Bacon Makes Everything Better
Fettuccine Alfredo with Leeks and Peas
Homemade Alfredo sauce is the way to go, especially when you add bacon.
Creamy Rice with Scallops
Recipe: Creamy Rice with Scallops
Bacon adds a smoky, salty flavor to the sweet corn and scallops.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
This entire meal comes together in under an hour and is full of flavor.
Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—this crunchy bacon and hash brown crust is amazing.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts
The kids will gladly give up their chicken fingers for this delicious meal.
Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing
Bacon topping is a salad is good. Bacon dressing is even better.
Recipe: BLT Salad
Bake the croutons and bacon together on the same baking sheet. This rustic salad only take 20 minutes to whip up and, trust us, the results are well worth the effort. You might be tempted to go for the store-bought stuff, but homemade buttermilk dressing will really kick this salad up a notch.
The SL BLT
Recipe: The SL BLT
Punch up store-bought mayonnaise with these flavor-boosting ideas: For extra tang and heat, zest a small lemon and grind lots of black pepper into the mayo. For a hint of green, chop a small handful of tender herbs—parsley, basil, tarragon, dill—and fold them into the mayo.
Recipe: Party Poppers
This quick and easy appetizer, with just a few ingredients and even fewer steps, will make entertaining easy without the hassle of fussing over the oven all day and night. For those who like it hot, swap mini sweet peppers for spicy jalapeños.
Creamy Baked Eggs with Herbs and Bacon
Make this savory one pan dish a complete meal and serve with toasted bread and a leafy green side salad.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Sweet potatoes are often a part of Thanksgiving, and this recipe gives you a new twist on that classic flavor. Orange juice gives this dish a little sweetness, while pieces of crumbled bacon will give you something to savor, and rosemary will give it an aroma all its own. Delicious together, this sweet-and-salty side could not be easier to prep on Thanksgiving morning. Best part? It's made in the slow cooker, so you're saving valuable stovetop space. When you're ready to serve it, sprinkle a mixture of parsley, orange zest, and garlic over the top: you'll get just the right amount of herbs, spice, and bite in every mouthful.
Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese with Bacon
A little bit of turmeric enhances the color here; it's a bit of a trick that makes you perceive the sauce as cheesier than it actually is.
Buttermilk-Lady Pea Soup with Bacon
Even served warm, buttermilk has a cooling effect on the palate, just right for summer meals.
Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
The Ultimate Fried Egg Sandwich with BBQ Bacon
Clumsy? Skip the flip, and finish your fried egg under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.
Mustard Greens with Yogurt-Parmesan Dressing and Bacon Croutons
To tenderize mustard greens and mellow their fiery flavor, dress the raw greens about 15 minutes before serving. If you prefer them spicy, drizzle the dressing at the table, as we suggest in the recipe.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Peas and Kale Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Ensure every day is a lucky and prosperous one when you serve this hearty Southern salad.
Recipe: Bacon-Fig Tassies
Pinched for time? Swap the dough for frozen mini-phyllo pastry shells.
Hot Bacon Caprese Salad
Recipe: Hot Bacon Caprese Salad
Update the Italian tomato salad with a rich, tart dressing.
Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
"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."
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.
Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
Recipe: Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
You can't go wrong with Chicken Pot Pie. You can't go wrong with Bacon. This high-rating recipe combines both for a classic Southern dish that your family will request over and over again. Deli-roasted chicken and puff pastry shortcut time without cutting flavor; Thick, sizzling bacon slices, dry white wine, and mustard give the gravy and vegetables a savory punch. Want to know the secret for making the perfect potpie filling? Reserve the bacon drippings, and cook it in to the flour-based broth. You can make the mini version of this recipe by using ramekins instead of a baking dish.
Watch: Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
Cheesy Bacon-and-Two-Onion Tart
Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers
Recipe: Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers
Nothing says summer in the South quite like peaches, and of course we think everything goes better with bacon, so the Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers are a fresh-off-the-fire sensation. We recommend ground sirloin here because it's lean, which causes fewer flare-ups on the grill. Chopped pickled jalapeños and their juice ramp up the flavor, while bacon, and tangy-sweet chutney balance the heat. Soft and creamy goat cheese, an unexpected addition, adds just the right amount of smooth flavor to these amazingly balanced burgers.
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
This salad combines the hearty crunchiness of Brussels sprouts with the delicate sweetness of thinly sliced red apples. Partner that with the smoky flavor of crisp bacon and you are well on the way to enjoying a delicious salad redolent with the flavors of autumn that would be amazing on your Thanksgiving table. Red onion adds a little spice. The lemon juice, mixed with the vinegar, bacon drippings, and Dijon mustard, adds a little tart bite. When tossed together, and seasoned with salt and pepper this salad is a delicate delight. Whole Brussels sprout leaves make beautiful little salad greens. If you are pressed for time, slice the Brussels sprouts instead of peeling them.
Salty-Sweet Bacon Panini
Recipe: Salty-Sweet Bacon Panini
Melt-in-your-mouth Salty-Sweet Bacon Panini goes over the top with the paring of salty bacon and sweet apple butter with melty Brie on top of raisin-walnut bread.
Pork with Apples, Bacon, and Sauerkraut
Thinly sliced pancetta (unsmoked Italian bacon cured with salt and spices) and a few quick twists of kitchen string turn an inexpensive pork loin into a party-worthy dish.
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burger
Green Beans With Mushrooms and Bacon
We loved the dash of dried crushed red pepper—it made the flavor lively, not hot.
Springtime Pasta with Bacon
Enjoy this colorful dish warm or chilled; leftovers are perfect for a brown bag lunch the next day. Add grilled shrimp kabobs and a crispy Sauvignon Blanc for a relaxing meal with friends.
- Recipe: Springtime Pasta with Bacon
BLT Benedict with Avocado-Tomato Relish
Sunny-side up or sliced boiled eggs would work just as well as poached eggs for this dish you've got to try.
Mango-Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
This is a delicious partner for grilled fish. Don't forget fresh crusty bread to soak up every bit of the warm vinaigrette.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Basil Lima Beans
A basil puree makes a quick sauce for chicken and lima beans.
Grilled Balsamic-Molasses Bacon
Recipe: Grilled Balsamic-Molasses Bacon
Tie fresh rosemary sprigs to the handle of a wooden spoon with garden sisal or kitchen string, and use as an aromatic basting brush for the bacon.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
These hearty bites will become your signature party dish. You can keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or 1-qt. slow cooker.