10 Recipes That Are Better With Bacon

From a bacon-wrapped pork loin to bacon-and-shiso fried rice, these dishes will fulfill all your porky desires.

  • Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy. A subtly smoky bird that is swathed in sage and bacon before being served with a turkey neck gravy. The bevy of herbs along with the onions and apples inside the bird keep the turkey from being anything but one-dimensional.
  • Leek, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pizza. A smoky, creamy pizza that’s easy enough to whip together for a weeknight dinner if you have pre-made dough. You can use any pizza dough recipe you like or scatter the toppings on a store-bought crust.
  • Beer and Bacon Braised Collard Greens. When you’re not eating bacon you should be drinking beer. This recipe allows you to do both at the same time, and throws in collard greens for good measure.
  • Brown Butter Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Bacon. This is the type of crowd-pleasing side dish that will seriously impress your friends. The method for cooking the bacon in the oven on top of the sweet potatoes is nothing short of genius, and you can easily add more bacon to suite your taste.
  • Bacon and Egg Sandwich with Dukkah and Peppery Greens. This is just about the best egg sandwich we’ve ever had thanks to a homemade aioli and nutty spice mix (known as dukkah) all thrown on toast with bacon and greens.
  • Creamy Potato Mash with Leek Confit and Bacon. These creamy, bacon-studded mashed potatoes are perfect for a side at Thanksgiving or just a standard weeknight treat. Don’t let the word “confit” scare you—it’s just a fancy way of saying the leeks are slowly cooked in bacon fat until meltingly soft.
  • Bacon Wrapped Brown Sugar Pork Loin. It's pork. Wrapped in pork. And doused in a brown sugar glaze. What more could you ask for?
  • Cream Baked Endive with Bacon and Pecans. Endive browned to perfection and then slathered in a cheesy cream sauce, topped with bacon and pecans? That’s exactly how we like our lettuce on a chilly fall evening.
  • Bacon and Shiso Fried Rice. This is a fried rice we could happily eat for breakfast. You get crisp bits of bacon and rice, the egg pulls the ingredients together and the shiso tops it all off, singing with a licorice-mint fragrance. If you can't find shiso, substitute a combination of mint and basil.
  • The Elegant Hors d’Oeurve’s Bacon Wrapped Water Chesnuts. Anything “bacon-wrapped” is a win in our book, but bacon-wrapped chestnuts raise the bar. They’re so flavorful thanks to the dijon and brown sugar they’re wrapped up with that they don’t even need a dipping sauce.

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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