Don't underestimate the power of bacon grease! Rather than disposing of it, explore its hidden potential to enhance your cooking. Bacon grease is a treasure trove of savory flavor, effortlessly enhancing your dishes. This topic gained attention when a user on a popular online platform inquired, "Apart from biscuits and cornbread, what other delicious dishes can be crafted using bacon grease?"
One user suggested: “You could make a roux with it. Brown potatoes with it.”
Many users agreed that bacon grease makes amazing white gravy. While some suggested that you could also use sausage grease, bacon grease worked better.
One user shared their recipe: “That's awesome. Usually, white gravy is pretty minimal. Some add extra ingredients to spice it up, but I like it simple. Bacon grease, flour, milk, salt, pepper.”
One user mentioned: "Yes! I always use it when I make refritos charros. Delicious!" Another chimed in: "Refried black beans with bacon lardons is the truth to life."
Many users suggested making your bacon grease into a roux! From biscuits and gravy to mac and cheese and even gumbo, users had a lot of great suggestions.
One user even suggested: “To add to this I use bacon bits to make baked potato soup and use the leftover bacon grease for my roux. But any dish that has a roux. Bacon grease is the bomb! It doesn’t burn like butter.”
Instead of cooking spray or oil, many commented with suggestions for using your bacon grease to fry up nearly anything!
One user commented: “Use it in your pan for eggs, french toast, potatoes, hamburgers, a dollop in your re-fried beans for burritos, the options are almost limitless.”
Bacon grease can add a nice saltiness to any dish and even be used to fry vegetables!
Cooking up greens for a salad might not be the traditional way to start a salad. However, cooking your greens in bacon grease will add immense flavor to your salad! Many users suggested using spinach, watercress, collard greens, black-eyed peas, green beans, and nearly any other vegetable cooked in bacon grease.
One user shared this recipe: “Iceberg and onions smothered with bacon dressing was a family-meal staple in my house when I was growing up. Around Easter, my grandmother would also have my brother and I harvest dandelion leaves from the yard, and she'd used that in place of the lettuce.”
A shocking choice for bacon grease is using them to make your own tortillas! This will give your tortillas a richer flavor and avoid the need to buy another ingredient to make the recipe too!
One user commented: “Homemade tortillas with bacon grease instead of lard. Don't add salt just the baking powder you will be amazed.”
Baked goods might be the last place you think to put bacon grease, but substituting some of the butter for bacon grease can be just what your baked goods were missing!
One user shared: “For chocolate chip cookies- Substitute a ¼ of the butter for bacon fat. Adds a subtle savory flavor that boosts the chocolate chips.”
Another user shared a unique way to use it to make brownies: “Did half BG, half shortening. Came out excellent. Need to make sure your dough chills for at least a few hours so they don’t spread too much.”
One user shared: "The best fried eggs is over medium cooked in a ½ inch deep bacon grease. The egg will have crispy edges and a thick but still fluid yolk. Laid on a bed of cheesy garlic grits that used bacon grease instead of butter, with a side of salt cured country ham, and I'm in Heaven."
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
One foodie shared: "Use it as fat for making grilled cheese sandwiches."
Another user chimed in: "One day in college for National Bacon Day lots of people came over to my house and I fried bacon until the pan was filled with grease, then I'd make grilled cheeses until the grease was all gone, and repeated the process until we ran out of bacon. Apartment smelled like bacon for two weeks. It was glorious. The sandwiches were just cheese-flavored bacon sponges."
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