It's been well-documented that bacon makes everything taste better. But instead of consigning it to a supporting role, why not make bacon the star of the dish? Here are a few recipes that put our favorite cured meat into the spotlight:
Homemade bread-and-butter pickles and Fresno chiles top crispy cubes of slow-cooked slab bacon.
Strange and wonderful, this salty-sweet braised bacon dish makes for a conversation-starting hors d'oeuvre.
Bacon mayonnaise takes this sandwich into another dimension.
Serve this decadently rich condiment on warm cornbread or biscuits.
About the author: Anya Hoffman is a freelance writer and contributing editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter.