We’re bringing sexy back! It’s time to pull out that slab of thick cut smokehouse bacon and get creative. The stimulating saltiness, the glorious crunch and the overwhelming satisfaction makes for a great centerpiece of any meal. Treat your spouse to a romantic dinner and fry, bake, grill, broil or it wrap around something so you both can enjoy this gift of God.
The following recipes can be altered to match your taste buds, but the main idea here is to find awesome uses for this protein we call Bacon.
Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers – Slice 12 nice sized fresh Jalapeño peppers in half and use a spoon to scoop out the insides. Rinse in a colander, pat dry and set aside. Fry up one pound of bacon, crumble and combine in a large bowl along with one egg, 3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, 8 ounces of shredded sharp cheddar, a block of room temperature cream cheese, 2 cloves of minced garlic and a ¼ cup of diced Vidalia onion. Blend together into a glorious, cheesy ball of love! Spoon a hunk of this cheese mixture into each Jalapeño pepper half and place on a baking sheet. Top each with some diced tomatoes and put into a preheated 375°F oven for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese become bubbly and browned a bit. Remove from oven, plate and serve with cups of Ranch dressing.
Bacon-Beer Mussels – Three of the best words in the English language all in one description. This meal is flavorful, easy to make and has that ‘wow factor’ everyone will enjoy. Begin by pulling beards of 3 ½ pounds of mussels and removing any opened ones. Fry up ½ pound of thick cut bacon in a large pot along with a sliced Vidalia onion. Once rendering starts, add a few sprigs of thyme, a cup of your favorite golden beer, and those wonderful mussels. Cover and cook until the mussels open. Then add 3 tablespoons of whole grain mustard, a pad of butter, a splash of white wine and top with fresh chopped parsley. Serve in bowls with crusty bread and garlic butter.
Bacon Wrapped Smoked Gouda Stuffed Chicken Breasts – Long name, great dinner. Butterfly 4 chicken breasts and flatten to ¼” thick. Combine ½ teaspoon each of cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder and freshly ground pepper into a bowl. Season both sides of each breast with this mixture. Place cheese pieces onto each breast and roll up tightly. Try to tuck in ends so cheese can’t escape while cooking! Wrap these bad boys in some bacon and brown all sides in an oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Once the bacon has crisped, place the skillet in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Serve with some nice fluffy brown rice and your favorite sautéed vegetables.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Trout – Clean and wash 5 nice whole trout. Begin by stuffing with lemon slices and some sprigs of thyme and a dash of dill. Wrap each fish with thick cut, Apple-wood smoked bacon slices and fry in a nice sized skillet 4-5 minutes each side over medium high heat. Serve with a small cup of your favorite barbecue sauce, some good Brie cheese and high end crackers.
Poppers, mussels, chicken and trout….oh my! Summer is here folks, bacon is sexy again and it’s time to get creative. Build off your favorite recipes and throw a curveball into the mix every now and then. That spice rack is not just for looks. Shake things up a bit with some heat, some sweet and some pig!
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and don’t forget your bib.