It’s crispy. It’s salty. It’s fatty. It’s the most versatile meat in your fridge. Of course, we’re talking about bacon, the salt-cured pork that tastes good at breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert (but more on that later). While it’s often served solo as a side or haphazardly crumbled atop various dishes for extra crunch and flavor, bacon deserves its time in the limelight. Read on for 46 easy, savory bacon recipes that call for it as a main ingredient. We’re talking pasta dishes, brunch basics, pizzas and more.
1. Linguine with Bacon, Peaches and Gorgonzola
2. Savory Breakfast Pie with Bacon Lattice Crust
Buttery pie crust + cheesy egg custard + a dozen shatteringly crisp strips of bacon = a good morning indeed.
3. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue
4. Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines
A taste of autumn in every bite. Best part? The figs are caramelized in maple syrup and bacon grease.
5. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Spoon it onto crackers, scoop it up with hunks of crusty bread or even use it as a spread on grilled cheese sandwiches.
6. Cheese and Bacon Baked Potatoes
Slicing the spud hasselback style and filling the slits with butter guarantees a drool-worthy final product. All that’s missing is a dollop of sour cream and a flourish of chives.
7. Mini Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf
Meatloaf isn’t fancy, but it’s nostalgically delicious. Instead of being topped with a thick ketchup-based glaze, all those ingredients are mixed into the meat before it’s shaped and wrapped in bacon.
8. Dorie Greenspan’s Maple Syrup and Mustard Brussels Sprouts
9. BLT Tacos
Give the classic sandwich an update with baked black pepper bacon, sliced avocado and soft flour tortillas. Feel free to slather some mayo on there too as a nod to the O.G.
10. Maple Candied Bacon
11. Bacon Mac and Cheese
12. Bacon-Wrapped Black Cod with Spinach and Capers
This savory number will turn you into a fish lover. The tender cod is wrapped in bacon and seared, so all that salty deliciousness seeps right into the meat.
13. Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Beer
This soup gets a bad rap. But crumbled bacon, sherry vinegar, sourdough croutons and a whole can of pale lager will change that.
14. Ritz Crackers with Whipped Honey Ricotta and Bacon
For when you get home after a long day and have no energy to cook. (Or for when you forgot about appetizers and your guests are arriving in 15.)
15. Roasted Sweet Potato and Bacon Open-Faced Sandwich with Herbed Ricotta
Introducing our favorite way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. If they’re already cooked, the sammy will only take you ten minutes tops to prepare.
16. Sweet Potato, Bacon and Broccoli Egg Muffins
With this recipe in your arsenal, there’s no reason you should ever leave the house without breakfast. Bake them on a Sunday and keep them in the fridge all week for a grab-and-go option.
17. Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Bacon
It may seem time consuming, but it isn’t if you multitask. Simply pop the mushrooms in the oven to roast while you cook the polenta on the stove.
18. Bacon, Kale and Egg Grandma Pie
Runny yolks! Wilted greens! Craggy bacon! Doughy crust! Brunch (or pizza night) at your place has never looked so good.
19. Bacon Guacamole
20. BLT Pasta Salad
Creamy, crunchy, refreshing, flavorful—what else can you want in a pasta salad? Make the whole recipe ahead besides the bacon and add it in right before serving, so it doesn’t turn soggy.
21. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Don’t even try controlling your appetite around these toothpicked cuties. They’re drizzled with honey for an unexpected pop of sweetness.
22. Pancake Tacos with Cheese and Bacon
One bite and they’ll replace cereal as your kids’ favorite breakfast. Drizzle them with syrup, spicy mayo or hot sauce (or heck, all three).
23. Bacon and Egg Fried Rice
Feel free to spruce up this 20-minute gem with any leafy greens or veggies that you forgot about in the crisper drawer.
24. Maple French Toast Breakfast Sandwich
Cinnamon-kissed French toast beats a plain English muffin any day. Serve it with plenty of maple syrup for dipping.
25. Spicy Corn Carbonara
26. Salmon BLT
The classic BLT is flawless as is, but believe it or not, a juicy fillet of lemon-pepper salmon makes it a million times better. Trust.
27. Bacon-Wrapped Eggs
We *finally* nailed the perfect egg-to-bacon ratio. The trick is half-baking the bacon strips, using them to line a muffin tin, cracking an egg into each cup and baking it all to jiggly-yolk perfection.
28. Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws
If only they served these at bars instead of nuts. We’re betting they’d complement a crisp IPA or wheat ale just right.
29. Roasted Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Salad
Because summer doesn’t have dibs on pasta salad. Serve it with a soul-warming fall soup and roast chicken.
30. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Muffins
Your eyes don’t deceive you: These handhelds are toting whole hardboiled eggs. You’ll need a jumbo muffin pan to accommodate them.
31. Seared Scallops with Green Peas, Mint and Shallots
All the vegetables and alliums are cooked in bacon grease for salty, savory flavor. Then, the scallops are seared in it for two minutes per side.
32. Bacon Cheddar Biscuits
Mimosas, butter and a basket of these bad boys is the key to our heart. Good luck stopping after just one (OK, two).
33. Swanky BLT
The tomatoes are balsamic-roasted, lettuce is traded for escarole and there’s vinegar and crème fraiche in the mayo. The recipe calls for pancetta instead of bacon, but we wouldn’t blame you for including both.
34. Mini Quiches with Hash Brown Crusts
Don’t sweat shredding your own spuds. The recipe calls for using frozen hash browns for maximum convenience. Drain them thoroughly to ensure that they crisp up in the oven.
35. Strawberry Cobb Salad with Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
Isn’t she lovely? This combo of pecans, berries, bacon, tomatoes and avocado is a million times more exciting than store-bought Caesar.
36. Loaded Baked Potato ‘Chips’
Isn’t it the worst when you accidentally fill up on your baked potato before even making a dent in your entrée? These itty-bitty loaded chips can help.
37. Keto Guacamole Burger Bites
Fill up on pearl mozzarella, homemade guacamole and mini burger patties wrapped in crispy bacon without slipping out of ketosis.
38. Creamy Gnocchi Soup with Rosemary Bacon
39. Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
40. Bacon and Avocado Waffle Grilled Cheese
Sure, you can use homemade (or frozen) waffles in place of bread here. But the recipe calls for a convenient, ingenious substitute: refrigerated canned biscuits.
41. Stovetop Bacon Creamed Corn
If the farmers market has corn, load up on as many fresh ears as you can carry. If not, feel free to use frozen corn in the off season.
42. Bacon Potato Salad
43. Guacamole Bacon Burger
Apply the sliced pepper jack cheese right after flipping the burger over, so it has plenty of heat and time to melt.
44. Honey, Peach and Brie Panini with Bacon Butter
And the award for World’s Tastiest Compound Butter goes to…
45. Homemade Maple Bacon Doughnuts
The buttery maple glaze is nothing short of life-changing. Wash them down with a warm cinnamon latte.
46. Salted Caramel and Candied Bacon Ice Cream
For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.