Bacon is my favourite food, full stop. There is no edible or comestible in all the world that can overthrow my love for the crispy, salty, meaty perfection of bacon. However, were I to admit any kind of rival to bacon’s sway over my heart, it would be pie. The Republic of Bacon loves pie, too!
My love for pie goes back to my earliest childhood. My mother was a fantastic baker, and I have fond memories of sitting on the kitchen counter watching her carefully cut cold butter into flour to make a homemade pie crust. Whether cinnamon kissed apples or luscious pumpkin or decadently sweet pecans were destines to fill that crust, I always knew the pie was going to be good. Homemade pie was one of the first dishes I perfected when I was learning to cook for myself, something I learned out of sheer desperation for pie that was just as delicious as what I remembered from my childhood (most store-bought stuff can’t hold a candle to the real think). Pie remains my most beloved comfort food, something my mom can always count on to bribe me with.
Luckily, I don’t always have to pit bacon and pie against each other in a kind of culinary death match (although that does down fun and delicious). Many inspired chefs have come up with creative ways to combine bacon and pie, resulting in what can only be described as edible nirvana.
Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie
For the a savoury slice of comfort food heaven that somehow manages to also seen reasonable, I always turn to Nigella Lawson’s Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie. I like the fact that these are made in lovely individual servings, which makes them even cuter and somehow tastier. While it’s certainly a it rich, this pie is also not over the top, and is just the thing.
Bacon Breakfast Pie
For something a little bit more ridiculous, I came across this bacon breakfast pie option a while ago and think it may be the perfect hangover cure. The light and flaky crust conceals buttery eggs, bacon, sausage and rich gravy. While this is no means a diet food, it is unreasonably tasty and a great way to indulge yourself.
Chocolate Bacon Pie
And, of course, I couldn’t be a pie lover without suggesting some sweet bacon pie options. One of my favourite discoveries to this end is the Chocolate Bacon Pie. The crust itself is infused with the rich, smoky flavour imparted by bacon fat. The recipe calls for high-quality, belgian Callebaut chocolate, which is always a good sign. The dark, luscious filling is topped by crispy, crumbly bacon bits. I can’t think of anything that could possibly go better with a cup of coffee and a long afternoon of relaxing.
If I have learned anything from the process of writing this particular post, it is that you should never feel pressured to have to choose one beloved food over another. Instead, find a way to combine them!