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Day-Before Gravy

I’ve been searching for a gravy recipe I can do ahead of time, since by the time I have the turkey and sides ready to go on the holiday table, I’m usually too frazzled to successfully turn the pan drippings into gravy.

This one uses bacon drippings and tamari as a savory flavor base, and can be made the day before a holiday feast.

Yield: 2 cups

Cheesy Egg Wraps

Fill tortillas with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and sautéed bell peppers, bacon, and jalapeño. Fold into a burrito and toast in a hot skillet until crispy and golden. These are perfect for breakfast or for a weeknight dinner, and they freeze well.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes

Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

2016 was the year of the Brussels sprout in our house. Towards the end, we were roasting them almost weekly, so when we were asked to bring a green vegetable for Thanksgiving, it was a no-brainer.

This recipe feeds a crowd (we probably could have halved it for a buffet for 10 people) and travels well. Heat bacon-sprinkled baking sheets until sizzling hot, add Brussels sprouts, cut in half and tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast until tender. Drizzle with a glaze of apple cider, brown sugar, and vinegar.

Yield: 10 servings

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

We first tried chocolate-covered bacon at the Big Top Candy Shop on South Congress Avenue, and decided to make it for our friend Atticus’s bacon-themed first birthday party.

Making a double batch for a party on a warm Austin day wasn’t the best idea, but if you give yourself plenty of time and reserve this project for a cool day, the results are delicious.

Yield: 64 pieces Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Khanh’s Bacon Jam

This savory jam of cooked bacon, onion, chipotles, Mexican chocolate, and coffee is really something special.


Erin’s Red Broccoli Salad

Our friends Erin and Matt have a lovely home in the country, surrounded by pastures and horses, and on the occasional holiday, a fireworks display on each horizon. We love gathering with friends there, especially when dishes like this are on the table.

Red onions, grapes, and bacon lend the red color to the otherwise green salad of broccoli, celery, and green onions.

Yield: 8 servings

Oven-Baked Bacon

This method of cooking bacon results in perfectly flat, straight strips that are uniformly crisp, without the sputtering bacon grease mess you get from cooking it on the stovetop.

Total time: 30 minutes

Mom’s Creamed Corn

Fresh corn, cut from the cob and sautéed with bacon, milk, and butter, is a classic Southern side dish.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Judy’s Green Beans

Green beans dressed with crumbled bacon and sauteéd onions make a decadent side dish.

Yield: 24 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Shrimp Diablos a la Joi

Pineapple chunks, jalapeño slices, and shrimp are rolled in sliced bacon and baked.

Yield: 24 to 26 pieces Total time: 45 minutes