Maple Bacon Caramel Corn Recipes

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Yesterday, I went out with a group of friends to go see the hit movie The Hunger Games. During the coming attractions, I was discussing with a few of them what I should make for my next recipe on the Republic of Bacon. After a short while, my friend, who just happens to be vegan of all things, shouts out “Why don’t you put some bacon on popcorn? That sounds easy enough!” Genius, pure genius. I guess that’s why she’s on her way to getting her PhD. This was a true movie-theatre inspired idea and I was all over it. I decided to take it one step further and make a sweet-and-salty combination. Caramelized bacon a top a home-made maple caramel corn.

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High Class: Bacon and Beer Pairing

One of the things that we love about bacon is that it’s a very egalitarian kind of food product. Bacon is not usually the first thing that leaps to mind when you think about fancy meals. People from all walks of life, many cultures, and of all levels of income. Bacon has a reputation for being a delicious, hearty food for people on a budget, and gives a wonderful, deep flavour for many simple dishes. Bacon’s reasonable price, and full flavour, means that a little can go a long way, and that even striaghtforward food can be elevated by bacon’s deliciousness.

Bacon can also be successfully prepared by just about everyone, regardless of culinary skill. One of the first things that college students tend to master when they’re on their own for the first time (aside from macaroni and cheese) is bacon. Even someone who burns toast can crisp some bacon and fry eggs in a pan.

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The Monster Muffaletta Sandwich Recipe

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Have you ever eaten a sandwich and thought, “Wow, I wish there was more stuff on this sandwich”? Does this happen to you a lot? Do you always feel like you need a little something extra? Well, boy, do I have a sandwich for you. The Muffaletta. It is so absolutely fabulous that it has become the signature sandwich of New Orleans. Yeah… it’s that good. It’s claim to fame? The monster bread piled high with cold cuts, cheese and a signature olive salad. Let’s take it to the next level with smoked provolone, buffalo mozzarella, a fire roasted pepper, grilled eggplant and… wait for it… Bacon. I know. You saw that coming, right? And if you’re wondering: Yes, everything below is going on our sandwich. Get excited.

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Bacon and the Tale of the Million Dollar Tastebuds

Like many bacon lovers, I am profoundly grateful for my tastebuds. Every time I take a bite of a delicious BLT or sink my teeth into a perfectly crispy strip of bacon all on its own, I thank each and every lovely little bud that’s currently sending signals to my brain letting me know exactly how delicious my meal is. The humble taste bud doesn’t always get the attention that is deserves, and taste can sometimes play second fiddle to showier senses like hearing and sight. But in our opinion here at the Republic of Bacon, taste is one of the most important things in our lives, in particular because it allows us to enjoy all the wonderful things that taste like bacon.

One man, however, values his tastebuds so much that he recently had them insured for ?1 million. Keith Fisher is a butcher in the UK who has built a sterling reputation on the work of cured pork products, primarily based on his love for – and astonishing ability to taste pork products. While it might seem impossible, it turns out that Mr. Fisher can differentiate between over 50,000 cuts and cures of bacon. Yes, that number is correct. Fisher can correctly identify every single variety of bacon from every single producer in the world, from artisanal producers to huge corporations. With tastebuds like that, there is no small wonder he wants them to be protected!

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Bacon Love Friday: Bacon on the Grill

Spring has come very early to a lot of North America, and if you are anything like me you are absolutely loving it. If global warming means that I get to relax on a patio with a beer in March, then I am hard pressed to complain. The unseasonable warmth has gotten a lot of people thinking about summer a little earlier than usually, and in addition to putting away all of our sweaters and starting to get into bikini shape, thinking about summer means thinking about barbeque.

While most picture bacon sizzling away in a pan, this King of Meats also works wonders smoking on a hot grill. In honour of the heat and the happiness that has come with us, for this Bacon Love Friday I thought I would pass on some of my favourite ways to grill bacon.

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Gyro-Style Lamb Burgers Recipe

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Here at the Republic of Bacon, we like to explore many different types of food from many different regions. I, personally, like to experiment to see how well bacon fits into cuisines that traditionally do not cook with bacon. For example, I added bacon to a curry-style quinoa for some stuffed peppers and topped some Chinese bok choi with a gorgeous bacon glaze. Through my culinary endeavours, I found that bacon works extremely well in Greek cuisine so I decided to run with that. Again, the Toronto weather has been a tad ridiculous for March so BBQing was a must. Lamb burgers it was… and delicious they turned out to be. Here, I used a home-made Gyro spice mixture I got from the Kayotic Kitchen (since I had absolutely no clue what went into them prior), but you could use any of your favourite Greek seasonings for the ground lamb.

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Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe – Ultimate Recipe

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Yes. You read that correctly; a perfect filet mignon is EASY! (Cooking these Bacon and Eggs is actually harder) Just follow the steps below and get perfect results EVERY time. When you’re dealing with such a glorious (and expensive) cut of meat, you don’t want to complicate things. It’s expensive for a reason – because it’s delicious! We just want to enhance it. How do we do that? Bacon, of course. Couple that with a simple seasoning and some vegetables of choice and you’ve got a meal fit for a king.

I decided to throw together some sautéed pearl onions and shitake mushrooms in rosemary red wine reduction over top, plus some goat cheese mashed potatoes on the side, but you can put anything you like! If you want the detailed steps on how to make those, just ask!

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The Better Bacon Book: Tech and E-Publishing

When you think about bacon, I am pretty sure that “high-tech” is not what immediately leaps to mind. While bacon has certainly become more of a pop-culture phenomenon before, gaining more fame and loyal fans than ever before thanks to the power of the internet, bacon itself still comes from very humble origins. People have been enjoying bacon in some form since ancient Rome, and our own culture has written lovingly about bacon since at least the Middle Ages. With such a long and storied history behind it, it’s not often that we think of bacon in the context of cutting edge technology.

That said, the as high-tech gadgets further saturate our daily lives more and more each day, bacon has proved itself to be one of those products that adapts to high-tech applications extremely well. A prime example of a new book that is taking the world by storm: The Better Bacon Book, just released from Open Air Publishing. What makes this excellent guide to all things bacon unique is not just the engaging text, lovely illustrations and photography, and easy-to-read step-by-step instructions. What has both the bacon and tech worlds abuzz is that this book does not exist as a physical object; it is available only as an electronic text, an e-book, and is available exclusively for the iPad.

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Bacon Love Friday: Creative Bacon Salads

Even I have to admit that, ever now and again, I get a craving for a vegetable. If only to fend off the scurvy, we all have to take a break from wrapping bacon around various other delicious meats and starches and snack on something fresh and leafy. With spring just around the corner too, our grocery stores and farmer’s markets are starting to fill up with beautiful fresh produce, and after a cold winter devoted to eating a lot of comfort food, something fresh and clean can be just what you need to get the pep back in your step.

Just because you’re in the mood to have a salad doesn’t mean you have to forgo the bacon. There is a long an illustrious tradition of adding bacon to salad as a delicious topping. But what if you don’t want to go the traditional route and just scatter some delightful bacon but crumbles over your lettuce leaves? For this edition of Bacon Love Friday, we’re going to look at some new and novel ways to get more bacon into your spring salads.

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St. Patrick’s Day Crispy Potatoes Recipes

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What better to cook on the day of the most commonly known patron saint of Ireland than some potatoes… with some green stuff! Well, a spinach pesto to be exact. I know I know, pesto isn’t particularly Irish, but I felt it would pair remarkably with some crispy roasted potatoes. Some cooking fusion is always welcome in my house. These things are like thicker potato chips with a gorgeous fresh hit. They could pair alongside almost any protein you could imagine – and they’re super easy, too! I decided to make a spinach pesto to tone down the sharpness a little bit, plus keep with the green theme.

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