Bacon Makes Everything Better
33 sizzling ways to add one of the South's tastiest ingredients to any dish.
Enjoy this colorful dish warm or chilled; leftovers are perfect for a brown bag lunch the enxt day. Add grilled shrimp kabobs and a crispy Sauvignon Blanc for a relaxing meal with friends.
- Recipe: Springtime Pasta with Bacon
Stack leftover sliced turkey with cheese and other toppings on a fresh sourdough loaf to make four sandwiches in one. You can substitute whatever you have on hand, including Muenster or Swiss cheese for Havarti and cranberry sauce in place of bell peppers and vinaigrette.
Ready in 20 Minutes
A homemade white sauce ready in 10 minutes? Yes, please. Round out the meal with a mixed green salad and lightly toasted Italian bread. You can lighten up the entrée by using reduced fat turkey bacon, 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, and 2% reduced-fat milk.
- Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Pasta
A twist on the traditional Cobb, this version uses Yukon gold potatoes in place of chicken. Cheddar and blue cheeses, bacon crumbles, and tomatoes pair with avocados to create a hearty meal.
- Recipe: Potato Cobb Salad
Crunchy green beans and crisp bacon are always a wonderful flavor pairing, and the addition of red grapes makes for a sweet surprise. Cook the penne pasta al dente so it holds up when tossed with the dressing and beans.
Potato salad with bacon is a delicious twist on a traditional summer side. Jazz up your presentation by serving this salad in paprika-rimmed glasses. (Simply dip the rims in lemon or lime juice, then into paprika.)
Recipe: Bacon Potato Salad
These mini-sandwiches make fantastic finger foods for a luncheon, or simply assemble one anytime for a quick snack. Using basil rather than lettuce gives this traditional sandwich a fresh twist.
This classic salsa gets a decidedly Southern spin by adding bacon and greens. We loved it over cream cheese (a great idea for leftovers). You can prepare the recipe up to a day ahead―just reheat before serving.
- Recipe: Bacon-and-Greens Salsa
Everything's better with bacon, and this pork tenderloin recipe is no exception! Go ahead and season the other tenderloin in the package with your favorite spice blend. Wrap and freeze to jump-start another meal.
- Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Full-bodied and richly flavored, this collards dish is inspired by flavors of New Orleans. A Béchamel sauce gives fresh collard greens a creamy consistency. It's a classic taste of the South.
- Recipe: Creamed Collards
"Mama always said, 'Eat your greens,' so start brunch off with a simple salad. The warm vinaigrette melts the goat cheese, creating a magical creamy dressing."