Bacon lovers of the world – Unite!!

Posted by on Monday, July 4th, 2011

I love bacon. I honestly don’t use it much anymore because …. well, let’s face it – it’s nothing but fat. But mercy, it’s some tasty fat!! 9 times out of 10, if a recipe calls for bacon, I use turkey bacon. (which is a sad substitute but I’m kind of used to it now!)

But, in honor of the 4th of July and our divine right of freedom to choose fattening but yummy bacon without anyone casting stones at us – I went out on a limb and made not just one but TWO dishes that called for bacon. And I used the GOOOOOOOD kind!! :)

I found both of these recipes on Pinterest in recent days and just had to try them!

Creamy Bacon/Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad

You will need:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into one inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound dried rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado pitted and sliced
  1. Cook bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain. Run cold water over the top until the pasta is cooled.
  3. While your bacon and pasta are cooking, whisk mayonnaise, lemon, salt, garlic powder, pepper and dill together in a bowl.
  4. Stir cooled pasta, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado and reserved bacon into the dressing. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.

The second recipe really only calls for two things. Potatoes and bacon. Geez, how could that go wrong??

Bacon Potato

I washed and dried 4 potatoes. I cut each one into slices without cutting all the way through at the bottom. I cut the bacon into about 2 inch long pieces and wedged one slice in between each slice of the potato. I then wrapped them each one in foil and baked on a cookie sheet (in case there were drippings from the bacon), 350* for about 2 hours.

If you follow the link – she baked hers without the foil so that her bacon was crispier looking when it was done. I might try it that way next time but I really liked the way the bacon flavor just soaked into the potato. They were super moist and yummmmmmy!

And if I wasn’t stuffed enough from all that…. we had to have a little dessert too!

Brownie Trifle.

Kill me now.

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  1. Stacyon 05 Jul 2011 at 4:44 am 1

    Next year, I’m coming to your place for the 4th!!

  2. Jessicaon 06 Jul 2011 at 11:18 am 2

    Oh dear me! That potato looks insanely awesome! I am a fellow bacon-lover, trying to switch to turkey bacon. It’s good, but it’s not the same!

    Found you through BlogHer. :)

  3. Beccaon 06 Jul 2011 at 12:36 pm 3

    Bacon, bacon! I love bacon! I love your recipes, I am going to have to give that salad a try, it sounds really good! Especially now that it is getting hot here!

  4. Vonnieon 07 Jul 2011 at 10:24 am 4

    ooooooohhh! I am not much of a meat eater but when it comes to bacon…let’s just say you may want to get your share first! And with the hubs being a former pork producer? It is pork or nothing! Great recipes, thanks for sharing!

  5. Lenaon 12 Jul 2011 at 6:22 am 5

    Yummmmm! Those look awesome!

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