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Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs

Jalapeño Bacon Deviled EggsHormel recently sent me a case of their new Black Label Jalapeño bacon to try so I figured I’d use it to make some Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs. What you see here are said eggs.

Everyone out there probably has their own preferred way of making deviled eggs, but for mine I always just mix egg yolks, mayonnaise, yellow mustard and a little bit of salt and pepper for the filling and then top my eggs with paprika.

I know that pickle relish is a pretty popular ingredient in deviled eggs as well, but I can’t stand pickles or anything pickle related. They’re one of the few foods in the world that I don’t even want anywhere near me. I think it stems from the fact that when I was a little kid my sister used to eat pickles and then drink the leftover pickle juice from the jar and burp in my face. Pretty gross right? It definitely made me never want to see another pickle as long as I live. Also, just because I wasn’t sure how spicy the actual bacon was going to be I decided to add an actual jalapeño slice to each of the deviled eggs as well.

In the end the Jalapeño Bacon Deviled Eggs probably would have been fine without the addition of actual jalapeños, but at least it helped with the aesthetics I guess. I’m sort of a wuss when it comes to anything spicy, but this bacon pretty much had just the right amount of spice for my liking. I probably still couldn’t sit there and eat a pound of it like I can with literally any other bacon in existence, but with the way I eat most of the time maybe that’s a good thing….

S’mores Bacon

S'mores BaconI have no idea why since I’m not normally a huge fan of sweets, but I’ve been on a bit of a s’mores kick lately. First it was S’mores Chicken Wings, then it was Rice Krispies Treats S’mores and most recently I decided to make some S’mores Bacon.

So what exactly is S’mores Bacon you ask? Basically I just did the exact same thing I did with the S’mores Chicken Wings, but with bacon strips instead of wings.

I started off by frying up some bacon and then using a knife to spread melted marshmallows over each of the bacon strips. After that I sprinkled crushed up graham crackers onto the marshmallows. Then, just to get the marshmallow nice and gooey again and to warm up the graham cracker crumbles I put them in my oven for two minutes at 400°.

Once the S’mores Bacon was done I melted some Hershey’s chocolate to use for dipping purposes and my creation was complete and well worth the effort! Seriously, it was delicious!

Win Bacon & More From Farmland Bacon!

Farmland LogoInternational Bacon Day is coming up at the end of this month and to help you celebrate what is perhaps the greatest holiday of all time  sorry Jesus and Santa   the folks over at Farmland Bacon want to hook you up with a bunch of bacon related goodies.

One lucky DudeFoods reader will win not only free bacon, but some Farmland Bacon Club swag as well including a t-shirt, baseball cap, pin and more!

So how do you win? Just head over to this post on the DudeFoods Facebook page and leave a comment letting me know that you want in on the contest. If you “like” the Facebook post AND comment on it I’ll give you one extra chance to win, and if you comment, “like” AND share the post on Facebook you’ll get three entries. I’ll select one lucky winner at random a week from today on Friday, August 15th. Good luck!

Elvis Bacon

Elvis BaconJust in case it isn’t abundantly clear yet, I absolutely love bacon. I guess it should already be pretty obvious based on the fact that the cured meat is included in about two out of every three things I make and write about here on DudeFoods though.

Now I know it sounds impossible to get sick of regular bacon, but when you eat as much of it as I do you eventually start looking for ways to mix it up a little. In the past I’ve made everything from Oreo Cookie Glazed Bacon to Deep Fried Doritos Crusted Bacon and this time I’m back with some Elvis Bacon.

So what is Elvis Bacon you ask? Well, it’s my take on the classic Elvis Sandwich, which contains peanut butter, bacon and bananas, except this time I skipped the bread completely and just added a peanut butter glaze to my bacon and then sprinkled some crushed up freeze dried banana pieces on it, so with each and every delicious bite you’re tasting all three ingredients.

Want to try making your own? Here’s the glaze recipe I used:

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Normally when I make candied bacon or glazed bacon I brush the glaze onto the bacon prior to putting it in the oven, but this time I did it immediately after removing my bacon from the oven and it still turned out pretty amazing.

For the freeze dried bananas I just bought a small bag from Trader Joe’s, but if you have a food dehydrator you could easily make your own. I’m sure pieces of regular bananas would work as well, but any time I’ve cut bananas into pieces that small they always just seem to turn into a gooey mess.

Regardless, this Elvis Bacon was incredible and I’m already racking my brain trying to come up with my next glazed bacon idea. If only I had thought of this one sooner I could have added this Elvis Bacon to my Pop-Tart Elvis Burger!


Maple Syrup and Bacon Breaded Chicken Wings

Maple Syrup & Bacon Breaded Chicken WingsFarmland Bacon recently launched their Farmland Bacon Club, and to help spread the word — or I guess as more of a bribe to get me to mention it — they sent me a few packages of their bacon to try. Well Farmland, you’ve been heard!

So what exactly is the Farmland Bacon Club? It’s an all-encompassing website where you can find bacon news, contests and giveaways, crazy bacon creations and more. You’ll also find a Bacon Weave Taco recipe there that might look a little familiar, although they fancied theirs up a little more than I did with stuff like purple cabbage and goat cheese.

Now, this blog post wouldn’t be complete without me actually making something with some of the free bacon I got, so I grabbed a package of their Honey & Maple Flavored bacon, fried it up and threw it in my blender! Why my blender you ask?  Simple, because I wanted to use it to bread some chicken wings! That and I was too lazy to chop it all up by hand….

Once my bacon was ready I grilled some wings. I used unbreaded wings, but if I made these again I’d probably use breaded ones, because a nice crispy breading in addition to the maple syrup and bacon could only make these even more delicious.

Once my wings were done I brushed maple syrup over them with a pastry brush and sprinkled my bacon pieces on top of them. I expected the bacon to just stick to the wings, but it kept falling off when I’d pick them up. What I did to remedy this was to just put them back in the oven for three minutes at 400°. After that they were perfect! Oh, and by “perfect” I mean that the ten wings that I made were devoured by me in approximately a minute and a half. Thanks for the bacon Farmland!

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