Ah bacon. It is crispy, salty, meaty, and so addictive. It is one of those ingredients that you always seem to have in the fridge, and yet you never do anything exciting with. Most of the time you probably end up just frying it up and putting it in a sandwich.
There are so many exciting things you can make with bacon. It is very versatile, goes well with all sorts of different ingredients and is used in many different styles of cuisine.
We have put together this list of the 30 best bacon recipes that you can try out at home. Your family will love these new meal ideas and it will jazz up your usual routine. There are recipes for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as side dishes and starters.
Whether you are looking for something to feed the whole family, to impress your guests at a dinner party, or a romantic meal for two, there is something for everyone on this list. Keep reading to discover your new best bacon recipes.
If you love to tuck into pull apart bread or tear and share bread then you will definitely love this recipe. It makes the perfect brunch, especially if you serve it with some runny eggs. It also makes a great side dish to serve with creamy pasta or soup.
Even better it takes just 20 minutes to prepare with a 55 minute baking time. The melty cheese is delicious and the ranch dressing mix adds a lovely flavour to the bread.
Pancakes with maple bacon is a wonderful breakfast that is perfect for bringing the family together on a Saturday morning. These maple bacon pancakes have all of those classic flavours but in a fun, mini pancake bite that children will love- and the adults too!
They only take 22 minutes to make so you can have an interesting and tasty breakfast for your hungry family on the table in no time.
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If you are looking for a more substantial and savory breakfast then why don’t you try these bacon pancakes with tangy cheddar cheese and zingy chives. The bacon is nice and salty and you can top the pancakes with a dollop of fresh sour cream as a nice garnish.
These tasty pancakes are also great for lunch or dinner – not just breakfast. They are filling and your family will love trying something new.
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One of the simplest but most enjoyable bacon recipes is the classic BLT sandwich – bacon, lettuce and tomato. The crisp lettuce and refreshing tomato cut through the salty, fatty flavours of the bacon to create a perfectly balanced sandwich. No wonder it’s one of the best bacon recipes.
When it comes to the bread, the choice is yours – soft white or crusty and warm, seeded or wholemeal, or even rye. A smear of mayonnaise should be all you need on your bread, especially if your bacon is still a bit warm.
If you want to get creative you can add some extra elements to your sandwich. Amongst our top additions are slices of avocado, succulent grilled chicken and crunchy cucumber. If you want to make this sandwich into an evening meal rather than a lunch, serve it with some chunky chips and coleslaw on the side.
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You have probably tried British scones with jam and clotted cream. You may have tried cheesy scones spread with butter. But the best scone has got to be this bacon, egg and cheddar scone. It would make a hearty breakfast or a lovely Sunday evening supper.
They are ready in half an hour and will fill your kitchen with a mouth watering smell- don’t be surprised if your family suddenly appears in the kitchen when the aroma begins to waft around the house!
Mac and cheese is a classic dish that needs no improvement – but a bit of bacon is always a good idea! It adds a crunchy texture and a salty, meaty flavour to this comforting, cheesy meal that takes it to another level.
You can make it in one pan which is ideal for a weeknight meal when you don’t want to spending ages washing up. Cheddar is the perfect cheese to use because it melts really well. That said, you can use a combination of different cheeses depending on what you like. Personally, I love a little bit of funky blue cheese to pep things up.
Alternatively, you could add some smoked cheese to compliment the smoky accents of the bacon.
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This easy recipe makes a lovely brunch or lunch. You can even serve it for a light dinner with a tasty side salad. The sweet and salty bacon goes perfectly with the creamy goats cheese, and thyme ties all of the flavours together and adds an earthy, herby element.
The base of this slice is made from flour, whipped egg, bicarbonate of soda, and yogurt. This is similar to cloud bread.
Quiche is one of those foods that is tasty and versatile but often gets overlooked. You can serve it at a party, enjoy a slice for lunch or as a snack, or serve it warm from the oven with potato salad and coleslaw for a lovely evening meal.
The addition of spinach makes this recipe more interesting, nutritious and colourful than a standard Quiche Lorraine. You can also try making it with a wholemeal pastry crust if you want to try something different.
Oh yum! This is the ultimate toasted sandwich – crispy bacon, gooey brie, and caramelised onions that are packed with flavour. What more could you want? The bread is crunchy and golden brown, creating a perfectly satisfying bite.
This sandwich is indulgent, satisfying, and will definitely become one of your go to best bacon recipes.
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If you are looking for a bacon recipe that is perfect for a romantic date night then try this linguine. It is simple to make, with rich flavors that tie in together perfectly. It is a restaurant quality meal that will impress your date and will feel like a real treat.
The spinach adds a lovely flavour and some colour to the dish. This pasta would go really nicely with a refreshing glass of white wine.
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Risotto is a simple meal to make that is perfect for the whole family to tuck into. It is satisfying, delicious, and can be made in just one pot which makes it a dream to clean up afterwards. Bacon and leek is a fantastic combination, and the peas add even more nutrients.
White wine is used in the risotto to give it a deeper flavour, and the parmesan cheese makes the texture lovely and creamy. You can customise this recipe by adding more vegetables, a different kind of cheese, or even including some grilled chicken.
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This recipe is a twist on the classic carbonara with mushrooms added for some protein and a lovely earthy flavor. The saltiness of the bacon goes really well with the mushrooms, and the creamy sauces tie it all together perfectly.
Tagliatelle is the perfect pasta to serve with carbonara, but you can use spaghetti or even fusilli if you prefer. Make sure the sauce is cooked on a low heat to prevent the egg yolks from curdling.
If you like halloumi and you like bacon, then why not put them both together? Halloumi is a delicious cheese that takes on a golden brown colour and squeaky texture when it is pan fried. It pairs perfectly with salty, crispy bacon to create an addictive and flavoursome snack.
It also makes a great addition to a Tapas evening, alongside sauteed chorizo, sun dried tomatoes and olives. You can also serve it as a starter at a dinner party, or as a side dish at your next BBQ.
Delicious and simple, it’s sure to becomes one of your best bacon recipes.
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The best word to describe this recipe is epic! This stack of waffles and chicken with gooey, dripping egg yolk and crispy bacon isa sweet and salty flavour bomb that will blow you away.
It takes around 35 minutes to cook and is the perfect Friday night indulgence. So much better than a takeaway and cheaper than going out for dinner. This recipe uses rocket leaves, but you can swap this out for lettuce if you want to add a bit more pepperiness to the burger.
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If you want a more traditional burger then you should try this recipe for a beef burger. The bacon and blue cheese is included in the burger meat mix, which not only makes the patty nice and juicy but also combines all of the flavours perfectly in every bite.
Bacon and blue cheese is such a fantastic pairing, and both flavours go really well with the beef. You can use whatever toppings you fancy, but gherkins go very nicely. Try it and we’re confident it’ll be one of your best bacon recipes to make again and again.
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If you love serving baked beans as a side dish then you should definitely try this recipe. Your family will love these beans that are packed with savoury yumminess.
The crunchy bacon adds a lovely texture and goes really well with the smoky, BBQ flavours of the dish. You can serve them over cornbread or on top of an oven baked potato, or with chicken drumsticks.
This easy meal needs only 10 minutes of preparation time and 35 minutes cooking time. So you can have dinner ready in 45 minutes without having to stand over a hot stove. Result!
This dish is ideal to enjoy on a warm summer evening, when you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine while the tart is cooking. The flavours are fresh and bright, with a crunchy and refreshing salad on the side to complete the meal.
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If you are looking for a quick and easy pasta dish for a weeknight meal then this recipe is perfect. You can switch out the pancetta for regular bacon that is cut into small squares.
You can also add extra vegetables to use whatever is in your cupboard or refrigerator – zucchini, tomatoes and onion all go really well in this pasta dish. The creamy ricotta is mild but delicious and brings all of the ingredients together in a light saucy coating.
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This recipe for asparagus spears wrapped in bacon would make the perfect starter for your next dinner party. You can prepare it in advance so you have less to do when your guests arrive. It is delicious but not too filling so everyone will still have room for the main course.
The tender asparagus contrasts with the crispy bacon, and the fresh green flavour goes very well with the salty meat. These bacon wrapped asparagus tips also make a lovely topping for a cheesy risotto, crossed over each other on top of the rice in an elegant arrangement.
Fried rice is such an easy meal to make and is super quick for those busy weeknights. The salty bacon in this recipe is a lovely addition to the rice, with eggs and onions too. You can also add additional ingredients like chives, chicken, or bell peppers if you want to make this meal go further.
It is best to use pre-cooked rice that has completely cooled to avoid the rice going mushy when you fry it. If you like spicy food, try this rice with some hot sauce.
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If you’re not sure what side dishes to serve at your next BBQ, check out this delicious recipe for creamy potato salad with bacon. It is packed with crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs, and chives. You could even add some leeks or peas as well if you want more vegetables.
The creamy sauce coats the baby potatoes and all of the ingredients. This is the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and your guests will love tucking into a big bowl of this salad at your next garden party.
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This recipe is the ideal side dish to serve with your Christmas dinner, but you can also enjoy it all year round. The saltiness of the bacon is the perfect accompaniment to the soft, green sprouts and the chestnuts add a lovely crunch.
You can also serve this alongside grilled chicken and potatoes, or on the side of a beef pie with red wine gravy.
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If you want to impress your guests then make these stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon. The flavour of the bacon mingles with the chicken and cuts through the creaminess of the cheese. You can serve this chicken with dauphinoise potatoes, chunky chips,.
Buttery mashed potato, or on a bed of creamy pasta. Steamed green vegetables would also go very nicely.
Hunter’s chicken is another take on a bacon wrapped chicken breast, but this time with BBQ flavors and melted cheese. It goes perfectly with sauteed potatoes and lots of fresh vegetables for a comforting evening meal.
It is a British pub grub favourite so pour yourself a pint of beer to enjoy with this tasty meal.
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There’s a reason why this recipe is on our best bacon recipes list.
Sometimes the simple recipes are the best, like this recipe for a bacon and egg roll. Straightforward ingredients, an easy to follow method, and a foolproof recipe that will guarantee you a delicious and satisfying breakfast.
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Finding new and exciting ways to get your children to eat their breakfast can be quite challenging. These roll ups take the classic breakfast foods and serve them in a fun way that children will love. We’re sure it’ll find it’s way onto your best bacon recipes list.
They also make a great snack, and you can make them ahead of time and take them with you on a day out so you have something tasty and filling to give your children when they get hungry.
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This hearty and nourishing soup is packed with healthy vegetables, lentils and bacon. It is the perfect dinner for a cold evening when you want something comforting and satisfying.
It is guilt free and low in calories but will keep you full. You can serve it with warm crusty bread if you want to mop up all of that delicious broth.
This is another comforting soup that is perfect to eat in the winter. The potatoes make this soup nice and thick, and you get to enjoy the classic combination of leek and bacon.
The bacon is nice and crispy which adds an interesting texture, and the saltiness cuts through the other flavors. This soup goes very well with warm ciabatta bread spread with salted butter.
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As Aussies, this had to be on our list of the best bacon recipes.
Bacon and Avocado are two ingredients that belong together, and they come together perfectly in this refreshing and filling salad. This recipe would make the perfect lunch, with lots of tasty flavours and interesting textures.
The salty bacon cuts through the creamy avocado. The lettuce is crisp and refreshing and the blue cheese adds a lovely indulgent element which makes this salad very satisfying.
This recipe uses sweet chilli flavours to bring together the succulent shrimp and the delightfully crispy bacon. You can add whatever vegetables you fancy and serve this dish with rice for a tasty weeknight meal that is quick and easy to cook.
It’s another winner on our list of best bacon recipes.
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