Attention bacon lovers: If you don't own a muffin pan already, you'll probably want to pick one up real soon. You can turn bacon into ingenious edible bowls by baking bacon in a miniature or full-size muffin pan. Think bacon egg breakfast cups, breadless BLTs, or bite-sized bacon appetisers.
The possibilities are almost endless for these crunchy bowls.
The photo on the top left comes from caterer Peter Callahan (via Delish), who showcases bacon baked in a mini muffin pan topped with baked beans in his book Bite By Bite. (Alliteration unintentional!) Bon Appetit has the recipe for these mini bacon cups.
The photo on the top right is from Kirbie's Cravings. The bacon's not really a bowl in this case, but rather a ring holding an egg. I made these this morning using Kirbie's recipe, and they were the cutest and tastiest breakfast cups. Essentially, you start with either pre-cooked or halfway-cooked bacon moulded into a circle in the muffin pan and crack the egg into it. Check the site for the recipe and other variations, including adding avocado or putting a circle of toast at the bottom of the regular-size muffin pan.
Megan at Not Martha showcases yet another bacon cup, this time made by weaving the bacon strips onto the back of a muffin pan (i.e., turn the muffin pan over, like you do to make cookie bowls or taco bowls). Fill with lettuce and tomato, and you've got a breadless BLT.
Got any other bacon cup ideas?