Bacon, bacon, bacon! If you miss these 20 bacon dishes, you'll be breaking our hearts. Because bacon is everything (argue with us if you like, but it'll be futile)! And these bacon recipes are so friggin good, that you cannot—we repeat, cannot—miss them. There's a saying that bacon makes everything better. So naturally, we've been on the trail of delicious foods paired with bacon to make mouthwateringly good bacon dishes that'll satisfy the soul of any hungry foodie.
Before we dive into our list of awesome bacon dishes, did you know that bacon has been around since 1500 BC? Which means that if you deny yourself bacon, you're essentially missing out on an integral part of the human experience that's been around for over 3,000 years!
Another fun fact about bacon is that the term ‘bringing home the bacon’ has a surprising origin in 12th century England. And it has nothing to do with money or provider status. It's got to do with not breaking your wife’s heart. During this time, it was traditional for churches to gift a side of bacon to any man who would swear before God that he hadn't argued with his wife for one year and one day. Those among the community who were awarded the bacon were considered to be examples of strength and kindness.
Not all of us might have the bearing to bring home the bacon in the 12th-century sense of the term. But we can certainly make up for it gastronomically by rustling up awesome bacon-filled dishes. Besides this, "hangryness" is a scientifically proven real phenomenon, so foodies, keep yourselves fueled and happy with these awesome bacon dishes, and you may just find yourself bringing home the bacon, 12th-century style!
20 Texas Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
We couldn't make a list of awesome bacon dishes and not include an off-the-wall recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers!
We feel strongly about this particular popper recipe because of two things. Firstly, Texas anything. Secondly, in this recipe, there's an additional pepper added: the Serrano pepper! Its go big or go home down there in Texas, so…
The other delicious ingredient in these poppers that makes them stand out from the crowd is pimento cheese.
Do you also get the feeling that you need to make these asap?
What's so awesome about jalapeno poppers is that they're not complicated to make even though they look all complicated. All that's required is to scoop out the insides of the peppers, mix the filling, fill, wrap with bacon, and bake. In this recipe, there's also a tutorial on how one can easily split the bacon to increase fat rendering.
19 Alsatian Pizza With Fromage Blanc, Bacon, and Onions
If your heart yearns for bacon pizza and your heart yearns for it fast, have a look at this recipe. Technically not a pizza but very similar to one, this Alsatian tarte flambée is a classy quick fix for the bacon pizza-deprived person. Why classy? Well, anything from France has to be; that's just the rule.
The way to achieve this pizza-like result almost instantly is to use corn flour tortillas as a base, a cast iron skillet for the initial cook, and then the broiler to finish things off and give your tarte flambée those beautiful intermittent black spots.
If you want to go the classic and less hasty route, then take the time to make the pizza dough and preheat the oven to super high. Roll out your dough, top with the cheese, bacon, and onion, fire up the broiler, and bake under it with the oven on high.
18 Bacon-Wrapped Sushi
Sorry, sushi... there’s a new kid in town—sans seaweed. Leaving the seaweed for the gulls, this unapologetically robust and non-authentic variation on sushi replaces it with: bacon. Are you in? We are!
To make bacon-wrapped sushi, you need to follow similar steps as when making traditional sushi. However, you'll have to oven bake the bacon for approximately 15-20 minutes and make sure to take the strips out while they're still bendable. The rice and other ingredients are then rolled in the bacon the same way one would roll them up when using nori wrappers.
All that's left to do after that is to slice the rolls. Bacon-wrapped sushi may scandalize the sushi experts. But we think it's an absolutely delicious idea!
17 Crispy Bacon & Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Caramelized Onions
If you're a hungry foodie right now, chances are, you need something good and something fast. What better way to achieve a fast meal than making a grilled sandwich? And what better way to make a grilled sandwich than by putting bacon and brie into it? Add in a dose of caramelized onions, and chances are, you won’t want to share your sandwich with anyone!
This grilled sandwich recipe will take longer to make than a regular cheese and tomato sammy, as you have to cook the bacon and caramelized the onions. But. It is so totally worth it.
16 Bacon-Latticed Apple Pie
Whoa! Did we just say bacon-latticed apple pie? We sure did!
If you really want to get deep into the love affair of bacon and fruit, then you've got to try this recipe for bacon apple pie. Sweet, smokey, rich and tangy, bacon and apple in pie form is a flavor combo powerhouse that you don’t want to pass over.
Heads up, chef—you'll need to make the pie crust dough yourself. This is because it's infused with bourbon, and you don’t want to miss that in your pie. Besides this step, the rest of the pie-making process consists of mixing the apples with sugar and spice, assembling the pie, and baking it.
15 Billionaire’s Bacon
Bacon and sweet elements are a classic combination. The contrast of the umami flavors and some sweet tones really gets the sense of taste going!
The late chef Gene Hovis took advantage of this and came up with the brilliant concept of his billionaire’s bacon.
Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any uncontrollable eating of this food that might occur.
14 Bacon Shrimp And Cheddar Grits
Bacon… shrimp… cheddar. Let’s just get into the kitchen right now and make this!
We love this recipe because the umami bomb bacon and savory sweet shrimps make an ideal pairing with the cheddar grits, which typically have a calmer tone. This makes for a great balance. The slight sweetness of the grits will play well with the sweetness in the shrimp flesh and the smoky savoriness of the bacon. And of course, the cheddar will just take everything to the next level.
13 Fried Bacon Cheddar Balls
Cheese and bacon must be one of the firmest food friendships. Two umami foods like these put together make an umami bomb, and if you choose to add some jalapeno heat and deep fry, you get a finger food on steroids!
To nail this recipe, the first step is to fry the bacon until crispy. Then, combine all the ingredients, form the balls, and freeze for 15 mins. Then, coat the balls in egg and panko breadcrumbs twice to form a double layer, and deep fry until golden brown on the outside.
By the way, if this concept of deep frying cheese fascinates you, check out this post where we discuss 20 things only hardcore foodies know can be deep fried!
12 Beef, Bacon, and Mushroom Pies With Mozzarella And Caramelized Onions
Bacon has to be one of the most savory items on the planet. It has a super high umami score, and if you pair it with other umami-flavored foods, such as beef, mushrooms, and cheese, you get what's called an "umami bomb," something that's super satisfying and satiating.
Oh yeah, and then you place this umami bomb in a pie. And pop in some caramelized onions. You do the math!
Now, pies can be a lot of work, even for all of this savory glory. However, if you do as this recipe advises and use pre-made shortcrust pastry, your work will be minimized, and all that'll be left to do is cook the filling, assemble the pies, and bake.
11 Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Fig Pizza
Bacon is an ideal thing to top a pizza with. The intensity of flavor that bacon has means that unlike other meats, such as ground beef or chicken, you don’t need great mounds of it to get the taste. Another really intensely flavored thing is blue cheese. Put both bacon and blue cheese onto a pizza, and you're bound to have a flavor bonanza on your hands.
This pizza recipe also calls for figs, which, with their sweetness, make a perfectly complementing topping to the bacon and blue cheese. If you don't have figs easily available, you can also substitute for apples.
If you're making your own dough, be sure to use the dough recipe in this post; it's been personally tested it—and the verdict is that Jessica from How Sweet Eats really knows her dough.
10 Bacon Tomato Pasta
Want a bacon-flavored meal in 15 minutes flat? Then give this bacon and tomato pasta a try. Literally, all you need is a handful of bacon, a can of tomatoes, and pasta, of course.
To achieve a pasta that's perfectly cooked, coated liberally in bacon and tomato sauce, and full of flavor, make sure that you do the following. Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the prescribed cooking time on your packet. Make sure that you de-glaze your pan between frying the bacon and adding the tomato, and use the starchy water from cooking the pasta for thinning your sauce.
9 Fig & Bacon Grilled Cheese
If you're craving that bacon, fig, and cheese flavor combo but don't have time to make a full-on pizza, a quick fix lies in the delectable bacon and fig grilled cheese sandwich. Quick to make, these sandwiches are guaranteed to be super satisfying—not to mention, decidedly gourmet.
8 Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes
Bacon and sweet potatoes are a match made in heaven that you don’t often see cozying up together. However, this bourbon bacon sweet potato dish does just that, and we think it's an inspired side.
The sweet of the potatoes will play off of the bacon. And the bourbon… I mean, come on... let’s just make this already.
And there really is no reason not to because, essentially, all one has to do to make this recipe is cook and blend the sweet potatoes, fry the bacon, and sprinkle sliced pieces of the strips on top along with sage—super simple but guaranteed to have big flavors.
7 Bacon Ravioli With Mushrooms
Going from quick and easy to a little more involved? Here, we have a bacon ravioli recipe with mushrooms. Is your mouth also watering at the thought of it?
If you're backing away at the thought of making ravioli from scratch, hold it right there. Making ravioli from scratch is easier than you think! True, one might not get it to a grandmother-in-Italy’s standards, but making yummy ravioli is definitely doable. And adding bacon to your filling is a surefire way of ramping up the flavors.
6 Eggs Benedict Breakfast Pizza With Spiralized Potato Crust
Calling all spiralizing foodies! Just look at this genius breakfast ‘pizza’ that incorporates Canada-style bacon, mozzarella cheese, asparagus, and eggs Benedict on top of a spiralized potato base.
If you don't have a spiralizer but still want to make this recipe, you can try slicing the potatoes into thin rounds and then baking those. You'll probably have to increase the oven time, though.
5 Bacon-Pear Gorgonzola Salad
Bacon and pear is another fruity combo, which is an all-time winner when it comes to flavor pairing. If you're yearning for a fresh and crunchy dish that has the savory burst of bacon in it, then up your salad game with this gourmet recipe.
Once you have the ingredients together, salads are quick and easy dishes. For this recipe, you'll need to fry the bacon first and let it cool completely (hot bacon added to the salad will wilt the leaves). However, once this step is done, you'll be ready to rock and roll and toss your sweet and savory salad together.
4 Bacon-Wrapped Scallions
If you love bacon-wrapped asparagus, you may want to try your hand at this dish, except, instead of using asparagus, you use fresh scallions. In Sicily, these bundles of pungency are called "Cipollate con Pancetta" and are pretty popular. We imagine that if people eat this regularly in Italy, it has to be pretty delicious.
Besides the promise of smokey, sharp sweet flavors, the other great thing about this recipe is that you cook the bundles in the pan. This makes the cooking time super fast—a mere 6 to 8 minutes per pan batch, unlike bacon-wrapped asparagus recipes, which often require prolonged oven time or the use of a grill.
3 Bacon-Wrapped Shrimps
From bacon-wrapped scallions onto bacon-wrapped shrimps! Bacon was made to wrap things in its more-ish strips, and shrimp is another delectable food that's destined to be bacon swathed.
For this recipe, you'll need to use the oven, but it's so totally worth it. And once the oven is preheated, you only need to cook the bacon-wrapped shrimp for 15 minutes. The prep time is also short, involving merely wrapping the bacon around the shrimp, making a glaze, and brushing this on.
Bacon-wrapped shrimp make for a finger-licking hors-d'oeuvre or starter, and you can also use them as the star of a main.
2 Beef and Bacon Stew
For a tasty yet much simpler take on the complicated beef bourguignon, check out this recipe, foodies. This stew is a dutch oven number involving a fair amount of braising over the stove top and then an hour and thirty minutes simmering away in the oven to soften the meat and veggies and infuse the flavors.
You'll need some time, such as a slow Sunday afternoon, for this recipe. However, this cooking method, along with the clever pairing of bacon with the beef, guarantees you a rich and hearty stew that's deep in flavor—definitely a bacon-infused winter-perfect stew sure to warm bacon-loving hearts.
1 The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe
Did you think we were going to end this list without an awesome bacon burger recipe? Not a chance! If bacon makes everything better, then a bacon burger has to be the ultimate ramped-up recipe.
This particular bacon burger recipe takes advantages of the bacon to the max. First, the bacon is woven into a lattice and baked in the oven. The fat that has rendered off is then used in a mayo mix, brushed over the buns, and used to fry the patties and onions in. This extensive use of the rendered-off bacon fat in all components of the burgers ensures that they'll literally shout with the taste of bacon.
Pro foodie tip: no matter what bacon burger recipe you follow, you can use this technique to spread bacon-based umami throughout your whole burger.