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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 September 16, 2019

                                                                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                  How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                                                  You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                                                  We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                                                  The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                                                  Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                                                  1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                                                  Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                                                  For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                                                  • (1) Research
                                                                                  • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                                                  • (3) Creating the outline
                                                                                  • (4) Drafting the content
                                                                                  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                                                  • (6) Revision
                                                                                  • (7) etc.

                                                                                  Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                                                  2. Change Your Environment

                                                                                  Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                                                  One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                                                  3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                                                  Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                                                  Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                                                  My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                                                  Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                                                  4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                                                  If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                                                  Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                                                  I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                                                  5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                                                  I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                                                  Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                                                  As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                                                  6. Get a Buddy

                                                                                  Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                                                  I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                                                  7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                                                  This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                                                  For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                                                  8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                                                  What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                                                  9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                                                  If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                                                  Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                                                  10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                                                  Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                                                  Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                                                  11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                                                  At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                                                  Reality check:

                                                                                  I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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