18 Insanely Delicious Ways to Cook with Bacon Grease
If you’re anything like us, bacon factors heavily into your diet. As a side with scrambled eggs or crumbled atop an otherwise virtuous salad, bacon is hugely versatile. Equally adaptive: Bacon grease, which, when strained, can be stored in the fridge for up to a month and used to make any of these 18 out-of-this-world breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet
Dial up your veggie brunch hash by stirring in rendered bacon fat.
Caramel Banana French Toast
Craving something sweeter? Try this thick French toast that’s fried in leftover bacon grease.
Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits
Good luck eating just one of these biscuits that have bacon fat mixed into their batter.
Stir-Fried Kale and Bacon
This killer side dish couldn’t be easier--the kale is sautéed in the pan you cook the bacon in.
Mixed in a high-powered blender, this combination of bacon grease, eggs, lemon juice and a few other things you’ve probably got on hand will take any sandwich to the next level.
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
The slightest drizzle of bacon fat might not be the most wholesome salad dressing ever--but it is the most game-changing.
Buttermilk Bacon Grease Corn bread
The addition of melted bacon grease to an otherwise classic corn-bread batter makes all the difference in this super-comforting side.
Garlic Parmesan Popovers
Surprisingly easy to make (no mixer necessary!), these popovers are cooked in pans greased with bacon fat.
Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Soup
Jalapeños sautéed in bacon fat are an absolutely delightful addition to this insanely rich and warming soup.
Honey Mustard Baked Chicken with Potatoes and Bacon
Chicken browned in bacon fat equals chicken fat and bacon fat. AKA, the best dinner ever.
Scallops with Spinach and Bacon
Sear scallops in bacon fat and serve with more bacon on top for a glorious play on surf and turf.
Bacon Infused Bourbon
This takes about 24 hours, start to finish (the process involves combining and freezing bacon fat and bourbon before removing the solidified fat), but the results are worth the wait.
Bacon Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Just a teaspoon of bacon fat is mixed into this cookie dough. Not too much to be overpowering but just enough to add another layer of flavor.
Bacon Fat Gingersnaps
Unlike the previous recipe, this one calls for a whole three-quarter cup of bacon fat, which, mixed with pretty standard cookie ingredients, yields a treat that’s spicy and salty and not too sweet.
Maple Bacon Fat Caramels
An excellent gift, these caramels combine sugar, maple syrup and heavy cream with rendered bacon fat for a taste that’s more savory than usual.