How to Eat Bacon for Every Meal

This fan-favorite ingredient is being served up for all meals — including dessert — in these must-try recipes from Food Network.

By: Rachel Trujillo

Food Network's Breakfast Pizza

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Bacon isn’t just for breakfast anymore. The salty, delectably greasy slice of meat can be served for all meals, including for dessert. We know this is exciting, so try to remain calm, because today we have for you an all-day menu of favorites like pancakes, pizza and chocolate cupcakes — and each dish is full of bacon.

Breakfast

Breakfast Pizza (pictured above)

What could be more fun than pizza for breakfast? Top flatbread with a sweet-savory mixture of tender onions and sundried tomatoes, plus crispy bacon, creamy ricotta and a fried egg for an over-the-top finish.

It’s quite possible that the best way to eat bacon is the old-fashioned way — by itself. Follow Ina Garten’s lead and bake strips of bacon to achieve ideal crispiness. Then pair the meat with sunny eggs and toast for a picture-perfect meal.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Chockfull with cheese and bits of crispy bacon, these biscuits turn out fluffy every time. And while they pack the punch of a meal’s worth of flavor, they make for a perfect breakfast side dish.

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Food Network Kitchen’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese "Toaster Tarts" for Year of Oats/Drunk Pies/Diners, as seen on Food Network.

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Renee Comet, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jump on the latest food trend by serving up your own savory tarts. These small baked pockets — filled with bacon, a Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend and scrambled eggs — will have both kids and adults eagerly awaiting breakfast.

Food Network Kitchen’s Year of Pancakes, April, Fried Egg Pancakes with Sausage and Bacon

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Kate Mathis, 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

We’ve all had the standard breakfast plate of fluffy pancakes, a few slices of bacon and two eggs on the side. Try mixing all those favorites together to create the ultimate stack of flapjacks boasting all your favorite breakfast flavors.

Lunch

The best way to bump up a classic like egg salad? Add some texture with chopped bacon, of course. There’s also a tangy dressing with stone-ground mustard, mayo and lemon juice that transforms the flavor.

A loaded baked potato comes with all the best fixings — sour cream, sharp Cheddar cheese and plenty of bacon — just like Guy Fieri’s show stopping soup does.

Katie Lee’s easy-to-make salad features traditional ingredients like frisee lettuce, salty bacon and a creamy poached egg.

Dinner

Food Network Tyler Florence Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Winter Weeknight Dinners in 60

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Armando Rafael Moutela, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This Italian staple will become a go-to dinner with Tyler Florence’s simple recipe. Studded with crispy rendered pancetta and tossed with a creamy sauce of eggs and Parmesan, the pasta boasts a balance of textures. Can’t find pancetta? Feel free to use slab bacon instead.

POTATOBACON TORTE Melissa d’ Arabian Ten Dollar Dinners/Perfectly Priced Parisian Food Network Bacon, Fresh Thyme, Heavy Cream, Pie Crusts, Baking Potatoes, Salt, Pepper, Gruyere Cheese, Egg, Butter, Allpurpose Flour

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

With hearty potatoes, grated Gruyere cheese and thyme-infused cream, this flaky torte is something right off the streets of Paris.

Venture into true bacon heaven with these wrapped scallops. A quick stay under the broiler is all it takes to turn out this easy yet impressive dish.

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Incorporate reserved bacon fat into the cheddar and pepper jack cheese mixture to bring in an extra boost of bacon flavor.

While the filling of the chicken bites (cream cheese and de-seeded jalapenos) offers flavor and texture, it’s the layer of bacon on the outside that is most important. Not only does it add delicious rich flavor to the dish, but the fattiness from the bacon soaks into the chicken to keep it perfectly moist.

If you’re feeling bogged down by typical chicken dinners, it’s time to step your game up with robust flavors. Wrapped with salty bacon and filled with a bold mixture of blue cheese, pecans and green onions, these chicken breasts are anything but mundane.

Dessert 

The stunning bacon weave delivers not only visual beauty, but also a savory balance to the sweet apple filling.

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Photo by: Yunhee Kim

Yunhee Kim

The sprinkling of candied bacon atop the rich dulce de leche frosting makes this treat particularly fitting for your next sweet tooth.

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