Top 10 Bacon-Themed Recipes of 2008

1. Slow-cooked Bacon - that's it, just bacon.  The reason plain old bacon makes it to the top 10 is the "slow-cooked" part.  This year I discovered a new cooking technique that changed everything.  Cooking bacon on, say, medium-low for longer results in a better finished product.  Try it and see the difference! 2. Chicken with Rosemary, Bacon and Balsamic - The recipe calls for pancetta, but I use bacon...sweet savory bacon.  The bacon laid across the chicken keeps it moist while baking.  Towards the end when you are reducing the pan drippings, I like to finish cooking the bacon separately, then dice it up and sauté with some fresh green beans.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Dates - So simple, yet so tasty.  Technically you'd want to wrap dates in Prosciutto, but it costs more and we're in a recession.  So wrap some dates with bacon, stuff some manchego cheese in the date, then bake it until that sweet, savory bacon is crisp.

4. Roasted Beef Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon - Do I need to say anything about this?  I think it speaks for itself, and it's perfect for a nice bottle of your favorite red wine.

5. Curly Endive and Apple Smoked Bacon Salad - If you're like me, you're trying to lose some holiday pounds, so eat a salad.  A salad with bacon in it.

6. Grill-Roasted Whole Fish Stuff with Fresh Herbs and Wrapped in Bacon - I have to admit, I haven't made this recipe yet so it doesn't have the Bakas Stamp of Approval.  But we wanted to have a fish recipe on the list making good use of slow-cooked, crispy, savory bacon.

7. Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon - One of those simple, yet tasty recipes perfect for after work when you don't have the time to make a sick meal.

8. Bacon and Potato Soup - We're deep in the heart of winter.  What could be better to warm your spirits than a hearty soup made with my favorite friend: savory, yummy bacon.

9. Bacon-Wrapped Scallops - Emeril is to bacon what Gary Vaynerchuk is to wine 2.0.  In other words, he makes good use of it.

10. Bacon Brownies - Oh God! I think I've found the meaning of it all.  Are you kidding me?  Brownies with frickin bacon in them!!