What’s Shakin’? 15 New Ways to Love Bacon

on December 23, 2015

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Bacon Forever.

It's always been you, bacon. There's nothing wrong with frying up a plateful of crispy strips, but for true devotees of the crunchy, salty stuff, we've rounded up 15 unique ways to feature bacon on your menu.

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Apple, Bacon, and Cheese Dinner Pies

Tart Granny Smith apples, crumbled blue cheese and crumbled smoky bacon join forces to create the ultimate salty-sweet dinner pies.

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Libbie Summers

Bacon Beignets

These fluffy New Orleans-inspired pastries only get better with the addition of bacon. Serve alongside a creamy lemon thyme curd for a contrasting kick of tartness.

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Jessica Merchant

Bacon Manhattan Cocktail

Bacon in our booze? Yes, please! A slice of cinnamon sugared bacon is the perfect garnish to this classic cocktail.

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Bacon Wrapped Walnut Stuffed Dates

The sweetness of Medjool dates pairs perfectly with the natural saltiness of bacon, while toasted walnuts add just the right amount of crunch.

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Simone Van Den Berg

Bacon Cauliflower Coconut Soup

We're up for a crumbled bacon garnish on just about any of our favorite soups, but here, it's a perfect compliment to every creamy spoonful.

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Chocolate Covered Bacon

This is the ultimate bacon lover's treat. Satisfy your love for all things sweet and salty with this uniquely addictive combination.

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Bacon Blue Cheese Dip

For your next gathering, try combining the classic flavors of blue cheese and bacon in a party-friendly serving-this spreadable Bacon Blue Cheese dip. Serve with crackers or celery sticks, but be sure to make extra. This one won't last long.

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Apple Bacon Popovers

Popovers laced with bacon make for the perfect savory breakfast pastry-but we like ours slathered with a generous layer of sweet apple butter.

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Jessica Merchant

Cinnamon Sugared Bacon

Another salty-sweet bacon treat, this candied bacon makes a decadent addition to anything from breakfast pancakes to smoky bourbon cocktails.

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Steve Hill

Griddled Corn and Bacon

To achieve this quick Southern-inspired side, cook fresh corn with bacon bits. Simple, but so, so good.

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Pears

Looking for a new spin on your favorite sandwich combo? The search ends here. Smoked bacon and caramelized pears are all you need to take a classic grilled cheese from zero to hero.

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Lentil Soup with Bacon and Orzo

This hearty soup is the perfect comfort for the winter months. Serve with plenty of crusty bread, and you're in business.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

You might not have liked them as a kid, but adding bacon to roasted brussels sprouts makes for a very grown up side dish.

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Vidalia Onion Bacon Pie

We say: pie all day! This savory pie recipe draws saltiness from bacon (you guessed it) and plenty of sweetness from caramelized Vidalia onions.

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Bacon Fried Rice

Easy Asian stir fry gets an extra kick of comfort, courtesy of salty, crunchy bacon.

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