Picture of Bacon Fruit Cups
Bacon should be combined with everything, so why not fruit salad? 

This is one of the dishes I made for Bacon Camp SF 2010 - it got 4s and 5s from the judges, so is guaranteed to be tasty!  If you're a fan of bacon or fruit, give it a try.

This was inspired by Jess's BLT cups (bacon cups filled with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and fresh garlicky croutons) were a hit at 2009's Thanksgiving II: Bacongiving.  Thanks, Jess!

ETA: and you can see some great BLT cups on Not Martha, too.  Apparently trebuchet03's bacon placemat was an inspiration!

Step 1: Tools and Ingredients

2 lbs Bacon (long skinny pieces are better than short fat pieces)
Fresh basil leaves
Homemade aioli (substitute: store-bought mayo + lemon juice)
Fresh mango, cubed
Large avocado, cubed
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 large onion, sliced into thin rings
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Tools &
muffin tin
aluminum foil
baking tray large enough to contain the upside-down muffin tin
heavy pot for frying bacon
splatter screen (very handy!)
cutting board
food processor (or blender)
oven (preheated to 500F)

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crapsoup2 years ago
Nice one!!
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quinn5 years ago
I was actually one of the judges at BaconCamp.  I can attest that these were really good!
canida (author)  quinn5 years ago
Excellent, thanks for the vote!
I'll have the laser-cut stencils up sometime after Maker Faire. ;)
quinn canida5 years ago
Mmm... delicious meat stencils.  Hey, are y'all over on 2nd?  I work at the AAU on New Montgomery, and I just walked by an office with a big Instructables sign the other day.
canida (author)  quinn2 years ago
Just seeing this now... yes we are! Stop by sometime if you're still nearby.
Jaxamylyn5 years ago
Gorgeous design! Love this! :D
canida (author)  Jaxamylyn2 years ago
Thank you!
brainwise5 years ago
Bacon + Fruit = GENIUS
canida (author)  brainwise2 years ago
GhostPirate5 years ago
While making the bacon fruit cups, I put squares of aluminum foil over the bottom of each muffin cup.  It saved some of the cleanup, but it was still pretty messy.  It protected the bottom of the muffin pans and protected the bacon cups from whatever might have been on the pan.  I'll be serving that our between services snack for the choir.  Some of us sing all 3 services and need something sustaining to get through the 3rd service.  The choir members will eat just about anything, but I believe they'll really take to the bacon fruit cups.
canida (author)  GhostPirate2 years ago
Great idea! I love it.
cybergod5 years ago
WOW ! We love bacon, we love fruit. This is BRILLIANT.

Guess what we are doing one night for starters.....

Thanks poster.
canida (author)  cybergod5 years ago
You're welcome!  How did it go?
cybergod canida5 years ago
A bit trick y gettign those baskets right, but as I suspected.....BRILLIANT.
pdub775 years ago
Thanks for the product plug!!!  (I work at Trader Joe's.)
canida (author)  pdub775 years ago
Heh.  They've got good stuff.
pdub77 canida5 years ago
Totally!  I work there and don't feel like I'm selling my soul.  It's pretty cool.
trebuchet035 years ago
 A dream, realized!
canida (author)  trebuchet035 years ago
These are clearly meant to be eaten on bacon placemats.
zascecs canida5 years ago
Haha, a perfect bacon dinner... 
Kaiven zascecs5 years ago
 But that's not a main course dish! You need a main course! (I mean, personally salad is always a side dish)
zascecs Kaiven5 years ago
How about a bacon steak with mashed bacon and a bacon salad served on a bacon place mat with bacon utensils. And bacon ice cream for dessert.

...fattening >_<
Kaiven zascecs5 years ago
 But delicious. 

zascecs Kaiven5 years ago
Yea, I suppose.... 
Bacon ice cream is actually disturbingly nice...
 You've tried it before?
"How about a bacon steak with mashed bacon and a bacon salad served on a bacon place mat with bacon utensils. And bacon ice cream for dessert."

What a perfect way to go.... Bacon heaven, here I come!
Haha, but before you know it, you'll be lying in a hospital bed. That's the problem; all the good stuff is SO unhealthy! 

I ought to make a chocolate themed dinner some time...

And yes, I tried bacon icecream. I don't know how they do it, but I had some at a nice restaurant.
aireekah5 years ago
 This is beautiful and amazing!!!  I must now make bacon cups.  Perhaps paired with bacon bloody mary's; the breakfast of champions!
canida (author)  aireekah5 years ago
Wow, that's inspired.  Post pictures when you do it!
kmc5125 years ago
I just made these literally 5 minutes after I read it!! I filled it with scrambled eggs and cheese and it was SO tasty!! However, I followed all the directions and cooked the bacon cups at 500F but I had to finish them in the microwave because it smoked up my whole apartment set off my smoke alarms! I would recommend cooking them at 400 or 450F!  All in all, DELICIOUS!
canida (author)  kmc5125 years ago
Ooh, that sounds great!  Did you take pictures?  If so, please post...

And I've dropped the temperature recommendation to 450F.  500 was due to my impatience. ;)
loadster5 years ago
this would be easier if you use pancetta, an italian rolled bacon that you can slice to your liking. Way too much work in the prep, I apply the 'kiss'
 principle more than you, keep it simple silly. I think the chocolate pig thing is getting trite. I'd leave out the cocoa so I can taste the avocado and mango.
canida (author)  loadster5 years ago
The bacon powder was actually leftover from another project (laser-cut bacon stencils - Instructable coming forthwith) so I just decided to go over the top with it. ;)  Agreed, this is a bit heavier prep than I usually like, but it was for bacon camp!
hahaha, That looks delicious! I've had mango, avacado and crackers before, quite delicious and tangy, but I never would have thought to add the bacon. Brilliant!

Probably not the healthiest thing. But I'd spend some time on a treadmill to eat some of those things!
I'm thinking bacon on a string in front of a treadmill, with a fan blowing towards the treadmill behind the bacon.

canida (author)  adamvan20005 years ago
I'd sprint for hours!
these were also made by not martha in february of 2008.

canida (author)  pennyloafer895 years ago
Aha, she did BLTs too! And referenced trebuchet03's bacon placemats.  Nice!  
Bacon cups are multi-purpose.
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