International 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!
Just 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:
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!
Farmland 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!
Hormel recently sent me a case of their new Black Label Cob Smoked bacon to try out. So what’s cob smoked bacon you ask? It apparently dates way back to the days of the settlers, when farmers would harvest corn, dry it out and then build slow-burning fires with the cobs in smokehouses where they’d then hang freshly cured pigs.
For a while now I’ve wanted to try making my own corn tortilla chips, and now that I had a good 20 pounds or so of corn cob smoked bacon to experiment with as well I decided to just combine the two into some Bacon and Corn Tortilla Chips.
Making your own tortilla chips is actually remarkably easy. All you really need is corn flour, water, salt, olive oil and in this case some cob smoked bacon. Technically any kind of bacon would work for these chips, it’s just that corn cob smoked bacon, corn tortilla chips and the corn salsa that I dipped them in when I was done just went so damn well together.
Start off by combining 1/2 cup of corn flour with 1/3 cup of water to make some corn tortillas. This recipe was straight off the package of corn flour that I bought. You may need to add a little extra water though. Roll your corn flour up in a ball and then divide it into four smaller balls. If the balls of corn flour are cracking that’s how you’ll know if you need more water.
Then, take each of the four smaller balls and place them between plastic wrap and flatten them out as much as you can one by one. This is also when you’re going to want to add your cooked, diced bacon pieces. I used about 1/3 of a slice of bacon in each dough ball. I just flattened them out as much as I could, sprinkled the bacon pieces over them and then flattened them a little more so the bacon stuck into the corn flour. In the end your circles of dough should be about five inches in diameter. Next, drop the tortillas in a hot pan and fry them for a minute on each side.
Alright, so now you’ve got some bacon and corn tortillas, but what we ultimately want are tortilla chips, so next up you’re going to take the tortillas you just made and cut each one into six triangles. Then, brush those triangles with olive oil, sprinkle some salt on them, bake them in your oven for ten minutes at 400° and you’ll be left with some delicious Bacon and Corn Tortilla Chips!
Now, this recipe only makes a total of 24 chips, so depending on how many you want you’ll probably have to multiply the quantities a bit. If you plan on making a ton of them it might be smart to invest in a tortilla press as well, because flattening all those tortillas by hand might turn into a bit of a chore. Then again, it’s not like you can walk into the grocery store and buy a bag of these Bacon and Corn Tortilla Chips like you can with regular tortilla chips so it’s definitely worth it.
I keep thinking that one day I’ll get sick of eating so much bacon, but amazingly it still hasn’t happened. In fact, as time goes by I only seem to be growing more and more fond of it as I keep incorporating it into more of my meals, which with how much I already eat doesn’t even seem like it should be possible.
Recently I came up with an idea to make some grilled cheese sticks, but after a quick Google search I found that tons of people have already made and written about that same exact thing. What I didn’t see though were any grilled cheese sticks that were wrapped in bacon!
Do you know what’s even better than how great these Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese Sticks taste? How easy they are to make! Then again, pretty much everything I make is easy because I have absolutely zero cooking experience whatsoever.
Alright, so you want to make your own Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese Sticks? Start off by frying up a couple grilled cheese sandwiches and then cutting each sandwich into for or five pieces. Then, wrap bacon strips around your grilled cheese sticks and to finish things off you can either drop them in a deep fryer for 45 seconds or so, or just put them on a baking sheet in your oven for 17 minutes at 375°.
I’m pretty sure I’ve yet to come across a food that isn’t better when it’s wrapped in bacon. It’s not only the addition of bacon that makes it good though, it’s the fact that as the grease drips from the bacon it’s usually soaked up by whatever it is that the bacon is wrapped around.