Quality bacon makes everything better
In the last few years, Dan and I have discovered scrumptious, quality bacon. We had no idea the grocery store bacon was so sad and downright boring until we discovered DC Meats bacon. It’s just better. It’s hard to even describe, but after you have good bacon, you can’t go back to the cheap, mass produced stuff. I made bacon for burgers just yesterday and a friend of ours eating it said: “That bacon is really good, did you do something to it? Add something to it?” Nope. Quality is key.
Then, we discovered Zingerman’s bacon. Last year, we visited Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, MI, together for the first time. I had visited with my Momma previously and had sung this place praises to the moon. Dan was intrigued so we returned for a visit. He was flabbergasted when he ordered BACON STEAK at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. And this year when we stopped through in June it just so happened to be the weekend of Camp Bacon. We went to the Bacon Fair happening at Ann Arbor Farmers Market and were delighted with free bacon samples, candied bacon in bacon maple ice cream and more. I even had a dancing bacon cartoon painted on my cheek. My artist said I was the first adult to participate, but she was sure there would be more.
At the fair, they handed out coupons for bacon from Zingerman’s Deli. We couldn’t resist. And we’re glad we didn’t. They have some crazy, fancy bacon there, some from pigs fed mainly hazelnuts, giving the meat a nutty, complex flavor. We only have one package of bacon from Zingerman’s left. We’re saving it for a special occasion. They even have a book, Guide to Better Bacon and a bacon club. If you “join” they’ll mail fancy bacon to your front door every month of the year!
So, if you love bacon, go try DC Meats. And if you’re feeling ambitious visit Zingerman’s and buy some bacon while you’re there. Then, you can wrap nearly anything in bacon, take it to a party and win “most awesome person” award. I generally wrap dates in bacon as an easy and freaking delicious party appetizer. Here’s how:
Bacon wrapped dates
- 1 pound bacon strips
- 1 8 ounce bag pitted dates
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover baking sheet with foil.
- Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each date with a piece of bacon. Secure with toothpick or place seam side down.
- Bake for 30 minutes.