Last night I had the Buffet o’ Blog staff at my house again, for one of our regular meetings, and a couple of the guys had become inspired by all the recent bacon talk (such as the Bacon Explosion and the bacon weave). They volunteered to bring some original bacon dishes over, and there was no way I could argue against that! So we had Buffet o’ Bacon 2.
No one made the Bacon Explosion this time, but there were 3 original bacon creations for us to research / taste-test. I will describe these and show you pictures (which came from my cell phone, so excuse the quality).
First of all, we had a bacon pizza. Well, we called it a pizza, but instead of a regular bread-based crust, it used a bacon weave, topped with pepperoni and lots of cheese.
The picture really doesn’t do it justice. When you looked at the bottom of the pieces, you could see the bacon weave. But most important of all, it tasted awesome! This was my favorite of the three.
The second dish consisted of a piece of smoked sausage, with a water chestnut slice on each side, all wrapped with bacon, and covered in an original BBQ sauce (made from ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, A1, and a small bit of actual BBQ sauce). It was held together with a toothpick.
It was good, although to me the water chestnuts didn’t seem to go with it because of their texture. But to each their own. I still ate a couple.
The third item was bacon empanadas. It was made from a biscuit rolled really flat then folded around bacon, smoked sausage, and a 4-cheese mix.
It was really good, although next time we’ll add some type of salsa or gooey cheese to make it less dry. Of course, it could’ve been dipped in salsa or cheese dip, which would’ve worked well too. I’d like to have these again.
A couple of the items were jokingly referred to as “gut-bombs”, a reference to our initial Buffet o’ Bacon. (Follow that link and read the second comment for an explanation.) This time, the bacon was pre-cooked in all three dishes, to prevent that from happening again. But, for at least one person, the end-result was the same. This “research” shows that you should eat bacon responsibly, and that bacon does have a dark side if you don’t respect its power.