International Bacon Day celebrates all things bacon. From traditional smoky bacon to turkey and tofu bacon, it is one of the best loved and most versatile foods you can eat. With this in mind, we have collated some bacon recipes fit for any meal, including desserts! If you have some spare rashers that need using, read on.
Tip: Substitute any bacon with turkey or tofu bacon if you don’t eat pork!
1. CHICKEN, BACON AND LEEK COTTAGE PIE
This super tasty, comforting meal is full of creamy chicken, leeks, cheese and most importantly bacon! It’s sure to be popular with all the family.
2. BACON-WRAPPED COD WITH PEAS, LEEKS & POTATOES
Fish lovers unite! This is a great dinner party meal, which looks impressive but is easy to recreate. The smoked streaky bacon goes perfectly with the meaty cod and fresh veg, and will get your guests returning to your home for more!
3. BACON LATTICE PIE
With its impressive criss-cross pastry top, this bacon pie is a deliciously meaty treat, packed full of veggies including carrots, broccoli and peas. It’s hearty enough to eat on its own, but if you’re feeling particularly puckish, have with creamy mash or chips.
4. CHEESE, ONION AND BACON TARTLETS
We love these tartlets, because they combine so many of our favourite flavours: sweet chutney, onion, strong cheese and of course bacon! If you prefer your cheese less punchy, why not experiment with goat’s cheese instead?
5. EASY POTATO GRATIN WITH CHEESE & BACON
This is a wonderful take on potato gratin, that is super comforting and tasty. And did we mention it’s so simple to make?! Serve with a salad or use it as part of a roast dinner if you’re tired of roast potatoes.
6. CHICKEN AND BACON SALAD WITH BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
One of the easiest of our bacon recipes, this 70s style salad tastes as gorgeous now as it did then. Fabulous on its own or with a crusty, buttered roll.
Our bacon recipes would not be complete without a vegan alternative, and this one doesn’t disappoint! This may be a breakfast recipe, but we’d honestly enjoy this bagel for lunch or dinner. Enjoy with a fruit juice or something stronger if it’s for dinner!
9. NO-CHURN BACON ICE CREAM
Bacon in a dessert? Yes! Our bacon recipes would not be complete without a couple of bacon-flavoured puds. This bacon ice cream is so delicious and another extremely easy dish to prepare. Just fry some bacon on a medium high heat, when it’s cool add some maple syrup then add to the combined double cream and condensed milk before freezing. It’s really that easy.
10. MAPLE BUTTERCREAM CUPCAKES WITH BACON SPRINKLES
Courtesy of the wonderful Nigella, these cupcakes are simply delicious. The cream, maple syrup and bacon sprinkles combo really reminds us of bacon pancakes, so if you love those you will love these. These are a gorgeous end to any meal.
So there you have it! Some super tasty, really easy bacon recipes for you to try. Are there any you think should have been on our list? Which will you be trying?