Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs, Bacon Vinaigrette…must be International Bacon Day

Today, the Saturday before Labor Day in the US, is International Bacon Day. With a tagline of Be Bold. Be Heard. Give Back. Eat Bacon., it would be remiss of me if I did not celebrate this important holiday. If you have followed me for a while, you might remember past celebrations that included bacon art, bacon dust, and other amazing bacon recipes. Because everything tastes better when you just add bacon, right?

I put a call out on Facebook for more bacon-related recipes, and I received some great ones.

You are welcome.

photo of bacon meatloaf via Alexandra

photo of bacon meatloaf via Alexandra

The first amazing bacon recipe comes from my friend Alexandra Armstrong, who describes herself as Home Cook and Food Porn Enthusiast. I see photos of the food she makes on Facebook. It all looks amazing. And makes me want to run over to her kitchen and eat her leftovers. She lives in the same town as me after all.

Bacon-Wrapped Chipotle Meatloaf

BACON MEATLOAF:
1/2 C. Whole Milk
2 slices White Bread
1 1/2 lb. Grass-Fed Ground Beef
1 Egg, Beaten
1/2 C. sauteed sweet onion, allowed to cool to room temp
1 TBSP. Chipotle Ketchup
2-3 good splashes Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 t. chipotle powder
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste
8-10 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon (thin cut; easier to work with)

CHIPOTLE KETCHUP:
1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo, finely minced
Blend in food processor, or whisk the hell out of it by hand

INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour milk over the bread slices. Allow it to soak in for several minutes, then tear into pieces and add to large bowl. Add the ground beef and other ingredients.

Mix the ingredients until well combined. Do NOT over-mix! If mixture seems too wet, add some panko bread crumbs until you reach desired texture. Add just a little bit at a time to avoid drying out the mixture. Form the mixture into a rectangular loaf shape on a sheet pan.

Lay bacon slices over the top, tucking them underneath the meatloaf. You can get all kinds of groovy-creative with a cross-hatch pattern if you like. I keep mine simple.

Pour 1/3 of the Chipotle Ketchup over the top of the bacon. Spread with a spoon. Bake for 45 minutes, then pour another 1/3 of the sauce over the top. Bake for another 15 minutes. Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Serve with Garlic Smashed Potatoes and Oven Roasted Green Beans with Onions and (wait for it!) more BACON! (serves 4, or 2 with left-overs; easily doubled!)

NOTE from Alexandra: I NEVER measure anything, so measurements are approximate. Feel free to adapt to your taste!

photo via WolfPack Fitness

Photo via WolfPack Fitness. Because bacon and eggs for Halloween.

This next recipe featuring bacon comes from April, who says “I am a foodie but because I follow a specific nutrition plan I have had to adapt recipes to make them fit my lifestyle, and they have to taste amazing and be easy for a working mom.”

April has tested this recipe out with her fellow “she wolves” at WolfPack Fitness (featured on the blog in a past Philanthropy Friday, along with founder Luke Robinson). As a fellow working mom, I appreciate how easy and tasty this recipe seems.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds of ground meat (I use beef but you can use chicken, turkey, pork, etc.)
2 eggs
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1 cup cheese or cheese alternative such a daiya
4 slices of uncooked bacon chopped

Mix all ingredients in a bowel. Roll into small meatballs (I use mini muffin tins to bake in). Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with any burger condiment.

bacon

This next recipe is a quick and easy one from Ben Grant, owner of Bad Dog Deli in Scarborough, Maine. I’m not a big fan of store bought salad dressing. How could you possible go wrong with bacon vinaigrette?

Bacon Vinaigrette 

3/4 c rendered bacon fat, 2T dijon mustard, 2T white wine vinegar, pinch of kosher salt. Bacon vinaigrette!

Save the bacon crumbles/strips and dress up a BLT-style salad with dill pickled eggs and Bleu cheese.

Holy Yum.

A few additional bacon-focused recipes were sent to me via Facebook. Here are some links:

How are you celebrating International Bacon Day?

A Recipe for Bacon Dust in Honor of International Bacon Day

bacon dusted fries

Bacon dusted fries from Nosh.

Today is International Bacon Day.

I’m not sure why there’s one day to celebrate bacon. I mean, it seems like we should be celebrating bacon and all its goodness every day.

To help prepare for the big day, I asked my Facebook friends if they had any bacon recipes for me to share. I got some good suggestions, including dates wrapped in bacon, water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, bacon and tomato pasta, sour cream bacon chicken, bacon jam, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers (there’s nothing you can’t wrap in bacon) and parmesan bacon breadsticks.

And then I got distracted thinking about the bacon dusted fries over at Nosh in Portland.

And then I went and ate said bacon dusted fries over at Nosh along with a Nosh Burger that includes a fried egg and bacon on top.

What was I talking about?

Right. International Bacon Day.

After posting an image of my bacon dusted friends (<—- that’s a typo, but I kind of like it), a couple of my Facebook friends questioned the white substance coating the fries. So I did a quick Google search for “how to make bacon dusted fries” and I found a recipe from a woman in Maine who wanted to replicate Nosh’s bacon dusted fries! (Did you just hear that Hallelujah music?)

Here’s how you make your very own bacon dust

(according to Mary Beam on Just a Pinch Recipes)

For the Bacon Dust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a tray with parchment paper, then line each slice of bacon on tray and bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp and dry.

 Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool. Crumble and put in the food processor and pulverize into a fine consistency.

I’ll let you go on over to the Just a Pinch website to see her full recipe for Belgian Fries with Bacon Dust and Chipotle Mayo Dipping Sauce.

But, really, I’m thinking you can sprinkle bacon dust on just about anything.

You’re welcome.

How will you celebrate International Bacon Day?

You can find International Bacon Day and other fun holidays in my 2013 Writing Prompts and Editorial Calendar

More bacon awesomeness:

My Apologies + Amazing Bacon Recipes

international bacon dayI missed International Bacon Day. It was the Saturday before Labor Day.

Seriously. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

I’m not sure how it happened. I guess I just wasn’t paying attention. I could come up with excuses of having other, more important, posts to write, or having to deal with the first day of school for both of my boys. But, I won’t.

I feel like I let you down. Because, you see, I’ve celebrated in the past. I’ve been called the bacon queen on Twitter. People post bacon-related images on my Facebook wall. I curate a list on SkinnyScoop called all about bacon that has over 15,000 views. Bacon is in my tagline on the top of this website.

Heck, I actually have influence on the topic of bacon.

To make it up to you, I’ve compiled my top 10 amazing recipes featuring bacon. It contains some of the most yummy sounding combinations I can think of. There’s even a cocktail and a dessert included. These recipes are also perfect football food.

I’m still working on getting my husband to make a few of these recipes. (hint. hint.) And I’m thinking publishing this list is good timing because we just went in with 2 other people to buy a pig from a farm, and we have about 4 pounds of bacon in our fridge. (Don’t judge. It’s an economical way to buy meat. People do this outside of Maine, right?)

Oh, and because I totally missed International Bacon Day. Sorry about that.

And, please do add to this list if you have your own amazing bacon recipe to share.

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