Year of Bacon: December 2014
Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball
Update the cheese platter with a new cheese ball, spiced honey for drizzling, and marinated feta. Happy Holidays!
Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball 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.
Chicken Stew and Dumplings Recipe
Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits
Bacon, garlic, and red wine imbue humble chuck roast with robust character and rich beef-bourguignon flavor as the meat transforms in the slow cooker. Serve sliced or in chunks over Creamy Mushroom Grits.
Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits Recipe
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Everyone knows that Brussels sprouts and bacon make the perfect pairing, but have you tried them with bacon Italian cousin, pancetta?
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Recipe
Ashley's Meatloaf-and-Mashed Potato Sandwiches
Have your butcher grind the pork shoulder roast. The meatloaf and gravy are equally as good served as a traditional plated dinner with the potatoes on the side.
Ashley's Meatloaf-and-Mashed Potato Sandwiches Recipe
Pinched for time? Swap the dough for frozen mini-phyllo pastry shells in these savory-sweet bites.
Bacon-Fig Tassies Recipe
Grandma Gwen's Beans
This baked bean recipe features four types of canned beans baked in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and bacon.
Grandma Gwen's Beans Recipe
Smashed Bacony Potatoes with Kale and Roasted Salmon
This is a hearty winter dish, layering potatoes with kale and crisp-skinned roasted salmon. Any very smoky bacon will do well here.
Smashed Bacony Potatoes with Kale and Roasted Salmon Recipe
Guests will adore this autumn-inspired stuffing, filled with diced butternut squash and flecks of crispy bacon.
Butternut-Bacon Stuffing Recipe
Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars
In these savory bites of Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars, sharp cheddar cheese gets a warming welcome from the smokey flavors of bacon and paprika.
Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars Recipe
Baked Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Combine two side dishes into one by stuffing baked potatoes with crispy Brussels sprouts and bacon. Serve them on their own or alongside a green salad.
Baked Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Recipe
Braised Cabbage with Apple and Bacon
Humble cabbage is an affordable and easy holiday side. Make it more elegant by braising red cabbage with apple slices. Adding bacon makes it delicious.
Braised Cabbage with Apple and Bacon Recipe
This Southern version of the French classic comes together in a fraction of the time required to make the original because we use humble chicken thighs and country-style pork ribs.
Faux Cassoulet Recipe
Bacon, Onion, and Mushroom Pizza
The refrigerated French bread dough used as the crust is quick, but it's also delicate. To work with it, find the seam in the dough and carefully unroll.
Bacon, Onion, and Mushroom Pizza Recipe
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon
Use fresh chestnuts when they're in season in fall and winter. Cut them in half and boil them quickly to soften, then pop the chestnut flesh out of the shell before roasting.
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Bacon Recipe
This family-friendly dish is sure to become a new holiday staple. Use fresh herbs in the cobbler for best results.
Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler Recipe
Cipollini and Apples with Bacon
The browned onions and pink fruit in the finished dish look just lovely together and brighten up the table.
Cipollini and Apples with Bacon Recipe
Beefy Bolognese over Penne Pasta
A meaty Bolognese cooks up wonderfully in a Dutch oven. This method also lets layers of flavors come through, as bacon, ground meat, and veggies are all browned in the same pot, then deglazed with cooking liquid.
Beefy Bolognese over Penne Pasta Recipe
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
Whole Brussels sprout leaves make beautiful little salad greens. If pressed for time, slice the sprouts instead of peeling.
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe
Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentil Stew
Season this crisp chicken and rich lentil stew with smoky Spanish paprika called pimentón.
Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentil Stew Recipe
Cleta Burden of Porterville, California, took traditional baklava and added everybody's favorite ingredient. The result: outrageous and addictive.
Bacon Baklava Recipe
Turkey Roulade with Figgy Port Wine Sauce
Thick slices of bacon and spinach are rolled into turkey breasts and baked to perfection. A Figgy Port Wine Sauce completes this holiday dish.
Turkey Roulade with Figgy Port Wine Sauce Recipe
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
The holidays are ideal for enjoying rich, indulgent brunch recipes, and Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole fits the bill perfectly.
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe
Heritage Turkey with Crisped Pancetta and Rosemary
Heritage turkeys are worth the splurge for a Christmas Eve feast. The thighs and legs have rich, amazing flavor, but can be tough, so for best results, we braise legs and thighs and roast the breast.
Heritage Turkey with Crisped Pancetta and Rosemary Recipe
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
One of the best parts about Christmas Day is enjoying a leisurely breakfast with family. For this recipe, spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacony grits "crust" to prevent any custard from seeping out while the quiche bakes.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche Recipe
Coq au Vin
This variation on the classic French wine-braised chicken uses white instead of red wine, giving the finished dish a lovely golden hue.
Coq au Vin Recipe
Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon
Use your blender for this easy potato soup that gets its creaminess from the addition of sour cream and savory flavor from bacon, onion and garlic.
Creamy Potato Soup with Bacon Recipe
Arugula Salad with Dates and Bacon
We love a good holiday salad, and this one features peppery arugula, sweet dates, crispy bacon, salty Parmesan, and an easy vinaigrette.
Arugula Salad with Dates and Bacon Recipe
Harvest Beef Soup
Edamame and kale are colorful and unexpected additions to this comforting soup. Feed a crowd, or freeze some for later.
Harvest Beef Soup Recipe
Gouda, Pancetta and Onion Fondue with Pretzels
Leyden, a Dutch cheese flecked with cumin seeds, inspired this cumin-spiced Gouda fondue. Serve it with soft, warm pretzels or pickled vegetables for dipping.
Gouda, Pancetta and Onion Fondue with Pretzels Recipe
Hoppin' John Parfaits
Layer black-eyed pea mixture, hot cooked rice, and tomato mixture in small glasses for a charming presentation of this traditional holiday dish. Eat it on New Year's Day to bring good luck all year!
Hoppin' John Parfaits Recipe