Bacon: The New Five-Course Meal

 

 

There aren’t too many foods out there that are both delicious and capable of being a major part of every type of meal. Bacon is one of these glorious foods, and aside from being served with breakfast, wrapped around shrimp, and thrown on a cheeseburger here and there, bacon is all too often neglected. Why this happens, I’ll never understand, but this article is taking the first step in changing this unfortunate circumstance.

After whipping up the recipes below, you’ll finally realize how much you’ve been missing out when you don’t occasionally incorporate bacon into your menu. You can’t be afraid to get creative and excited about using common ingredients in new ways. If you’re looking for more bacon-based recipes, search Recipe Finder for any course meal. While going through these five courses, channel the frantic excitement of the Beggin’ Strips dog (“Bacon! Bacon! Chewy, yummy, smoky Bacon!”) and get psyched to cook!

Salad: Classic Cobb

Cook time: 25 minutes

Difficulty level: 1/5

Recipe: here

Even though I want to promote fresh ways to incorporate typical foods, this first recipe will start off in a classic way. If you’re making this menu for your friends, this will help them ease into the whole idea of eating several courses centered on bacon. Their hesitancy is normal, but trust me — it won’t be confirmed once they’ve bitten into these juicy foods.

Cobb salads are common but they’re equally delicious, and this type of salad calls for real, hearty bacon. I’m not talking about tossing around some pre-packaged bacon bits, here, people. I’m talking crisp, thick pieces of cooked bacon strips. Bacon serves as a main ingredient of a cob, so make sure you give it the attention it deserves.


Soup:
Chickpea and Bacon Soup

Cook time: 20 minutes

Difficulty level: 2/5

Recipe: here

Now we’re getting into the less traditional stuff. You’re probably used to seeing chickpeas with more Greek-style foods, but they go perfectly well with bacon. (See, if you don’t try to use different foods together, how will you ever discover unexpected combinations?)

This soup doesn’t take long to make and features chickpeas and bacon alongside some great soup additions: onions, garlic, and other delicious herbs. This is a heartier soup, which is why the bacon is so perfect to add to its ingredients list; bacon adds that touch of smoky, meaty flavor without being too filling.

Appetizer: Bacon Hush Puppies

 

Cook time: 25 minutes

Difficulty level: 3/5

Recipe: here

Everyone loves hush puppies. Not that I’ve done a survey or anything, but based on my intense love for them, I find it inconceivable someone wouldn’t. So why not take something great and make it fantastic? Hush puppies have flavor, but they can do with a little more. Throwing in some bacon bits can really do the trick.

The recipe calls for store-bought bacon bits, but I’d encourage you to just cook up some bacon strips and cut it into tiny pieces. Taking that extra step will go an extra mile in taste. Because they only take 25 minutes to make and serve 10 people, they make the perfect appetizer for the bacon-lovers in your life.

Entrée: Bacon and Onion Tartlette

 

Cook time: about 1 hour

Difficulty level: 5/5 (still not too bad, though)

Recipe: here

Really, what sounds better than bacon, onions, peppers, and cheese all working together to form a scrumptious tartlette? Maybe double bacon. But that’s your call. This delicious meal could also serve as a nice appetizer, but either way, you’ll be pleased with your culinary creation.

While it might seem like it takes a while to make (1 hour), that’s only if you follow the recipe’s portion about creating the pie crust from scratch. If you’re feeling ambitious, go for it! If not, try a store-bought approach; cooking the filling will probably only put you back half an hour, which is a totally reasonable cooking time for such a good dinner.

Dessert: Bacon Caramel Maple Ice Cream

Cook time: a few hours

Difficulty level: 4/5

Recipe: here

Yep, you read that right. Bacon ice cream. Don’t run away. It’s possible for smoky and sweet flavors to combine into a delicious dessert for you and your dinner guests, and this recipe will show you how. Merging contrasting but complimentary tastes can be one of the best things you do for your taste buds!

The recipe involves store-bought bacon caramels, but if you can’t find them or you want to be adventurous, you can try this bacon caramel recipe to use for the ice cream. And don’t be scared off by the cook time; ice cream just involves a lot of freezing, so while you’re preparing dessert, you’ll have time to listen to all of your friends rave about your previous four courses.

Conclusion

This menu will really represent how many ways bacon can work with other foods and combine with other tastes to create original, delectable flavors. When you have an ingredient like bacon that is so well-liked and not very expensive, you have to appreciate its versatility. Good luck cooking, and enjoy each and every course!

This was a guest post written by Christina Jones of Jones Baby Love.   Feel free to stop by and say hello and connect with her on twitter.

Comments

  1. The ice cream has me cracking up! LOL! Guess you would have to love it THAT much to go that far. The rest looks great!

  2. Nichol says:

    We love bacon, loved this article. We have had it for every meal including desserts and snacks. So versatile:)

  3. BACON HUSH PUPPIES?????? Oh my word!!! I never even thought….I am totally making those!

  4. Donna says:

    Everything is better with bacon! :)

  5. I’m up for everything but the ice cream. No can do!

  6. I think I could eat all but the ice cream…

  7. It honestly ALL sounds good! Right now I’d love those Bacon Hush Puppies most!

  8. Bacon hushpuppies! Kill me now. You had me with all of them until you got to the ice cream. I love bacon, but don’t think I could do that.

  9. I am a baconholic. I just love you right now. These are some great recipes. I have to try those bacon hushpuppies!!

  10. The bacon ice cream looks scrumptious!

  11. ashley says:

    This is so delicious and yummy..Thanks a lot for sharing this..I hope next time you can post more..Keep up the good work!

  12. Anything with bacon is A-OK in my book. Hey, it’s nature’s candy :)

  13. April Decheine says:

    Love me some Bacon, that Cobb Salad looks so good!

  14. Anne says:

    I’m not sure about the ice cream, but the rest look delicious.

  15. Bacon is my favorite food group :)

  16. So yummy!

  17. Louise says:

    OH wow these all look so yummy

  18. I love bacon, I’ve actually been making myself blt’s for dinner lately….it’s so yummy!

  19. Becca says:

    What a fun post! I could happily eat bacon morning noon and night :)

  20. You had me until the ice cream. I guess I would try it, but…

  21. Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama says:

    I love bacon! Someone was talking about some bacon spread the other day.

  22. Megan says:

    I wonder if this all works for Turkey Bacon too?

  23. I’ve never been a bacon lover, but darn….that looks good!

  24. Mya Maternity says:

    I love bacon on salads, hamburgers, etc… but icecream? I don’t think I would try that.

  25. I love bacon! These all look yummy, well except for the ice cream That just looks and sounds so wrong.

  26. Laurie says:

    We are bacon addicts in our house, the stuff is horrible for us but we love it!

  27. omg the soup and the hush puppies sound awesome. i might have to make them…both…together!!!

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