Bacon is one of the trendiest foods right now. Eateries are adding it to everything from burgers to baked goods, and we suggest following suit when crafting your wedding menu. Whether you simply want to use it as a garnish or make it the star component of your dish, you’ve got plenty of options. Pro tip: if you’ve got any plant-based pals on your guest list, ask your caterer to craft tofu, tempeh or coconut bacon so that they can indulge, too.
Here are a few ways to serve bacon at your wedding.
As hors d’oeuvres
Fact: you can coat just about anything in bacon and it’ll taste ten times better. Caterers have clearly taken note of this as many feature bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres on their sample menus. For your wedding, choose your favourite ingredient - be that a cheese, vegetable or meat - and try wrapping a blanket of bacon around it. The results are sure to be nothing less than delicious.
As a main
Bacon can be snuck into just about any main, but if you want it to be the the star ingredient, you’ll have to get a bit creative. I mean, sure, you could sprinkle it on top of a salad or use it to garnish a more substantial dish, but where’s the fun in that? We caution against serving your guests a turducken-style dish at your reception, but bacon wrapped chicken sounds pretty darn tasty, right?
In a cocktail
You’ve probably seen a bottle or two of bacon infused liquor at your local store and thought “that just doesn’t sound right”, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it. The right mixologist can use this unlikely duo to create a tasty and truly unique cocktail worthy of your wedding. Pro tip: the most beloved pairing is bacon and bourbon, so give it a shot (literally).
As a dessert
Okay, so you’re probably not used to seeing meat on a dessert menu, but in some cases it totally works. Exhibit A: Maple bacon donuts. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and salty, making them an amazing, indulgent post-dinner treat. If you’re crafting a donut tower on your dessert table, you definitely need to add a few of these to the mix.
As a late night snack
Don’t think your main will be hearty enough to get your guests through the night? You’ll probably want to serve some snacks half way through your reception. While you could go for just about any easy to serve dish, we suggest connecting with your roots and serving a Canadian staple. Peameal bacon sandwiches were born in Toronto and are a city favourite for a reason (they’re delicious).
At your post-wedding brunch
Make BLTs even more breakfast-worthy by kicking them up a notch with a fried egg. Or, if you want something a touch more gourmet, go with bacon, egg, and arugula on a croissant. Both options make for killer brunch dishes and will be just what your guests need after a late night out.