There’s just something about crisp bacon, and warm cheese, that speaks of comfort. The smells alone fills the kitchen with memories. A beautifully aged cheddar, along with a couple of slices of applewood smoked bacon atop a grilled burger on a summer’s night. A steaming bowl of potato soup topped with blue cheese, and bacon bits in the dead of winter. Who isn’t always on the look out for mind blowing bacon and cheese recipes, right?
Mind blowing bacon and cheese recipes for bacon lovers
The best thing about the duo of bacon and cheese may well be that most of us, usually, have them on hand. If we don’t, we know exactly where to find them. One of these recipes will get the job whether the craving for something warm and indulgent has struck; unexpected guests have dropped in; or, you’re entertaining and want to impress.
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Nacho Dip for Grown Ups
Although some may turn their noses up at Velveeta, the truth remains that it’s an excellent choice. Yes, you could try one of the best nacho cheese sauces, but you could also try this recipe, especially if you’re a bacon or spinach aficionado. Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Nacho Dip made with Velveeta is creamy, and delicious. Granted, it won’t qualify as a health food per se, but at least it’s got greens in it!
You can serve it with fresh cut crudite for dipping. Eating a delicious bowl of cheese makes one feel we’re making a grown-up choice. The hysterical blogger behind Stop Lookin’. Get Cookin’, Kendra Arch’s description of grown-upness accompanying the recipe is, in of itself, a reason to click on the link.
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
The prep time alone makes this Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball a winner. Assuming you have all of the ingredients on hand, this makes an amazing last-minute snack for Sunday afternoon football. Equally amazing as a fun treat for surprise guests.
Recipe author Alyssa Rivers notes this is one of the most popular recipes on her blog, The Recipe Critic. She’s a fan of making this cheese ball as a gift for friends, along with neighbors, during the holidays.
As Alyssa points out in her recipe, she has used both almonds as well as pecans; and, the olives are optional. Don’t be afraid to play around, using what you have on hand, and make this fantastic cheese ball your own.
Bacon Cheese Quiche
A classic when hosting Sunday brunch, or served room temperature for a light supper on a hot summer night: bacon and cheese quiche. The recipe is none other than the icon of entertaining, Martha Stewart’s. It’s guaranteed to please.
One of the great things about this recipe is, it calls for a time-saving store bought pie crust! However, it also links to Martha’s Basic Pie Crust, for those times when you’re in the mood to take the scratch route.
This straightforward recipe leaves the door open for your creativity. If gruyere isn’t your fave, you can always mix it up with a mild blue. Also, if you aren’t a fan of white onions, sautéed leeks, or chopped chives work beautifully in place of the onions.
Bacon and Blue Cheese Pizza
This ultra-creative, and tasty, MasterChef Australia Bacon and Blue Cheese pizza will have your friends and family thinking you have reached a whole new level in your culinary pursuits. With the slightly sharp blue cheese, salty and smoky bacon, creamy smoothness of the mozzarella and sweet touch of the pears, this pizza has something for every individual taste.
If you’re not used to seeing recipes with gram measurements, this handy chart is a welcome addition to your kitchen. If you have neither the time nor the inclination to make your pizza dough, check out Pillsbury Artisan Pizza Crust.
Also, any of your favorite pear varieties will work brilliantly on this pizza.
BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Nachos
The flavors of BBQ, bacon cheeseburgers, and nachos all piled high on one plate? Yes, please! This recipe, from Ashley Fehr at The Recipe Rebel, is everything you need for a tailgate, game night or on a random Wednesday!
Through trial and error, the author of this recipe learned the hard way how to layer nachos for ultimate coverage; distribution of flavor; and, crisp chip maintenance. The BBQ sauce adds the sweet and tangy touch we didn’t know nachos have been missing.
Bacon Tomato Cheese Toasts
Grilled cheese is a comfort food favorite. Toss a little bacon and tomato on there, and you have the epitome of many childhood memories. This Bacon Tomato Cheese Toast recipe throws a little grown-up twist to the classic.
A creamy blend of cheeses, sprinkled with bacon and layered with zucchini and tomato atop Texas toast brings about a delicious addition to a weekend brunch. You can serve it alongside a cup of your favorite tomato bisque for a fun, and casual, luncheon.
Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread
This last recipe requires a little more time than the others. People that don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen tend to veer away from yeast dough. You shouldn’t. Yeast doughs, and bread, require a little attention to detail.
At first glance, you might think they take a long time. In reality, with a few minutes of prep, a few hours of disengaged proof time, and a little work-out worthy kneading, you can have this simple and delicious Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread on the dinner table tonight. It should be mentioned this bread is begging to become a higher version of itself as sweet and savory french toast.
So, if you haven’t yet ventured into yeast doughs, this is a good, and fun place to start. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to have such a delicious homemade bread.
From the simple and humble, ready in minutes Bacon and Cheese Ball, to the extra time-worthy Loaded Bacon Cheddar Bread, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to incorporate the comfort of bacon and cheese into a variety of dishes.
The most fun thing about these recipes: they’re flexible to your creativity. You can play around with the ingredients to adapt for tastes; food sensitivities; or, to use whatever it is you have on hand at the time the urge to create strikes. Apps, soups, salads, sandwiches, and main dishes, is there anywhere we can’t go with bacon and cheese. Dessert? We haven’t gone there but, it very well could be worthy of some investigation!
Author bio: Kenneth Haynes is the Senior Editor for TodayTopReviews, but also wrote for other publications like BookCulinaryVacations. He has his degree in Culinary Arts from St. Philips College in San Antonio.