Because it's the holidays....

 
We've polled our taste buds and they have spoken. In the spirit of the holidays and expanding waistbands everywhere we've put together some of our favorite bacon-filled culinary exploits. So loosen your belts 'cause you're in for tasty read.

 

Meat & Bread's Maple Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich
Never has a meat filled ice cream sounded so good.


[ image via cari-lee ]


Paula's Bacon Mashed potatoes 
If Paula Deen is involved you just KNOW you're going to need a defibrillator...and it will be worth it.

 

Jethro's Bacon Pancakes 
The pancakes here have bacon IN them!  Match made in  ̶h̶e̶a̶v̶e̶n̶  our bellies.

 

Bacon Pecan Butter Tarts
This recipe is a staff favourite:

Ingredients
3 Eggs
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
1Tbsp. White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
1/2 Cup Pecans
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Minced, Cooked Bacon
18 small pastry tart shells or 1 large pie shell

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients except for one egg. With the remaining egg create an egg wash by adding a tablespoon of water or milk and mixing. Brush the egg wash over the edges of your tart or pie shell. Fill tarts or shell with mixture. Bake until crust is golden brown. (approx. 15 minutes).


[ image via thethreecheeses ]

 

Bacon Vodka 
You can infuse vodka with just about anything...oh yeah we did. Ceasar anyone?

 

DIY Maple Bacon Doughnut 
If you've ever been to Portland you know all about Voodoo doughnuts and their amazing bacon doughnuts, but what if you don't live in Portland? Here's how you can hack your doughnut for deliciousness.

 

Bacon Wrapped Turkey with Pear Cider Gravy
Adding some bacon is a simple way to improve upon classic holiday fare. Go ahead, your tummy will thank you.


[ image via chow ]