Holiday Bacon Treats

Bacon and the holiday season have something in common: indulgence. A meal with bacon is always a meal to savour, something a little bit special, something that feels like a treat. Just think about it: brunch with friends is a fun way to spend a late Sunday morning, but brunch with bacon becomes a luxury. A steak on the bbq is a summer staple; a bacon-wrapped filet on the bbq is a restaurant quality feast.

The same is true with the holidays. Even the strictest and most healthful folks loosen their belts for holiday meals, and the tightest purse strings are loosed to purchase a bounty of presents for friends and loved ones. Every meal is a feast, every gathering a celebration. There is something about the whole holiday season that makes even the smallest bit of cheer into a memorable event.

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Bacon Love Friday: Bacon Gifts, Big Ticket Edition

There are a million gift ideas out there for the bacon lover on your Christmas list. As the popularity of bacon has surged in the last couple of years, more and more companies and independent artists have capitalized on the cultural phenomenon. Never before have more bacon nick knacks and doodads been available for the bacon aficionado in your life. You can stuff your bacon lover stocking with bacon mints and bacon candies, and trim the tree with bacon-themed ornaments.

But what about the bigger ticket items? What about for those loyal folks who truly revere bacon, and deserve (and want!) an bacon themed gift that goes beyond small tokens and novelty treats? Have you ever considered giving someone the gift of bacon as their primary Christmas present?

If this idea has ever crossed your mind, we here at the Republic of Bacon are here to help! For this week’s instalment of Bacon Love Friday, we’re here to give you some luxury bacon gift ideas for the true bacon fan in your life.

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Monster Cheesesteak Sandwich Recipe with Beer Braised Onions and Mushrooms

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Whenever I see a Cheesesteak sandwich on a menu, I’m very likely to order it. Just the thought of ooey, gooey cheese over some juicy steak, maybe some onions, mushrooms if I’m lucky… it just makes my mouth water. My mouth is actually watering again right now. Rarely, if ever, do I see bacon as an option on a cheesesteak. So let’s do it.

Oh boy, I’m getting excited.

Now for all you enthusiasts out there, I am NOT making the claim that this is a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Just a cheesesteak. So don’t get mad that I didn’t use thinly shaved beef, or cheese sauce, or a true hoagie roll or whatever constitutes a true Philly Cheesesteak. This is MY cheesesteak. And it’s a monster!

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Wrapped in Bacon: The Pre-Wrapped Edition

Wrapping things in bacon is a culinary tradition with a long a storied history, one that has been well-documented here at the Republic of Bacon. We’ve often written about the best things to wrap in bacon and the delicious results. From sweet little sea scallops to entire succulent chickens, there is no limit to the things that can be enrobed in bacon. Even vegetables, such as the humble asparagus, become stellar when sheathed in a delicious bacon exterior.

Sometimes, wrapping something in bacon just seems like too much work. You’re tired, you’ve worked hard, and you want the incomparable flavour and texture of something wrapped in bacon, but just don’t have the energy to put into cooking prep-work. In the past, weary chefs would have to choose between a quick, baconless meal and a more labour-intense bacon-wrapped alternative.

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Double Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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There are about a trillion ways to prepare a potato, and last night I just couldn’t decide. I wanted mashed potatoes, but I also felt like a baked potato. I was completely torn, so I figured, what the heck, I’ll make both… at the SAME TIME!! Muahahahahaha!!!

Now this is just a suggested seasoning. You could really do anything to these things and they would taste good. Add some cheese, some chives, or sour cream in classic baked potato style. You could add some cinnamon and nutmeg to the sweet potato. Or how about chili powder and cayenne to make it a little spicy. The world is your oyster… or should I say, potato.

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Early Holiday Tips: Celebrating with Bacon

It’s finally December, that glorious time of year when I stop complaining about Christmas music, don my ugliest sweater, pick up a glass of volatile nog and get into the holiday spirit. This might shock you, loyal readers, but here at the Republic of Bacon we are hard at work already, thinking of how to make this Christmas season the cheeriest, baconiest holiday ever!

Even though Xmas morning is a few weeks away, our tireless research department has already unearthed some incredible ways to add a little more bacon to your holiday festivities.

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Bacon Mixed Drinks: Holiday Edition

You know what the world needs more of? Bacon cocktails.

We here at the Republic of Bacon firmly believe that there is nothing on this planet than cannot be baconified. From a classic steak to a stylish bacon tuxedo, everything awesome in the world can be improved with the addition of bacon. No matter for seemingly perfect or self-encapsulated something might seem, introducing bacon to the mix is a surefire way to make it event better. Consider, if you will, the cupcake, a lovely little nugget of sweet delight all on its own. Make that a bacon cupcake, and suddenly something that is wonderful but ordinary becomes positively magical.

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Quesadillas Recipe with Bacon, Chorizo and Avocado

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It was cold yesterday. Very cold. And not only was it cold, it was rainy, too. Very rainy. I didn’t want to be in my cold, rainy city. I wanted to be somewhere warm, somewhere sunny, somewhere… Mexican. Now, being a grad student, I don’t really have the budget or the freedom to just hop a plane to Mexico. I did the next best thing – I made quesadillas. Super special holy-#$&!-these-are-good quesadillas. I was happy again.

I used homemade chorizo in this recipe – some that had been spiced by my roommate and ready a few days prior. Really, insanely delicious stuff. If you don’t feel like making your own, you can usually buy it (or chorizo sausages) at any grocery store. But it really is easy to make. Chorizo is ground pork mixed with a LOT of spices – smoked paprika, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, garlic etc. Experiment! Be creative!

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Baconfests Come To Canada

As the popularity of bacon as a food and as a cultural phenomenon continues to grow, it should come as no surprise that all over the bacon-eating world, this exceptional food product is being celebrated with a heretofore-unseen gusto. Bacon-themed events, conferences and parties are springing up all over the place, all dedicated to praising the virtues of the most delicious ingredient in the world. Food themed celebrations are nothing new; from chocolate to chili peppers to garlic, exceptional foods have often been lauded in the form of food-specific events. But with bacon enjoying a time of peak interest, bacon festivals are springing up at a truly incredible rate.

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Maple Bacon Buttermilk Pancakes Recipes

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I would love to meet the individual that discovered the pancake just so I could give them a big, juicy kiss. I mean, this person somehow took something one usually eats post-meal and only at a celebration (cake if you didn’t catch on, yet), put it in a frying pan and said, “Thou shalt be Breakfast!”. You didn’t see the scrambled eggs recipe start like that or Omelet Recipes. To this day, these little fried cakes, now commonly smothered in maple syrup, are a legitimate breakfast. They long ago broke the rules of breakfast and have paved the way for all things sweet and delectable.

Bravo, good sir or madam. Bravo, indeed.

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