I just love Trader Joe’s Fully Cooked Uncured Bacon. The flavor is great and it contains about 1/3 the sodium as regular bacon. And you just warm it up in the microware — there’s no grease.
And although that’s all well and good, the TJ’s bacon doesn’t work at all for recipes that have you fry up the bacon in a pan and then saute the other ingredients in the bacon grease. And although olive oil technically works, it lacks the flavor profile that the bacon grease has. Still, I’m not anxious to introduce more fat to my diet.
Luckily Charles came up with a great solution yesterday. He crumbled up a piece of the fully cooked bacon in a bit of olive oil and then sauteed the other ingredients in it. The flavor is there and the olive oil adds those heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to the mix. It’s a win-win situation all around.
So give it a try the next time you need a little bacon grease!