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Oct 25, 2012 11:10 AM

Best bacon recipes

I'm in an annual cooking contest with my family. The ingredient this year is BACON! No restrictions - savory/sweet, main component/garnish, etc. I need ideas!

A few things to consider: this is for all ages, and somewhat simple tastes (ie no foie gras). Also, I have to prepare the majority of this ahead of time in someone else's kitchen. I can reheat or assemble at the location, but that's about it.

What great, delicious, creative bacon recipes do you have!?!

thanks in advance!

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  1. Hormel just hosted its annual bacon cook off round these parts the other week:

    The bacon baklava was really standout, one of those rare bacon dishes where bacon is a subtle improvement over the traditional. Generally I think palates are tiring of bacon sweets so I'd abstain from the bacon pralines, ice cream and covered caramel apples. Go savory with hush puppies, croquettes or musubi. Or split the difference with a slightly savory/sweet combination like a maple-miso glaze.

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    1. re: JungMann

      a friend of mine took 2nd place in that thing - he's been making the rounds of BK competitions and doing quite well!

      i agree on the savory direction - bacon sweets are predictable at this point.

      i'd probably make a killer bacon jam and use it in a roasted onion tart with Gruyere or Fontina.

    2. Where in the country are you? Do you have access to decent tomatoes still? If so, it might be fun to make your own bread, make your own mayo, and make the BEST BLT ever.

      Another option would be a nice bacon and caramelized onion tart with creme fraiche. You could do them as mini tarts so they'd be easy to serve.

      1. This is cheating because it's too easy. Also because there just isn't anything better, so there's no contest:

        1. Use the bacon drippings and crumbled bacon to make bacon gravy (made just like sausage gravy) over biscuits.

          1. Bacon Peanut Brittle

            1/2 lb. bacon, regular-thickness
            2 cups white sugar
            1 cup corn syrup, light
            2 cups salted peanuts
            4 tablespoons softened butter
            2 teaspoons baking soda

            1. Cook bacon in skillet until well done. Drain on paper towels and chop into
            small pieces. Set aside.

            2. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

            3. Put sugar, corn syrup, salt and water in a large saucepan and over
            medium heat bring to a boil. Sugar should be dissolved. Place peanuts
            and a candy thermometer into the mixture.

            4. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees. Immediately, remove from
            the heat and toss in the butter and soda. It will puff up a little. Pour on
            cookie sheet and spread with back of wooden spoon.

            5. Sprinkle bacon across the brittle and push some into the brittle, too.

            6. Cool, break into pieces, and refrigerate.

            For a lighter version: Reduce amount of bacon. Enjoy just a small piece.

            For a full flavored version: Use 1 lb. of bacon and use honey-roasted nuts!

            Source: NBC Bay Area website.