The simple combination of prunes wrapped in bacon creates a symphony of flavors and textures. Create your own variations by stuffing the prunes with blue cheese or manchego, or use dates in place of prunes. Versions of these colorfully named hors d'oeuvres have been popular for well over a century.
Often called "Salade aux Lardons," this staple of French bistro menus combines chewy morsels of bacon with the bright punch of vinegar and frisee -- feathery salad greens with a slightly bitter flavor. If you like, top this salad with a poached egg.
An ordinary dish of orecchiette pasta with tomato sauce becomes extraordinary with the addition of bacon, red onion, and the lively bite of red pepper flakes. Add a vegetable to the sauce, such as zucchini, spinach, or broccoli, to make it a complete meal.
Red onions are sauteed in bacon fat and then simmered with grape tomatoes and white-wine vinegar to form the alluring vinaigrette for this warm spinach salad. Add some grilled chicken to turn this into a main-course salad.
A chewy toasted bagel encloses fried eggs, melted American or cheddar cheese, and crisp-fried slices of bacon. This stick-to-your-ribs portable breakfast will keep you going strong until lunch.
Freshly ground chuck is the secret to a great burger. Here, the beef is mixed with browned bacon, onion, garlic, and fresh thyme to create burgers that will make your guests weak in the knees.
Similar to a quiche, this easy, elegant breakfast or brunch casserole uses buttery store-bought puff pastry in place of the traditional pie crust. This dish is great for entertaining, as you can bake it ahead of time and then refrigerate and reheat just before serving.
Tender asparagus is held together in perfect little bundles by a band of peppered bacon. Serve these as an appetizer or a side dish with their memorable dipping sauce of mayonnaise, Sriracha chili sauce, lime juice, and chopped cilantro.
To make this appetizer, extra-sharp cheddar cheese is blended with chopped bacon and white onion to create a rich spread for mini cocktail toasts. The cheese spread can be made a day or two in advance of a party and then broiled on toast just before serving.
Inspired by spaghetti carbonara, this creamy pasta dish combines bacon, garlic, and yellow squash in a sauce of Asiago cheese and heavy cream. In place of the summer squash you could also use zucchini, broccoli, or cubes of roasted butternut squash.
Buttery-textured Red Bliss potatoes are tossed with a flavorful dressing of buttermilk, blue cheese, bacon, and chives. This salad is equally delicious with summer barbecues and winter roasts.