The Top 10 Best Bacon Sandwich Recipes

Well, we know you all loved our top 10 favorite breakfast bacon recipes. So today, and without further ado, here’s our list of our favourite bacon sandwich recipes. Enjoy!

1. Egg Sandwich with Spinach, Brie and Maple Bacon

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Brie is sort of the greatest thing ever (aside from bacon). It has an incredible odour part of its charm. Melt that sucker over some bacon and I can almost (almost) overlook the fact this baby has some spinach on it. I know, I know – spinach tastes fine. It’s just that I know that bacon and spinach are mortal enemies and want to remain forever apart.

2. Candied Bacon Sandwich

This one isn’t much beyond some candied bacon between a couple pieces of bread. But any excuse to eat candied bacon, and I’m willing to go for it. The plus of eating it as a sandwich means that anyone calls you on the fact you are kind of eating dessert, you can point out that it’s actually lunch.

3. Grilled Cheese, Apple and Bacon Sandwich

You know how I said above that it’s irritating that a sandwich would have both bacon and spinach? This sandwich avoids the problem of spinach and bacon contact by substituting sweet apple instead. Mmmm. They use “cheese” in their recipe, but you could try using brie. Just suggesting.

4. Bacon, Fig and Pork Sandwich

Yah, that’s right. Bacon and figs. DEAL WITH IT, OKAY? I’m already very angry that this is not in my mouth right this moment. I demand the universe fix this situation immediately.

5. Chipotle Guacamole and Bacon Sandwich

You had me at “Chipotle.” And then you sealed the deal with “Guacamole.” And, I of course knew that was the truest love that could be because bacon was clearly included in there. I’m naming my children in honour of this sandwich.

6. Bacon, Cheese and Pickle Sandwich

This is kind of a down home version of the Rouladen that we showcased last week, except in sandwich form. I’m particularly excited about what the pickle will do to the cheese. I can only imagine it will be breathtaking.

7. Barbecued Brisket and Bacon Sandwich

This dish is sort of a bit of a cross-cultural tease. Jewish cuisine is famous for crafting beautiful briskets; however, they are also famous for not having a fondness for bacon. Clearly, someone needed to fix this situation, and I’m glad they did.

8. Elvis Bacon Sandwich

Elvis is famous for many things: his music, his leisure suits, his hair. But the one thing we here at the Republic of Bacon love most about him was his bacon innovation. His sandwich – the Elvis Sandwich – is a genius combination of peanut butter, bacon, bananas and marshmallow fluff. You really have to hand it to the man. He knows how to hit a home run.

9. Bacon, Pear and Brie Sandwich

You can tell I like bacon and cheese together, right? Yeah. I thought so.

10. Chicken Club Sandwich

Any mention of great bacon sandwiches needs to save some room for a traditional chicken club sandwich. A great meal to have at brunch, lunch or dinner, it’s also a popular hangover-remedy snack. Clearly, the gods of bacon were smiling on us the day the Chicken Club sandwich was born.

Twelve of the Best Bacon Appetizer Recipes

With summer’s clock quickly winding down (it’s almost September already?!?), we are all trying to cram as much summer fun into our warm days and nights as possible. BBQs, of course, remain the go-to get-together. But even with all of that meat and drink drawing your guests, you still have to prepare some nibblies for the wait between their steak order and when it’s finished on the grill.

Best Bacon Appetizer Recipes

With that in mind, I’ve gathered together some great bacon-related appetizer recipes. Follow us after the link for the top twelve.

1. Bacon Pops! Goat Cheese Pops with Herbs, Pecan and Bacon. These are like little bacon lollipops. If the words, “bacon lollipops” doesn’t make you immediately toss your laptop off your lap and rush into the kitchen to make something, anything that resembles bacon lollipops, I think you might be reading the wrong website.

2. Baked Potato Skin Appetizers with Bacon and Cheese. These feel like they’d slide really easily onto any BBQ menu. And then, just as easily, slide into your guest’s bellies.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken BitsLittle chicken bites doused in spicy brown sugar and wrapped in bacon. All you need to know.

4. Bacon and Eggs Appetizer. Not only does this appetizer combine bacon and eggs in a delicious way, it is also served on a little spoon, making rapid consumption relatively easy and greasy-finger-free.

5. Bacon-Wrapped Bananas with Apricot Glaze. I’m sorry. Were you talking to me? I couldn’t hear you. I was too busy paying attention to BACON-WRAPPED BANANAS.

6. Bacon Mushroom Appetizers. For all those fun-guys out there! (Yes, I am allowed to make ridiculous jokes.)

7. Duck Breast and Bacon-Pineapple AppetizerThis recipe is for all those times when you have duck breast kicking around your kitchen. Kidding, of course, but it’s always good to try something new, isn’t it?

8. Peanut Butter, Scallion, and Bacon Appetizers. As Samuel Johnson said on his deathbed in the 18th century, “When one is weari’d of bacon and the buttered peanuts, one is tired of life.”

9. Bacon Appetizer Crescents. This new century has been definitely the Century of the Mash-Up. So why not mash-up some crescent rolls with a few bacon slices? All the hipsters are doing it.

10. Bacon and Cheddar Devilled Eggs. We will give you this list of a few Christmas appetizer recipes below, including the Devilled Eggs. But like white shoes, devilled eggs are no longer confined to a specific time period. Those eggs are dying to see the sun, too!

11. Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Shrimp Recipe. Rachel Ray promises me that this will only take sixteen minutes. And when she promises something, she really means it. So, if you are concerned that other app recipes leave too much time between thinking about shrimp, bacon and pineapple and the consuming of shrimp, bacon, and pineapple, this one has you covered.

12. Bacon and Cream Cheese Roll-Ups. The creator of this recipe advises getting out-of-the-way of the tray when it is served, lest you get hurt by stampeding partygoers.

BONUS: Five Amazing and Easy Bacon Appetizers for the Holidays

Bacon Appetizers for the Holidays

The holiday party season is upon us. My favourite part of the holidays is definitely all the eating that goes with it, particularly when that eating includes some bacon.

I’m also a big fan of making things for the holidays that have as few steps as possible between the ingredients and eating those ingredients. The holidays are for enjoying yourself with friends, not sweating in a kitchen.

On that note, here’s five delicious bacon-based appetizers that require minimal cooking.

1. Bacon-wrapped fruit

The easiest-peasiest recipe possible. Take your favourite fruit. Chop it up into pieces. Wrap some cooked bacon that has been cut into strips around the fruit. Skewer away. And voila! You are instantly everyone’s favourite host/hostess. The best fruits are melon-y ones like cantaloupe or mango. The flavour of these fruit complement the flavour of bacon. However, other tropical fruits can also be surprisingly delicious, like kiwi. If you use a sturdy fruit like pineapple, you can actually wrap the fruit before you bake the bacon in the oven. This will make the flavour of the bacon and the pineapple mix. Mmmmmm. I’m getting hungry! We found a great pineapple recipe from the people at Zesty Cook.

2. Bacon-wrapped scallops

Pretty much like the same idea as the fruit, except for this you’ll definitely have to cook each portion and cook them separately. Sear the scallops in a medium-hot pan with some butter and oil (or bacon grease!). When you are searing them, try not to move them around. Just let them cook for about a minute and a half. After that, flip them to let them cook on the other side for another minute. Remove, let them cool, and wrap with bacon. Skewer ‘em up. And then enjoy your very own surf n’ turf.

Stephanie from CopyKat Recipes has made a delicious Bacon Wrapped Scallop dish.

3. Bacon and chicken wraps

Cook your chicken until it’s browned but tender. A good way to do this is on a George Foreman-type grill, but any old cooking method will do. And you won’t need too much – one boneless chicken breast is enough. Cook your bacon. Wrap thin strips of that bacon around a little sandwich of an olive and a small piece of chicken. If you are doing this before your party, you can store the apps in the fridge and then heat them for about ten minutes in the oven. The gooey olivey goodness will put everyone into the Christmas cheer. BakedBree.com sure knows how to make a good chicken bacon wrap!

4. Peanut-bacon toasts

This one sounds a little low-brow, but it’s a great treat for kids. Take some extra-thin bread and cover about four slices with your favourite peanut butter. Cut the bread into ninths – cut each piece three times vertically and three times horizontally. Wrap each piece with some bacon. (You’ll probably have to cut the bacon into strips so that it wraps properly.) Put the pieces on a tray and pop into the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This sort of recipe calls for all sorts of variations. A nutella version would probably work out great. BokehBunny made it with Peanut-bacon French Toast!

5. Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs

It’s devilled eggs, with a cheesy-bacon filling. For this, you’ll have to cook some bacon until its super crispy – crispy enough to fall apart when you crumble it. Then, take twelve hardboiled eggs. Cut them lengthwise and scoop out the yolks. Mash the yolks in a bowl with about half a cup of mayo, two tablespoons of cheese that’s been grated, a tablespoon of Dijon, and your crumbled bacon (about four slices). Add salt and pepper to taste. When it’s all mixed up, scoop it back into the eggs. It’s probably a good idea to make more than just twenty-four for a big party: these things will go fast. Feels Like Home Blog mentions this awesome recipe.

How about you? Do you have any bacon-related apps you like to bring out at the holiday time?

The Ultimate Bacon and Eggs Recipe – Bacon Cups

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    Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes
The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe – Bacon Cups

Breakfast is totally under appreciated. It is the most important meal of the day, but people tend to rush out of the house and substitute it with an energy bar, a glass of juice or nothing at all! I say we end this madness!

Bacon and eggs are the quintessential breakfast, but, to be frank, that’s kind of boring. How about we add a little flare? How bout we make it so that things can be prepped ahead of time? How bout we make it friggin’ delicious?! This might be a bit, bullish. But I am going to state that this is by far the Best Bacon and Eggs Recipe Ever! What I love about this recipe is you can substitute pretty much anything into it.

Ingredients

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Ingredients

8 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

4 slices Dempster’s sliced bread (your choice)

150g Baby Spinach

4 Eggs

¼ cup Grated Gruyere

2 cloves Garlic

3 tbsp Olive Oil

Non-stick cooking spray

Salt and Pepper

Makes 4 Breakfast Cups

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 400°F

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Preheat your oven to 400°F

2. Mince up your cloves of garlic well and toss them into a large pan or wok with your olive oil. Fry that garlic until it turns golden and fragrant.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 2

3. Throw in your spinach and cover with a lid. I said 150g because that’s how much was listed on my package of spinach. Just cook the whole bag/package. It cooks down to nothing, I swear.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 3

4. While you’re spinach is doing its thing, go ahead and fry your 8 strips of bacon. But WAIT. Don’t cook them all the way through. Cool them until they’ve released a little bit of fat and are still very soft. 5 minutes, tops.

5. Take the lid off your spinach. Everything should have wilted by now. Even if it didn’t, continue to stir it up until everything is cooked. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper and set it aside.

Tip – everything I’ve done up until now (incuding par-cooking the bacon) can be done ahead of time. The rest of the recipe is just assembly and baking. Please don’t preheat your oven the day before, though.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 5

6. Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray, then place 4 rounds of bread into the bottom of your muffin tins.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 6

7. Add some shredded gruyere

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 7

8. Put some spinach down.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 8

9. Line the perimeter of the cups with 2 strips of bacon.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 9

10. Carefully crack an egg in the middle.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe: Step 10

11. Top with more cheese (of course, more cheese)

12. Pop them in the oven for about 8 minutes, or until the whites have gone…. White. You can leave them in longer if you like your yolks more firm.

13. Serve with an extra shredding of gruyere and any leftover spinach.

This twist on a classic breakfast will be sure to impress your girlfriend and is easy enough to make her think you are a master chef.

The Ultimate Bacon And Eggs Recipe – Bacon Cups: done

What do you think? Best Bacon and Eggs Recipe ever?

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe – Ultimate Recipe

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    Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 15 mins
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe – Ultimate Recipe

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!

Ingredients

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Ingredients

3 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

3 pieces Filet Mignon

3 tbsp Olive Oil

3 tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper

1 tbsp Salt

Directions

1. Grab a plate and season it. Yes, we’re seasoning the plate, not the meat! Add your olive oil, salt and black pepper and mix it around.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Directions

2. Wrap each one of your filets with a strip of bacon. No toothpick necessary. It will hold together on its own.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Directions

3. Rub your steaks in your seasoned plate. Get them all seasoned up nicely. All over. All sides. Nice and seasoned. Anybody that tells you not to salt your steaks before you grill them because they’ll “dry-out” is full of you-know-what. The only way you can dry out a steak is if you submerge it in a tub of salt and let it sit for a month. That’s not going to happen here.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Directions

4. Now here’s the most important part of the whole process: Wait. Let it sit for at LEAST a half hour. I waited for about an hour. Not only will this let the seasonings penetrate the steak, it is EXTREMELY important for the steak to be room temperature before we cook it. Since this is such a thick cut of meat, cooking it cold will mean it will be burnt on the outside, and raw on the inside. If the steak is at room temperature we will get a much more even temperature profile through the meat.

5. After we’ve waited for the steak to come to temperature, we can now throw it on the grill. Get your grill nice and hot. Preheat it on high for about 20 minutes. The perfect grilling process is three simple steps:

The Sear: Over high heat, grill the steaks on each side for three minutes with the lid closed.

The Roast: After you’ve completed the sear, turn your burners down to medium or medium-low and cook your steaks for an additional 3-4 minutes per side for a beautiful pink medium. (A couple minutes less for medium rare, a couple minutes more for medium well. Well done is a sin)

The Rest: After you’ve cooked your steak, you need to wait! If you cut into it right away, all the juices will run out and you’ll be left with a dry mess. Let the steak sit for five or ten minutes to let the juices redistribute. It will seem like five hours, but it will be worth it.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Roast

6. Top with your veg, taters on the side, and melt into your chair as the steak melts in your mouth. You can thank me later.

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon Recipe Done

2 Best Deep Chicken Fried Bacon Recipes That You Will NEVER Want to Miss

Chicken Fried Bacon’s Deliciousness Helped Make Bacon Popular

A lot of things have made bacon as popular as it is today. But some of bacon’s current success is due to a particular dish: chicken fried bacon.

Today, I thought I’d give you a peek into where this dish came from, how it grew in popularity and what exactly “chicken fried bacon” is. The crazy and mouthwatering details follow after the jump.

Chicken Fried Bacon: The Basics

Chicken Fried Bacon is exactly what it sounds like. To make it, you dip bacon in chicken-flavoured batter and then deep fry it. It’s usually served with “white” gravy – the creamy country gravy you see served with a lot of southern dishes.

Chicken Fried Bacon was invented by Frank Sodolak at his restaurant, Sodolak’s Original Country Inn.

Sodolak is no longer sure of when he invented it, but it was apparently created at some point in the late 90s. He was fooling around with the deep fryer one night and putting stuff into it (I have a feeling that this is how most major world-changing discoveries are made). At one point, he threw in some strips of bacon.

And voila, chicken-fried bacon!

Chicken Fried Bacon: The How To

The exact method of preparation that Sodolak uses is as follows: he takes some uncooked bacon and then dips it twice in a prepared mixture of flour and milk. Then he puts these slices in his frying apparatus for about three to four minutes. After that, he takes it out and serves it with a bowl of country gravy.

Just a note, though: Frank Sodolak serves this dish – several strips of deep-fried bacon – as an appetizer.

Chicken Fried Bacon and the Bacon Revolution

Chicken fried bacon may have been a 90s invention, but its real popularity began in the mid 2000s. In about 2006, it exploded in popularity, due partially to the video below. In it, Frank Sodolak talks about creating chicken fried bacon. You also get a whole bunch of shots of chicken fried bacon and people enjoying the chicken fried bacon. It’s pretty mesmerizing.

Chicken Fried Bacon and the Bacon Revolution

Since the spread of this video, chicken fried bacon has become a popular dish. In 2008, it won the Texas State Fair for “Best Tasting” dish. As well, there are many restaurants around the U.S. that have been inspired by the video, and have started serving it. In fact, the infographic from a few days ago suggests that this dish has been one of the main trends that helped spark the renaissance of bacon.

But What Does it Taste Like?

The general consensus is that chicken fried bacon tastes pretty darned good. Sodolak says that some people at his restaurant only eat two servings of it as a meal, rather than as just an appetizer.

reviewer of Sodolak’s restaurant says that, “The taste is rather subtle — a more peppery bacon would probably work out wonderfully — and the strips are surprisingly light on your stomach.” Some folks might have listened to this advice: the chicken fried bacon that won the Texas State Fair was a pepper variety.

What do you think of chicken fried bacon? Do you think you would ever make it at home?

There are dozens of variations of the Chicken Fried Bacon recipe in every family’s kitchen and restaurant. But here we introduce two great recipes that help bring the flavor of smoked meat to a new level.

Let’s go with them!

#1. Chicken Fried Bacon Recipe Supreme

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    20 Minutes
Chicken Fried Bacon Recipe Supreme

I have a friend from Texas, and she told me that she was making “Chicken Fried Steak” one night for her boyfriend. Obviously, I asked “What the heck is Chicken Fried Steak?!” To make a long story short, she explained that it was a tenderized steak that was dipped in batter and deep fried like chicken, hence chicken fried. She went on to explain that “anything could be chicken fried”, which got me thinking… what about bacon?

Chicken Fried Bacon needs something to go with it, though. You could make traditional southern gravy to top it, yes, but I was thinking something along the lines of another meat to compliment it. If I can do Chicken fried Bacon, what about Bacon Fried Chicken. Imagine: Chicken Fried Bacon, with Bacon Fried Chicken. Stay tuned for the details of the latter, soon.

Now this recipe couldn’t be easier. Make the batter, dip the bacon in the batter, and fry it. Here we go!

Ingredients

For Batter:

15 Strips Maple Leaf Bacon

1 ½ cups All Purpose flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 cup buttermilk

2 Eggs

1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tbsp. Chilli Powder

1 tbsp Paprika

Salt and Pepper

Directions

1. Like I said, this dish is SUPER easy. Combine all your dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk them together until they are combined nicely.

2. Add your eggs and your milk to the mixture and continue to whisk until all the lumps have gone and the mixture is smooth. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes.

3. Once the batter has rested, dip a strip of bacon in, swirl it around and then throw it in a pan of vegetable oil or a deep fryer at 350°F. Now don’t literally throw it. You’ll burn yourself, and then probably sue me. So here I am saying it, don’t literally throw it – now you can’t sue, haha!

4. Fry the bacon for 10 minutes, until the outside is crispy and brown.

Eat the crispy bacony goodness.

#2. Bacon Fried Chicken Recipe Stuffed with Kindness

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Bacon Fried Chicken Recipe Stuffed with Kindness

In Chicken Fried Bacon Recipe Supreme recipe, I introduced you all to the magic of Chicken Fried Bacon. I also alluded to the possibility of combining it with something equally as wonderful – Bacon Fried Chicken.

In this, we are using only the fat from the bacon to fry the chicken. Does that mean we are not using the bacon meat itself? Hell no! That would be a travesty punishable by lethal injection (don’t think the republic passed that law yet).

When I was researching the best way to prepare this dish, I came across a recipe from a place called Cap’n Charlie’s. After reading through the details, I knew I had to use it. It was perfect. They named it their “Bits-of-Bacon Fried Chicken”. The recipe is designed such that not only are you using ONLY the bacon fat to fry the chicken, the little bits of bacon will adhere themselves to the outside of the pieces of chicken – a crispy bacon crust, if you will.

A word of WARNING: you must be gentle when frying your chicken. I was not, and I didn’t get a nice even bacon-crust on all my pieces of chicken. So learn from me, treat your chicken with care. Love your chicken. Love your chicken like you love your mother…or your bacon.

Ingredients

12 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

3 Maple Leaf Prime Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 cup Buttermilk

1 Egg yolk

1 cup All Purpose flour

1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper

Salt and pepper

Directions

1. Cut chicken breasts into strips, kind of like chicken fingers. What am I talking about, these are exactly like chicken fingers.

2. In a resealable plastic bag, put in your buttermilk and egg yolk. Shake it up to break the egg yolk and distribute it throughout the milk, then throw in your chicken pieces. Shake it up again to make sure everything is coated and whack it in the fridge.

3. Marinate your chicken for at least an hour. Overnight is best.

4. Once your chicken is ready, take it out of the fridge and dredge each piece in flour that’s been seasoned with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Set this aside.

5. Dice bacon into very small pieces. Place this diced bacon in cold frying pan and spread it out over the surface of the pan. Place chicken on top of bed of bacon and fry slowly until chicken is cooked and the outside is crispy. Now this is going to take a little bit. Probably at least 15 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken pieces. But just remember, be gentle. Turn your chicken gently.

6. Once the chicken is done (you might have to sacrifice a piece or two to check the doneness), dry everything on some paper towel, then serve alongside your Chicken Fried Bacon.

Is there any match better than Bacon Fried Chicken with Chicken Fried Bacon?

International Bacon Day

And how did you celebrate this past long-weekend, bacon lovers? Did you spend some time at the cottage, swimming in the lake or sunbathing with family and friends? Did you go camping or hiking? Or perhaps did you stay home, reading peacefully on the front porch in the morning and barbecuing in the back yard later in the day?

Though it’s often a sign that summer is coming to a close (and the most ominous sign of back to school season) the long weekend at the beginning of September might be one of my favourite weekends of the year.

International Bacon Day

Of course, it’s not just the promise of cooler Autumn days and the excitement of new classes that makes this weekend extra-special, not is it just Labour Day (which takes place the first Monday of September in the United States and here in Canada). Nope, the other reason that this weekend is so special is that the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend is one of the most important North American holidays for Bacon Lovers: International Bacon Day.

The Origin of International Bacon Day

This tasty end-of-the-summer holiday was founded in 2000 by a bunch of graduate students in Bedford, MASS. Three students – Alexa Haflord, Seth Rittenhouse and Evan Salim – decided that bacon was so delicious it deserved its own holiday. They started a blog and celebrated that first bacon day cooking and eating their favourite food. Since it’s inception, the holiday has spread all over the United States and up to Canada. Participants in the annual International Bacon Day celebrations often chant “bacon is a vegetable!” to indicate their love and appreciation for this most perfect meat.

International Bacon Day Celebrations

Every city that recognizes International Bacon Day has a unique way of celebrating the occasion. The most important part of the celebrations, however, is the cooking and eating of bacon. As long as you have this covered, there is nothing stopping you from having your own International Bacon Day wherever you are!

This year, I celebrated International Bacon Day by combining two of my favourite foods in the entire universe: I whipped up a huge batch of super mac and cheese – which is not only loaded with rich cheese goodness, but also features smoked bacon, veggies, and crunchy bacon crumbs – for me and my friends. There was something about the combination of comfort food and bacon that seemed just about perfect – saying goodbye to all the great fun that was summer, and welcoming in the new start of Autumn.

Iowa Officially Declares Bacon Day

Well, Iowa is starting to look a lot like heaven on earth for bacon lovers. Aside from the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, (an event which happened last Saturday, and which we’ll give you the full details on in a different post), the state legislature decided to name February 26th the state’s Official Bacon Day. We think that every day should be named an Official Bacon Day, but one day is a good start. More info, and the full text of this historic and ground-breaking declaration, follows after the jump.

A Day That Will Go Down in History

Iowa is a bacon-happy place. Nearly 5% of their state’s income comes from the production of it, and they are the U.S.’s biggest producers of pork products. It’s no surprise that they’d host what is probably the biggest bacon festival in the country, and that their state legislature would be so happy to promote it.

Even so, the declaration shows to what extent the state is bacon-crazy. They even say that Iowa is famous for bacon – “nature’s perfect food”! Here’s what the state officials officially put onto the record when they declared Saturday, February 26th, Official Bacon Day:

“WHEREAS, the people of Maine have lobster, the people of Idaho grow great potatoes, and the folks of Texas make great chili, we Iowans have bacon —nature’s perfect food; and WHEREAS, whether plain or apple-wood smoked, whether store-bought or artisan-made, bacon is a meat for any meal; and WHEREAS, as America’s top pork producer, Iowa stands tall as the nation’s source of high-quality bacon; and WHEREAS, the 4th annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival is set for Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Des Moines; NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That the House of Representatives recognizes February 26, 2011, as Iowa Bacon Day and invites all Iowans to take part in the festival and to celebrate bacon.”

Iowa: An Inspiration For Us All

Surely this is a declaration that we can all be inspired by. We should also struggle to have it implemented wherever we live. After all, Canada has a lot of great bacon and bacon products – we are the home of Maple Leaf Foods, for instance – and we really need to recognize the importance of bacon to our national economy. And to our national mood! What food can make the long and cold mornings of our winters even bearable? The only food that could do this, is – as the Iowans say – “nature’s perfect food.” BACON.

It Shall Hereafter Be Known As The Day of Bacon

So, what are we going to do about it? I would like you to spend some time thinking about how important bacon is to your life. If you feel as strongly about as bacon as I do, please call your government representative and ask them – no, tell them! – that we need an official bacon day in Canada. In the meantime, to endure the pain of having to wait for this announcement, I recommend eating some bacon.

Baconized Pasta Salad Recipe – Best Pasta Salad Recipe

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    Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 10 min

I’m telling ya, salad is making a comeback this summer. As long as I keep pairing them with bacon, I don’t know how they could go wrong.

This recipe is a Momma Chef Bacon special. She made this for me when I came to visit last week. It was quite a scorcher outside so she wasn’t in the mood to get the oven or stove going for more than a pot of water (or bacon, there’s always time for bacon). Everything else is cool, crisp and refreshing. Great for a side dish or a full meal! Now I forgot to add in the onion when I photographed this, but it makes a great addition to the dish.

Also, the white vinegar gives a great tang that isn’t there without it. You might be sceptical, but it’s a necessary ingredient.

Baconized Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients

8 strips Maple Leaf Bacon

1 lb Pasta (Fuscilli or Rotini)

2 tins Tuna (in oil)

¼ cup Mayo

3 tbsp White Vinegar

1 Pepper

2 stalks Celery

2 Carrots

½ Red Onion

3 tbsp Olive oil

Salt and Pepper

Directions

1. Get the pot of salted water on the stove. Bring that bad boy to a boil.

2. Cut your bacon into strips again and fry ‘em up! Childsplay! Well, not really. Get your kid away from the stove. Reserve the fried bacon on a paper towel and leave it to cool.

3. Grab your pepper and celery and give them a good wash. Dice them up along with the carrots and onion.

4. I was able to dice up everything nice and fine before my water started to boil. Aim for that!

5. Grab your pasta. I used fuscilli. You can use whatever you like. Short works best here. I like the curls of the fuscilli so everything in the salad can get in between and mix together. Boil according to your package instructions. When it’s done, drain and toss in a bit of olive oil and leave to cool. The olive oil is so the pasta doesn’t stick together.

6. In a large bowl, empty your cans of tuna. I used the tuna in oil so it wasn’t as dry as the one in water.

7. Smash this up with a fork nice and fine.

8. Add your mayo and vinegar. Give that a good mix.

9. Stir in your veggies that you’ve diced nice and fine.

10. Mmmmm …Wonderful vegetables.

11. Grab your cooled pasta and mix that together with your tuna/veg mix, season with salt and pepper and add in your bacon. Plate this, go out on your patio and enjoy!

Is this not the best Pasta Salad Recipe you have ever seen? What other pasta recipes do you like or do you think I should have added something else to the mix?

How to Make Bacon Candy for Halloween

Halloween Holiday Planning: Bacon Candy!

That nip is in the air these days, especially in the evenings, the leaves and changing colours and falling to the grounds, and kids are settling into their classes as the initial excitement of back to school season settles into a comfortably routine. Fall is here to stay, that is for sure.

As the nights keep getting longer and the days chillier, it’s time to start thinking about one of the great the season: Halloween, of course!

Halloween Holiday Planning: Bacon Candy!

While October 31st is still a few weeks away, those who love the holiday already have their minds spinning about how to plan for it. All along the street in my neighbourhood, the silhouettes of black cats are appearing in windows and fake spiderwebs are covering the doors. I’ve even seen a few pumpkins decorating the stoop (though no carved jack-o-lanterns yet!).

I’ve already begun busily working on my costume (which is going to be amazing this year) as I am sure many of you have as well. Little decorative gourds adorn a bowl on my kitchen table and I’ve hung bats in all of the windows and doorways. I love Halloween for the costumes and the good cheer, but just like I did when I was a little kid, the best part of Halloween in my opinion in the candy.

So, in preparation for this joyous holiday, we thought we would give our fellow bacon lovers the scoop on where to get the best bacon candies to give away on Halloween (and eat yourself) ensuring you’ll be the most popular house on the block!

Best Bacon Candies

This site not only has links to buy some great bacon candies, but has also ranked them in order of deliciousness. We think that the bacon jelly beans are sure to be a hit, though you might want to grab a very special bacon chocolate bar to give to someone really special.

Candied Bacon

While cautious parents might not appreciate you giving out home made treats like candied bacon to their kiddies, there’s no reason at all you can’t make some for your own halloween party!

How to Make Bacon Candy for Halloween

How to Make Bacon Candy for Halloween

With Halloween coming up, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking of what sorts of treats you are going to serve the neighbourhood kids. Kids can be picky eaters, so it is probably a good idea to pick something you know everyone loves: bacon. But to make it more Halloween-y, why not make some candied bacon?

Making candied bacon is a lot like making it with brown sugar – but with a key difference. With brown sugar it gives it a light, sweet flavouring. The candying process we are describing here will make the sweet flavour more intense and candy-like. Here’s how you do it.

1. Cook the bacon the way you normally would. You can fry it in a pan or bake it. Choose the method that is most convenient for you. When the bacon shrinks but has not yet become crispy hard, take it out of the pan or the oven. Let it cool off on some paper towels to remove any excess grease.

2. Measure out the sugar. The amount of sugar you’ll want to use will depend on how much bacon you want to make. About a quarter to a third of a cup will work. To really make it sweet, use white sugar instead of brown. You’ll also want to cook the sugar in a frying pan or sauce pan – you won’t get the same effect by baking.

3. Cut up the bacon you’ve prepared into small pieces and layer it on the bottom of the frying pan. Sprinkle the sugar on top until you have a fine layer over all of the bacon. Cook the bacon and sugar on medium-low until the sugar melts. You’ll want to keep the heat as low as possible, and to keep an eye on it, to ensure that it doesn’t burn.

4. When the sugar has melted and become liquid, stir the bacon around so that it is covered on all sides. Cook it until the bacon looks shiny. Then take out the bacon and put it on wire rack to cool off. Don’t let the pieces of bacon touch each other unless you want them to stick together.

When the bacon is cool, you’ll have a delicious treat ready! You can keep the candied bacon in the fridge – it will taste good cold or at room temperature. And I’m sure the kids in your street will love it.

If you want a variation on this recipe, add honey or Dijon mustard to the sugar when you are cooking it. And if you have an ice cream maker, throw the candied bacon bits into vanilla ice cream. It’ll taste delicious. In fact, candied bacon can be added to many different recipes. Why not experiment with your own?

How to Make a Bacon Costume for Halloween

How To Make A Bacon Costume For Halloween

With Halloween coming up, many people are struggling to find or make a good costume at the last minute. Choosing what to go as is one of the big problems. What should you do? I think you know what we will probably suggest: you should go as bacon! Probably a good idea to also mention, bacon cures hangovers. We know you are going to be out and about having fun. Remember if a house gives you bacon candy. Don’t eat it, just tell them you know how to make them thanks to the gloious Republic of Bacon. Heck, tell them to join our army. We give out a ton of free stuff all the time.

Bacon, as well as being one of the world’s most delicious foods, is also a pretty easy costume to make. All you need is some foam, paint, a glue gun, a few strips of Velcro and a few other odds and ends. Here’s how to make your bacon costume:

1. Get two pieces of foam that are large enough to fit on either side of you as the slabs of bacon. Try to get them roughly in the same shape as you, too – long on one end and short on the other. Getting foam that is roughly the same shape as you will cut down on your work.

2. Put the foam on the ground and lie down on it so that your feet hang off it. Draw a circle where your face will go (try not to make it too big or it’ll slide off your head) and indicate on the foam where your arms will stick out on the sides. You might need help doing this!

3. Cut out the face hole. Glue the costume together at the top and along the top sides until you get where the arms should be. You might want to try putting your head in the hole before you glue – you want to make sure you are leaving enough room for you!

4. Cut the edges of the foam to make it look as curvy as real bacon.

5. Glue one side together from the bottom of your arm hole to the bottom of the slice. Once again, you want to make sure you’ve left enough room for your body – the foam will be a bit rounded. You’ll also want to add lots of glue to avoid any exploding costume mishaps.

6. On the other side of your bacon, apply your Velcro strips. This is where you will get in and out of your costume.

7. You can free-hand spray paint your costume, but if you want a really accurate look, create a template. Since you want to avoid getting tape stuck to your foam, cutting a template out of plastic and then pinning it to the foam will work best. You can use a drop sheet or other large piece of plastic like an opened garbage bag.

8. Pin down the template and spray your paint. You’ll do this several times. You’ll want to use at least three colours: red, pink and white. For each colour, do at least two coats. If after you have finished painting, you feel that the bacon looks too cartoony, consider spray painting a light spray of light brown all over the costume.

9. Your costume is done!

If you can find an egg costume for your loved one, you can always go as breakfast. But if your loved one is anything like you, you should probably make a second bacon costume for him or her.

What do you think of the bacon costume? Are you going to go as bacon for Halloween?

Top 7 Bacon Costumes for Halloween

Top 7 Bacon Costumes For Halloween

The other day, we showed you how to make Halloween bacon costumes. Today, we’re going to feature some of the best bacon costumes we could find on the net. Not only that we have a costume we found from over 100 years ago that pays tribute to our lovely meat product. We saved it for last. We have compiled the best bacon costumes the web has to offer.

Now we could have expanded the list to feature Top 10 Bacon costumes or even Top 20 bacon costumes. What we found was a ton of people buying store bought (bacon and eggs) costumes.

We wanted to see some original material; we wanted to see the true bacon fanatics. I also wanted to recruit them to our Republic of Bacon Army.

Now on to Our Top 7 Best Bacon Costumes around the World Wide Web.

1. Otto

otto Bacon Costumes

Otto went the route that we suggested – making the bacon costume out of foam. Otto went with a more brown colour than we were thinking. I suppose he wanted to make his bacon look more crispy and cooked than raw. I think the costume was a success – he certainly seems happy. And being bacon means you get to make a whole bunch of silly puns and jokes for the entire night. This photo here is labelled “Canadian bacon.” Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.

2. Courtney and Matt

Courtney and Matt Bacon Costumes

Courtney and Matt are showing off what looks like a store-bought bacon and egg costume. You can order something similar from this site here. It might be too late to order anything from the Internet for Halloween, but you might want to think about getting a set just in case. Maybe you’ll need something for a last minute costume party in the future. And it’s always great to have a matching costume with your partner.

3. Connor and Pal

Connor and Pal Bacon Costumes

Of course, you don’t even need the eggs part of the equation. You and your friend can go as bacon and bacon! More bacon = more goodness. These fellows also created a completely different type of bacon costume. It looks like it is made out of fabric, and it has been sewn together on the sides. The fatty goodness of the bacon has been created with off-white pieces of felt that are glued on. It just goes to show that there are many ways to make a good bacon costume.

4. Baby Bacon

Bacon ain’t just for adults. Why not make a costume for the baby in your life. As Andrea C. explains on her flickr, it’s pretty easy to make, “It’s made of felt. One long red strip about 18 inches wide and one long tan strip cut to look like fat. It’s sewed up the sides, leaving room for arm holes and leg motion. There are pipe cleaners above his shoulders to hold it up straight.” If you are a sewing whiz, this might be just the last minute costume for your little one.

5. Alexuma

Alexuma Bacon Costumes

If you are really pressed for time, and you are terrible at cutting and putting together fabric and foam, you can make a costume out of cardboard or some other stiff material. Bacon is, after all, instantly recognizable by its shape and generally browny-pink colour. This woman appears to have gone as an egg with strips of bacon on it. Bravo! Let’s face it: if you incorporate bacon in any way into your costume, you know people will love it.

6. Dog Costumes

Dog Costumes

Don’t forget your dog! They probably want to join you in your love of bacon. Shedoesthecity.com provides instructions on how to make a bacon costume for your dog out of felt. We guarantee that everyone will adore your pooch if he or she is wearing these bacon strips.

By far the weirdest image I found was the black and white image from an old costume.The image is via Black and WTF, the image caption says the costume was made by the author of fancy dress. The costume took first place in in the Forty Guineas Covent Garden Fancy Dress Ball in 1894. Further proving that our love and fascination with bacon has been around for over 100 years.

Forty Guineas Covent Garden Fancy Dress Ball Bacon

So, there you go: some more bacony ideas for Halloween costumes. Do you have any bacon costume ideas? How can you incorporate your love of bacon into your Halloween costume?