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10 Ways to Celebrate National Bacon Day

If ever there was a food that deserved its own day, it is bacon.  Invented in 1997 by Danya “D” Goodman and Meff “Human Cannonball” Leonard, who wanted everyone to have a common holiday to bond over in December, National Bacon Day is commemorated on December 30.  And while the actual day of celebration has passed, we believe there’s always a reason to celebrate bacon.

Here are 10 delicious ways to pay homage to bacon.  You are welcome.

1.       Put Bacon on a Burger 

The words bacon double cheeseburger exist for a reason. 

2.       Eat Bacon for Breakfast 

Sure, you can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan to go alongside some farm fresh eggs.  Or you could try a less classic combination.  Crumble up crispy bacon into your pancake or waffle batter and top with a fried egg and syrup.   

3.       Make the Best BLT 

While purists may believe that a BLT should be nothing other than crispy smoked bacon, a perfect piece of lettuce, a fat slice of tomato and some mayo on toasted white bread, we need to acknowledge the truly magical thing that happens when you introduce pimento cheese to bacon on a sandwich.

4.       Use Bacon to Make Vegetables (even more) Delicious 

Yes, vegetables are delicious and healthy, and baconing them up might be beside the point, but some vegetables actually do cry out for bacon the way the New Year cries out for Hoppin’ John and collard greens.  Cook your greens low and slow, and use crispy bacon and bacon grease to add layers of flavor.     

5.       Throw Some Bacon in Your Mac and Cheese

 Adding bacon to mac and cheese instantly makes it gourmet. 

6.       Bring Bacon to a Party 

Have you ever noticed that dishes made with bacon are always the first to disappear from the buffet?  Wrap bacon around artichoke hearts, blue cheese stuffed dates, or shishito peppers.  Bake.  Voila, party favorite!

7.       Turn Bacon into Candy 

Candied bacon is crispy, smoky, salty, and sweet.  It is the perfect bite.  It’s even easy to make.  See recipe below. 

8.       Pour Bacon Over Your Salad

Spinach salad would just be a lonely bowl of leafy greens without the hot bacon dressing that accompanies it.  Whisk crumbled bacon, bacon grease, red wine vinegar, sugar and Dijon mustard in a pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.

9.       Use Bacon to Wrap Chicken, Meatloaf, Filet Mignon, and Everything Else.  

See our easy recipe below.

10.   Order a Rooster Biscuit for Breakfast and a Cobb Salad for Lunch

Farmview Market’s café has tons of delicious bacon options for any time of day.  Check out the menu here. 

 

We are serious about bacon at Farmview Market.  Our handmade heritage Berkshire bacon gets hickory smoked by our culinary butcher for about 6 hours and then either sugar cured or peppered with no added nitrates or nitrites.

Try any variety of Farmview Market’s fresh smoked bacon in these bacon forward recipes.

Candied Bacon

Ingredients:

12 slices  Rock House Farm Bacon

1/3 cup  Light brown sugar

Finely Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil.

Put bacon slices in a bowl, season them with pepper and toss with the brown sugar.

Arrange bacon strips on the baking sheets and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until caramelized and almost crisp.

Transfer the bacon to a rack set over a sheet of foil to cool completely before serving.

 

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast

Ingredients:

4  Skinless, boneless chicken breasts

1/4 tsp.   Ground chili powder

1/4 tsp.  Garlic powder

4 slices  Rock House Farm bacon

1/2 cup  BBQ sauce

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Sprinkle chili powder and garlic powder evenly over chicken breasts.

Wrap a slice of bacon over the top of each breast, tucking the ends underneath.

Place the chicken in a greased 13×9” baking dish and brush with BBQ sauce.

Cook for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through and browned.

 

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