Bacon Dust is a great way to finish a dish whenever you need a little bacon flavor, but don’t want to load up on the calories.
Bacon dust is a brilliant idea that I came across in Don’t Give Me Eggs That Bounce by Peter Morgan-Jones, a cookbook for people with Alzheimer’s. It never occurred to me that people with Alzheimer’s often have trouble swallowing food. Since I have cooked for cancer patients and my father-in-law (Parkinson’s disease) who also had trouble swallowing, this immediately caught my attention.
The applications for bacon dust are endless, whether you’re cooking for someone with trouble swallowing, or just love bacon. Think about sprinkling some on scrambled eggs, deviled eggs, pasta carbonara, breakfast smashed avocado tomato toast, or tomato soup.
This past weekend, we hosted a fundraiser for 70 people. We had an extremely tight budget to work with, so I had to be extra creative for the menu.
I dreamed up a deviled egg sprinkled with bacon dust, everything bagel spice, and chives. These were the hit of the party, and ironically, the least expensive item I served.
Bacon dust is super easy to make. Be sure to use regular or thin sliced bacon, not the thick kind. You want to cook it until it’s crispy. Then, pat with a paper towel to get rid of as much fat as possible.
I used a coffee grinder to grind it up. Store in the refrigerator and sprinkle on avocado toast, scrambled eggs, soups, or salads. A little goes a long way as a garnish.
Check out these Bacon Dust Everything Bagel Deviled Eggs I made for our party. They were the biggest hit!
- 4 slices bacon regular cut, not thick cut
Cook bacon in skillet until crispy. Transfer to paper towels and pat dry. Break into pieces. Place in coffee grinder and grind until finely ground. Store in refrigerator.
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