Bacon: It's What's For Dinner

We've all said it, and most of us believe it, but everything just tastes better with bacon. Whether it's crumbled into a salad, resting atop a cheeseburger, or wrapped around ripe figs, bacon adds that perfect sweet and salty flavor with a healthy dose of fat. OK, maybe not so much healthy as delicious. 

Smoked and cured, bacon strips usually come in thin, regular, or thick slices and it's up to you how you want to buy it. But everyone seems to have their own method of making "the perfect bacon." While we won't get into the varying intricacies of these techniques, there are a few basic methods to cook bacon.

First, you can cook it low and slow in a hot skillet (cast-iron is probably best) over medium to medium-high heat, letting it simmer in its own fat until nice and crisp (just watch out because there will probably be some splattering going on — best not to make this naked or with too much exposed skin). A benefit of this method is the leftover bacon grease that can be used to cook vegetables or eggs in for extra flavor. Or, if you've got a lot going on in the kitchen, you can bake the bacon slices in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Just lay them down on a baking tray, checking on them every so often. After both of these methods, make sure to drain the slices on a paper towel-lined plate while they cool down. 

Lastly, and we haven't tried this, but it's rumored that bacon can be made in a microwave. Yes, we know. It sounds awful. But, if you're really short on time and just want some bacon without excess mess, then you can lay it on a microwave-safe paper towel-lined plate and microwave on high for 4-6 minutes.  

If you've been mildly watching the food scene the past few years, you'll probably have noticed the bacon craze that has hit America. Bacon has found its way into salt, on cupcakes, with chocolate, and  used in both sweet and savory ways. Why? Because everything just tastes better with bacon (wait, did we already say that?). 

Try some of our recipes below and let us know your go-to method for making bacon and eating it too!

Click here to see How to Make Bacon. 


Bacon-Wrapped Pork Roast

This dish is indulgent, there's no doubt about it. But for an intimate dinner party or a particularly chilly evening, this cozy meal is worth the splurge...

— Molly Aronica



Bacon Cupcakes

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— Claire Bullen



BLT Chicken Salad

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— Allison Beck



Bacon-Wrapped Pears

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— Jessica Chou



Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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— Yasmin Fahr



World's Best Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit

Yes, I dared to say it: I think my bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit breakfast sandwich is the best in the world...

— Maryse Chevriere


Bacon-Basted Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

It's a universal fact that everything is better with bacon...

— Ali Rosen




BLT with Saffron Aïoli

Don't worry — that's not mustard in the picture. That would be sacrilege...

— Will Budiaman



Bacon and Swiss Chard Ravioli

Bacon makes everything better, right? Definitely the case with these creamy satisfying ravioli...

— Carly Goldsmith




Chocolate Bacon-Wrapped Dates

When I heard these were on the menu for dessert at a friend's dinner party...

— Terri Ciccone



Bacon and Kale Risotto with Fried Egg

Who doesn't like breakfast for dinner — or risotto for that matter?

— Francesca Borgognone