Saturday, September 1, 2012

Ahhhh, bacon....

According to a friend's post on Facebook, today is International Bacon Day.   As far as I'm concerned, EVERY day should be International Bacon Day.   What's not to love about bacon?

Here are just a few of my favorite ways to prepare or use bacon.   Please feel free to add more ideas of your own.

Peppered Bacon:    Lay bacon slices flat in a skillet or on a baking sheet.   Sprinkle with 6-pepper blend and black pepper.   (Six pepper blend can be found in the spice section of many stores).   Fry or bake as usual

Candied Bacon:    Take about 12 slices of thick cut bacon.  Put in a zip-loc bag along with a teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.   Close the bag and shake to thoroughly coat the bacon with brown sugar.    Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.   Arrange the bacon in a single layer.   Bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crisp.  (the length of time needed will vary depending on the thickness of the bacon.)

I often cook bacon very crispy and then break into small pieces and store in the refrigerator.   I add bacon pieces to egg salad or chicken salad sandwich fillings.   I also sprinkle on my salads and mix in with guacamole or chip dips.   

Speaking of sandwiches - two of my favorite bacon sandwiches  - peanut butter and bacon on toast, and BLT made with fried green tomatoes.  

And even though I KNOW it's artery-clogging, my favorite accompaniment to a traditional bacon and egg breakfast is red tomato slices fried in the bacon grease.

Darn, I just made myself hungry.

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Yvonne Martin
"just call me porkette" Bed and Breakfast Foodie
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1 comment:

  1. Yum! Thanks for the great ideas, Yvonne! For my candied bacon, I add a little spicy twist. Just brush on some dijon mustard when the bacon is halfway cooked, and sprinkle with brown sugar. Continue baking until done.
    Kristie Rosset

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