Food Porn Friday Episode 2: Bacon

Hello! And welcome to another Food Porn Friday. Are you sitting comfortably?

Last week we were looking at the egg and what better place to go next than egg’s obvious partner, bacon. Sorry vegetarians, but, seriously, look at your life, look at your choices.Bacon sizzling gif

One of Amy’s rules for me writing Food Porn Friday is that I didn’t mention Jamie Oliver every single week, but SCREW YOU AMY. There is literally no one in the world who doesn’t want to watch Jamie Oliver make the perfect bacon sandwich.

Jamie is pretty right about this sandwich, and I’m a big fan of his controversial “no sauce in the sandwich” rule. For me, a bacon sandwich has to be back bacon, and the cheapest softest freshest white bread you can get, with a lot of butter (if you didn’t already know, I’m a big fan of butter).

If you want to take your bacon sandwich to the next level, this is the Elvis sandwich:

It features banana and peanut butter and reminds me a little bit of my Breakfast Club experience. However, where Breakfast Club just gave me the classic sweet fruit, salty bacon explosion, this adds Peanut Butter, the classic sweet-savoury-I-don’t-know condiment.

Bacon is so commonly misunderstood, thought only to be a savoury food, and I can see why – its salty crispiness can lift most savoury dishes to a new height.

Here it is in the savoury classic, the grilled cheese sandwich, pimped to the next level with kimchi (Korean spicy cabbage).

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich 500 5627

Photo and recipe by closetcooking.com

But it can also add that extra edge to sweet dishes. I’m a big fan of a touch of salt in an otherwise sweet dish – my work treat is Lindt Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt – and I’m desperate to try more sweet dishes which use bacon to their advantage, starting with these bacon cinnamon rolls:

Photo and recipe by tablespoon.com

Photo and recipe by tablespoon.com

And this is what I love about food. Someone thought “Man, I really love cinnamon rolls. You know what would make them better? Bacon.” And the thing is, you can probably replace “cinnamon rolls” with literally any food you can name. That’s the magic of bacon.

Finally, here is a treat I’ve seen all over the internet but never dared to make myself for fear I might ruin it. I suspect it works best with American bacon, as well, which is hard to source here in the UK. The bacon and egg cup, that brunchy snack that I imagine you just keep eating until shit they’re all gone how many eggs did I just eat?

Leave your favourite bacon recipes in the comments and I’ll see you again next week.

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About hattiemily

London-based poet. Previously published on the underground, currently can't remember how to actually write.
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