The big Holiday dinner is one time we really get to indulge. It’s also a time to pull out all the stops and impress. And bacon is always a great way to impress – it certainly impresses me! I’ve been looking for ways to add some bacon to your Holiday dinner, and I think I’ve come up with four great ways.
I think that if you are going to serve turkey, there’s no other way to serve it than wrapped in bacon. You don’t have to do anything special to the turkey – just wrap it in bacon before you cook it in the oven. The bonus to this method is that the bacon’s natural juices keep the turkey deliciously moist. With nearly magical powers like this, there’s always more room for bacon during the Holidays!
The folks at Chow have created this video to show you how to make a bacon-wrapped turkey dinner with pear gravy. They cook their turkey a bit first, but you don’t need to. Just watching it, I already feel a bacon-and-turkey coma starting to take over my brain. [Cue sounds of loud salivation.]
If you’re putting bacon around your bird, it makes sense to pop some inside it, as well. I’d be tempted to just add some chopped up bacon to whatever recipe you normally use. But if you are looking for something “official,” check out the recipe Jamie Oliver provides here. The advantage to actually cooking the stuffing inside your turkey is that it will work its moisturizing magic in the interior as well as the exterior.
In fact, with so much bacon in your turkey, it might achieve untold heights of moistness, leaving all of your friends and family in a permanent turkey bliss. I say, go for it. What do you have to lose?
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
You always have to have some vegetables during the Holidays. I know, I know. It can sometimes feel like a bit of a waste when you really just want to maximize your turkey intake. But vegetables do help to make you feel like you aren’t going completely crazy with turkey eating. Think of it this way: the more vegetables you eat, the more turkey there will be for leftovers. And turkey leftovers help the happiness of the Holidays and they usually last an entire week.
With that in mind, why not make some bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts? Brussels sprouts are really not my favourite food, but bacon can make a very persuasive argument. This site offers a nice recipe. Pretty much just wrap some halved Brussels sprouts in bacon, skewer them with a toothpick, and pop them in a 425 degree oven for about twenty-five minutes. With such a delicious addition, I have a feeling your Brussels Sprouts will be the first, not the last, thing to get eaten at your table.
Bacon Cheese Yule Log
Our friends at Bacon Today provide this happy recipe for a Bacon Cheese Yule log. It all looks like it is going deliciously until they put the Yule log on the fireplace. As you might imagine, bacon grease can be highly flammable. I’d suggest, if you were going to make it, to skip the holiday tradition and just put it in the oven.