I offered to cook a meal for a friend's birthday, and when asked what he wanted he simply replied, "bacon."
Not wanting to disappoint, I'm trying to think of some ideas to make a bacon centered meal. Mainly I want a bacony main dish and a side or too that will work well, but an appetizer of some sort would help too. If a wine is known that would match well, all the better. Desert is seperte from the bacon concepts, and as this is a birthday meal, I need an awesome cake idea.
I was first considering coq a vin, but didn't know if I could find a recipe that really brings out the lardons. I also considered a bacon wrapped/stuffed fowl of some sort, but would prefer that to only be a last resort, preferring something more creative. Additionally, this dish would have to be passable by teenager palates and attitudes, and be able to be made for 8 without too much additional hassle.
I did find the Braised Red Cabbage with Bacon recipe on this site to be very intriguing as a solid side dish, and the Pancetta and Hominy Polenta looks intriguing, assuming that I can get the kids to handle the polenta.
Any help at all is much appreciated, and I am under a bit of a time limit (this Saturday), so thank you.