If you are one of the people who believe that bacon makes everything better, then read on because this post is just for you! With International Bacon Day celebrated here in the US every Saturday before Labor Day, we’re here to help you celebrate this very day created for just for the all-time bacon lovers such as yourself.
We have found some of the easiest and most amazing bacon recipes you could whip up any day, no matter the occasion. Because seriously, who needs a reason to eat bacon?
Ready your kitchen tools and your grocery shopping list, because after learning these deliciously creative bacon recipes, you’d want to make them, stat!
Cloud Nine Mashed Potatoes
With crispy bacon as the superstar of this recipe, you may forget that this one is supposed to be a side dish. No more cherry on top because bacon is the ultimate finishing touch for these ultra creamy spuds with a boozy twist.
12 medium potatoes
2/3 cup half and half (or milk)
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup gin (or vodka)
Cooked crispy then crumbled bacon
Cook and drain peeled potatoes. Shake over low heat to dry. Beat in hot half and half and butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in gin or vodka.
Add cooked and crumbled bacon and roasted garlic. Mix lightly. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese on top then bake for 5 mins.
Lemony Bacon Artichoke Dip
Set aside the classic spinach artichoke dip, because if what you need is a crowd-pleasing party dipper, then this one will definitely win you (and your guests) over! With the crispy bacon adding that savory smokiness to this dish, you might just want to make the recipe in a double dose as there’s a great possibility that you won’t see any leftovers.
5 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 teaspoons in pan. Add artichoke hearts and garlic to drippings; cook and stir 1 minute.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, onion salt, salt and pepper until smooth. Beat in lemon juice. Fold in artichoke mixture and half of the bacon.
Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining bacon; top with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Serve in small dipping bowls or appetizer trays with pita wedges, crostinis, or crackers.
Chicken & Bacon Tart
Bacon pizzas are so common nowadays that sometimes, the bacon lovers club don’t really make those in their homes as often. So this time, instead of the easy-to-make pizzas, we’ll make bacon the hero of a sweet, spicy, and savory dish that will surely be devoured all year round! With crisp puff pastry and store-bought chicken strips, making this incredible bacon dish will surely be a breeze.
1/4 pound bacon strips, cut into thirds
2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 package (9 ounces) ready-to-serve roasted chicken breast strips
1/4 cup jalapeno pepper jelly
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Saute onions and apples in drippings until tender. Stir in the chicken, jelly, thyme and salt.
On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Roll into a 10-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Prick with a fork.
Spread chicken mixture over pastry to within 1 in. of edges. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Press edges with a fork, forming a decorative border.
Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.
Bacon Maple Doughnut Bites
Bacon for dessert? Why not? These delicious bite-sized treats are so easy to make and believe us, they’ll be quick to disappear from your table as well! The all-time favorite doughnut bites plus bacon as the main character, no one would dare turn these down at any time of the day.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Oil for deep-fat frying
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7 maple-flavored bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk and melted butter until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
Heat the oil to 350° in an electric skillet or deep fryer. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, turning often. Drain on paper towels.
In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, maple syrup, milk and vanilla until smooth. Dip warm doughnuts into glaze; sprinkle tops with bacon.