Bacon can lend its flavour to many different dishes, without overpowering other ingredients, and it goes with almost anything. Before starting to cook, it's a good idea to distinguish fresh bacon from the cold-cut variety. While the former is richer in taste, the second is better suited for a wide variety of quick and easy dishes. Roll up your sleeves, it's time to get cooking!
The secret to get these rolls right is to cut the bacon in slices a bit thicker than usual. You should fill each slice with the ingredients of your choice. We'd suggest using tomato, basil and dried plums, but you can experiment with whatever you feel like. Once you've rolled them up, you should pierce them with a toothpick from side to side, to ensure they stay rolled. Put it in the oven at medium heat, until the bacon is golden brown. When served hot, nobody can resist this fine delicacy!
Bacon with plums
For a sweet and savoury entrée, preheat your oven while you roll dried plums in thin slices of bacon and pierce them with a toothpick. Place your bite-sized morsels on a buttered baking sheet and bake them for around 20 minutes, or until the bacon turns crispy. They are best served hot.
Savoury muffins with bacon
Muffins don't need to be sweet, the dough can take almost any kind of ingredient. Have you ever had bacon and cheese muffins? They are delicious! The secret is to make the typical muffin dough, and before pouring it into the moulds, add sautéed bacon and grated Parmesan cheese. And if you want to make more filling treats, swap rising flour for wholemeal flour, and add a bit of baking powder. They can be served either hot or cold.
Savoury scones with bacon and scallions
These scones are ideal for entrées, brunches or quick bites. They are prepared in the same way as the sweet variety, except for the added sugar! Once the mixture is ready, you should sautée bacon diced in small cubes along with the chopped scallions, and mix them with the dough. Before putting the scones in the oven, you can paint them with raw egg and sprinkle grated cheese on them.
Chicken burgers with bacon and black olives
Once you've got your flat, round chicken burgers, wrap them in fresh bacon and set them on a frying pan on medium heat, with a few drops of olive oil. Five minutes on each side should be enough. Serve them hot, with the garnish of your choice, like chips or salad, and black olives. Trust us on the olives, they make for a great combination with bacon!
Bacon and cheddar roll
This is a very common cold dish for hot days in some countries, and can work as a garnish for almost any main course. It's made with a thin, square layer of spongy pastry. Spread mayonnaise, cream cheese or any savoury seasoning you like on it. Then, place slices of bacon and cheddar evenly on its surface, and roll it up. Once ready, you can decorate the dishes with leafy greens.
Lentil stew with bacon
Smoked bacon, diced, adds a unique flavour to the well known lentil stew, an ideal dish for cold days. This recipe calls for lentils, rice and a sautéed vegetable broth (onions, peppers and carrots, for example). Some cooks include potatoes and sausages in the preparation. However, if you're a real fan of bacon, we recommend leaving those out, since they can overpower the bacon's subtle smoky taste.
Chicken breasts filled with bacon, cheese and basil
This dish can be a simple option to serve on any occasion, and also has a place on special holiday meals, like Christmas or New Year's Eve. Each piece of chicken should be stuffed with a slice of bacon, a slice of cheese, and two or three basil leaves. You can even add tomato, if it fits. You can hold your filled chicken breasts together with a toothpick, and cook them in the oven, around 15 minutes on each side.
Pasta, bacon, eggs and white wine are the key ingredients for this magnificently simple yet filling dish. The sauce is made by sautéing diced bacon until golden-brown, adding a squirt of white wine, raw eggs, butter, Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Once the pasta is done, it's just a matter of pouring the sauce and savouring it! This dish is ideal for a dinner for two.
Leek and bacon pie
To make this recipe, you'll need 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of leeks, 150 grams (5 ounces) of bacon, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of Parmesan cheese and three eggs. First, you should sauté the leek and diced bacon on a frying pan, and then add the cheese and the eggs. Shop-bought pastry is good, but if you've ever prepared it at home, you know it's even better.
Stuffed bread pastries with bacon and dried plums
This is a typically Latin American dish, originally called "empanadas." The pastries are made with the same dough you'd use for a savoury pie. First you should spread the raw dough on a flat surface and cut out discs of 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) in diameter. Then you should lay the filling in their centre: two slices of bacon and a dried pitted plum in each. Grate mozzarella cheese on them and make sure that the disc's edges are clear. Paint the edges with raw eggs, fold them into semi-circular pockets, and bake them on buttered sheet, in an oven set to high for 20 minutes, or until they are tanned all around.
Fish and bacon casserole
For this recipe, you can use the kind of fish you like best. You should cook it in a pot along with the previously sautéed bacon, garlic, fresh peas and fresh maize kernels. And water, obviously. Bring it to a boil and then lower the heat to a steady simmer. If you want the dish to have an oriental flavour, season it with soy sauce.
Potatoes au gratin
First, sauté 400 grams (14 ounces) of diced bacon. Set it aside and cut 1 kilo (35 ounces) of potatoes into thin slices. Distribute the ingredients in layers on a baking tray, the same kind you'd use for lasagna: a layer of potatoes, a layer of bacon, cover them in cream with ground nutmeg, and repeat until you run out of ingredients or reach the top of your dish. The top layer is covered in arugula and grated cheese. You should bake it for around half an hour at medium heat.
Vegetable and bacon couscous
Cous cous is a dish of Arab origin made with durum wheat. To prepare it, you'll need eggplants, garlic, onions and parsley. Once you've sautéed the vegetables, you should add the broth and cous cous wheat, which gets cooked very fast. This dish is traditionally served in deep dishes.
Chicken, lettuce, pickled tomatoes and bacon salad
First, you should dice the chicken in small cubes. You can even use leftovers from a previous meal, although fresh chicken breasts are ideal. Then, dice some smoked bacon, pickled sun dried tomatoes and fresh lettuce leaves. You can season it with Balsamic or regular vinegar.
Broccoli, bacon and blue cheese salad
Fresh bacon should first be browned in a pan, then mixed with the previously boiled broccoli. Set aside and dilute blue cheese with lemon juice and pour over the sautéed bacon and broccoli. You can season it with vinegar, salt and pepper. Adding chopped nuts will give this recipe a special touch.
Pizza with bacon
Just swapping the ham on your pizza for bacon will make all the difference. And while you are at it, you could also add some chopped hard-boiled eggs, or if you like sweet-savoury recipes, even thin slices of pineapple. And, in case you need reminding, the key to a good pizza is using cheese of an appropriate quality. Do yourself a favour and buy the best kind of mozzarella you can find.
Scrambled eggs with bacon
The breakfast of champions, without a doubt. Sauté your bacon in a frying pan. In another pan, on low heat, stir some butter and eggs until they are done. Then, add a squirt of cream. You may then season them with salt and pepper and serve them next to bacon and toast.
If you follow the traditional Spanish recipe, you should use a kind of spicy sausage to make it. But why not innovate? Try making your classic omelette with diced bacon, and you'll get a slightly smoother mouth-feel, and a subtler but equally savoury taste!
A sandwich is always a quick and easy option to satisfy a craving. But it can also be the perfect dish for a quick dinner or a light lunch. Here are the ingredients you'll need: two slices of wholemeal bread, two slices of bacon and your favourite vegetables. Anything goes, but tomato, lettuce and arugula complement the taste of bacon best. Fresh bacon grilled in olive oil is the best option for a great sandwich.