up the bacon-flavored liquid with cornbread or another thick bread or go ahead and just pour the liquid directly over spoon bread.

Carson's Mom's Cloud Nine Mashed Potatoes

Crumbled bacon is the ultimate finishing touch on these ultra creamy spuds.

Spiced Bacon Crack

It's bacon, sugar and puff pastry — what's not to love? Make this treat for game day, or any get together.

BLT Pasta

Turn the classic BLT sandwich into an amazing pasta dish that's loaded with smoky bacon.

Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Bacon

Long, slow simmering makes collard greens an ideal choice for the slow–cooker, especially when there's bacon added to the mix.

Kale, Bacon and White Bean Soup

Bacon brings a mysterious, umami depth to the broth or this satisfying soup.

Spicy Buffalo–Bacon Chex Mix

Perfect for game day, this crunchy snack has all the flavor of Buffalo wings plus smoky bacon.

Sonoran Hot Dog

This Arizona-style hot dog is wrapped in bacon and topped with pinto beans, yellow mustard, jalapeño salsa, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, grilled banana peppers and grilled scallions.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey: The Ultimate Thanksgiving Bird

Don't wait until Thanksgiving for this bacon-wrapped turkey. The bacon blanket is not only impressive to look at, but it adds a deep, rich flavor and keeps the turkey incredibly moist.

Ryan's Heavenly Deviled Eggs

Dress up the party staple with bacon and smoky paprika — they're sure to be a hit!

Roasted Brussels sprouts with walnuts and Canadian bacon

If anyone you know is still a sprouts hater, serve them this bacon-roasted version (with only four ingredients) and we guarantee you'll have a Brussels convert on your hands.

Cheesy Bacon-Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

You'll want to make a double batch of these bacon-y beauties.

Chili con Carne

This meaty dish is loaded with ground chuck, bacon and smoky chiles.

Pepper-crusted ribeye with bacon and blue cheese butter

A smear of creamy bacon-and-blue-cheese butter elevates a juicy steak from ordinary to extraordinary.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Make classic mac and cheese even easier with your slow-cooker — and even tastier with the addition of bacon.

Breakfast Lasagna

Lasagna isn't just a dinner dish. Take quintessential morning ingredients like eggs and bacon and spin them into a breakfast lasagna for a satisfying morning meal.


50 Bacon Appetizers

1. Bacon-Wrapped Fries Cook potato wedges in boiling water, 10 minutes. Drain pat dry. Wrap with bacon and bake at 400 degrees F, flipping halfway, until crisp, 30 minutes.

2. Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halfway, until crisp, 8 minutes.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Bananas Wrap banana chunks with bacon. Broil, flipping halfway, until crisp, 8 minutes.

4. Bacon Onion Rings Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons each baking powder and kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir in 2 cups buttermilk and 4 chopped cooked bacon slices. Slice 1 large onion into rings dredge in flour, then dip in the batter. Deep-fry in 375 degrees F vegetable oil, 3 minutes.

5. Bacon-Fried Bacon Make the batter for Bacon Onion Rings (No. 4). Dredge halved cooked bacon slices in flour, then dip in the batter. Deep-fry in 365 degrees F vegetable oil, 4 minutes.

6. Bacon Hushpuppies Whisk 3/4 cup cornmeal, 1/3 cup flour, 1 teaspoon each baking powder and sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each baking soda and kosher salt. Whisk in 1/2 cup buttermilk and 1 large egg. Stir in 5 chopped cooked bacon slices and 2 chopped scallions. Deep-fry tablespoonfuls of the batter in 350 degrees F vegetable oil, 4 minutes.

7. Bacon-Stuffed Tomatoes Mix 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, 2 tablespoons cream cheese, 1 tablespoon milk and 3 chopped cooked bacon slices. Stuff into 1 pint hollowed-out cherry tomatoes.

8. Bacon-Stuffed Potatoes Toss 1 pound baby potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees F, 20 minutes let cool. Halve and scoop 1/2 teaspoon flesh from each mash with 2 tablespoons each butter and sour cream, and 3 chopped cooked bacon slices. Stuff into the potatoes and top with shredded cheddar bake 5 more minutes.

9. Bacon Deviled Eggs Hard-boil 12 eggs cut in half. Remove the yolks mash with 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeños and a splash of the brine, and 1 teaspoon each Dijon mustard and smoked paprika. Add 4 chopped cooked bacon slices. Stuff into the egg whites.

10. Bacon-Tomato Crostini Warm 1 can cannellini beans (drained and rinsed) in a skillet with 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon each chopped sage and thyme mash. Spread onto toasted baguette slices. Drizzle with olive oil and top with chopped cooked bacon and chopped cherry tomatoes.

Bacon-Ricotta Crostini (No. 11)

Bacon-Ricotta Crostini (No. 11)

11. Bacon-Ricotta Crostini Top toasted baguette slices with ricotta and cooked bacon pieces. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey mixed with 1 teaspoon hot sauce.

12. Bacon-Caesar Crostini Toss 1 chopped romaine heart with 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and white wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard season with pepper. Divide among toasted baguette slices top with chopped cooked bacon.

13. Bacon-Date Bites Quarter 4 bacon slices. Cook until crisp remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 1/4 cup each chopped dates and almonds to the pan cook 3 minutes. Spoon onto the bacon.

13. Bacon-Date Bites Quarter 4 bacon slices. Cook until crisp remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 1/4 cup each chopped dates and almonds to the pan cook 3 minutes. Spoon onto the bacon.

14. Bacon Beer Cheese Cook 6 chopped bacon slices in a saucepan remove, leaving the drippings. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup each cream and beer, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheddar until melted. Serve topped with chopped scallions and the bacon.

15. Bacon Nachos Make Bacon Beer Cheese (No. 14). Warm 8 cups tortilla chips on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F, 5 minutes. Top with the beer cheese, chopped pickled jalapeños, tomatoes, the scallions and bacon.

16. BLT Dip Mix 1/2 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream, 2 chopped plum tomatoes, 12 chopped cooked bacon slices and ¼ cup chopped chives season with pepper and chill. Serve with romaine hearts.

17. Bacon-Crab Dip Cook 6 chopped bacon slices until crisp remove, leaving 1 tablespoon drippings in the pan. Add 3 chopped scallions and 1 chopped bell pepper sauté. Mix with 8 ounces each cream cheese and crabmeat, 1/4 cup cream, 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, the juice of 1 lemon and the bacon. Transfer to an ovenproof dish top with ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs. Bake at 400 degrees F, 30 minutes.

18. Bacon-Onion Dip Cook 12 chopped bacon slices until crisp remove, leaving 2 tablespoons drippings in the pan. Add 2 sliced large onions and cook until caramelized, 30 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon dry sherry let cool. Chop and mix with the bacon, 1/2 cup each mayonnaise, sour cream, chopped scallions and chopped parsley, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce chill.

19. Bacon Pimiento Cheese Pulse 3 cups grated cheddar and 1/2 cup each drained chopped pimientos and mayonnaise in a food processor until combined. Mix with 8 chopped cooked bacon slices and ¼ cup chopped chives chill.

20. Bacon Flatbread Bake pieces of naan or other flatbread at 375 degrees F until crisp, 10 minutes. Spread with crème fraîche and season with salt and pepper. Top with caramelized onions, crumbled cooked bacon and chopped parsley.

21. Bacon Breadsticks Roll out 1 pound pizza dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rectangle brush with olive oil and sprinkle with 1/2 cup each shredded cheddar and mozzarella, and 8 chopped cooked bacon slices. Roll up like a jelly roll, then press flat and roll out again to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips and twist each strip. Bake at 400 degrees F, 18 minutes.

22. Bacon-Onion Jam Cook 6 chopped bacon slices until almost crisp. Add 4 sliced onions, 1 cup apple cider, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon chopped thyme. Simmer 1 hour.


Bacon pasta recipes

Give your pasta dishes a flavour boost by adding smoky bacon. Our comforting recipes include mushroom and bacon penne, carbonara and bacon macaroni cheese.

Bacon & mushroom pasta

A simple one-pan pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms and pesto - ready in under 30 minutes

Kale & smoky bacon pasta

Throw together bacon lardons, leafy greens and crunchy pine nuts for this easy, quick pasta recipe - use wholewheat pasta for extra fibre

Chicken & bacon pasta

Toss chicken and bacon with ribbons of tagliatelle in a deliciously creamy sauce to make this easy pasta dish. Serve with a green salad for an easy supper

Macaroni cheese with bacon & pine nuts

You don't get much more comforting than a melty pasta bake with a crunchy topping. Serve with a crisp green salad


Step 1: Place the salt, pepper, and pink salt in a mixing bowl and mix well with your fingers. Mix in the sugar, breaking up any lumps in brown sugar with your fingers.

Step 2: Place the pork belly on a rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle half of the cure on top and rub it into the belly. Invert and sprinkle the remaining cure on the bottom and rub it in. Place the belly (plus any excess cure) in a large, sturdy, resealable plastic bag in a foil pan or roasting pan on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator.


Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then parchment paper.

Step 2

Heat oil over medium in a small skillet. Cook onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

Step 3

Meanwhile, bring ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, and cayenne to a boil in a small saucepan, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and syrupy, about 5 minutes. Transfer 2 tablespoons ketchup mixture to a blender add broth and parsley and blend until smooth. Set remaining ketchup mixture aside.

Step 4

Add broth mixture, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt, and pepper to onion and garlic mix to combine. Add beef and mix well with your hands to combine. Transfer meatloaf mixture to prepared pan and form into a long log (about 12"x5"), smoothing surface. Spread reserved ketchup mixture over top and drape bacon in a crisscross pattern over loaf, tucking underneath. Bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165° and bacon is crisp, 70–80 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.


10 sensational recipes that put bacon in the spotlight

A rasher of bacon is a beautiful thing – salty, fatty and full of umami flavour. Go beyond the sandwich and try cooking one of these delicious bacon recipes instead.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

Great British Chefs is a team of passionate food lovers dedicated to bringing you the latest food stories, news and reviews.

We could write poetry, sing sonnets and even choreograph interpretive dances about how much we love cured pork. Whether it comes in the form of a sausage, a sheet or a whole leg, the way salt and pig come together to create something greater than the sum of its parts can feel more like magic than science.

While they might prize prosciutto in Italy, savour saucisson in France and cheer for chorizo in Spain, the UK has bacon – possibly the best thing that’s ever happened to pork. It can be streaky, smoked, sliced or diced, but when it hits the frying pan, sizzles and gives off that unmistakable aroma, it always makes us feel just that little bit better.

A bacon sandwich is an undeniable cornerstone of British cuisine, but there’s so much more you can do with a few rashers. Next time you get a craving for bacon, try one of these recipes from the best chefs and food writers in the UK. They still let bacon do its smoky, salty, piggy thing, but amp things up a bit with some seriously tasty flavour combinations and beautiful presentation.


  1. Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until the fat renders out and the bacon begins to crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve on a paper towel.
  2. Discard all but a thin film of the bacon grease from the pan.
  3. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the spinach and continue cooking until the spinach is heated all the way through. (If any water has accumulated in the pan, carefully pour it out into the sink.)
  4. Add the eggs and use a wooden spoon to consistently scrape them from the bottom of the pan as they set. (The goal is to have light, fluffy eggs, and constant movement of the spoon will help you achieve that.) Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat the tortillas in a pan over medium heat. (Or, if short on time, wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.) Divide the cheese among the tortillas, top with the eggs, and spoon over as much salsa as you'd like.

Eat This Tip

Corn tortillas trounce their floury cousins in the nutrition department, but most people still have a problem making the jump to the more authentic taco base. The main issue? Texture. A cold corn tortilla is worthless, but a hot, toasty one is incomparable. If you have a gas stovetop, you can warm the tortillas directly over a low flame for 20 seconds a side, or use a cast-iron skillet or nonstick sauté pan set over medium heat. Working with a few tortillas at a time, cook until the surface of each tortilla is lightly browned, about 30 seconds per side.


Recipe Summary

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 pound large sea scallops, (about 16), sliced in half crosswise to form 2 rounds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot, (about 2 shallots)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Heat a large saute pan over medium-low heat, and add bacon. Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Drain excess fat, leaving a thin coat on bottom of pan. Increase heat to medium, add scallops to pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until golden brown and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.

Transfer scallops to the serving dish, and add shallots to pan. When shallots are translucent, add white wine scrape browned bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in butter, and pour over scallops top with reserved bacon. Serve over ribbon zucchini.


Is it better to Bake or Fry Bacon?

Second, in this recipe we are going to bake the bacon instead of frying it. I love this preparation method for many reasons.

Not only does it make clean-up a breeze, but the bacon cooks more evenly. It&rsquos not cooking in its own grease, and that lingering bacon scent isn&rsquot as strong,

To get started, I line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Then, I set a cooling rack in the foil-lined pan. The aluminum foil isn&rsquot necessary, but when the pan is cooled, you can just toss the foil in the trash along with the bacon grease.

That&rsquos the easy clean-up part. Not to mention, you won&rsquot have bacon grease splattering all over your stove top while cooking.

After that, simply lay out your bacon on the cooling rack, sprinkle the bacon with brown sugar, and pop the pan in the oven. That&rsquos it.

The amount of brown sugar is totally up to you. I just give the bacon a little dusting. If you like things sweeter, add more sugar. If you just want a hint of sweetness, use less.

Bake the bacon at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, depending how crispy you like it. Just pay attention to it, particularly as the bacon nears cooked perfection. It can go from perfectly done to burned very quickly.

I kid you not, this stuff is dangerously good. You will both thank me and hate me for sharing this deliciousness with you.

Oh, and one more thing, if you like things spicy, shake a little cayenne pepper in your brown sugar. So good!

Here are a few dishes you can serve with your bacon:

Like I said, my friends, give this decadent take on baked bacon a try then come back and let me know what you think.