Thanksgiving is coming up, how are you mixing up the menu this year? Traditional family favorites are getting an overhaul with–what else?–bacon. Celebrate Thanksgiving with a bacon-infused main course, side dish and dessert. Make this year’s holiday menu even better with bacon!
Bacon for the Birds
Start with the bird itself, and wrap the turkey in bacon. The Pancetta-Wrapped Roasted Turkey from a Food and Wine recipe uses pancetta, bacon’s Italian cured meat cousin, as a wrap to seal in the turkey’s juices and flavors. The pancetta cooks and drips down the skin of the turkey and into the drippings, giving it a delicious flavor.
Bacon Side Dishes
There’s no such thing as too much bacon, so complement you bacon-wrapped turkey with bacon-inspired sides like StephFood.blogspot.com’s Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Fries. Wrap bacon slices around the sweet potato sticks, then bake them in the oven. Flip the fries after 10 minutes and cook another 10 to 15 minutes until they look too good to eat.
Ditch the pumpkin pie this year, and take a culinary risk with our recipe for Bacon Pumpkin Bars. Savory bacon, spiced pumpkin, and smooth maple cream cheese frosting combine to create a unique dessert for your Thanksgiving guests. The bars themselves are moist and fluffy, and the bacon bits add crunchy texture. Cooking the pumpkin, bacon and spices together will also make your kitchen smell glorious.
After your wonderful bacon-infused dinner and desserts, it’s time to digest and kick back with family or friends. Instead of taking a siesta, spend time sharing family stories, playing games or even watching “Bacon Paradise” or NFL football action on TV. Check with your Direct.tv provider to also see what holiday movies are playing that will create holiday cheer.
As inspiration for a bacon-themed Thanksgiving, we’ll leave you with more bacon goodness. Here’s a clip from Travel Channel’s Bacon Paradise sharing how restaurant Zazu’s cures meat the old-fashioned way. It’s a sizzling treat to see the effort it takes over the course of nearly a month to bring home real bacon. Have a watch and let your taste buds sizzle below.