By Vanessa Greaves

Never underestimate the power of bacon. Even just a touch of its sweet, smoky, salty goodness adds a big blast of flavor. Need proof? Here are 10 recipes that call for just 4 slices of bacon.

1. Beef and Guinness® Stew

This solid 5-star recipe features the three Bs: beef + beer + bacon. They add up to a deep, rich stew that'll warm you through and through.

Beef and Guinness Stew | Photo by Vick Chick

2. French Egg and Bacon Sandwich

French toast is good all on its own. But add bacon and watch out for the stampede to the table.

French Egg and Bacon Sandwich | Photo by Molly

3. World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip

This warm and cheesy dip takes only 5 simple ingredients. But since one of them is bacon...well, no one would blame you for hiding out with the whole bowl.

World's Best Bacon Cheese Dip | Photo by Jillian Kuhlmann

4. Bacon Potato Pancakes

You'll want to put these crispy cakes on your next weekend brunch menu. Top tip: If you use freshly grated potatoes, be sure to drain them before mixing with the other ingredients.

Bacon Potato Pancakes | Photo by pelicangal

5. Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon

Is there anything about this that doesn't sound like heaven on a plate? And it's ready in only 35 minutes. Thank you, bacon.

Pork Chops Stuffed with Smoked Gouda and Bacon | Photo by abapplez

6. Easy Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken

You're only 6 ingredients away from a dinner that's easy enough for weeknights but special enough for company.

Easy Honey Mustard Mozzarella Chicken | Photo by Rebekah Rose Hills

7. Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Sarah Jo writes, "I don't normally love deviled eggs. Like, at all. But these were killer! My husband and I fought over the last one." Must have been the bacon.

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs | Photo by sassytriedhippo

8. Amatriciana

This is one of those simple recipes you can store in your mental recipe box for those nights when you just don't know what to cook.

Amatriciana | Photo by Lela

2. BLT

The classic bacon + lettuce + tomato combo that never goes out of style.

BLT Sandwich | Photo by Meredith

9. Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

"AMAZING! I'm normally a traditionalist when it comes to mac and cheese but the bacon and caramelized onions added a wonderful flavor." — sunsh25

Bacon Mac and Cheese | Photo by Meredith

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