If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume you’re not vegetarian and do in fact love bacon. Because otherwise, this would be upsetting to you and who wants that? So you love bacon, you already know how to make basic fried bacon (arguably the best thing ever). But you’re probably looking to add more bacon flavor to your foods and your life in general. Well, have we got a treat for you. Here’s a list of 12 ways to have bacon that range from more or less conventional to truly surprising.
1. Maple Bacon Cupcakes
Yeah, you can totally add bacon to your cupcakes for a fun savory twist. It’s not a secret maple syrup and bacon go really well together, so why not top off your cupcakes with maple drenched bacon?
2. Bacon Salt
Bacon is a savory food, there’s no argument about that. And if you’re here, scrolling through this list we’re assuming you want to taste it in most of your savory dishes. Well here’s a clever way to do it without having to cook a side of bacon all the time. Just cook a small batch, grind it up into tiny pieces, mix with salt and add to your salt grinder. Now every time you go to salt something you’ll get bacon flavor in it too.
3. Bacon Jam
It sounds awful, but if you love bacon as much as we think you should try it. It’s honestly a great invention. Cause jam on toast is fine, but bacon jam on toast is in a league of its own. It’s a flavor combo that wins every time.
4. Candied Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese is a basic comfort food. We all love it, we all grew up eating it. But combine it with bacon (or bacon jam) and some jalapeno peppers and you will elevate it to the level of fine cuisine. It’s spicy, it’s smoky, it’s cheesy – makes you salivate just reading about it, doesn’t it?
5. Bacon Cheese Muffins
This is a great breakfast option. You essentially make savory muffins by adding bacon and cheese. And the best thing is you can make these in bulk and just keep them in the fridge and microwave them for breakfast in the morning.
6. Bacon Gum
We’re not saying you can make this at home, but you can definitely buy this online. Bacon gum is a thing that exists. We don’t know why. We also think it’s weird. It probably isn’t something you want to have before a kiss on a date, but hey, you probably want to at least try it once.
7. Bacon Latte
There are places out there that serve maple bacon latte. They add maple as a sweetener, they add a bit of bacon grease to the espresso and they crumble tiny pieces of bacon onto the foam of your latte. It’s a delicacy for bacon lovers.
8. Bacon Pancake Dippers
Bacon and pancakes are a breakfast staple for many, but why not combine them into one thing. You could just make bacon pancake dippers so that the flavors combine and you can just dip the whole thing in maple syrup.
9. Bacon Greens
If you’re struggling to eat your collard greens we suggest you try cooking them with bacon in the same pan. It’ll make your kale and other greens taste better and you’ll be getting your greens down without a problem.
10. Maple Bacon Fudge Brownies
Another dessert option for bacon lovers that might sound strange but is actually yummy. The more crunchy you make the bacon the better. You want that mix of textures – the chewy brownies with crunchy bacon.
11. Bacon Vodka
We’ve all seen those fruit-flavored vodkas. Some of us have even seen dessert flavored vodka. But now there’s an option for those who like their shots to be savoury. Bacon flavored vodka is kind of genius.
12. Bacon Mayo
If you’ve never tried making mayo at home from scratch – we highly recommend you try it. It’ll taste so much better than the store-bought version. But to go the extra mile you can substitute the oil with melted bacon grease. It’ll emulsify just the same but now you have bacon-flavored mayo.