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Last Tuesday at this time I was not getting ready for work. I was sleeping. And then I was reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Later I went for an hour-long bike ride along the beach, followed by wine tasting with friends at a couple of local wineries. Truly a day to remember and repeat whenever possible. And then, to make it even more amazing, a bacon double cheeseburger at the Habit. Definitely in my Top 5 Best Uses for Bacon. In fact, let’s make a list:

1) Bacon-Wrapped Filet – I know, so typical and run-of-the-mill. But it’s popular for a reason. I would eat it every other day if it didn’t make me feel so guilty.

2) Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus – Pretty common in my house these days. I always thought that asparagus was the world’s greatest veggie, but bacon bumps it up to Food of the Gods. Less guilt-inducing than bacon-wrapped red meat.

3) Carbonara – I know this dish is traditionally made with eggs and pancetta, but I’ll take any bastardized version. Bacon, cream, parmesan and pasta are most common in my house, because those are ingredients I always have on hand. MORE guilt-inducing than bacon-wrapped red meat.

4) Bacon Cheeseburger – Preferably with American cheese, shredded lettuce and a slice of ripe tomato. Which is why the Habit ranks so high on my list of favorite burger joints.

5) Country Gravy & Biscuits – There is a big debate about whether gravy should be made with sausage or bacon. I have a very strong opinion…bet you can’t guess what it is. This is probably my guiltiest bacon pleasure, because it’s basically carb-topped carbs. Thank goodness it comes with fried eggs!

It appears that most of our readers are not big commenters, but I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this. What are your favorite uses for bacon? I just know someone out there has a fabulous favorite that’s going to make me bump my #5. Either that, or start building my Top 10 list.


  • Naseem says:

    Well I’m a big fan of bacon as the star of the show (ie: 2 eggs scrambled with a side of 4 slices of bacon), but here goes:

    1. Bacon cheeseburger
    2. Bacon dipped in maple syrup
    3. Turkey club with bacon
    4. Quiche Lorraine
    5. Potato skins with bacon

  • Marie says:

    1. a pound of bacon, a bottle of good Champagne, and my best friend, together on a Sunday morning. ‘Nuff said.

    2. bacon and guacamole. Who needs chips?

    3. bacon-maple-pecan ripple ice cream

    4. bacon, potatoes, and onions chopped small and fried together, topped with an egg over easy and a side of apple butter

    5. bacon and peanut butter on whole wheat–maybe with half a banana added

  • marianne says:

    Bacon and Guac?! Brilliant! I have a big avocado tree in my backyard…next time I make guac I’ll throw some crispy bacon in the mix with my homemade chips. I know my guests will be amazed. Thanks for the fab idea!

  • Dave says:

    Right now, with the tomatoes from my garden starting to come in, my favorite sandwich is in season: the humble yet delicious BLT.

    There is something especially satisfying about making BLTs with homegrown tomatoes and bacon that you’ve cured yourself.

    I guess if I were really OCD I could grow my own lettuce, bake the bread, and make the mayo from scratch using eggs from my chickens, but I have a life, damn it.

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