Bring on the Bacon! Creative Recipes for a Classic Ingredient
By Janet Tharpe


Bring on the Bacon! Creative Recipes for a Classic Ingredient
Breakfast Done Right: BMC2 Cupcakes!


When we recently unveiled the new themed collections of recipes on justapinch.com I was faced with a major dilemma: what ingredient deserves to be in the spotlight? I pondered and pondered... over coffee, through dinner, in my sleep and finally over breakfast. And then it struck me! There are few ingredients so universally loved - and eaten - as... bacon!

And bacon's not just for breakfast any more! Folks everywhere are hip to the benefits of bacon and are slipping the good stuff into recipes wherever they can. In fact, Milwaukee's Jill Drury combined a whopping FIVE traditional breakfast favorites into her very unconventional - yet tasty - BMC2 Cupcakes.

"I am the girl who hides in the kitchen corner, eating cake for breakfast!" laughs Jill. "Never a huge lover of traditional eggs & bacon for breakfast, I was inspired to create this cupcake one year for Easter brunch. All your favorite breakfast ingredients in cupcake form! Who could go wrong with bacon, eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples?

"My cupcake quickly became a huge hit within my family. One bite and you're filled and ready to go. Soon, I was making them every Sunday! I have slowly turned my family into cake eaters for breakfast. I no longer stand in the corner alone."

I like that thinking, Jill! Share a piece of bacon and make a friend for life, that's what I say. And in this instance not only is Jill sharing her bacon, but also her love of sugary breakfasts. Ah yes, sweet mornings, indeed.

Another bacon-y recipe causing a stir is Diane Eldridge's super scrummy ("scrumptious" AND "yummy") Stuffed Mushrooms. A far cry from Jill's sweet cupcakes, these savory, smoky portabellos are jam-packed with cheesy goodness.

"I love mushrooms, any way ya make them," exclaims Diane. "This is one of my fave recipes for them... and [they are] sooooooo easy to make."

We just couldn't resist adding this recipe to "Bring on the Bacon", our new collection of bacon recipes. Diane uses simple, rich ingredients like crispy fried bacon and smoky pre-packaged cheese crackers to achieve a super flavorful dish with very little effort. Use baby portabellas like we did to turn these from a main dish stunner to an A+ finger food.

And speaking of finger foods, I just can’t seem to talk about bacon - which I do a lot - without bringing up Judy Sprague’s Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Parmesan. This recipe was one of the very first dishes to receive a Blue Ribbon in the Recipe Club, and remains a favorite among the Crew.

The real magic in this dish is not necessarily the individual ingredients, but rather the wonderful symphony of flavors they create when combined together! To achieve this plate-clearer, simply stuff ripe, pitted dates with a cube of deliciously salty Parmesano-Reggiano cheese. Wrap each sweet date with an entire slice of bacon, and then bake until perfectly done. The bacon will crisp, creating the perfect single-bite appetizer sure to please every palette.

Be sure to check out Bring on the Bacon!" and all the other new Recipe Samplers for fun meal ideas and more!




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11 Comments

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Aury Ventura streak9381
Apr 14, 2011
smarticia: thank you. i'll pick it up sometime soon.
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Jo Webb jowebb
Apr 14, 2011
This is Jo Webb. jo.webb18@yahoo.com. I still can not open my utilities drawer or open my messages.
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Smarticia Khata Eggplanter
Apr 14, 2011
Aury, I was actually just going to mention that! Their bacon is one of my favorite vegetarian finds. It looks a little strange when you take it out of the package, but it cooks up crisp. I like it on BLTs, but it's also good in recipes. Hope you like it too! :)
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Aury Ventura streak9381
Apr 14, 2011
since i'm a vegetarian, i obviously can't have bacon. however, i was wondering if the veggie bacon that morningstar farms makes is any good. if anyone has tried it, please let me know. thanks in advance.
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D Hunt cokesmom
Apr 13, 2011
I just ate pound cake for breakfast. :) Usually it's yogurt, but I was feeling it.