Indulge in the savory delight of bacon ends and pieces, an affordable alternative to sliced bacon that adds a burst of flavor to countless recipes.
When it comes to bacon, I am part of a vast group of people who believe it deserves its own food group. Its tantalizing smell and mouth-watering taste make it an absolute culinary delight. From breakfast to dinner, bacon pairs exquisitely with both sweet and savory dishes. It’s no wonder that I adore bacon.
Allow me to share with you my love for Trader Joe’s. This wonderful store has captured my heart for its commitment to quality. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I am repulsed by the big-name grocery stores with their corn syrupy, genetically modified, and preservative-filled products. Instead, I prefer to buy, cook, and eat locally grown and made products. Our family even sources our meat from an Eastern Oregon ranch, where we get the best bacon I’ve ever had.
Now, let’s get back to the topic at hand – bacon ends and pieces. If you’re looking for little tidbits of bacon to enhance your collard greens, twice-baked potatoes, or breakfast burritos, there’s no need to splurge on the expensive stuff. Buy bacon ends and pieces instead. It might not be the prettiest sight when you open the package, but trust me, the taste will make up for it. Take a peek through the plastic before purchasing – if there’s a good balance of meat and fat, just like a regular pack of bacon, go for it. In fact, this product is so popular that I often find Trader Joe’s running out of stock, so I make sure to stock up whenever I see it, storing it in my freezer.
To cook the bacon ends and pieces to perfection, grab your trusty cast iron skillet and cut them up into little, bite-sized morsels. Heat them over medium-high heat until the oil starts to foam, then reduce the heat to low. This technique ensures that each piece cooks evenly, eliminating the risk of half-burnt, half-raw bacon. Once done, drain the heavenly morsels on a paper towel, and behold – you have a glorious batch of bacon pieces that are roughly 60% cheaper than the strips, while offering the same fantastic flavor.
Oh, and before you judge my cheap-o black range that shows every bacon splatter, focus on the bacon itself and the delightful raspberry baked French toast I forgot to move out of the frame. Isn’t it a feast for the eyes?
Who doesn’t love watching bacon sizzle and pop? I certainly do! In fact, I even made a VIDEO just for you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacle.
Remember, when it comes to adding a burst of bacon flavor to your favorite recipes, bacon ends and pieces are your secret weapon. Affordable, versatile, and utterly delicious, they unlock a world of culinary possibilities. So go ahead, embrace the magic of bacon ends and pieces. Your taste buds will thank you.