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Dec 15, 2008 01:07 PM

Is there anything bacon DOESN'T go with?

I can't think of anything. I guess this makes bacon the perfect food. Any dissenters? Provide examples of what bacon doesn't go with - IF YOU DARE!

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    1. re: Potrezebie

      As a matter of taste alone, that's certainly not true. And, as I neglected to mention, taste is the only criterion I'm interested in.

      1. re: Potrezebie

        Well that is very true!
        I ate a chocolate bar a friend gave me recently.
        Dark, rich and filled with bacon.
        It was, truly, magnificent.

        1. re: latindancer

          Vosage makes one like that. Omgod. To die for.

          1. re: chicgail

            that would be the Vosges Mo's Bacon Bar

          2. re: latindancer

            I wish I had purchased that bar I saw at Jungle Jim's in Cinncinati a few weekends ago.

          3. re: Potrezebie

            Just wondering, Potrezebie - are you related to Melvin Kowfnoski by any chance?

          4. Earlier this year someone on Chowhound mentioned bacon-wrapped cherries so I made a couple. Ghastly.

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            1. re: Glencora

              Hmm. I'll have to give it a shot.... what kind of cherries?

              1. re: Bat Guano

                Bing. It tasted a bit like cough syrup. Don't waste good bacon on it!

            2. I like the taste of bacon, but IMHO it's the strong umami factor that makes it so popular; pork in general has a lot. We are also attracted to smoky foods, in spite of the carcinogenic properties.

              Lots of other foods have good umami content, and for me are almost always more appropriate. Mushrooms, tomatoes, etc., etc. Again, for me, many dishes are better without bacon or any pork product; i.e., for clam or fish chowder bacon or salt pork make an already dense dish cloying and heavy(er).

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                1. re: Richard 16

                  Yeah, mushrooms and tomatoes are great, too, but they don't have the universal appeal of bacon - the combination of umami and fat, porkiness, and smokiness is just hard to beat. For pure umami I've lately been using fish sauce in all kinds of things; but it's still no replacement for bacon. I don't agree that bacon makes fish and clam chowder too heavy - sometimes I like them without, but more often with. Mmmm, onions frying in bacon grease - is there any better smell in the world?

                  1. re: Bat Guano

                    There is no *universal* appeal for bacon. Certainly popular, but hardly universal.

                    As for "replacing" bacon, who said anything about that? If I want bacon, I eat it. It is, as always, a question of personal taste. I love natto; it disgusts others. And, of course, feel free to not agree with me about bacon in the chowders. I find it cloying and distracting, but I guess I'm just a simple guy.

                    For me, onions fried in bacon can smell great but most of the time I prefer them in butter, sometimes in EVOO, and sometimes a combo. For pure onion flavor nothing for me beats a dry salt saute.

                  2. re: Richard 16

                    i don't think of tomatoes as "umami"....

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Hi alkapal!

                      A bit on tomatoes and umami:


                      Perhaps you've been coring supermarket tomatoes ;-)...

                      1. re: Richard 16

                        richard, thanks for that -- it is a very interesting article.

                        i grew up in sw florida with real tomatoes. we never cut out the seeds. i know now in some trendy places, the seeds alone are served and thus highlighted. i think they're cute, and like the little burst of tart-sweet flavor in each one. ;-).

                        and come to think of it, tomato paste adds umami to all sorts of dishes -- even with just a tablespoon.

                        supermarket tomatoes ALWAYS make me sad -- even the touted camparis (which i will buy if i get a craving, or want to make my little garlicky tomatoes, which are loaded with umami: ).

                        nothing in the supermarket even comes close to what i know and love. i guess i just gotta wait till summer, like they did in the old days!

                  3. I don't like bacon with citrus (perhaps a personal thing). I found it ok with other sour tasting components (like vinegar, or pickles), but I don't like it with orange, lemon or most citrus.

                    Pork belly or other pork, however, goes very well with citrus. Perhaps it is the combination of smoky and citrus taste that I don't like.

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                    1. re: kobetobiko

                      gotta admit I don't recall ever trying bacon with citrus.

                      1. re: Bat Guano

                        I bet you have had spinach salad with mandarin oranges and bacon with hot bacon dressing.

                        1. re: Bat Guano

                          no bacon for breakfast with your oj?

                          1. re: Candy

                            Well, I usually finish my OJ before I get to the bacon, so they're not really consumed together. But now that you mention it, I probably must have had them sort of together at least once; maybe not so bad. Score another one for bacon!

                            1. re: Bat Guano

                              you finish the oj before the bacon? heresy! bacon. gets. crunched. first. thing.

                              1. re: alkapal

                                Well, I start with the OJ while the bacon's cooking... just works out that way. Sorry.

                                1. re: Bat Guano

                                  ok, just checking! ;-).

                                  da na na na na na na naaah...BACON COP!

                      2. I had some bacon ice cream at Moto in Chicago once. Great meal overall, but I was not a fan of the bacon ice cream. The flavour was ok, but the cold bacon was a bit fatty, and the frozen bacon fat was a bit much by way of texture. I prefer warm bacon fat I think. There is something about biting into cold fat. It's the same reason I don't eat hunks of butter. (although goodness knows I eat the equivalent of hunks of butter all the time!)

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                        1. re: moh

                          That was my first thought too, moh - Ice cream. Bacon and ice cream just doesn't sound good to me at all. I don't think I would like bacon on saltines either, but I really liked those bacon flavored crackers they used to make. Wish they would bring those back.

                          1. re: danhole

                            Didn't someone try to make that on Top Chef? Marcel perhaps? I remember it did not go over well at all.

                            I am not a beer fan, but I always found that bacon-flavored beer (the name escapes me at the moment) a bit odd as well.

                            1. re: queencru

                              Bacon beer doesn't sound very good, but I had a Bloody Mary at a brunch that was made with bacon infused vodka, bacon salt on the rim, and a stick of bacon in it. That was good! It was called a Squealin' Mary.

                              1. re: danhole

                                Dunno if I'd care for the cocktail, but I LOVE the name!

                              2. re: queencru

                                Do you mean rauchbier?(


                                I've only had one once. It tasted like bacon. But as it was Bell's 5000 batch I assumed it was just the brewer being a mad genius again.

                                1. re: frittering_away

                                  I can't stand rauchbier because all i can think is hot dogs when I drink it!

                              3. re: danhole

                                In Los Angeles, the mad-genius owner of the ice cream parlor Scoops often makes bacon ice cream on weekends, and it sells out within minutes. I'm not sure what he does to temper the chilled-lard aspect - the almond-cookie ice cream at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory in New York is so filled with lumps that I've taken to calling it Lard Chip - but it is very, very good. Because what is ice cream but frozen sauce?

                                1. re: condiment

                                  Ya know what icecream would be good with bacon? Pecan Praline! Am I wrong?

                                  peppermints and bacon icecream - I might balk at. Might. OK I wouldn't. Even in anonymous webworld I cannot lie about bacon.

                                  1. re: Sal Vanilla

                                    i was thinking about the bacon/ice cream flavor issue last night. there are a zillion specialty flavors & combos out there, and i won't even go near the crazy Ben & Jerry's flavors & the like, but i did consider some of the more common seasonal & regional possibilities...

                                    vanilla, chocolate, vanilla fudge, dulce de leche, rocky road, chocolate marshmallow, cookie dough, butter pecan/butter crunch, rum raisin, cherry vanilla, pralines & cream/pecan praline, peanut butter, peanut butter fudge, pistachio, chocolate almond, maple walnut [my theoretical favorite], heath bar crunch, cherries jubilee, coconut, banana nut, white chocolate

                                    doesn't work:
                                    cookies & cream, coffee, mocha chip, mint chip, strawberry, raspberry cheesecake, egg nog, any fruit sorbet, sherbet

                                    might work:
                                    apple pie, pumpkin, plain cheesecake, peaches & cream

                                    ok, so i think i'm obsessed.

                                2. re: danhole

                                  Re: bacon flavored crackers. . .I find these often at the local discount grocery/99 cent type stores. My husband looooves them, so I pick them up fairly frequently.

                                  1. re: Hunicsz

                                    I wish I could find those bacon crackers! Those were so good!

                                3. re: moh

                                  I can definitely see how the cold will make bacon fat not appetizing -- not a fan of munching on cold chewy bits of fat. I did have a great dessert in Arizona a few years ago (before the whole bacon brittle thing became so popular) where it was bacon brittle served with vanilla ice cream. I didn't like the bacon brittle on its own but was wonderful when combined with the ice cream.

                                  And to answer the OP's question, I think there are a few things that bacon doesn't go well with. I definitely agree with the citrus. Basically I think bacon doesn't go well in anything that's supposed to be "refreshing" like fruit sorbet, gazpacho and watermelon.

                                  1. re: Miss Needle

                                    that bacon brittle with ice cream sounds way too good! in fact, when i saw this thread, the first sweet/dessert application that came to mind was crumbled lacquered bacon as an ice cream topping...but i don't think it would work with all flavors. most, but not all.

                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                      Broadbents produces an apple wood smoked bacon dusted with cinnamon. i may have to give bacon brittle a whirl with that.

                                  2. re: moh

                                    i made a recipe for bacon ice cream a while back that didn't involve bacon fat, but did include chunks of bacon that had been really well fried (so no weird cold fat texture). it was pretty good, actually.

                                    1. re: cimui

                                      I could see that bacon meat would be good in ice cream. It really was the bacon fat that threw me off...

                                      I actually think I could eat the flavour of bacon with anything. I really love bacon...

                                      1. re: moh

                                        yeah, i could definitely see how cold bacon fat would not be that much fun to eat. as you say with butter, though, melted, it's a WHOLE 'nother story. :)

                                        this thread is reminding me of how badly i need to reseason my cast iron pan...