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78 Insanely Delicious Bacon Recipes That Everyone Will Love

By Camille Lowder of Redbook | Slide 1 of 79: Is there anything that can’t be improved by the addition of BACON? We don’t think so! Bacon is an important part of a ton of our favorite apps, sides, mains, and even desserts. Don’t even get us started on how integral it is to the perfect breakfast. Check out our 80 bacon recipes for ideas on what to do with it, but really, you can pretty much go ham… er, bacon!First things first: If you’re going to put it in everything, you’re going to want your bacon to be the best it can be. We like a couple different cooking methods, so we’ve included instructions and tips for success cooking it on the stove, in the oven, in the air fryer, and in the microwave. All will turn out delicious bacon, though some will be more chewy or more crispy, so experiment until you find which you like best.Then you can get to eating bacon for every meal of the day. Looking for a delicious savory breakfast? A bacon, egg, and cheese (BEC) is classic, but don’t feel limited to just enjoying the combo on a sandwich. Check out our crescent breakfast tart, our breakfast bombs, our copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole, our bacon weave breakfast tacos (with bacon instead of tortillas 😋), or our bacon-cheddar oatmeal scones to see how much more you can do with the flavor combo. Want to enjoy bacon for lunch? Go for a classic sandwich, like a BLT or a club sandwich; a burger, like our bacon-beef 50/50 burger or our copycat Carl’s Jr. Bacon Western Cheeseburger; or a hearty salad, like our garlic herb wedge salad or Snoop Dogg’s BBQ chicken Cobb (you’ll flip over how he cooks his bacon). Need a salty, super-satisfying snack? Try our bacon avocado fries, our bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, our cheesy bacon spinach dip, or our bacon-wrapped dates. They make for great party apps too, and you might want to make extra—they’ll go fast.Bacon isn’t as good at carrying an entire meal as, say, steak or chicken, but it can take a dinner from good to GREAT. Check out our one-pan ranch chicken Alfredo, our coq au vin, our bacon-wrapped meatloaf, or our beef bourguignon to see what we mean. Bacon is even welcome in desserts. Maple bacon is a classic combo, of course, but bacon pairs with tons of other sweet flavors too. Try our bacon cannoli, our bacon weave s’mores, our maple bacon cinnamon rolls, or our bacon chocolate roses to see how versatile it can be in sweets treats. Think of it like that little added sprinkle of flaky sea salt we often suggest atop desserts, and try adding bacon to all your faves.One final hot tip for bacon lovers: After cooking it (particularly on the stovetop), save that bacon grease! It’s cooking GOLD. Use it anywhere you’d use oil for a massive flavor boost.

Is there anything that can’t be improved by the addition of BACON? We don’t think so! Bacon is an important part of a ton of our favorite apps, sides, mains, and even desserts. Don’t even get us started on how integral it is to the perfect breakfast. Check out our 80 bacon recipes for ideas on what to do with it, but really, you can pretty much go ham… er, bacon!

First things first: If you’re going to put it in everything, you’re going to want your bacon to be the best it can be. We like a couple different cooking methods, so we’ve included instructions and tips for success cooking it on the stove, in the oven, in the air fryer, and in the microwave. All will turn out delicious bacon, though some will be more chewy or more crispy, so experiment until you find which you like best.

Then you can get to eating bacon for every meal of the day. Looking for a delicious savory breakfast? A bacon, egg, and cheese (BEC) is classic, but don’t feel limited to just enjoying the combo on a sandwich. Check out our crescent breakfast tart, our breakfast bombs, our copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole, our bacon weave breakfast tacos (with bacon instead of tortillas 😋), or our bacon-cheddar oatmeal scones to see how much more you can do with the flavor combo. Want to enjoy bacon for lunch? Go for a classic sandwich, like a BLT or a club sandwich; a burger, like our bacon-beef 50/50 burger or our copycat Carl’s Jr. Bacon Western Cheeseburger; or a hearty salad, like our garlic herb wedge salad or Snoop Dogg’s BBQ chicken Cobb (you’ll flip over how he cooks his bacon). Need a salty, super-satisfying snack? Try our bacon avocado fries, our bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, our cheesy bacon spinach dip, or our bacon-wrapped dates. They make for great party apps too, and you might want to make extra—they’ll go fast.

Bacon isn’t as good at carrying an entire meal as, say, steak or chicken, but it can take a dinner from good to GREAT. Check out our one-pan ranch chicken Alfredo, our coq au vin, our bacon-wrapped meatloaf, or our beef bourguignon to see what we mean. Bacon is even welcome in desserts. Maple bacon is a classic combo, of course, but bacon pairs with tons of other sweet flavors too. Try our bacon cannoli, our bacon weave s’mores, our maple bacon cinnamon rolls, or our bacon chocolate roses to see how versatile it can be in sweets treats. Think of it like that little added sprinkle of flaky sea salt we often suggest atop desserts, and try adding bacon to all your faves.

One final hot tip for bacon lovers: After cooking it (particularly on the stovetop), save that bacon grease! It’s cooking GOLD. Use it anywhere you’d use oil for a massive flavor boost.

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