Bacon is one food many people admit to not being able to live without. If you, too, are a bacon lover, then you would surely appreciate the following recipes that use bacon bits. No matter how much you love a particular food, it can get boring if it’s prepared in the same way every single time. So give one or more of these recipes a try!
One of the most common ways to use bacon bits is as a salad ingredient. Here are some of the best salads with bacon bits we’ve come across:
1. Fresh Greens and Avocado Salad
Mix your favorite fresh greens with sliced avocado and then top with bacon bits. You may also add shaved parmesan cheese to it and a dressing of plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, green onions, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar.
2. Tomatoes and Lettuce Salad
Mix tomatoes (preferably cherry tomatoes) with romaine lettuce and then top with parmesan-bacon crisps. Prepare the parmesan-bacon crisps by combining bacon bits and parmesan cheese, and then baking the mixture until golden brown. You may top the salad with a dressing of anchovies, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.
3. Fresh Summer Salad
Mix watermelon slices, halved strawberries, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly-sliced cucumber, cubed feta cheese, mint leaves, chopped spring onions, olive oil, and red wine vinegar together. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then top with crispy fried smoked bacon bits.
Other than salads, bacon can also be a perfect ingredient for adding flavor and texture to pasta recipes. Here are our favorites:
1. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta
This recipe is similar to a carbonara, but is creamier and less eggy. The beauty of this recipe lies in the fact that after making the white sauce, you can add ingredients based on what you can find in your kitchen.
2. Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta
This is one pasta dish you can prepare in a cinch. Just caramelize some onions, fry your bacon, cook the pasta, sauté the squash, slice some basil, and then throw them all together (seasoned to taste), along with some goat cheese.
3. Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta
This is another recipe that’s ideal for times when you only have under an hour to prepare something delicious for your loved ones. Simply put a pot of water on to boil and then cook your bacon until golden brown. Add chopped onion and peppers, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper flakes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta in the now-boiling water. Add ricotta cheese to the sauce before spooning it onto the cooked and drained pasta.
Other than salads and pasta recipes, here are other delicious ways you can enjoy your favorite bacon bits:
1. Street-Style Grilled Corn
Grilled corn is a common sight in our markets and a popular treat, especially among children. You can tweak it a little and serve it during a weekend get-together with family and friends. Simply brush the grilled corn with mayonnaise and then roll it in crispy fried and finely crumbled bacon. You may also sprinkle it with chili powder for added bite and serve with lime wedges for a more tropical appeal.
2. Bacon-Cakes and Berries
This is a simple yet mouthwateringly delicious treat to prepare. Just prepare buttermilk pancake batter and then stir crispy fried bacon bits into the batter. Lightly grease a skillet and then cook the pancake in batches over medium heat. Once cooked, you may top your pancakes with fresh berries and serve them with maple syrup.
3. Grilled Onion Crostini
Onion isn’t something many people appreciate, but when paired with bacon and prepared in this manner, you’ll be sure to give it some consideration. Spread softened cream cheese on French baguette slices and then top with grilled onions (thinly sliced) and crispy fried bacon bits. Sprinkle chopped thyme leaves on top, and then add pepper to taste.
Of course, the easiest way to enjoy your favorite bacon is simply to fry it and then serve with toast or rice. But if you’re in the mood for a little creativity and you want to enjoy a classic foodie favorite in interesting ways, then why not try any of the recipes mentioned above?
Food is as much an experience as it is a necessity for our health and nourishment. This is why it is often a good idea to learn new ways of preparing old favorites. And with bacon, you can never go wrong!