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So, you have family and friends coming over for the holidays and you want to do something a little different?
How about a bacon bar?
Oh yes, you know you want one. The possibilities are endless with both sweet and savory dishes that can be served.
I'm going to show you a few simple ideas here, thanks to Smithfield, including egg and bacon breakfast tacos, bacon Bloody Mary's, biscuits with cherry bacon jam, and maple bacon donuts. But, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I've got a list of other ideas that you can use for your own bacon bar too.
Crispy bacon, your favorite scrambled or fried eggs, and potatoes cooked in a skillet with 2 tablespoons of bacon fat are the perfect staple ingredients for your taco bar.
Set up a small portable camp stove and guests can warm their own corn tortillas.
Don't forget condiments such as fresh cilantro, lime wedges, a homemade tomato and onion salsa, and whisk a couple of teaspoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce into 1/3 cup of sour cream to make a tasty sauce to drizzle over the top.
Need a little dessert?
How about cherry bacon jam served with warm biscuits? These are amazing and the cherry bacon jam is a new favorite condiment. You can find the recipe over at Smithfield for this.
And it wouldn't be dessert if there weren't donuts too.
These mini maple bacon donuts are the perfect addition to your bacon bar.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup sweet cream coffee creamer
- 1/2 cup reduced fat milk
- 1/4 cup butter (melted)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- maple syrup
- bacon - cooked and finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly spray a mini donut baking pan.
Whisk together all dry ingredients, excluding the powdered sugar. Make a well in the center. Whisk together the wet ingredients excluding the maple syrup in a separate bowl and pour into the well. Combine with a wooden spoon. Fill a piping bag with the mixture and pipe into the donut pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
Gradually add maple syrup to powdered sugar until you reach the desired texture for your icing, spread onto the donuts and top with bacon pieces.
To top off your bacon bar, I think we need a cocktail to serve alongside tea, coffee, and juice.
A Bacon Bloody Mary is the perfect choice and the mix can be made a day before and refrigerated.
- 10 tomatoes (quartered)
- Vodka (3 oz per drink per 6oz of homemade tomato juice)
- 2 rashes of bacon (per cocktail)
- 1 celery stick (per cocktail)
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 1 heaped tbs bacon grease
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbs Sriracha
- 2 limes (juice) + quarters for garnish
- 1/3 cup freshly grated horseradish
- large pinch of salt & pepper
In a large pot on the stove heat the bacon grease, and then add the tomatoes, water and sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the horseradish, Sriracha, Worcestershire, lime, salt and pepper. Stir until combined, and then using an immersion blender to blend until completely combined.
Pour into a jug and refrigerate until cold and ready to use. This mix makes approximately 48 ounces of fresh Bloody Mary mix.
Place ice cubes into a glass, and then in a separate jug or shaker combine 6 ounces of tomato juice with 3 ounces of vodka. Stir until combined, and then pour over the ice cubes. You can rim the glass with a little coarse salt if you like. Add two rashes of cooked bacon and a celery stick, and then garnish with lime.
And there you have it, my ultimate bacon bar.
You didn't think I was just going to share my own bacon bar ideas did you?
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The Smithfield Bacon Bar takes entertaining to a whole new level with easy-to-make, delicious bacon recipes. You can mix things up with different Smithfield bacon varieties, like Peppered Brown Sugar, Sea Salt Caramel, and Caramelized Bourbon Bacon, and pair with warm flaky biscuits, sweet jams, and more.
Creating your own Smithfield Bacon Bar is the perfect holiday entertaining idea and don't forget to share your bacon bar photos on social media using the hashtag #SmithfieldBaconBar. Over on the Smithfield Bacon Bar page they have even more fantastic bacon bar recipes, along with prepping and serving ideas, and free printable bacon bar labels that you can customize.
Even more bacon bar ideas:
- mini quiche
- baked bacon baskets
- bacon and spinach muffins
- egg and bacon pizza or flatbread
- bacon cinnamon rolls
- bacon puff pastry twists
- candied bacon
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