There’s hardly anything more beautiful in life than bacon, and a hot, crispy slice straight out of the pan is a glimpse of sheer paradise in our minds. If it were up to us, we’d stuff bacon in any and every recipe we could get our hands on, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best dishes to highlight our favorite piece of pork. From an impressive hors d’oeurve to a comforting mash, these recipes incorporate the beloved ingredient in clever new ways (not that bacon’s ever boring). Dig in.

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