Summer Of Bacon: July 2014
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.
Chipotle-Bacon Mac and Cheese Recipe
Smoky, Buttery Crab Claws
It's got bacon and butter? We're in. Tender, meaty crab claws are perfect for dipping into this silky sauce. Be sure to reserve a hunk of crusty bread for sopping up the leftovers.
Smoky, Buttery Crab Claws Recipe
Crumbled bacon is the crowing glory of this creamy cheese dip that features cream cheese, blue cheese and sour cream. You're guaranteed not to have any leftovers when you bring this dip to a party.
Bacon-Cheese Dip Recipe
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.
Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers Recipe
Seven Layer Salad
This classic layered salad is always popular at potluck suppers with its colorful layers of lettuce, bacon, tomato, olives, green peas, carrot and hard-boiled eggs.
Seven Layer Salad Recipe
Bacon, Onion, and Cheddar Corn Muffins
Cornbread muffins work well alongside any type of barbecue. Mix in flavor boosters like bacon, sauteed onions and sharp Cheddar cheese to take ordinary corn muffins to new heights.
Bacon, Onion, and Cheddar Corn Muffins Recipe
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.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon Recipe
Sweet and Peppery Bacon
Wake up your household (and possibly your neighbors, too) with the aroma of crispy, sugar-and-spice bacon. Enjoy them alongside scrambled eggs, French toast, or just about anything else.
Sweet and Peppery Bacon Recipe
Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
Deli-roasted chicken and puff pastry cut down on cooking time, while bacon, white wine, and mustard give the gravy and vegetables savory punch.
Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie Recipe
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.
Trout with Crispy Smoked Bacon Recipe
Summer Squash and Corn Chowder
Enjoy soup in the summertime by making this satisfying chowder with the season's produce. Top with cheese and bacon for kid appeal.
Summer Squash and Corn Chowder Recipe
Black Bean Tacos with Feta Slaw
This recipe could easily be made vegetarian, as it only uses one slice of bacon. Pre-seasoned canned beans, along with a few other pantry staples, help bring these tacos together in a flash.
Black Bean Tacos with Feta Slaw Recipe
Egg and Hash Brown Casserole
This dish is like enjoying an omelet stuffed with spinach, Swiss cheese, and mushrooms, with hearty sides of bacon and hash browns, all in one convenient package.
Egg and Hash Brown Casserole Recipe
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).
Bacon Cookies Recipe
Canadian bacon is not actually bacon, but a type of cured ham made from the pork loin. It makes a traditional topping for Hawaiian pizza, alongside fresh pineapple and mozzarella cheese.
Hawaiian Pizza Recipe
Barbecued Bacon Shrimp
Bacon-wrapped shrimp basted in sweet and smoky barbecue sauce are a simple, crowd-pleasing appetizer. Serve with extra sauce for dipping and watch as they quickly disappear.
Barbecued Bacon Shrimp Recipe
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.
Sweet Onion Stacks Recipe
Cowboy Hot Dogs
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.
Cowboy Hot Dogs Recipe
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.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cheddar and Bacon Recipe
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.
Bacon Pierogi Bake Recipe
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.
Barbecued Chicken Recipe
BLT Benedict with Avocado-Tomato Relish
Serve up a killer brunch spread featuring these open-faced BLT benedicts. Sunny-side up or sliced boiled eggs would work just as well as poached eggs in this must-try dish.
BLT Benedict with Avocado-Tomato Relish Recipe
Cider-Braised Mussels with Bacon
These fabulous mussels are braised in bacon-infused hard cider. Need we say more? A fresh spinach salad and chilled Porter would make nice accompaniments to this simple seafood supper.
Cider-Braised Mussels with Bacon Recipe
Bacon and Leek Risotto
This risotto has all the necessary components: chicken stock, garlic, leeks, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Bacon is utilized twice--as a base for the risotto and crumbled over the top.
Bacon and Leek Risotto Recipe
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.
Grilled Peach, Onion and Bacon Salad with Buttermilk Dressing Recipe
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.
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Squash Blossoms Recipe
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.
Maple Bacon Cupcakes Recipe
Whiskey and Triple Pork Black Bean Chili
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.
Whiskey and Triple Pork Black Bean Chili Recipe
Shrimp Cobb Salad
Typical Cobb salads include chicken and hard-cooked eggs; this riff uses shrimp and corn. Don't worry--it doesn't omit the bacon!
Shrimp Cobb Salad Recipe
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.
Bacon-Grits Fritters Recipe
Three-Egg Omelets with Whisky Bacon
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!
Three-Egg Omelets with Whisky Bacon Recipe