Here it is loyal bacon fans, this year's list of crisp, savory delectables that are sure to light up your taste buds like a pinball machine. A year ago I provided a list of the top 10 bacon recipes for 2008 that you can see updated here. This year, bacon became the cosmic glue that wove social media sites together. There were highlights, and there were lowlights...well, the lowlights were most likely everyone's lipid profile at the doctor.
I selected this year's recipes based on a combination of pushing the boundaries of how bacon should be used and ease of making the recipes. So here you go in no particular order:
1. Bacon Wrapped Mashed Potatoes
That's right, I said it. Bacon wrapped around mashed potatoes. You may want to mow down some Lipitor and fish oil pills before taking on this dish. It's really quite simple—make the mash potatoes, and if you're like my Mom or Paula Deen, you put a stick of butter in your potatoes. Because I'm a real health nut, I only put a half stick of butter. Keep the milk to a minimum because you want the potatoes to have the consistency of spackle.
Once you make the potatoes, slow cook some bacon in a pan half way. You want to cook the bacon just enough that it starts to crisp, but you can still bend it without breaking. Let the bacon cool on a paper towel, then weave the bacon together like fabric. Put the bacon on a cookie sheet then put a dollop of mash potatoes in on the woven pig products. Wrap the bacon around said potatoes, then bake until the bacon gets crispy.
If you really want to throw caution to the wind, put some cheese in there just to give your arteries the finger.
2. Bacon Candy
I didn't have to look too far for this gem. As it turns out, this recipe was the catalyst that led to my being hired at St. Supéry winery. Back in March, Lisa DeBruin aka winedivergirl and I were talking about bacon. She mentioned she had a friend who had been experimenting with this recipe. That person turned out to be LesleyKeffer who is now my boss at the winery. See what happens when you follow your love of bacon?
The recipe is simple: Crisp, savory bacon with BBQ rub, caramel, semisweet chocolate and crystallized ginger. Check it here.
How lucky am I to work for someone who loves bacon as much as I do? I freakin' scored!
3. The Bacon Smootie
My wife was none to pleased when she saw what I was putting in our blender. I'm not going to lie, it's kinda weird. But it works. The reason why is the chocolate, which goes with bacon quite nicely. And chocolate also goes with raspberries, so together, the chocolate, raspberries and bacon are like the Voltron of savory flavor. The recipe was very tasty, but gasey. Go here to get the original recipe that started it all.
4. Bacon Wrapped French Toast Sticks
Contrary to popular belief, this masterpiece is NOT made with Twinkies, it's made with french toast sticks. Of course if you really had no concern for your own well being you could substitute Twinkies, but I think the creme filling would be gross. By using french toast sticks this actually qualifies as breakfast rather than a late night snack put together after too many bong rips. The judges have awarded the Stonehenge concept with high marks, but the execution was lazy, so the judges had to dock them a few points because it wasn't to scale.
5. The Lowrider Pizza
This recipe is based on a pie served at Proto's in Colorado. We took something good and made it orgasmic! How? you might ask. By adding more crisp, savory bacon.
Get yourself an unbaked pizza crust (we like the Pilsbury pizza dough at most grocery stores). In a bowl, mix together tomato sauce with about a TSP of chipotle Tabasco sauce or some other chipotle sauce. Add a little more to give the sauce a little Jackie Chan kick to your tongue if you'd like. Cover the pizza with shredded mozzarella, crisp bacon bits, small red onion slice and pineapple chunks. Don't hate on the pineapple going on the pizza, it serves a purpose which is to counter the spice of the chipotle. Bake the pizza as fast as you can, then cover the pie with chopped cilantro.
Of course, when in doubt, add some more crisp savory bacon bits. It's a simple pizza to make, but a good twist to feature the bacon.
6. Bouef a la Bourguignonne
This might be one of my favorite recipes of all time for winter. It has two of my favorite things in life— bacon and wine. Yum! This is a hearty dish that you slow cook all day before serving. It requires a little foresight and preparation the day before, but when you do it right it'll all be worth it.
The recipe calls for 4OZ. of bacon, but by all means don't let that stop you from adding more :D The meat you select is important, don't get the cheap stew meat, even though it'll be tender, get something that's tender to start with. Tri tip is a good choice.
Get the recipe here
7. Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls
I nearly blew my 'O' ring when I first tried this breakfast item. I mean, come on, it's bacon wrapped or sprinkled onto or into cinnamon rolls. Now is probably a good time to make a public service announcement about not eating all these recipes in the same week. Space it out. Your doctor will thank you for it.
The recipe is available from Delicious Coma and can be found here.
8. Emeril's Brussels Sprouts with Bacon (Video)
Emeril made last year's Top 10 bacon list too. Hmmm, this guy might be onto something. This recipe was selected because you need vegetables from time to time, and what makes vegetables better? Yep. You got it.
Get it here
9. Heirloom Grilled Cheese Sammich w/ Tomato Bacon Soup
Comfort food plain and simple. It's quick and easy to make and when you think about it, what else do you need in life? Many of the essential food groups are represented here, which is nice. Anytime you can get vegetables in with your bacon it's a good thing.
When I saw this recipe from Rick Massa on the Food Network site, I was hooked. You will be too which is why it's on the top ten list.
10. You Call It!
There are so many great bacon recipes, and throughout the year I've talked to many creative people online who have great uses for bacon, so we're going to crowd source the final pick of the list. Leave a comment below and let me know which bacon recipe YOU think should be on the top ten. See you in 2010!