Bacon, Bacon, More Bacon!

14 Extreme (And Delicious) Uses For Bacon

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Bacon, Bacon, More Bacon!

Bacon’s popularity isn’t new—food historians say this crispy breakfast meat was a common Roman-age snack (they ate it with figs) that evolved into a simple breakfast side. But after a few centuries, bacon deserves some recognition as a versatile ingredient that can be used in all kinds of new (and extreme) ways.

1. 100% BACON BURGER

If adding two or three slices of bacon on a burger just isn’t enough, the 100% Bacon Burger from Foodbeast features the sliced meat in every component, including a bun made with bacon bits and pork rinds, a bacon patty, a bacon-crusted fried egg, and bacon barbecue sauce. But this adventurous burger doesn’t come cheap or easy. To make it at home, you’ll need at least five pounds of sliced bacon.

2. THE BACON EXPLOSION

Bacon is the perfect addition to almost any food. Jalapeños, potatoes, and shrimp are all made a little better with bacon wrapped around them, but some cooks take it one step further by wrapping pounds of meat in pounds of bacon. The Bacon Explosion basket from BBQ Addicts weaves seasoned bacon around two pounds of Italian sausage, which is stuffed with fried bacon and barbecue sauce. After two hours of cook time, dinner (and a heart attack) is served.

3. BACON-WRAPPED TATER TOTS

Think basic tater tots can’t be improved upon? Think again. Bacon-wrapped tater tot bombs are a little work, but are well worth the effort. Cheese and bacon are wrapped around each tot and then baked to crispy perfection. Within 25 minutes, you’ll have the best meat-and-potatoes appetizer ever.

4. BACON DOUGHNUTS

With these doughnuts, you won’t have to worry about watching your carbs. Called bacon doughnuts simply because they resemble the ring shape, this recipe utilizes mozzarella sticks, pineapples, and onions, which are stacked together and wrapped in bacon. Grill to create an ooey gooey, sweet snack, and serve with a side of marinara sauce.

5. BACON CONES

For a meatier, messier dessert, consider two dollops of ice cream in a bacon cone. Weave bacon around a sugar cone or a cone mold made from aluminum, then bake so the design holds its shape. And if you’re craving even more bacon, fill your cone with a maple-bacon crunch ice cream.

6. BACON ICE CREAM SANDWICH

If a bacon cone doesn’t ease your sweet (or meat) tooth, there’s always the bacon weave ice cream sandwich. A thick layer of ice cream is layered between two woven bacon patties to create a sweet and salty treat. The trick to this pork-laden dessert is a structurally sound bacon weave, a skill every home chef should have in their back pocket.

7. BEER-GLAZED BACON

Love beer and bacon? Now you can have them together with beer-glazed bacon. PopSugar shows how to mix honey, maple syrup, and a dark lager beer to create a thick glaze; a touch of mustard adds some balance to avoid a complete sugar rush. The biggest downside to this recipe is having to smell baking bacon for nearly 45 minutes.

Now continue on with BACON at the Mental Floss

The true story of U.S. soldiers left for dead in Iraq

Abandoned in Iraq: Inside Two Soldiers’ Harrowing Escape

The true story of U.S. soldiers left for dead in Iraq, their epic battle for survival, and the military cover-up that kept them silent – until now..

In the orange light of late afternoon, a mile-long Army convoy of 33 heavily loaded trucks crossed a bridge over the Tigris River into the dusty, trash-strewn streets of Al Amarah, Iraq. Sgt. Stuart Redus was at the wheel of a boxy old big-rig, 28th in line, with Staff Sgt. Fernando Torres in the passenger seat. Plates of rusty steel were bolted to the doors, a kind of homemade armor, but the truck, hauling a shipping container full of weapons, was otherwise unprotected. They had no radio or satellite phone in the cab, just a store-bought walkie-talkie hanging from a bungee cord.

On a wide boulevard in the center of town, they heard a pinging noise, like the first drops of rain. Then it was like a thunderstorm broke open: Bombs exploded, and fire and smoke erupted from under the pavement, followed by the deep thumping of machine guns. Curses and static came over the walkie-talkie. Redus pinned the gas pedal to the floorboard as a rocket grenade exploded behind the cab, shredding the air lines to the rear axle and knocking both men unconscious. The tractor-trailer jackknifed and slammed sidelong into a Jersey barrier. Redus came to and tried to force the truck into gear, but it wouldn’t budge. He shouted into his handset, “Help, help, we’re hit!”

Up ahead, they saw the red taillights of the convoy bouncing away in a cloud of gun smoke and diesel exhaust. Directly behind them, a military dump truck neared their position, but rather than scoop them up, it blew past at top speed. As did the following Humvee, its machine-gunner cowering in the turret, then another dump truck and another Humvee. The last vehicle in line was an eight-wheeled wrecker, with a crew of three, whose job it was to recover disabled trucks. Each of them later told Army investigators that they didn’t see anyone moving in the downed rig, but Redus claims he locked eyes with one of them. The wrecker slowed, almost to a stop, then sped off, its tow tackle jangling empty.

Redus screamed into the walkie-talkie, but the convoy had gone out of range. Through the wreckage of the back window, Redus and Torres saw dozens of masked men streaming out of buildings and alleys, pumping their rifles and rocket launchers in triumph. Redus turned to Torres and said, “Grab all your fucking ammo, dude.”

Now go and read this tale at the Rolling Stone

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“Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”

— James Russell Lowell


The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Last December, Jeannie Suk wrote in an online article for The New Yorker about law students asking her fellow professors at Harvard not to teach rape law—or, in one case, even use the word violate (as in “that violates the law”) lest it cause students distress. In February, Laura Kipnis, a professor at Northwestern University, wrote an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education describing a new campus politics of sexual paranoia—and was then subjected to a long investigation after students who were offended by the article and by a tweet she’d sent filed Title IX complaints against her. In June, a professor protecting himself with a pseudonym wrote an essay for Vox describing how gingerly he now has to teach. “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me,” the headline said. A number of popular comedians, including Chris Rock, have stopped performing on college campuses (see Caitlin Flanagan’s article in this month’s issue). Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Maher have publicly condemned the oversensitivity of college students, saying too many of them can’t take a joke.

Two terms have risen quickly from obscurity into common campus parlance. Microaggressions are small actions or word choices that seem on their face to have no malicious intent but that are thought of as a kind of violence nonetheless. For example, by some campus guidelines, it is a microaggression to ask an Asian American or Latino American “Where were you born?,” because this implies that he or she is not a real American. Trigger warnings are alerts that professors are expected to issue if something in a course might cause a strong emotional response. For example, some students have called for warnings that Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart describes racial violence and that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby portrays misogyny and physical abuse, so that students who have been previously victimized by racism or domestic violence can choose to avoid these works, which they believe might “trigger” a recurrence of past trauma.

Some recent campus actions border on the surreal. In April, at Brandeis University, the Asian American student association sought to raise awareness of microaggressions against Asians through an installation on the steps of an academic hall. The installation gave examples of microaggressions such as “Aren’t you supposed to be good at math?” and “I’m colorblind! I don’t see race.” But a backlash arose among other Asian American students, who felt that the display itself was a microaggression. The association removed the installation, and its president wrote an e-mail to the entire student body apologizing to anyone who was “triggered or hurt by the content of the microaggressions.”

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