RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Bacon Bonanza!

Using bacon as an ingredient almost feels like cheating.
Publish date:
April 27, 2016
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Greetings and salutations and welcome back to my favorite mid-week event, Recipe of the Week. Last week, we talked about our favorite munchies to devour when we're baked or tipsy, and the winning comment (from Lyzcaster) was surprisingly romantic.

Probably one of the sweetest things my bf will do sometimes is if I'm out drinking without him and he knows I am on my way home, he'll put a bunch of tater tots in the oven for me. When I do come home, even if he has since gone to bed, I arrive to a plate of tater tots and a little bowl of ketchup. THAT, my friends, is love.

I love an excuse to buy and consume tater tots, so I'm pretty pleased that this won. I also just love how fucking adorable this comment is. A man that will make you tots for you to drunkenly enjoy after a night out on the town without him is a man worth keeping around.

I don't think I have to tell you guys how to make tots, as it's on the bag. Sadly, I didn't have any ketchup, but I did have some sour cream and sriracha, so I went ahead and made a dipping sauce from those two items, and it was very good.

This adorably delicious comment gets an adorably delicious trophy, and that trophy is the very romantic "Hysteric" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Actually, I'm gonna give you the acoustic version too, because I can't decide which one I like more.

Moving on to our next topic.

It may seem strange that we've never done a bacon-themed ROTW, but it's been pretty intentional. I don't know if you ever read my *feelings* about unnecessary and extraneous bacon, but the upshot was this: though bacon is one of my favorite foods, I really dislike when it's lazily thrown into something to hide the fact that a cupcake, burger, or whatever is otherwise painfully mediocre.

I still mostly feel this way, but I've kind of mellowed, and I really just want to hear all about your bacon-wrapped recipes. Let's be real: bacon is super freaking delicious, and it does elevate pretty much everything it touches. Fun story: my uncle was in town recently, and I was delighted to find him carrying around a box of bacon, which he took from his hotel breakfast buffet, in the trunk of his car. We truly are related.

This was in my uncle's trunk. #related #onbrand

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Also, feel free to branch out with the type of bacon here. British rasher bacon, American bacon, pork belly, pancetta, and Canadian bacon are all acceptable options. I even want to hear whatever good fake vegetarian bacon recipes you might have. (Would that be called "facon"?) And though I've been a dick about bacon in desserts, I won't be mad about those either. I trust you guys to use good bacon judgement.

The mug says it all.

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Who am I to judge anyway? I eat bacon with my chocolate cake.