Ode to the meat that even vegetarian’s covet…

By on June 12, 2013

Bacon, bacon, bacon where art though bacon?

Bacon has become the quintessential food of all foods. These days it seems like you hear about bacon being transformed or modified one way or another. Now, don’t get me wrong nothing makes me happier than to see bacon add its special je ne sais quoi to meals, dishes and believe it or not to drinks and pastries.


We have all experienced the moment where the smell of cooked bacon has literally stopped us in our tracks. That smokey and in some cases maple infused smell creates euphoric like feelings to us lucky carnivores. I still remember as a child, a typical Sunday morning breakfast would normally consist of eggs, croissants, diced potatoes and onions (Mom’s own rendition of home fries), cold cuts and a mountain of deliciousness….bacon. Breakfast during the weekends had become one of my favorite meals (it still is especially when I visit my parents). Now when I said there was a mountain of bacon, I literally mean a mountain of it – the pork gods were always generous and good to our family. Truth be known, I would go through the stack of bacon and try to single out those strips that were cooked to almost perfection…not too limp but not too crispy…just right. The croissants had two purposes, first to satisfy my buttery craving and secondly to be used as a vessel…to be stuffed with as much crispy bacon as I could. It was and still is the best of both worlds – buttery croissants and the salty goodness of bacon. But for me it was the “process” that I loved the most: first take the piping hot croissant from the oven, tear it apart without burning my fingers, take a whiff of that buttery goodness and believe it or not add more butter to it. Nothing like seeing golden butter melt in the heat of this Parisian staple. Now it was time to add the bacon, it was best to add crispy bacon as opposed to the “perfectly cooked one’s” so that I could experience the crunch of the crispy bacon but also feel the softness that the flaky croissants had to offer. You would think I would be content with just this process but alas, this was not the case. The piece de résistance was when for the mountain of bacon was all gone and my sister and I could take our toasts and lather up the bacon drippings that was found at the bottom of the mountain of yummniess. Now, for those weak at heart…I highly suggest you stop reading. Now for the rest of us, all I can say is WOW! The taste of the toasts with the drippings was and IS spectacular. It truly is amazing and for those out there rolling your eyes in sheer disgust – all I can say is: try it before you knock it. Who needs maple spread, when you have bacon spread!

Like I mentioned earlier, today the food industry is inundated with new food ideas comprising of bacon somehow. Almost every component of a dining experience can include the divine meat (can you tell I’m biased) from bacon martinis to bacon cupcakes.

An apple and bacon martini, to stir up your appetite
  Bacon wrapped bread sticks rolled in
parmesan cheese is absolutely amazing!
I’ll bet you won’t be able to stay away from these bacon sticks…
To reach your veggie quota,
here is the bacon salad holder
A bacon weave taco…need I say more?!

For the sweet and salty craving that you may have
I couldn’t leave without first showing you this very funny and apropos video…

Keep eating bacon, regardless of what format it’s in.

Your bacon lover,
FT

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