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10 Bacon Sandwich Recipes: 5 Different Types of Bacon

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There are unquestionably millions of people around the world who think that bacon, is bacon, is bacon. They may well be aware of countless different ways of cooking bacon, using bacon in cooking recipes or serving bacon but they are blissfully unaware of the different types of bacon that are available in different countries and geographical areas. Perhaps the most pronounced difference in the world of bacon is that between American and British bacon. They are taken from different parts of the pig, so visually are very different.

The purpose of this page is to introduce you to some bacon types of which you may not previously have been aware and at the same time to look at some tasty and hopefully appealing bacon sandwich recipes.

American or Smoked Streaky Bacon Recipes

Standard bacon in North America is known as smoked streaky bacon in the UK

Standard bacon in North America is known as smoked streaky bacon in the UK

Cut from the belly of the pig before being cured and cold smoked, this type of bacon contains a significant percentage of fat compared to meat. It is the perfect type to cook if crisp and crunchy is your thing when it comes to bacon.

Bacon, Tomato, Onion and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Crispy bacon, sliced tomato and onion, with melted cheddar cheese and chives sandwich

Crispy bacon, sliced tomato and onion, with melted cheddar cheese and chives sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One serving

Ingredients

  • 3 strips of bacon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 small tomato, sliced
  • 1 slice of onion, separated in to rings
  • 5 slices of cheddar cheese, roughly 4" by 1"
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Chopped chives
  • Black pepper
  1. Bring some vegetable oil up to a medium heat in a frying pan and put the bacon on to fry for a couple of minutes each side or until done to your liking.
  2. Put your overhead grill/broiler on to reach a high heat.
  3. Lay the bacon strips on one slice of bread, followed by the tomato slices, the onion rings and the cheese. Place under the grill/broiler for two or three minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  4. Scatter with the chopped chives and season (if desired) with black pepper. Place the second slice of bread on top and slice diagonally to serve.

Bacon, Pork Fillet and Apple Sauce Sandwich Recipe

Bacon is topped with a simply fried pork fillet and a spoonful of apple sauce

Bacon is topped with a simply fried pork fillet and a spoonful of apple sauce

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 small pork fillet
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tsp (approximately) apple sauce
  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan. Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper and fry for about five minutes each side, over a medium heat, until done.
  2. Remove the pork fillet to a heated plate, cover with tinfoil and leave to rest while you cook the bacon.
  3. The bacon should be cooked in the same pan as the pork for a couple of minutes each side or until crisped to your liking.
  4. Shake the excess grease from the bacon and lay the strips on one slice of the bread. Top with the pork fillet, the apple sauce and the second slice of bread.

British Back Bacon Recipes

The most popular type of bacon in the UK is back bacon, available either smoked or unsmoked

The most popular type of bacon in the UK is back bacon, available either smoked or unsmoked

Standard British back bacon is taken from the back of the pig, rather than the belly. It is much meatier than American bacon and is usually referred to as rashers of bacon, rather than strips or slices. It is sold either smoked or unsmoked. The variety used in the recipes below is the unsmoked.

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Note: You will sometimes find - particularly where you have bought "bargain priced" back bacon - that when you cook it, a white, fatty residue is omitted. This is a sign that the bacon joint has been injected with water before being sliced to artificially increase the weight, the price and the profit margin. It does not mean that there is anything otherwise wrong with your bacon or that it is unsafe to eat.

Bacon and Cod Fish Sandwich Recipe

Bacon and a fillet of meaty cod make an unusual but delicious sandwich combination

Bacon and a fillet of meaty cod make an unusual but delicious sandwich combination

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 15 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • 1 cod loin fillet, skin on
  • Flour for dusting
  • Black pepper
  • 3 rashers of back bacon, unsmoked
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 6 capers
  • 2 thick slices from a bloomer bread loaf
  • Large basil leaf, torn
  1. The tail end of this cod fillet was very thin so it was cut off before the cod was fried. It would only have over-cooked.
  2. Pat the cod fillet on its skin side in some seasoned flour.
  3. Pour some vegetable oil in to two large frying pans and bring up to a medium heat. Add the cod (skin side down) to the first pan along with the capers. Add the bacon rashers to the second pan.
  4. When you can see the cod has cooked almost all the way through, reduce the heat and turn it to complete cooking on its flesh side. The bacon rashers should be turned as required.
  5. Lift the bacon rashers from the pan with cooking tongs and gently shake off the excess grease. Lay them on one of the slices of bread.
  6. Lift the cod fillet with a fish slice and sit it on top of the bacon, skin side up. The crisped skin should easily peel free and can be discarded.
  7. Scatter the torn basil over the cod and put the top slice of bread on the sandwich.

Bacon, Egg and Onion Mayo Pitta Bread Sandwich Recipe

Chopped bacon, hard boiled egg and onion are mixed with mayo and made to fill a pitta bread pocket

Chopped bacon, hard boiled egg and onion are mixed with mayo and made to fill a pitta bread pocket

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Ready in: 25 min

Yields: One pitta bread sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 small eggs
  • 3 rashers of unsmoked back bacon
  • ¼ small white onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tsp mayo
  • White pepper
  • 1 pitta bread
  1. Try to arrange to take the eggs from the fridge an hour or two before they are to be cooked.
  2. Put the eggs in a pot of cold water. Bring the water to a moderate simmer for eight to ten minutes, depending upon how big or small the eggs.
  3. Just before the eggs are ready, start the bacon frying in a little vegetable oil. This is thick cut bacon so took about three minutes each side.
  4. Take the pot to the sink and run cold water in to it for ten to twenty seconds to make the eggs cool enough to handle.
  5. Crack the eggshells by carefully knocking them on a hard surface. Peel them and put them in to a large bowl and mash with the mayo and white pepper. The back of a fork is the ideal tool to use for this job.
  6. Take the bacon from the pan and put it on a chopping board. Cut off and discard the excess fat. Roughly chop. and add, along with the onion, to the egg mayo, stirring well.
  7. The pitta bread should be heated according to the instructions on the pack. This usually involves sticking it under a hot grill/broiler for a minute or so.
  8. Make a careful cut all the way along one edge of the pitta bread to form a pocket. Spoon in the bacon and egg mix a little at a time, careful not to over stuff.

Middle Bacon Recipes

Middle bacon is cut from the side of a pig

Middle bacon is cut from the side of a pig

Middle bacon - as the name suggests - is taken from the side of the pig. If you look at it closely, it almost looks like a cross between standard American and British bacon. In some ways, it therefore affords the best of both worlds.

Middle Bacon, Cream Cheese and Pineapple Sandwich Recipe

Middle Bacon and pineapple are added to a toasted bread roll, spread with cream cheese

Middle Bacon and pineapple are added to a toasted bread roll, spread with cream cheese

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 6 min

Ready in: 11 min

Yields: One bread roll sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of middle bacon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 bread roll
  • 2 tsp soft cream cheese
  • 1 pineapple ring, canned in pineapple juice
  • 2 basil leaves, rolled and shredded
  1. Pour a little vegetable oil in to a large frying pan and heat. Fry the bacon for about three minutes each side or until done to your liking.
  2. While the bacon is frying, cut the roll in half and lightly toast.
  3. Spread both halves of the toasted roll with cream cheese.
  4. Lift the bacon to a plate covered with kitchen paper and pat dry. Otherwise, the excess grease will spoil the cream cheese.
  5. Lay the bacon slices on the bottom half of the roll and top with the pineapple. Scatter with the shredded basil before laying the top of the roll in place.

Middle Bacon, Banana and Pickle Sandwich Recipe

Two slices of middle bacon, a fried banana and a spoonful of chunky pickle ready to be topped with a second slice of bread

Two slices of middle bacon, a fried banana and a spoonful of chunky pickle ready to be topped with a second slice of bread

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 6 min

Ready in: 11 min

Yields: One sandwich

Ingredients

  • Two slices of middle bacon
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 small banana (not overly ripe), peeled and halved lengthways
  • 2oz unsalted butter
  • 2 slices of bread (buttering the bread is optional)
  • Pickle, relish or chutney as required (this recipe uses the legendary British Branston Pickle)
  1. Heat some vegetable oil in a large frying pan and get the bacon on to fry for around three minutes each side on a medium heat or until done as required.
  2. When the bacon is turned and half way through cooking, melt the butter in a second frying pan on a low to medium heat. Add the banana halves, cut sides down. Every thirty seconds or so, gently tilt the pan and use a teaspoon to baste the bananas with melted butter.
  3. When the bacon is done, lay it on one of the slices of bread. The banana will now be very soft so a fish slice is best for removing the halves from the pan to sit on top of the bacon.
  4. Spoon on the pickle and spread evenly.
  5. Top with the second slice of bread and cut in half to serve.

Pancetta Recipes

Pancetta is often referred to as Italian bacon and is cured slices of belly pork

Pancetta is often referred to as Italian bacon and is cured slices of belly pork

Pancetta for many people is referred to simply as Italian bacon. Like American bacon, it is taken from the belly of the pig but it is cured very differently and is unsmoked. It is also commonly more thinly sliced, meaning it requires far less time to cook when it is fried. It is also prone to shrinking significantly when cooked in this way. Pancetta is frequently sold diced for inclusion in recipes.

Pancetta with Garlic Porcini Mushrooms Sandwich Recipe

Italian bacon with garlic porcini mushrooms served in an Italian ciabatta bread roll

Italian bacon with garlic porcini mushrooms served in an Italian ciabatta bread roll

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 10 min

Ready in: 25 min