Everything's better with bacon. From drinks to dinner to desserts, bacon makes a great addition to almost any recipe.
May 07, 2014
1 of 31Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese
Boxed mac and cheese has nothing on this outstanding recipe. Whether you serve it as a side dish or a main course, this one's sure to be a winner with kids and adults alike. Bottom line is: good things happen when bacon, cheese and chipotle come together.
4 of 31Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers
It's no secret--Americans love burgers. We also love wrapping things in bacon. If you're looking for a patriotic dish this Fourth of July, look no further. This dressed-up bacon burger is a true crowd-pleaser, making it the perfect choice for your Independence Day cook-out.
7 of 31Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon
Treat yourself to a comfort-food favorite tonight. This lightened version of the rich Italian pasta dish is indulgent and satisfying, yet weighs in at less than 350 calories. And yes--you still get to keep the bacon.
10 of 31Photo: William Meppem; Styling: Lynsey Fryers
Trout with Crispy Smoked Bacon
Tired of grilling steak and chicken? Try fresh seafood! Skin-on fish holds together better on the grill--plus the skin gets deliciously crisp and lightly charred. Paired with a delightful cabbage slaw and grilled Canadian bacon, this meal is one for the books.
14 of 31Photo: Marge Perry; Treats: David Bonom and Marge Perry
The cookie every dog dreams of… Use uncured bacon and low-sodium broth to make this treat a must-have for your dog. They're okay for humans to eat, so don't worry about sneaking a bite (we won't tell).
17 of 31Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Sweet Onion Stacks
Salty strips of bacon and a tart Champagne vinaigrette play against the layered richness of sweet char-grilled onions, tomatoes and creamy goat cheese. Feel free to mix and match the stacks, maybe even slip in a sliced peach or two.
With several toppings, including caramelized onions, bacon, and barbecue sauce, these can be customized for a range of diners, from those who like their dogs plain to those who want them fully loaded and hearty enough to fuel a day out on the range.
19 of 31Photo: Julie Bidwell; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cheddar and Bacon
We swapped regular potatoes for sweet potatoes to bring extra vitamins to the dinner table. Load them up with classic toppings like bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives and tomatoes, and you may have just found your family's new favorite side dish.
20 of 31Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Bacon Pierogi Bake
Similar to Italy's ravioli, "pierogis" are Polish dumplings made from unleavened bread dough and stuffed with a filling, typically made from potatoes. In this dish, potato-and-onion pierogis are covered with a creamy sauce and cheese, then baked until bubbly and topped with bacon, green onions, and tomatoes.
From chef Tyler Florence, everything you could want in a piece of barbecued chicken: moist meat, crisp skin, and tangy sauce. The bacon-and-thyme-infused barbecue sauce is a work of art, and worth every last drop.
Grilled Peach, Onion and Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
The secret to this salad is using big, juicy sweet onions like Vidalias, which get nicely charred on the grill. Sweet peaches, smoky bacon and a tangy buttermilk dressing make this salad an easy summer favorite.
26 of 31Photo: Squire Fox; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Fresh squash blossoms are a lovely seasonal treat. Enjoy the contrast of crisp, fresh flowers with rich, creamy cheese spread. Be sure to use the best bacon you can find--brands that smoke with real wood offer the best flavor.
27 of 31Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Maple Bacon Cupcakes
This cupcake is without a doubt most men's favorite. You can see the smile as soon as they spot that crisp bacon strip resting on top of the maple frosting. It's the wonderful combination of salty and sweet together, reminiscent of the flavor you get when bacon mingles with syrup while eating pancakes.
Why make the same old thing when you can cook up a chili rich and smoky with bacon and Spanish chorizo, mellowed by whiskey, and fired up with chipotles? Serve with a slice of cornbread and savor the layers of flavor.
30 of 31Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
Grits are treasured like gold in the South. These fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your family and friends. Serve warm with your choice of sauce, such as barbecue or spicy tomato.
Think of this as the perfect hangover breakfast. Three-egg omelets stuffed with cheese, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil are accompanied by caramelized brown sugar-and-whisky bacon. It's both simply wonderful and seriously delicious!