However, there are some classic and really easy dishes that I think exemplify the salty, sweet goodness that is bacon.
In 4th Place: The bacon and egg pie. Bacon and eggs were born to be together, and this simple pie shows off the best of both. Take a sheet of puff pastry (or shortcrust if you prefer) and cut out circles to fit your muffin tin.
Fry small strips or cubes of bacon until crispy and drop a heaped spoonful into the bottom of each hole. Crack an egg into each pie, sprinkle with a bit of grated cheese, and season well with freshly cracked pepper. Bake in a moderate oven until the egg is just set (15-20 minutes). Serve warm for brunch with a good chutney or relish. These pies also make great picnic food.
In 3rd place: The BLT.
Ah, the Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich. So good it only needs initials, like JLo or TomKat… or maybe not. The good thing about the BLT is it's practically healthy. Get some good quality bread, wholemeal is best and liberally cover one side with mayonnaise, or aioli or baconnaise.
Fry or grill some rashers of bacon until cooked but still a bit soft (I don't like my bacon too crunchy) and layer the bacon in the sandwich with some sliced tomato, and lettuce leaves. That's it. I told you it was simple. If you want to take it further, try a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) or a BLET (bacon, lettuce, egg and tomato).
In 2nd place: Maple Bacon
This is something my kids made for Mother's Day this year and it has become a family favourite. How can it not, with its winning combination of salt, sugar and fat. You need real maple syrup for this, none of that imitation rubbish is going to work here. Grab some bacon rashers and brush both sides with maple syrup.
These must be cooked in the oven, as you will probably start a house fire, or at least destroy a perfectly good frypan if you try to fry them. Keep an eye on it, as all that delicious syrup burns easily. Serve with your favourite eggs or take it one further – for the mother of all bacon dishes... (see next)
In 1st place: Canadian breakfast
I don't know that many Canadians so I can't confirm if this is something they regularly have for breakfast. It could be the same as assuming all Australians have pet koalas and go roo shooting on the weekends. Anyway, this breakfast is essential bacon, eggs, pancakes and maple syrup. Or at least, my version is.
Make or buy some soft fluffy pancakes (shake'n'bake is fine), fry some bacon, scramble some eggs, and then serve them all with a generous drizzle of maple syrup over the pancakes and bacon.
You think it sounds awful? Seriously, try it and then decide. Heaven must be somewhere in Canada.
I think bacon flavoured baby formula may be literally the most disgusting "food" I have ever heard of. As if what babies who are already drinking something artificial needed was added artificial flavouring! It's probably a joke though. Hopefully.
Love the article! Bacon appreciaters unite!!!
One Canadian I knew quite well, served us up her 'Canadian Breakfast' one morning... well. Hers was with the ubiquitous buckwheat pancakes and fried, 'sunnyside up' eggs though, and oh so good. Never forgotten that breakfast.
Yes, I do believe Canadians have the edge on heaven, too.
Recently, on a TV show here, there was a 'beer battered, maple bacon, springbreak cupcake' offered to Martha Stewart to try out!!!! Yum. Not sure about the beer battering though???