What is Canadian Bacon you may ask?  To start, the name Canadian Bacon is most common in the U.S., but in other parts of the world this same bacon may be referred to as Irish bacon, English bacon or even 'back bacon.'  When you view Canadian bacon vs. bacon (American bacon), the biggest difference is bacon we are used to is cut from the pork belly, with easily seen streaks for fat and meat woven together into a delectable treat.

Canadian Bacon is traditionally cut from the pork loin.  And since the loin is much leaner than the belly & a different shape, that is reflected in a Canadian Bacon slice - leaner and round!

So...why do we love it?  Well, we love all bacon.  When you take time to cure, age and smoke any piece of meat, it's full of such great flavor that it's the perfect addition to any meal.  And that's the case with Canadian bacon as well.

Here a couple of fun Canadian bacon recipe ideas to try!

Baked Egg with Canadian Bacon, Tomato and Potatoes

Baked Egg with Canadian Bacon, Tomato and Potatoes

  • 1 6-oz package Burgers' Smokehouse Canadian-style bacon, chopped
  • Nonstick cooking spray, butter-flavored
  • 1 cup refrigerated red potato wedges, no-oil added, cubed
  • 1 small plum tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons half & half, non-fat
  • 4 teaspoons Swiss cheese, OR Gruyere or white Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (optional)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat inside of four 6-ounce ramekins or custard cups/ramekins with cooking spray; set aside.

Step 2: Combine Canadian bacon, potatoes, tomato and chives in a medium bowl. Spoon mixture evenly in ramekins.

Step 3: Break egg into each ramekin on top of the Canadian bacon mixture. Sprinkle with pepper. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of half-and-half over each egg. Place ramekins on baking sheet.

Step 4: Bake in heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until egg whites are opaque and yolks have firm edges but soft in centers. Remove from oven.

If desired, sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cheese. Serve immediately. Serves ~ 4.

Puffy Omelet with Candidian Bacon Filling

Puffy Omelet with Canadian Bacon filling

  • 3 ounces Burgers' Smokehouse Canadian-style bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 4 egg white
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped OR 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teasp white pepper
  • 5 teaspoon butter, or margarine
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped

Step 1: Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored; stir in Canadian-style bacon, cheese, half of the basil, and pepper. Fold yolk mixture into egg whites.

Step 2: In a 10-inch skillet with oven-proof handle, heat 2 teaspoons of the butter over medium heat till a drop of water sizzles. Spoon egg mixture into skillet, gently smoothing surface. Reduce heat to low; cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until the bottom is golden.

Step 3: Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 10-12 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and outer edge comes out clean.

Step 4: Meanwhile, in skillet cook mushrooms and green pepper in the remaining hot butter over medium heat 3 minutes or until tender. Add the remaining basil and tomato; cook 5 minutes or till liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally.

Loosen sides of omelet with spatula. Make a shallow cut across omelet, cutting slightly off-center. Spoon filling over larger half. Tip skillet and fold the smaller portion of omelet over larger half. Slip omelet onto a warm serving platter. Serve immediately.  Serves 2.

In addition to these recipes, Canadian bacon also is a great addition to:

Breakfast Burrito filling

Pizza

Chopped on a Salad

There are lots of great Canadian bacon options to choose from out there, but we are happy to help with your quest to find the best by sending you ours from Burgers' Smokehouse too!

Recipe Sources: National Pork Board