12 Recipes Made Better with Bacon

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12 Recipes Made Better with Bacon

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October 1 2020


Everything always tastes better with bacon... including these recipes! We're here to answer the question: "Can I add bacon to that?" And the answer is: Yes, yes, you can! That includes baked goods, soups and stews, and side dishes. Because bacon always makes everything better.

  1. Ultimate Breakfast BLT

    Think of your ultimate breakfast sandwich. It's probably piled high with bacon, eggs, avocados, and sandwiched between two toasty layers of bread. Now... what do you think of this breakfast BLT? Did we nail it, or what?!

  2. Maple-Bacon Cupcakes

    Cook 18 slices Hy-Vee Hickory House thick-sliced maple-flavored smoked bacon. set aside 8 slices; chop 10 slices. Bake 1 (16.5-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee yellow cake mix for cupcakes according to package directions, except fold chopped bacon into batter. Frost cupcakes with 1 (16-oz.) container Hy-Vee buttercream frosting. Cut up remaining bacon; sprinkle bacon and toasted chopped Hy-Vee pecans on frosting and drizzle with Hy-Vee Select 100% pure maple syrup. Makes 24 cupcakes.

  3. Parmesan-Bacon Popcorn

    Microwave 94%-fat-free microwave popcorn according to package directions. Drizzle with melted Hy-Vee salted butter. Sprinkle with salt-free Everything bagel seasoning; toss. Toss in 1 (12-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee center-cut bacon, crisp-cooked and cut up, and 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese. Serves 8.

  4. Bacon-Jalapeno Cornbread

    We weren't shy with the bacon or the jalapenos in this easy cornbread recipe. 

  5. Cinnamon-Bacon Rolls

    Bake 4 slices Hy-Vee sweet-smoked bacon on a wire rack in rimmed baking pan at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Pat drippings from bacon. Brush with a mixture of 3 tablespoons packed Hy-Vee light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon Hy-Vee ground cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons water. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until crisp. Cut bacon; place on top of 8 Hy-Vee Bakery cinnamon rolls. Serves 8.

  6. Bacon-Fried Rice

    Cook and cut up 6 slices Hy-Vee Country Smokehouse thick-sliced black peppered bacon. Combine with 2 (10-oz.) pkgs. frozen white rice with mixed vegetables, 3 Hy-Vee large beaten eggs, and 1/4 cup each sliced green onions and chopped red bell pepper. Add 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice cooking wine), 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee soy sauce, 1 tablespoon refrigerated ginger paste, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Heat through. Makes 4 cups. 

  7. Bean and Bacon Soup

    Bacon and bean soup for the win! Our soup is packed with bacon flavor while pureed beans add a creamy texture without the addition of cream.

  8. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

    Toss trimmed asparagus spears with Gustare Vita olive oil; sprinkle with Hy-Vee lemon-pepper seasoning. Wrap asparagus bundles with Hy-Vee center-cut bacon. Bake on a rack in a rimmed baking pan at 400 degrees for 16 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4.  

  9. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts

    Rub 4 (8-oz.) Hy-Vee True boneless, skinless chicken breasts with Kansas City-Style BBQ rub; let stand 30 minutes. Wrap each breast with 2-1/2 slices Hy-Vee Country Smokehouse thick-sliced hickory-smoked slab bacon. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Brush with KC-style BBQ sauce; bake 5 to 10 minutes or until 165 degrees. Serve with additional BBQ sauce. Serves 4.

  10. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

    Chef Brandon shared his go-to recipe for bacon-wrapped pork roast. His secret: A mustard-maple glaze and fresh apple relish. 

  11. Maple-Rosemary Bacon

    Bake 8 slices Hy-Vee center-cut bacon on a wire rack in a rimmed baking pan at 400 degrees for 7 minutes. Pat drippings from bacon with paper towels. Stir 1/4 teaspoon coarse-ground pepper into 2 tablespoons Hy-Vee Select 100% pure maple syrup; brush on bacon. Sprinkle with 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until edges become crisp. Cool bacon 5 minutes before serving. Serves 8 (1 slice each).

  12. Spicy Chocolate-Dipped Bacon

    Line rimmed baking pan with foil. Add1 (16-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee thick-sliced sweet-smoked bacon onto prepared pan. Place in cold oven. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp; remove from oven and drain on a paper-towel-lined platter. Melt half of a 10-oz. pkg. dark chocolate melting wafers and 1 tablespoon Hy-Vee vegetable shortening according to package directions. Dip half of each bacon slice into chocolate; place on parchment-lined tray. Sprinkle with Hy-Vee crushed red pepper. Let stand until chocolate is set. Store in refrigerator. Serves 12 (1 slice each)