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While bacon has long been a staple breakfast food, the meat’s salted deliciousness has found its way into our sandwiches, wrapped around our seafood and even atop our ice cream.
However, with so many ways to prepare and serve bacon, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we wanted to put together a list of easy recipes with bacon. Included are our favorite dinner recipes with bacon, breakfast recipes with bacon and bacon appetizers. Each one is guaranteed to make your mouth water and leave your deepest bacon craving satisfied.
Bacon Preparation, a Wealth of Options
Before we get to our best bacon recipes, we wanted to provide a quick overview of the different ways you can prepare bacon.
This is the classic bacon preparation technique. Using a frying pan, simply cook bacon over low medium heat. When you’re done, you’ll want to dry the bacon with a paper towel to remove excess grease. Just make sure you have a good pair of tongs to turn the strips of bacon, as grease can splatter. We highly recommend an Xtrema ceramic easy clean skillet. They’re 100% green and come complete with easy grip silicon handles, making the process of cooking bacon a snap!
Recently, grilling bacon has become popular. The process is pretty simple, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure you cook the bacon over indirect heat. Bacon grease drips, and if it is directly over the coals, you are liable to have flare ups. Like stovetop cooking, make sure to use a paper towel to remove excess grease when you’re done.
You may be surprised, but if you like crispy bacon, the microwave is actually a good option, especially if you don’t have much time. On a microwave safe plate, lay out a paper towel, and then place the bacon on top, being careful not to overlap any of the strips. Place another paper towel or two on top of the bacon and microwave on high four to six minutes.
Now that we have some of the basic preparation techniques out of the way, here are our 10 favorite easy bacon recipes!
Breakfast Casserole With Bacon
This is one of those classic recipes with bacon. It feeds up to six people and requires very little prep, making it perfect for the family on the go!
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- 6 to 9 slices bread, cubed
- 12 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix the eggs, milk, salt and mustard together. Next, layer the bread cubes on the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Layer the bacon and cheese over the bread, and then pour the egg mixture over both. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. In the morning, bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Shrimp
What’s better than a perfect shrimp? The perfect shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon! Considering how tasty these shrimp are, you will be shocked with how easy they are to prepare.
- 16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 8 slices bacon
- Your favorite barbecue seasoning
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Wrap the shrimp with a half slice of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Place on a baking rack resting on top of a foil-lined jelly roll pan and sprinkle both sides with the seasoning. If you like more kick, just use more seasoning. The jelly roll pan is there to catch the drippings while keeping the shrimp from becoming limp.
Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cheesy Bacon and Grits
If you’re southern, this is sure to be a go-to comfort food. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the country can’t enjoy it, too. Plus, it’s a very easy bacon recipe, so it is a great option if you want to whip something up in a hurry.
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbs butter
- 2 cups quick grits
Start by rendering the chopped bacon in a sauce pan, using medium high heat. After about four minutes, add the milk, butter and cayenne and bring it to a boil. Add the grits and bring down the heat, stirring for 30 seconds. Next, add the cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. Finally, cook uncovered for four to five minutes. Serve immediately.
This warm, gooey and flavorful dish is sure to make any grit hater into a bonafide Southerner!
Bacon Roasted Chicken
One of the primary complaints about chicken is that it easily dries out. One perfect way to keep chicken moist and tender is to cook it wrapped in bacon. Plus, all of that wonderful saltiness from the bacon will impart its flavor onto what is often a bland meat.
Although the idea of bacon wrapping may at first appear intimidating, this recipe for chicken wrapped in bacon is actually deceivingly easy. So if you want to impress your guests or even the pickiest of kids, try this recipe out.
- 2 Tbs butter
- 1 whole chicken
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 carrots, cut up into chunks
- Paprika to taste
- 2 cups beef broth