From pasta dishes to chocolate cupcakes, bacon adds a salty, sweet smokiness to all sorts of dishes.
Here is our guide to cooking creatively with bacon as a key ingredient.
Mix it into pasta: Add a salty crunch to your pasta. Fry up some bacon in a pan and stir it into pasta with Parmesan, egg, fresh cracked black pepper and heavy cream. Pair it with ricotta and butternut squash. Or use it in a traditional spaghetti carbonara with eggs, pepper and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
It’s a wrap … for meat: Wrap bacon around your favorite meat to add a new layer of flavor and seal in the juices. Or try a ready-to-cook bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, beef tenderloin, or chicken thigh – available in our service meat case. For something unique, roast a whole chicken with bacon wrapped all the way around the bird!
Or seafood: Bacon is also a great wrapper for seafood. Wrap it around scallops and broil in the oven for three minutes per side. Serve with toothpicks. Or visit our seafood department for scallops, wrapped and ready to heat and serve, or bacon-wrapped shrimp, tuna or swordfish skewers.
And even for avocado: This simple breakfast will bring everyone around the table! Peel and core an avocado. Carefully place a hard-boiled egg in place of the core and close the avocado around it. Wrap it in bacon and cook it on the stovetop in oil. Drizzle with maple syrup and a spicy sauce, such as Sriracha.
Top that casserole—or mix it in: For your next brunch or potluck, line up slices of bacon in a cross-hatched pattern on top of your favorite breakfast casserole before you bake it in the oven. Or mix it with eggs, cheese and veggies and bake it in!
Blend it into dips, dressings and spread: Stir cut up bacon into a warm and creamy dip with cream cheese, mayonnaise, scallions, mustard and shredded Swiss cheese. Make it a star ingredient in a warm dressing, with red wine vinegar, olive oil and red onions. Or find flavorful options from Stonewall Kitchen in the grocery aisle, such as Bacon Ranch Dressing for your salad or Maple Bacon Aioli for your sandwich. And stop by the cheese department for our Palmetto Bacon Cheese Spread to pair with your favorite baguette or crackers.
Make your dessert a touch more savory: You might be surprised how bacon complements the flavor of sweet recipes. Mix it into your chocolate cupcakes or brownies. Or pair it with your apple pie.