Without a doubt, bacon is a special ingredient. Just a small amount gives a smoky, savory taste to vegetables, soups, or meats, making it an effective way to add a lot of flavor for a little money. When I started cutting back on meat in my diet, using a little bacon was a tasty compromise between a meat-heavy meal and a totally vegetarian plate.
But now the bacon obsession seems to be a little out of hand, with more bacon popping up in more unexpected ways. I like bacon, but I don't want it to be the only thing I taste, as it was with my dessert the other night. For pure bacon-y flavor, I'd rather just fry up a couple slices to eat alongside eggs or in a BLT.
What do you think about the trend of using bacon in unexpected ways? Are you over it? Or do you think bacon really does make everything better?