America’s love affair with bacon runs strong. Bacon doesn’t necessarily need to be the main ingredient for it to shine though. Taking old recipes and revamping them with bacon additions can really add new light. One of these suggestions only has two ingredients! Seriously, sometimes less is more, while others contain so much bacon that you must not panic. Let us know what your favorite bacon dish is, whether it’s in this article or not!

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp

For the person that loves meat from any part of the world– a field or the sea– this easy recipe strikes the tastebuds and so many levels.

This recipe is relatively quick to whip up– and it even includes a recipe on how to make your own citrus salsa sauce. Prep time is a mere 15 minutes with a 5 minute cook time. The broiler setting on your oven can work wonders. Perfect for a main entree or even better as appetizers.

Add a little slice of cheese on top to make it perfect.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/bacon-wrapped-shrimp-recipe.html

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

These are a personal favorite when made on the grill– but the oven will do just fine. It’s as simple as cutting a jalapeno in half, stuffing it with cream cheese, then binding the two pieces back together with a slice of bacon. Perfect for tailgating and snacks.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers/

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Including a recipe that only contains two-ingredients may seem like I am struggling to make this list, but it’s really just that good. A simple piece of asparagus, wrapped in a simple piece of bacon and baked. This is one of the easiest, most satisfying side dishes that you can make.

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Bruschetta

Bruschetta in general is something that never gets old for me. I love bread, the tomato mix on top is refreshing and now bacon adds that perfect saltiness to it. It is a great appetizer, but I always find myself filling up on it before the main dish is even finished in the kitchen.

Bacon Bruschetta

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta

As far as entrees go, it is hard to beat this. Prep is relatively quick, but cooking time is a little extended. That’s good though. Cooking the chicken slower will retain the moisture inside of it. I’ve taken this recipe a step further before by also adding asparagus and roasted red peppers.

Best.Thing.Ever.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bacon-Wrapped-Chicken-Stuffed-with-Spinach-and-Ricotta/Detail.aspx

Bacon, Pineapple, Chicken Kabobs

Kabobs are partially the reason that grills were invented in the first place. Plus, it’s a ridiculously easy way to get in your meat, fruit and veggies. This recipe includes a Hawaiian sauce that really ties it all together. To combat the limp bacon, you can cook it in olive oil so it begins to crisp, but still pliable. The grill will finish firming it up from there. I also recommend a cheese plate as will. Not many people do this, and cheese just makes everything better.

http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/bacon-pineapple-chicken-kabobs/41c5cee7-e258-4605-923d-959de6370d92

Smoky Chipotle and Bacon Guacamole

Guacamole is good year-around, but it really shines during the hotter months. Refreshing avocado, crunchy chips and now crispy bacon. This is a welcome change up from the traditional guac that most of us are use to. The smokiness and the chipotle really adds to the experience.

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/smoky-chipotle-and-bacon-guacamole

Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger

This is actually a family favorite. I have been mowing these down ever since I was a wee lad– except we like to add bleu cheese dressing in the center as well. The beauty of a stuffed burger is being able to have all of the flavor contained inside, rather than sliding off the top. Plus, cooking the bacon inside will allow the juices to marinate into the meat. You can also toss all of the ingredients directly into the ground beef and then form patties so it is evenly distributed. Top with bacon after the burger is cooked if you want to go all out.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/bacon-onion-and-cheese-stuffed-burger-recipe.html

Bacon Crust Pizza

Not going to lie, this isn’t exactly what I had in mind when I decided to try out a bacon pizza crust. I was thinking more along the lines of crumbling bacon into the pizza dough and then cooking it. However, the bacon gods had something else in mind. No dough, just a bacon weave with everything stacked on top of it. For the gluten-free masses and the paleo diet fans– this may be heaven in disguise.

Bacon Crust Pizza

Bacon Weave Taco

This is just as extreme as the bacon crust pizza, but me oh my– it is borderline genius. I am well aware that you could just sprinkle bacon on a taco, but c’mon– be a real fan. You can take this further by actually wrapping the bacon around a hard shell to create the form– maybe even put a layer of cheese in between.

The Bacon Weave Taco

 

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