I have nothing against vegetarians, or vegans for that matter. I appreciate their drive and dedication to selecting what they eat carefully, whether it be for personal reasons or health benefits. But hard as I might try, as a hardcore foodie, I could never be a vegetarian. I would just miss too many beautiful, incredible meals.
For example, I love the smell of a good barbecue. If I smell it, I’m going to want a burger. Protein substitutes just won’t cut it. I can eat whatever I want a restaurant, and I don’t have to worry about finding carnitas in my veggie bowl. And there are so many meals I would miss if I went vegetarian.
1. The Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped, Veggie-Stuffed Beer Can Burger
Look at this. It covers everything beautiful in this world. Bacon. Barbecue. Burger. And it has veggies, so it’s still healthy, right? Check the recipe here.
2. Star-Shaped Pigs in a Blanket
I only go to fancy parties for cocktail hours, and I only go to cocktail hours for pigs in a blanket. Whoever paired pastry and pork is literally my hero, and cooking it in shapes is a brilliant idea. Learn how here.
3. Beef Ravioli with Bacon Butter Sauce
The only thing better than stuffing pasta with cheese is stuffing it with beef. And bacon butter sauce? Drool. Make me this for a dinner date, and I’m yours. Check out the recipe here.
4. Maple-Smoked Pork Chops
Anything maple-flavored gets my vote, but pork chops? It’s not only inspired, it’s just beautiful. Make it yourself.
5. Guinness Marinade Chicken
Guinness + meat = heaven. That’s all I have to say. Here’s the recipe.
6. Sweet Potato Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Mac ‘n’ cheese on its own is already heavenly. But just add bacon and your life seriously will change for the better. Trust me. Find the recipe here.
7. Grandma’s Meatballs
Any recipe with “grandma’s” in the title is a guaranteed treat, because grandmas don’t know how to be bad cooks. These hearty (turkey!) balls are a pleaser. Try this recipe.
8. Sriracha Burger
First, God made the hamburger. Then, he made Sriracha. Then we combined both, and we reached nirvana. Reach that nirvana with this recipe.
9. Waffle-Battered Chicken Wings
Why make a simple meal of chicken and waffles when you can batter the chicken itself as a waffle treat? Seems like a pretty sweet deal. Find out how to make it.
10. Bacon Jalapeño Cream Cheese Poppers
This is the kind of appetizer that turns into your entire meal. Hot, creamy, savory, and greasy, they’re definitely the new snack to try out on your friends (and me). Learn how to make them here.
11. Taco Salad with Homemade Salsa
If you can’t run to Chipotle/Taco Bell/Qdoba whenever the fancy strikes you, taco salad (with homemade salsa) really hits the spot. Check out the recipe here.
12. Baked Pepperoni Chips
Yeah, all you do is put them in the oven. But honestly, this is such a great idea that I can’t even be mad I didn’t think of it before. Learn how here.
13. Enchilada Casserole
Why limit yourself to one enchilada when you can have an entire casserole? That means 80 more servings, which sounds good to me. Make it like this.
14. Spicy and Cheesy Open Face Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Sprinkle cheese on meat and I’m good to go. Plus, buffalo chicken? Check out the recipe here.
15. Red Bull Chicken Wings
When I’m not feeling caffeinated enough, there’s no better way to get jittery than through some good meat eats. Find out how to make it here.
16. Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Nothing like buns dripping with pulled chicken goodness. Here’s the recipe.
17. Caramelized Nectarines with Bacon
“Oh, I can just eat them without bacon!” No. No you cannot. Try out this sweet and salty recipe.
18. Corn Dog Muffins
Corn dogs are the most nostalgic festival food that exists. I don’t want my corn muffin without a dog in there too. Find the recipe here.
19. Bacon PB&J Sandwich
This really blows all my sandwich lunches out of the water. Find out how to make it here.
20. Roast Beef Sandwich with Pesto
Nothing like a classic comfort to fill you up. See how to make it here.
21. Chicken Parmesan
Or as Tom Haverford would call it, “Chicky chicky parm parm.” Find it here.