Set the stage for a day bursting with flavor by using Bacon Up bacon grease instead of mayonnaise in these traditional starters:
• Bacon-enriched Deviled Eggs
• Bacony Pimento Cheese Spread
BACON-ENRICHED DEVILED EGGS – photo credit to the deviled-egg-queen(!), our friend @keto_sheena
6 eggs – hard boiled
2 Tbsp warmed Bacon Up® bacon grease
1 tsp honey mustard
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp garlic pepper
¼ tsp smoked paprika
Optional – Bacon bits or crumbled bacon
• Peel eggs and slice them lengthwise
• Remove yolks to a mixing bowl
• Warm Bacon Up bacon grease on stovetop or microwave
• Add to the yolks along with honey mustard and mix thoroughly
• Add the seasoning (salt, garlic pepper, and smoked paprika) and mix again
• Spoon mixture into egg whites
• Garnish, if desired, with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and bacon bits or crumbled bacon
• NOTE – if you prefer a spicier taste, substitute a teaspoon of your favorite hot sauce for the mustard
BACONY PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD – inspired by Chicago chef Bob Zrenner
4-ounces cream cheese (bring to room temperature first, if using a block)
¼ cup Bacon Up® bacon grease
¼ tsp garlic pepper
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp salt
dash of Worcestershire sauce (or Tabasco if you prefer more heat)
4-ounce jar of pimentos or roasted red peppers (if using the latter, you’ll need to cut them into smaller pieces before adding)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded gouda
(Note that many people prefer shredding their own cheese, since packaged shredded cheese includes a non-stick coating)
• Mix together garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Stir in Worcestershire or Tabasco sauce.
• Add cream cheese and Bacon Up bacon grease to seasoning mixture and blend until smooth.
• Fold in pimentos and cheese until well blended.
• Cover and chill for an hour or more to allow the flavors to develop.
Finish off your delicious day with the extra richness and flavor that bacon grease can bring to your baked goods. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to these two ideas from our Bacon Up family of fans, and you’ll be right in line with the day’s theme of red, white, and blue:
• Strawberry-Bacon Popovers
• Low-carb Blueberry Cobbler
STRAWBERRY-BACON ROLLS – created by Mizzou grad and travel & food vlogger, @nicksdynasty!
1 Tbsp Bacon Up® bacon grease
2 Tbsp Strawberry preserves
1 package Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
• Spoon the Bacon Up bacon grease and preserves into a small casserole (preferably rectangular) that can go from microwave to freezer (Pyrex, etc.).
• Microwave for 15-30 seconds until the two ingredients melt, then stir to mix.
• After thoroughly blended, place the dish in the freezer for several hours.
• After the mixture is solid, use a sharp knife to cut 12 strawberry/bacon squares (4 rows x 3 columns).
• Preheat the oven, as indicated on the crescent rolls.
• Open the crescent rolls and, one at a time, unroll a triangular piece of dough, place a strawberry/bacon square near the wide end of the dough, and fold the corners in to cover the strawberry mixture. Make sure the dough completely covers the filling and pinch the edges to seal.
• Place on a baking sheet and bake as directed.
• Transfer baked pop-overs to a serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
LOW-CARB BLUEBERRY COBBLER – hat tip to our Instagram friend, @keto_sheena!
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp classic monk fruit sweetener (such as Lakanto Sweetener)
10 drops stevia (Such as Sweet Leaf)
1/8 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup softened butter chopped into pieces
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup classic monk fruit sweetener (such as Lakanto Sweetener)
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp Bacon Up® bacon grease
• In sauce pan, add blueberries, water, lemon juice & sweetener. Bring to a light boil and add xanthan gum. Stir occasionally as it thickens. Then remove from heat.
• For crumble topping, mix coconut flour, monk fruit & cinnamon. Combine well, then add butter. Mix with fingers until well incorporated & crumbly.
• Grease a cast iron skillet with Bacon Up bacon grease and then pour in the blueberry sauce. (You’ll notice the enhanced flavor versus using butter!)
• Top with cinnamon crumb topping. Bake on grill heated to 350° for about 30 minutes or until it bubbles & topping browns. (The oven works too, but it seems more fun on the grill!)