This Bacon Guide and Recipe Will Help You Do National BLT Month Right

Did you know that April is National BLT Month? PastaFits.org certainly does. The popular site has shared with us a recipe that can be enjoyed by bacon lovers and healthy eaters alike. Throwing down only 190 calories per serving, it stands to forever alter the way you think about bringing bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes together in a single meal.


Penne BLT with Blue Cheese Buttermilk Dressing

Image: PastaFits.org
Image: PastaFits.org

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 lb. penne rigate pasta
  • 4 oz. blue cheese, crumbled, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup/2 oz. low-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup/2 oz. buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped chives, plus additional for garnish if desired
  • 2 cups/4 oz. romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 ½ cups/6 oz. diced plum tomato
  • ½ cup/2 oz. sliced radishes
  • 4 slices/1 ½ oz. crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled (¼ cup.)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, and place in a large bowl. Reserve.
  2. Place the blue cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, and vinegar in a bowl. Use a fork to break up the blue cheese and combine the ingredients to make the dressing. Season with salt if needed and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  3. Place the penne pasta, romaine, tomato, radishes and bacon in a large bowl. Stir in the dressing. Sprinkle with additional chives.

Given that the USDA projects that your average American will consume more than 50 pounds of bacon this year, it’s worth examining whether or not all bacon is created equal. Sure, that hand-carved artisanal bacon at your local organic market might command a hefty price tag, but is it truly a superior product to what you’d find at your local grocer or butcher shop?

Consumer Affairs has partnered with Jim Angelus, founder of popular bay area food truck and sandwich shop Bacon Bacon to help consumers know exactly what to look for. Together, they’ve sniffed out the truth for those of you ready to embark on your own bacon odyssey. The result of that collaboration, a comprehensive guide to the Best Bacon Brands for 2016 was created to be the ultimate forum for consumers to review their favorite strips, find expert bacon advice from the fine minds at Bacon Bacon San Francisco, share bacon recipes, and much more. Crispy or chewy? Traditional or Canadian? This guide provides the expert advice and credible resources you want and need. So get crackling and celebrate everyone’s favorite pork product the right way.

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