Calling all bacon lovers! Saturday, Aug. 30 is International Bacon Day, a holiday dedicated entirely to the popular meat treat. Started in 2004 by three University of Colorado Boulder graduate students, the holiday is celebrated the Saturday before U.S. Labor Day. For those looking to celebrate with a special take on the breakfast staple, here are five bacon-infused recipes sure to satisfy any meat-lovers craving:
Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich
What better way to celebrate International Bacon Day then to start your morning off right with a traditional bacon, egg and cheese sandwich?
Ingredients: 1 bagel, unsalted butter, 2 large white eggs, 1 slice of American cheese, 2 to 3 slices of pre-cooked bacon, hot sauce/ketchup.
How to: Martha Stewart's bacon, egg and cheese sandwich recipe advises to start by slicing your bagel in half and buttering each side. Place the slices into a toaster oven. Add butter to a heated skillet and separately add in the two eggs. After the egg whites are cooked, poke the yolk and add your cheese and bacon slices to one egg. Take the remaining egg and place it yolk down on top of the other egg (like a sandwich). When adequately cooked, place the eggs onto your bagel and serve with ketchup/hot sauce.
Combine the salty greatness that is bacon with the smooth taste of the equally beloved avocado by making the Food Network’s Spicy Bacon Guacamole.
Ingredients: 4 strips of cooked bacon, 2 ripe avocados, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 of a small, chopped red onion, 2 to 4 tablespoons of jalapeno slices, 2 tablespoons of brine, 1 plum tomato, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
How to: If you’re haven’t already done so, fully-cooked your bacon slices. Next, place your depitted and pealed avocados into a bowl with the lime juice, cumin, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mash the ingredients together leaving some visible chunks. Add in the red onion pieces, jalapenos, brine, and tomatoes. Crumble the bacon into the mixture. If desired, use additional jalapenos and bacon as garnish. Serve with tortilla chips.
Bacon Wrapped Burger
Celebrate Labor Day weekend by enjoying AllRecipe.com’s good-ole American, bacon-infused cheeseburger.
Ingredients: 1 pounds of ground beef, 1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, 1 small red onion chopped, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of ketchup, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, 1/8 tablespoon of pepper, 6 slice of bacon, and hamburger buns.
How to: Start by pre-heating your grill to a high heat. In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, onion, egg, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Crumble in the ground beef and mix the ingredients together with your hands. After thoroughly mixed, form the meat into six individual patties. Wrap a slice of uncooked bacon around her pattie and secure it with a toothpick. The patties should be cooked for 5 minutes on each side. Remove toothpicks before serving the burgers.
Chocolate Covered Bacon
Satisfy your sweet tooth and salty-snack craving in one swoop by making the Food Network’s recipe for chocolate covered bacon.
Ingredients: 16 slices of cooked and cooled smoked bacon (cut in half), 3, 4-ounce bars of semi-sweet chocolate (chopped).
How to: Melt your chopped chocolate pieces in a boiler, continually whisking until smooth. Remove the chocolate from the heat. Dunk each slice of bacon into the mixture making sure to coat it completely. Allow the bacon to drip off excess chocolate on a wax-paper lined tray. Allow the meat to chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.
If you prefer to consume your bacon in liquid form, consider Bacon Today’s famous Bacon Martini.
Ingredients: 1-ounce of Bacon-infused vodka, 1-ounce of Butterscotch Schnapps, 2-ounces of apple juice, one half strip of cooked bacon.
How to: Start by adding the bacon-infused vodka, Butterscotch Schnapps and apple juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake the liquids thoroughly before pouring into a martini glass. If desire, garnish with a cooked bacon slice.