Well, we should probably say that everything is better with bacon, in moderation. Most health officials won’t tell you to fry up bacon to accompany every meal, but they will concede that it won’t harm you too much every now and again. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, told WebMD that when you do choose pile on the bacon, make it an indulgence with small serving sizes or cut back on other processed meats to keep your diet in balance. In either case, the point was that you can still eat bacon — which we’ve already established makes everything taste better. Try not to make all of the following recipes in one day.
1. Maple Bacon Monkey Bread
Breakfast, of course, is the most important meal of the day, and if you want something other than your usual eggs, bacon, and toast, the maple bacon monkey bread from AllRecipes.com is an excellent choice. Sweet monkey bread, or pull-apart bread, meets salty bacon for a breakfast or snack that serves sixteen.
- cooking spray
- 1 (12 ounce) package bacon
- ½ cup margarine
- ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¾ cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 (16.3 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, separated and cut into quarters
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat the inside of a 9-inch fluted tube/bundt pan with cooking spray. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble and remove extra fat. Melt margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in brown sugar and maple syrup. Bring mixture to a boil; cook and stir until mixture begins to foam, about 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat.
Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a resealable plastic bag; add 6 to 8 biscuit pieces at a time and shake until well coated. Pour any remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture into brown sugar mixture. Place saucepan over medium heat and cook and stir until sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle ¼ the bacon pieces in the bottom of the tube pan; pour in about ¼ the brown sugar mixture. Arrange one layer of biscuit pieces in the tube pan; sprinkle in ¼ the bacon pieces.
Drizzle about ¼ the brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces. Continue layering until all the ingredients are used, ending with a drizzle of brown sugar mixture. Bake in the preheated oven until biscuits are cooked through, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool in pan, 10 to 20 minutes; invert onto a serving plate.