Everything tastes better with bacon, right? If you're like us, bacon for breakfast, alongside fluffy eggs or sweet pancakes, is what you wish you could wake up to every morning. But love for bacon doesn’t have to stop there: try it in desserts for a salty-sweet treat, or incorporate bacon into your favorite dinner recipes. It makes a great addition to corn chowder, macaroni salad, or ravioli, among other dishes.
Bacon in ravioli? Sure. As special contributor Carly Goldsmith says, “Bacon adds a deliciously smoky taste to earthy swiss chard and rich ricotta in the filling.” You can enhance this ravioli recipe with a Basic Tomato Sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and basil — or you could keep it simple and serve it with a drizzle of olive oil.
In dishes like macaroni salad or corn chowder, bacon provides not only added flavor but a pleasurable crunch that such dishes otherwise lack. Or try bacon with scallops, in ramen, or as an addition to corn pudding. It adds a smoky, salty, meaty flavor wherever it appears. Read on for these and more dishes that bacon makes just that much better.
Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad
Traditional macaroni salad is given an extra twist with bacon and avocado. — Patricia Stagich
Bacon and Egg Ramen
Bacon and eggs aren’t just for breakfast. This savory ramen soup is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. — Sidney Harrison