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40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

40 Bacon Recipes You Never Knew Existed!

Everyone loves bacon and wants to know how they can get more of it in their lives. I’ve come across many bacon recipes in my time, but these blow my mind! You don’t have to wait until International Bacon Day to enjoy some of these mouth-watering delights!

Warning: Most of these are NOT healthy recipes and you may develop a pork belly of your own from eating some of these!

1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

    Asparagus-wrapped bacon: possibly the sexiest side dish ever.

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    2. Baked Brie and Bacon Jam Phyllo Cups


      Brie and bacon just belong together. This bacon jam would be great on anything though.

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      3. Piggies In A Blueberry Patch

        A cobbler that turns into a search for bacon.

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        4. Gluten-free Maple Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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          Which makes a cookie better: chocolate chips or bacon? I think bacon!

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          5. Bacon Onion Cookies – Low Carb, Gluten Free

            I’m a little thrown off by the onion ingredient, but I would try them.

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            6. Bacon and Brie Burger with Spicy Peach Caramelized Onions

              Another bacon and brie duo. This is so mouth-watering! The internet should be scratch and sniff for this one!

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              7.  Spicy Sweet Potato & Chicken Casserole with Bacon

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                Spicy hot sauce and bacon? Yes please!

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                8. Artichoke & Bacon Meatloaf

                  Artichokes in a whole new light… with bacon.

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                  9. Goose Breast Wraps

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                    Never had goose before? Wrap it in bacon and stuff it with cheese! You can’t go wrong.

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                    10. Candied Bacon Fudge

                      I think I died and went to bacon fudge heaven!

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                      11. Salted Caramel Bacon Bark

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                        These would be nice holiday gifts for co-workers…. Who am I kidding? I would eat them all myself.

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                        12. Bacon Cheeseburger Puffs

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                          Another game of find the bacon… this time in cheese puffs.

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                          13. Mashed Root Vegetables with Bacon Vinaigrette

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                            Root vegetables aren’t everyone’s friend. But they are when cooked with bacon!

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                            14. Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

                            Meatward Season

                              Impress your guests at your next BBQ with this recipe!

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                              15.Tomato Confit B.L.T.

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                                We’ve all had B.L.T.s before, but these are a unique twist. Gourmet B.L.T.s is what I would call them.

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                                16.Buttermilk Bacon Pralines

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                                  I could eat the entire plate of these in one sitting. Dangerous!

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                                  17. Jalapeno Cheesy Bacon Swirl Rolls

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                                    Much like a cinnamon roll, only better.

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                                    18. Bacon, Brie, and Barbecue Pizza

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                                      Brie and bacon are not good enough alone. Barbecue sauce adds a little bit of magic. Maybe you’ve had pizzas similar to this at gourmet pizzerias. Now,  you can make it at home.

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                                      19. Bacon Bourbon Brownies

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                                        Bourbon, bacon AND brownies?! Be the best host/hostess and make these for your guests!

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                                        20. Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls

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                                          I don’t know about you, but I get sick of regular egg rolls. These seem like a better alternative to me.

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                                          21. Candied Maple Bacon Donut

                                            I’m sure that these should come with a warning label!

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                                            22. Wisconsin Bacon and Cheese Beer Bread

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                                              Bacon, cheese and beer… sounds like a good time to me!

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                                              23. California Grilled Cheese

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                                                BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER!

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                                                24. Sweet and Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

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                                                  Great for your next football party!

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                                                  25. Oh Baby! Roasted Asparagus, Bacon & Cheese Tart

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                                                    Asparagus and bacon just belong together. I better you could add brie to this and it would be even better. There is something special about their relationship.

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                                                    26. Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Sweet and Sour Bacon Dressing

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                                                      A nice savory meal of sweet potatoes topped with bacon. Yum!

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                                                      27. Bacon-Jalapeno Cheese Ball

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                                                        No appetizer table should be without this giant bacon-jalapeno cheese ball! You might want to make a double recipe.

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                                                        28. Bacon-Corn Relish

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                                                          You might need to add more bacon and less corn… but it looks great!

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                                                          29. Apple Bacon Crumb Bars

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                                                            Even breakfast bars should have a little bit of bacon in them. I would probably swap out some of the butter in the recipe for bacon fat instead.

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                                                            30. Bacon Butter Pecan Milkshake

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                                                              This one is for brave souls. I really think the bacon might be soggy and that would be gross. Someone needs to try this and let me know if it’s good or not!

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                                                              31. Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Smoked Brats

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                                                                These are perfect any time or year! I would top them with sauerkraut and pair with a beer for Oktoberfest.

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                                                                32. Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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                                                                  My father-in-law told me about these, but I didn’t believe him. Which do you think is better: bacon fat or pieces of bacon in a cookie?

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                                                                  33. Flourless Bacon Cake

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                                                                    You are looking at my next birthday cake.

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                                                                    34. Bacon & Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten-free)

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                                                                      In case you needed more bacon cookie recipe inspiration, here’s another one.

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                                                                      35. Peanut Butter Bacon Rice Crispies

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                                                                        Maybe Rice Crispies are more your thing? Snap, Crackle, Sizzle, Pop.

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                                                                        36. Bacon Roses

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                                                                          If you really love someone, you’ll make them these bacon roses for their next birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.

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                                                                          37. Bacon Egg Cheese Roll

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                                                                            If you’re good at basket weaving, here you go!

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                                                                            38. Salty Caramel Bacon S’Mores

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                                                                              Because sometimes we get bored of regular s’mores and need to add bacon.

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                                                                              39. Bacon Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

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                                                                                Bacon and super food Quinoa are here to save your dinner plans!

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                                                                                40. Hoppin’ John For A Lucky New Year

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                                                                                  Black eyed peas are a traditional recipe for a good New Year! Bacon ensures your year will be 10x better!

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                                                                                  Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                                                                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                                                  How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                                                  When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                                                                  So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                                                                  1. Exercise

                                                                                  It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                                                                  2. Drink in Moderation

                                                                                  I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                                                                  3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                                                                  Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                                                                  4. Watch Less Television

                                                                                  A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                                                                  Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                                                                  5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                                                                  Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                                                                  If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                                                                  6. Don’t Smoke

                                                                                  This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                                                                  7. Socialize

                                                                                  Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                                                                  8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                                                                  Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                                                                  9. Be Optimistic

                                                                                  Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                                                                  10. Own a Pet

                                                                                  Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                                                                  11. Drink Coffee

                                                                                  Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                                                                  12. Eat Less

                                                                                  Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                                                                  13. Meditate

                                                                                  Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                                                                  Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                                                                  14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                                                                  Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                                                                  15. Laugh Often

                                                                                  Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                                                                  16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                                                                  Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                                                                  17. Cook Your Own Food

                                                                                  When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                                                                  Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                                                                  18. Eat Mushrooms

                                                                                  Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                                                                  19. Floss

                                                                                  Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                                                                  20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                                                                  Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                                                                  Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                                                                  21. Have Sex

                                                                                  Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                                                                  Reference

                                                                                  [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                                                                  [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                                                                  [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                                                                  [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                                                                  [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                                                                  [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                                                                  [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                                                                  [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                                                                  [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                                                                  [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                                                                  [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                                                                  [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                                                  [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                                                  [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                                                                  [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                                                                  [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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