Year of Bacon: October 2014
Cheesy Nachos with Pinto Bean Salsa and Pickled Jalapeños
A blanket of ooey-gooey queso covers this pile of tortilla chips, but that's just the beginning. Layers of bacon, pinto bean salsa, avocado, and homemade pickled jalapeños are piled on next, making this one plate of nachos you'll not soon forget.
Cheesy Nachos with Pinto Bean Salsa and Pickled Jalapeños Recipe
Loaded Mashed Potato Soup
This surprisingly easy and incredibly tasty soup is the perfect recipe for a novice in the kitchen. Typical baked potato toppings like crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onion send this creamy bowl of soup over the top.
Loaded Mashed Potato Soup Recipe
Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs
This breakfast casserole topped with runny eggs and studded with crispy bacon develops a terrific texture as it cooks slowly in a glass dish. Chewy, moist bread offsets the crisp, browned bottom, making this the perfect dish for serving company.
Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs Recipe
Pear, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Focaccia-Style Pizza
A homemade crust is the key to this doughy, focaccia-style pie. Tangy blue cheese and savory bacon complement the sweet, juicy pears and peppery arugula in this adult-friendly pizza.
Pear, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Focaccia-Style Pizza Recipe
Wilted Kale with Bacon and Vinegar
This gluten-free side dish requires just 6 simple ingredients to produce amazing results. If you've never tried kale, this is a great place to start. It just might become your go-to quick and easy side!
Wilted Kale with Bacon and Vinegar Recipe
Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
This creamy, cheesy one-dish meal will win over adults and children alike. Substitute English peas or fresh spinach for the broccoli, if you prefer. Just don't forget the bacon!
Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese Recipe
Chicken Stew and Dumplings
Using cake flour and nonfat buttermilk cuts the fat by half and puts a healthier spin on these ultralight dumplings. The filling is rich in meaty goodness and earthy fall vegetables.
Bacon and Cheese Frittata
Is your fridge looking bare? No worries--you can whip up this frittata using a few staples like milk, eggs, bacon, and cheese. Feel free to subsitute any cheese you have on hand for the cheddar and feta.
Bacon and Cheese Frittata Recipe
Gemelli with Broccoli Rabe, Bacon, and Chickpeas
Bacon makes any pasta dish feel that much more luxurious. In this recipe, curly gemelli pairs well with broccoli rabe, bacon, and chickpeas for a delicious, dairy-free pasta dinner.
Gemelli with Broccoli Rabe, Bacon, and Chickpeas Recipe
Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
The warm vinaigrette melts the goat cheese, creating a magical creamy dressing that contrasts the fresh bite of arugula. Bacon makes an appearance in two places--crumbled over the top and as the fat in the dressing.
Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe
Pita Pizzas with Kale Pesto, Tomatoes, and Bacon
Pita pizzas are effortless and endlessly customizable. You can use whatever sauce, veggies, and cheese you have on hand, but for this recipe we used homemade kale pesto, fresh tomatoes, bacon, and mozzarella.
Pita Pizzas with Kale Pesto, Tomatoes, and Bacon Recipe
Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon
The rutabaga bits in this veggie hash cook up tender and mellow, and the dish works as a quick dinner, a side, or for weekend brunch--it's especially good with soft poached eggs.
Rutabaga Hash with Onions and Crisp Bacon Recipe
Root Vegetable Minestrone with Bacon
Earthy root vegetables, herbs, pasta, and beans comprise this hearty minestrone soup. You'll adore the wondrous aroma it produces while simmering on the stove, making it an instant fall favorite that you'll crave for years to come.
Root Vegetable Minestrone with Bacon Recipe
Blue Cheese-Bacon-Spinach Dip
The bold flavor of blue cheese and saltiness of the bacon give a creative punch to your average spinach dip. Serve it with crackers or celery sticks for added crunch.
Blue Cheese-Bacon-Spinach Dip Recipe
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
This rustic one-pot meal, a company's-coming riff on the old-school chicken-and-rice number, is held together by a tangy gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms. Nutty wild rice helps sop up all the good chicken gravy.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole Recipe
Deviled Eggs with Bacon
This 30-minute recipe makes a lovely appetizer to entertain surprise visitors. A few refrigerator staples are all you need to create these addictive, savory bites.
Deviled Eggs with Bacon Recipe
Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint
This unexpected side dish uses shaved Brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts, fresh mint, and bacon to create a fresh take on one of fall's most notable vegetables.
Brussels Sprout Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint Recipe
Mushroom & Bacon Casserole
Very few things embody comfort food like this hearty, warming casserole. The combination of cremini and shiitake mushrooms, Gruyère cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and thyme creates a super savory bite that will have you (and everyone else) coming back for more.
Mushroom & Bacon Casserole Recipe
Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon
A tangy, buttery white wine and grapefruit sauce with smoky bacon is the perfect accompaniment to sweet sea scallops. This restaurant-quality dish requires just a few ingredients, but is sure to impress your friends and family.
Scallops with Grapefruit and Bacon Recipe
Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream
Makah Ozette potatoes are similar to fingerlings, which make a fine substitute in this recipe. The bacon cream--made with crème fraîche, heavy cream, and bacon--melts over the hot potatoes to give them a rich, salty glaze.
Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream Recipe
Harvest Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Endive and radicchio are the stars of many fall salads, and their colors make a gorgeous addition to any plate. In this recipe, they are joined by juicy pears, Gorgonzola cheese, and a warm bacon vinaigrette.
Harvest Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe
Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Readily available and inexpensive, frozen corn allows you to enjoy the summer veggie's sweet flavor all year long. Serve this hearty chowder with a crusty baguette.
Shrimp and Corn Chowder Recipe
Apple and Bacon Pita Pizzas
Smoky bacon, rich walnuts, and woodsy thyme give depth to these quick personal pizzas. Use your favorite apple variety to top them--we thought Fuji worked particularly well here.
Apple and Bacon Pita Pizzas Recipe
Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup
We took four of the top recipe search categories from our website--chicken, kale, quinoa, and soup--and combined them into one tasty dish that we think will become your new favorite.
Chicken, Kale, and Quinoa Soup Recipe
Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Orecchiette (little ears pasta) is a classic shape that's ideal for this chunky sauce. You can also substitute short pasta shapes like penne or rigatoni. Crumbled bacon and shaved Parmesan up the umami flavor in this comforting dish.
Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe
Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots
Tender and tasty is the way we describe this easy and healthy entrée. Bacon lends the peas and carrots a hit of smoky flavor. Make it for your gluten-free friends and watch them gobble it up--just be prepared to share the recipe!
Herb-Rubbed New York Strip with Sautéed Peas and Carrots Recipe
Pepper-Pepper Cheese Dip
The secret ingredient to this indulgent dip? Pepper jelly. Oh, and bacon. It makes a great addition to your tailgate spread--just serve with crostini and celery sticks as you cheer your team on to victory!
Pepper-Pepper Cheese Dip Recipe
Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken
This intensely-flavored chicken dish features chicken that's browned in bacon drippings and baked in a Dutch oven along with carrots, potatoes and herbs. The chicken and vegetables are topped with a rich butter-Champagne sauce for a hearty dish that's perfect for entertaining.
Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken Recipe
Salty-Sweet Bacon Panini
This melt-in-your-mouth sandwich goes over the top with the paring of salty bacon and sweet apple butter with melty Brie on top of raisin-walnut bread.
Salty-Sweet Bacon Panini Recipe
Fall Vegetable Hash
Feel free to sub any of your favorite root vegetables for the potatoes and turnips in this colorful hash. Serve it as a side or an easy, veggie-centric main dish.
Fall Vegetable Hash Recipe
Bacon-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Caramel Apples
These over-the-top caramel apples are a great way to celebrate Halloween! They represent the ultimate marriage of salty and sweet, as bacon and pretzels contrast the saccharine peanut butter caramel sauce.
Bacon-Pretzel-Peanut Butter Caramel Apples Recipe