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Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen

Appetizers

Everyone loves a good BLT. Nothing quite tops the combination of a fresh tomato, crispy bacon, and chilled lettuce between two warm pieces of bread. Thanks to the creative minds of some of our favorite food bloggers, we’ve found some alternative ways to make a BLT.

Lil’ Luna‘s melty, creamy BLT Dip recipe is one to bookmark. The recipe is so yummy yet simple — start with a dip made of sour cream, cream cheese, and melted colby jack and top off with crispy bacon crumbles, diced tomatoes, and lettuce. Use your favorite cracker or chip as a dipper!

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Macaroni salad is always a crowd-pleaser. BLT Macaroni Salad, however, goes beyond basic  macaroni salad and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. After all, everything is better with bacon, right? Food blogger Amy of She Wears Many Hats nails this BBQ-ready recipe.

The BLT Pizza from Perpetually Hungry was inspired by a meal that blogger Taylor had at California Pizza Kitchen years ago. Use a premade pizza dough and this so-good supper can be made in just 30 minutes.

Imagine: A Creamy BLT Soup to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice has made that possible — Reeni creates an even more comforting take on the classic sandwich. Toast a few slices of cubed French or Italian bread and sprinkle over the top along with bacon crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and a sour cream/mayonnaise drizzle.

In my opinion, bruschetta is one of the classiest yet most welcoming appetizers out there. As The Life Jolie says, everything tastes better on top of bread, right? Jolie repurposed traditional bruschetta with her BLT Bruschetta, made with savory bacon, sweet tomatoes, onion, and parsley for flavor, perched on top of a toasted baguette slice.

These Mini BLT Cups from The Endless Meal are truly bite-sized. Grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes work, too) are filled with a chipotle aioli and garnished with arugula and bacon. Talk about bursts of flavor!


Looking to amp up just about any dish? Bacon adds a savory and salty flavor like no other and can flip any meal from drab to fab. Bring home the bacon with these crispy recipe ideas.

Tonia from The Gunny Sack combines two of our favorite foods — macaroni and cheese and bacon — to make a tasty bite-sized appetizer that is mac and cheese bacon bites. Feel free to use whatever macaroni and cheese recipe you’d like for the filling, whether you have a go-to recipe or prefer the boxed stuff.

The barbecue onion meatball bombs from blogger Hugs & Cookies XOXO bring so many flavors together in perfect harmony. These meatballs are generously coated in a couple layers — a large yellow onion, bacon, and your favorite barbecue sauce. Garnish with green onion for extra flavor. YUM!

I won’t be the first to admit that bacon makes (almost) anything taste better — even vegetables. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is a foolproof way that Add a Pinch got her children to eat their vegetables. The bacon and asparagus bundles will end up super crispy after being baked in the oven.

Plain Chicken upgrades a family favorite dinner into something flavorful beyond repair! Her sweet and spicy bacon-wrapped chicken tenders only require four ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes for a quick weeknight dinner. Feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder used to your liking.

Looking for a perfect mixture between savory, sweet, and spicy? Try Dangerously Delicious‘s applewood bacon-wrapped pineapple in honey Sriracha sauce — talk about a mouthful of a name and of flavor! Strips of bacon are wrapped around pineapple chunks and then rolled in brown sugar to make this delectable creation. The homemade honey Sriracha sauce to top it off is packed with cilantro stems, which carry the most flavor.

Karina from Cafe Delights gives us the gift of bacon-wrapped barbecue honey-garlic shrimp for a perfect tailgate treat. She even provides a homemade guacamole recipe to eat these oh-so-savory bites with, which pairs perfectly with the barbecue, ginger, and lemon flavors of the bacon and shrimp.

Again — a bacon-wrapped veggie we can’t help but adore. Bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts are like a crispy, satisfying lollipop that adults and children alike will enjoy. Try another recipe by Fit Foodie Finds, such as her Southwestern black bean couscous salad or kale sausage soup with tomatoes and chickpeas to couple with this dish.

There are more ways to liven up a plan old hot dog than with just ketchup and mustard. Six Sisters’ Stuff had the delicious idea of wrapping bacon around hot dogs and throwing them on the grill, smothering them in barbecue sauce, and then broiling to ensure utter crispiness. Load with shredded cheese in the last few minutes of broiling — you won’t regret it!

Kirbie’s Cravings was inspired to make bacon-wrapped avocado fries by another food blogger she followed, who made something similar but with sweet potato fries instead. The sweetness of the avocado and saltiness of the bacon makes this a perfect side to just about any dish — you can even enjoy them on their own! The secret to this recipe is to use precooked bacon strips. That way, the bacon still gets nice and crispy but the avocado doesn’t get bitter from being cooked too long.


Hey y’all! I’m Whitney and I’m from Gulf Shores, Alabama. This awesome little city (and it’s neighbor, Orange Beach) is home to 32 miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches, and I love calling it ‘home.’ I started That Square Plate in 2014 after starting an Instagram (@thatsquareplate) where I’d photo everything I cooked at home and ate…  and I usually plated my dishes on a square plate, hence the name of the blog.  I used to be a super picky eater growing up, but I’ve since expanded my palate and I now I share my favorite recipes I’ve cooked on the blog.  I tend to cook a lot of seafood since I’m from the beach, and I always love incorporating fresh ingredients into whatever I make. If you get a chance, check out my site here to see what I’m working on now!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Since I was always so picky as a child (and really well-into high school and college), I wasn’t very open-minded toward many new foods, but I’ve always loved good seafood… especially some good Gulf shrimp or fresh crab.  Also, I could literally live off of dips…   any kind of dip.. like if I’m at a party, you will likely find me ‘taste-testing’ every single dip there. That being said, I try not to make them too often, because I feel like I would just indulge way too much. But this dip is the ultimate. Seafood + cheese + corn + peppers. That kinda stuff speaks to me. There’s nothing better than a warm cheesy dip with some sort of crunchy cracker or bread to go along with it.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

This Roasted Corn and Crab Dip caught my eye as I was browsing through the recipes on the Better Homes & Gardens website. It reminded me of a Hot Fontina and Crab Dip I made this past December for my grandmother’s family get together on Christmas Day.

I always look forward to her house on Christmas because she cooks us an amazing seafood meal.  I say meal (and not lunch or dinner) because it’s the only meal I have on that day.  I save up for it.  We eat around 2:00 and are stuffed by 3:00.  We have gumbo, West Indies salad, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and fried catfish among other things… basically it’s heaven.  This past year, I brought a crab dip for a little Christmas meal warm-up  and it was a hit.

So, since the last time I had any sort of crab dip was Christmas, I figured it was long overdue to make another rendition.  Here, I’ve added my own twist to the original recipe by using jalapeños and baby bell peppers instead of sweet red peppers.  I’m a huge fan of spice, but since I de-seeded all of the peppers, it didn’t turn out too spicy at all. Keep a few jalapeño seeds in if you like the heat (I’ll do that next time).

Peppers for the Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I substituted these peppers (a few jalapenos, and some baby bell peppers) in for the sweet red peppers that were called for in the recipe.

Chop up the peppers and add them (along with the corn) to a baking dish, then roast in the oven until it all starts to brown. Make sure to stir it every once in a while so nothing burns.

Chopped up peppers and corn to be roasted in the oven.

I decided to use a mixture of Monterrey jack and sharp cheddar cheese. The original recipe calls for Monterrey Jack with jalapeno chile peppers, but there’s something about a good sharp cheddar cheese that makes my mouth water!

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

I added a sprinkle of cheese on the top too.  And finished it off under the broiler so it would get brown on top and a little crispy around the edges. That crispy browned cheese on top is what makes cheesy dishes so spectacular, right??

I absolutely loved how this turned out! Make sure to use a pretty shallow pan so there’s plenty of browned ‘top-cheese.’ (I used a 9-inch round baking dish).  Also if you’re making for more than four or so, I would double the recipe — it’s that good.

Cheesy Corn and Crab Dip

Serve with crackers or toasted, sliced bread.


Woohoo! It’s International Bacon Day! And my first question for you is, what are you doing to celebrate? If you haven’t yet decided how to spend this incredible day full of greasy goodness, then take a peek at 20 of my all-time favorite bacon recipes that are sure to do the day justice.

 

Celebrate the day in STYLE with The Blond Cook‘s crowd-pleasing Clams with Smoky Bacon and Tomatoes recipe.

 

 

Breakfast anyone? Soup Addict‘s BLT Frittata with Ramen Noodles is sure satisfy any early riser.

 

 

If Asian cuisine’s your thing, try a blissful bite of The Little Kitchen‘s Shrimp and Bacon Fried Rice.

 

If you’re a guac addict like myself, then you absolutely HAVE to taste this Bacon Guacamole by Rachel Cooks. Delicioso!

 

 

Turkey + Bacon = One savory bite of Whitney Bond‘s fantastic Garlic Herb Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast.

 

 

Cheers! Make a toast to Chili Pepper Madness‘s Smoky Whiskey Mules.

 

Who says bacon can’t be a sweet? Urban Bakes‘ Maple Bacon Brownies makes bacon seem like it belongs in a dessert.

 

If you’ve got canning to a T, then you have to try this Bacon Jam by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks.

 

Kick start the season with Brown Eyed Baker‘s Loaded Baked Potato Dip. Make extra! (you’ll thank me later)

 

Yumm! Doesn’t this Bacon Egg Rolls with Bacon and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce recipe by The Lemon Bowl look AMAZING?!

 

If a bite-sized dish is more your scene, then The Hopeless Housewife‘s Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with a Cheesy Tater Tot Crust recipe has your name written all over it.

 

Consider A Dish of Daily Life‘s Turkey Club with Havarti Grilled Cheese! It’s a playful twist on a classic dish.

 

Aren’t these Mexican Breakfast Cups by The Wholesome Dish almost too cute to eat?

 

If you’re watching your waistline, then you have to check out this Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini recipe by Diethood.

 

Yay for comfort food! Delightful E Made‘s Shrimp, Bacon and Corn Chowder recipe warms up any cool September day.

 

I didn’t know this was possible! Sweet and Savory, your Mini Filet Mignons have left me jaw dropped.

 

[hit the Italian dinner music button here] Cook Like A Champion‘s Potato, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza recipe gives the traditional dish a run for its money.

 

Culinary Concoctions by Peabody‘s Bacon Breakfast Rolls with Maple Glaze recipe sounds almost too good to be true–almost.

 

Don’t these Salmon BLT Sliders with Avocado Aioli and Brie by The Little Kitchen look positively scrumptious?

 

M’mm M’mm Good is basically the only way to describe these Bacon Cheese Puffs by How To Nest For Less.

 

Happy Bacon Day!

 

xxmadison


grilled corn salsa with blue corn chips

It’s sweet corn season here in the Midwest, which means that the roadside stands in our small town are piled high. And while we love to eat it simply boiled with a bit of butter and salt, we have so much of it on hand that it was a good excuse to try out this Grilled Corn Salsa over the weekend.

fresh sweet corn

Within a few blocks of our house, we have about four different options for buying sweet corn—so we’ve been enjoying it a lot. My 3-year-old loves it and is learning to help me remove the husks and silks, just like I did as a kid. We sit on the back step, with a growing pile of husks bound for the compost bin at our feet, and chat about dragons, fairies, and the stray cats that frequent our neighbor’s yard as we work. It’s not unusual for her to sample some of the corn raw, which is fine with me—her vegetable intake is usually much higher when she can eat it outside.

fresh grilled sweet corn

The beauty of this Grilled Corn Salsa is that it has all the flavors you expect from salsa, but with the sweetness and slight smokiness of grilled corn. And even though I am a total grilling novice, I still found the process incredibly easy. The cobs simply grill until they turn a darker shade of yellow and are starting to char just a bit, and then they get stirred together with the rest of the ingredients.

fresh sweet corn salsa with tomatoes and cilantro

Amazingly, we actually had almost all of the rest of the ingredients for this salsa in our garden—I used green bell pepper instead of red, I pulled a small red onion from the ground, picked some cilantro, and added a bursting heirloom tomato to the mix. Tossed with a little salt, lime juice, and an extra dusting of cilantro, the salsa was ready for chips.

breakfast tacos for a toddler

We had this alongside lamb burgers one recent Saturday night, and then with breakfast tacos the next morning. We all liked it both ways, though I think that the breakfast tacos will become a new weekend tradition!

Get the full recipe for Grilled Corn Salsa here.


With all this hot summer weather, even the thought of turning on the oven, or even the stove top, makes me sweat!

That’s why I’m loving these Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps. A simple, no cook, lunch or dinner that is packed full of flavor, but ready in less than 20 minutes!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The original recipe actually has the delicious filling bundled up in a big leaf of lettuce. Which is great (I tried it both ways), but after tasting the filling, I knew I wanted to wrap it up in sheet of rice paper wrap and serve it chilled.

It’s perfect for a sophisticated work lunch. And guess what?! Even my kids (as young as 4 years old) really enjoyed these wraps.

So when school time rolls around, I’m using this recipe in their lunchtime rotation.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The filling is made with those packaged chicken breast strips that you can buy at the store. I love those for quick lunches!

All you have to do is combine the filling ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times. I added just a tablespoon of Hoisen sauce to the filling, because I love the umami flavor which pairs perfectly with the tangy rice vinegar.

The dipping sauce is another favorite. It’s simple, but packs a lot of flavor. Perfect for these fun wraps!

If you wanted to spice it up a little, you could add a dash or two of sriracha hot sauce.

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Get this fast and delicious recipe on your menu this week. You won’t regret it!

Modifications I made to the Original Recipe:

  • Add 1 tablespoon of Hoisen Sauce to the filling (just add it right to the food processor)
  • Wrap the filling in Rice Paper Wraps instead of lettuce wraps (soak the rice paper in a shallow plate full of water for 5 to 10 seconds to soften)
  • Serve the filling chilled, rather than warmed up in the microwave

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