It’s that time again, when your mom slaves over a hot stove for hours, your dad kicks back on the couch watching football, and you and the dog are forced to wait outside until dinner time, because neither of you can be trusted around the food.

For the last 389 years the fourth Thursday in November has officially been called Thanksgiving, but everyone has dubbed it Turkey Day. (By the way, whose bright idea was it to make it a Thursday? Come on really, who the heck wants a Thursday off of work only to have to go back on Friday? Not to mention that makes the Friday after Thanksgiving a prized vacation day that leads to all kinds of interoffice battles that can lead to hurt feelings and lost promotions.)

Turkey has had its time in the spot light for far too long. It’s time to change things up, kick it up a notch, crank that mother to 11, and blow the socks off grandma. I propose that this year we make Thanksgiving all about BACON!!! And to keep with the spirit of gluttony that is Thanksgiving we need to give people “bacon over load.”

Here are just a couple ideas off the top of my head of ways to incorporate bacon into every dish.

How to incorporate Bacon:

The Sides:

  • Corn – if you’re just a plain corn in a bowel kind of family goes ahead and crumbles some nice crispy pepper bacon in there. But if you’re a corn on the cob kind of man then wrap that son of gun in some bacon and throw it on the grill.
  • Green Beans – Go for the classic bacon and green beans. Wrap some green bean bundles with semi cooked bacon and cook them in the oven. Don’t forget to save the dripping and pour them directly on the beans before serving.
  • Mashed Potatoes – give your potatoes a kick with some Swiss cheese and crispy bacon chunks. Before serving just stir in the cheese and bacon.
  • Sweet Potatoes – make your sweet potatoes the same way you always do with the marshmallows, brown sugar, and butter but this time add some nicely fried up maple bacon. It will add a level of savor that you might never recover from.
  • Bread – how about some bacon bread? All you do is sauté up some red peppers, onions and garlic in some bacon grease then coat your biscuits with the mixture adding bacon bits, melted butter and cheese then pop them in the oven.

Main Course:

  • Turkey – Wrap the whole thing, inside and out with bacon. Remember to put some under the skin and you will have the moistest bird you ever put in your mouth.
  • Stuffing – cook it inside the bird like god intended, none of this stove top bull crap. If you have already wrapped the turkey in bacon and put some strips in the cavity then your stuffing should already have a nice bacon flavor to it, but it never hurts to crumble up some more and add it.
  • Gravy – Now that your bird is done you will have bacon/turkey drippings. Add some white wine, some flour and BOOM; you got yourself some Bacon-Turkey gravy.

Desert:

  • Pumpkin Pie – There is only one desert that should ever be served on Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie. It’s hard to mess with perfection but I will try. Why not make some candied bacon and put it on top. Just lay your bacon on a cookie sheet and cover everything with brown sugar then pop it in the oven. Be very careful when it comes to candied bacon at just about the time you say “I just checked it, it’s fine.” It will turn into little rashers of burnt fire.

So that’s my way to make bacon the front runner this Thanksgiving. Let us know how you plan to use bacon this holiday season by commenting below.

By Sean Brett

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