25 Foods That are Made Better With Bacon

There’s an old adage among confirmed carnivores that asserts that everything is better with bacon. While there may be a few foods that aren’t improved by the smoky, salty goodness that is cured pork, these 25 most certainly are. Whether it’s wrapped, topped or stirred into batter, bacon elevates these foods to an entirely new level.

  1. Chocolate – On the surface, chocolate and bacon don’t sound like the most winning combination. The two decadent flavors marry so well, in fact, that boutique chocolate makers have even started mixing chopped bacon into their gourmet candy bars.
  2. Corn Dogs – A meal fit for a carnival, hot dogs that are wrapped in bacon before being breaded in a cornmeal batter and fried are a delicious, if remarkably unhealthy, treat.
  3. Turkey – Pinterest boards are flooded with pictures of turkeys wrapped entirely in bacon around Thanksgiving, and for good reason: the combination is absolutely delicious! Fats and oils from the bacon seep into the bird, ensuring moist and flavorful meat.
  4. Oysters – If you’re a fan of oysters, you’re sure to love them when they’ve been carefully wrapped in bacon.
  5. Eggs – Few pairings are as iconic as bacon and eggs. Breakfast just wouldn’t be the same without this combination, no matter how it’s executed. From omelets to frittatas, you can’t go wrong with bacon and eggs.
  6. Cinnamon Rolls – If you’ve never topped a freshly baked and iced cinnamon roll with chopped bacon, you’re missing out on an incredible culinary delight.
  7. Sausages – Pork overload! Wrapping sausage links in bacon might seem like a double-whammy to pigs and strike a blow to your cholesterol, but it’s certainly delicious.
  8. Hot Dogs – Adding chopped bacon to your list of preferred hot dog condiments will take your next backyard barbecue to a new and celebrated place.
  9. Corn on the cob – Who needs butter when you’ve got bacon fat? Wrap ears of corn in slices of bacon before tossing them on the grill or in the oven. When the corn is finished, you’ll have a salty, flavorful delight on your hands.
  10. Burgers – The bacon burger is an American institution, most likely because it’s a delicious and extravagantly unhealthy dish.
  11. Salad – According to a study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, your body needs monounsaturated fat in order to absorb optimal amounts of carotenoids from a salad. Bacon is rich in monounsaturated fat, which means that adding it to a salad of leafy greens and wholesome vegetables is actually a health-conscious choice!
  12. Bourbon – High-end pubs that specialize in craft cocktails across the country are jumping on the bandwagon of pairing bacon with bourbon, cranking out such delicious potables as Bacon Old-Fashioneds.
  13. Pizza – The next time you order a take-out pizza, check out the topping options at your disposal. You’ll almost always find bacon nestled among them, proof that in most people’s opinion, bacon makes pizza better.
  14. Pasta – Tossing a bit of chopped bacon in with a light pasta sauce makes for a flavorful summer pasta dish. The mischevious feeling that comes from mixing a decadent food like bacon with the newly-naughty carbohydrates can also make you feel like a thrill-seeker.
  15. Green Beans – The grand old Southern tradition of cooking green beans with bacon is a time-honored one, mostly because the results are absolutely heavenly.
  16. Scallops – Seafood restaurants and home chefs know that a scallop is the perfect size and shape for wrapping in bacon. Not to mention the fact that the flavor profile is unbeatable.
  17. Shrimp – Wrapping a bit of bacon around the midsection of a plump shrimp before cooking allows the fats and flavor to sink into the shrimp’s flesh, resulting in a salty seafood delight.
  18. Brussels Sprouts – Resembling miniature cabbages, Brussels sprouts aren’t known for being a favorite. Kids and adults alike regularly turn their noses up at the sight of Brussels sprouts, but they may rethink their position when they’re faced with sprouts cooked in bacon.
  19. Potatoes – One of the staple toppings of a loaded baked potato is chopped bacon. When the fluffy starchiness of a potato meets the salty goodness of bacon bits, culinary sparks fly.
  20. Blue Cheese – Bacon and blue cheese are combined to make salad dressings, steak toppings and a host of other condiments because they go together so perfectly.
  21. Biscuits – You can’t have a bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuit without bacon and biscuits, but you can still have a great snack if those are the only two things you have.
  22. French Toast – Sweet and savory combinations are always a winner when they’re done right, a statement proven by sampling the heavenly dish that is French toast and bacon.
  23. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – Grilled cheese sandwiches may be a favorite kid food, but they’re easy to dress up for adults with a few slices of bacon and a slice of tomato or two.
  24. Avocado – For true foodie bliss, spread a mashed avocado topping on a traditional BLT sandwich made with crusty, toasted bread. You’ll never look back from this perfect grouping.
  25. Tomato – Bacon and tomatoes are the co-headliners of sandwiches, salad dressings and even some salsas, just because they work so well together.
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One Response to “25 Foods That are Made Better With Bacon”

  1. February 13, 2013 at 11:04 am, Sam said:

    Mmm.. bacon pizza :9