Delicious Ways to Cook with Bacon

There’s nothing wrong with frying up a plateful of crispy strips, but for true devotees of the crunchy, salty stuff, we have unique ways to feature bacon on your table.
By Jeanette Morelan

This article has been posted with permission and originally appeared as What’s Shakin’? 15 New Ways to Love Bacon on Relish

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconMark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconLibbie 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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconJessica Merchant

Bacon Manhattan Cocktail

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

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconCalifornia Walnut Board

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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconSimone 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. See the recipe.

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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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconJessica 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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconMark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with BaconLara Ferroni Photography

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. See the recipe.

Delicious Ways to Cook with Bacon

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. See the recipe.

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Bacon Fried Rice

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

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