Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
Homer: Pork chops?
Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.
Could there be another meat product that has so fired the imaginations of its acolytes?
Metafilter offers a roundup of the most thought-provoking bacon spinoffs. It makes sense, for what is bacon but pork belly cured with salt and sugar, then smoked?
The discussion thread offers a dozen more instances of bacon-mania. But it omits, curiously enough, my favorite unbelievable I’m-clutching-my-chest-in-a-good-way recipe:
Bacon mayo. Mayonnaise made with bacon fat instead of vegetable oil.
I would imagine what a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato sandwich would be like with such a condiment, but I cannot. My heart would surely leap from my ribcage in self-defense and splish-splish-splish away, leaving me dying for bacon.
But I’ve already rendered myself unreliable on this issue, being known to drive 45 minutes for the best bacon I’ve ever had.
7112 Zoar Valley Rd
Springville, NY 14141