Step 2: Fry bacon

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First, fry up a pound of your favorite thin-sliced bacon.  For this dish, you're going to be incorporating bacon flavor into dairy, so it doesn't have to be fried totally dry - do it however you like it, just don't burn it.  I made tons of bacon for multiple dishes, so fried some in my favorite cast iron pot and also cooked some in the oven.