Bacon Bliss

Ingredient,Recipes
July 5, 2011

A stalwart vegetarian ponders the peckish temptation bacon brings to almost any dish it's found in.

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Yesterday we shot some recipes on location for an upcoming Relish story. One was a recipe for bacon and blue-cheese dip from the Purcell Sister’s book Cocktail Parties Straight Up. A retro kind of dish, the recipe is yummy with celery sticks, bread sticks or crackers.

What is it about bacon that makes everything so yummy? How can something that so bad for you be so good?

We’ve been eating vegetarian at my house for the past few years. Occasionally I slip up and eat a burger or a taco, and I always try a taste of the Relish meat recipes. I also have to admit that while in Sicily recently, I had a couple of bites of a regional specialty—spleen sandwich. (It wasn’t a bad as is sounds—kind of like calves’ liver.)

But I can do without the burger and the taco, and I can certainly do without the spleen sandwich. What I miss the most in our (mostly) vegetarian diet is bacon. I’m a person who believes Jill Conner Browne’s pronouncement in the Sweet Potato Queens: a serving of bacon is however much bacon you have.

Here are a few recipes that make the most of bacon’s endless appeal, including the tempting dip.

—By Candace Floyd, Relish Managing Editor

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Vidalia Onion Bacon Pie

Caramelized onions, bacon and cheese fill this hearty quiche.

Blue Cheese Dip

Bacon Blue Cheese Dip

Two irresistible flavors—bacon and blue cheese—in one addictive dip.

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Bacon Mashed Potatoes

Take your mashed potatoes to the next level.