Bacon and Vegetables

In many ways, bacon is generally considered to be the exact opposite of a vegetable. Not only is bacon a type of meat, but it is a particularly salty, fatty and delicious cut of meat. It is also a cured meat, which adds to both the flavour and texture of bacon. It’s not just it’s meatiness, but it’s indulgent qualities that make bacon seem to be the absolute antithesis of a vegetable.

However, bacon and veggies actually get along far better than one would expect! A loyal bacon fan need not pick one or the other to be truly happy. In fact, when the salt and crunch of bacon is contrasted against the freshness and clean taste of a veggie, the results are often delicious! Because we believe in peace and harmony here at the Republic of Bacon, we thought that is would be a great idea to take a look at some of the things that draw bacon and vegetables together.

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Bacon and Poutine

Ah, Poutine. Could there be a dish more hearty, more indulgent, more stalwartly Canadian? The golden french fries, each cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of fluffiness inside to offset the wonderful crunch. The rich, creamy gravy, warm and enveloping, whose heat melts the cheese just slightly. And of course the cheese curds, so fresh and pure they squeak between your teeth when you bite into them. Truly, poutine is one of those genuinely perfect foods, a pinnacle of human culinary achievement, and I for one couldn’t be more proud that it originated North of the border.

As you might have expected, as one of the world’s great dishes, poutine happens to go splendidly with some other dishes that I hold in particularly high esteem: namely, bacon. So, in honour of this match made in food heaven, here are a few of the ways that bacon and poutine have come together in edible harmony.

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Decorating for a Bacon Brunch

When I first moved back to the big city, I quickly fell into the habit of going out with my friends for bunch a lot. Almost every weekend we would pick a new exciting location or one of our favourite spots and spend a lazy late morning drinking coffee and chatting. I loved spending time with my friends, but the habit quickly got expensive, and when some of us changed job situations we had to look for something new. We ended up coming up with an even better standing plan: having each other over for brunch! Each week, one of us takes a turn hosting. And as you can imagine, most of the brunches that take place at my house are bacon-themed.

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Bacon Cinnamon Roll Recipe (yes we can)

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So you’re at the end of the dinner…wondering what to give to make the final touch. What makes the guest remember the meals you make? It’s all in the finishing touches AKA dessert! Now how do we make dessert so impressionable a memory that all will speak of it at the next holiday gathering? Something sweet, crunchy… encompasses dessert and deliciousness that none but dessert can hold in its arena.

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The Ultimate Bacon Treats

As you may know, desserts are one of our favourite meals, and they are even better with the addition of bacon. Last year we created a list of the top 25 Bacon Dessert Recipes and this year we decided to follow through and create a list of the top 2012 bacon dessert recipes.

This list is in no specific ranking and order, and of course there are a recipe or two from our very own Chef Rob, since he makes some of the beset dessert recipes in the world!

The list below encompasses 5 Bacon Desserts that we have come across the Internet that deserve to be shared:

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Chipotle Lime Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

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    Prep: 15 min Cook: 15 min

Coming home from this cocktail event all I could think of was how great the shrimp was. Ideally the shrimp, the sauce, and its freshness made it, but as always I think of ways to spice things up and add taste value. And here came the newest idea in a series of bacon loving recipes!!

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Top 10 2012 Republic of Bacon Recipes

As you know, we here at Republic of Bacon love our bacon recipes, so much that in fact we have our very own Chef Rob creating beautiful recipes full of bacon.

With over 100 recipes at our disposal, we have thought it was time to make a list of our top 5 recipes for 2012.

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Garlic Parmesan Bacon Biscuit Recipe

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It’s that time of the year when joy is spread, and everyone visits expecting a feast both delicious and practical, and most importantly a hint of unique. Lucky me? Well I knew they (my guests) would expect a great meal with delicious ingredients. I had cooked the meat of choice but had no idea what to use as one of my side dishes. Luckily I recalled this one time where I ate the most delicious fresh biscuits (not the fast food kind!…yes the home made ones)…and I quickly jumped to the kitchen for what would undoubtedly be an impressive side dish…because yes bacon was added in!

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Bacon Weave Love Roundup

We came across an interested photo on the internet, of none other than a bacon weave cheese sandwich. Although sandwich is a very loose term here as the bread is a bacon weave.

Now it got us thinking of the various bacon weave options a person can do to a meal. And from that we have created this roundup of great bacon weaves across the Internet.

To get things started, here is the methodology on how to create your very own bacon weave.

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Open faced Chicken Bacon Club Salad Recipe

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So you’re trying to think what looks artistic, yet filling. What can I make that impresses my guest(s)..and makes me look like a champ. Well fear not this very question burned a hole in my brain for quite some time. Then I realized I had lettuce, bacon..and I am a chef. Now anyone can make this but not to toot my own horn. This dish is simply brilliance…AHEM. This recipe will command respect, admiration…and ultimately a satisfaction from within (stomach including!!)

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