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Canadian Bacon with Apples

When the holidays roll around, I'd rather spend time with family and friends than be stuck in the kitchen. I learned how to make Canadian bacon like this because it's such an easy-to-fix recipe. No one can resist Canadian bacon and apples coated with a brown sugar glaze. —Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large red apple, unpeeled
  • 1 large green apple, unpeeled
  • 1 pound sliced Canadian bacon


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, mix brown sugar, lemon juice and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cut each apple into 16 wedges; add to brown sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat until apples are tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove apples to a platter with a slotted spoon; keep warm.
  • Add bacon to skillet; cook over medium heat, turning once, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to platter. Pour remaining brown sugar mixture over apples and bacon.

How to Cook Canadian Bacon + Serving Tips

What is Canadian bacon made of?

Canadian bacon is made of back bacon from the pork loin—it's much leaner than American bacon and is often cured but not smoked. In Canada, it's simply known as back bacon. Learn more about different types of bacon.

Can you microwave Canadian bacon?

Canadian bacon is usually precooked, so you'll only have to microwave it until it's warm enough to eat. Warm it in 30-second increments at 50% power until you're happy with the temperature.

Can you cook Canadian bacon in the oven?

Sure can—just be careful not to overdo it, since it's already been cooked. Leave your dish in the oven too long, or without other ingredients to keep it moist, and you'll end up with dry bacon.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 199 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 744mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • gremaux
    May 21, 2020


  • Jan
    Feb 17, 2020

    This is a delicious, easy and comforting recipe! The apples go with pork, chicken, and I even served them with sal,on the other night. Just wonderful!

  • suefalk
    Aug 4, 2019

    Delicious! Made this as a side dish to waffles. Great combination of flavors and aromas!

  • Naomie
    Feb 18, 2018

    Ok this is heaven on a plate! I just made for dinner and who doesn't like breakfast for dinner? Going to see how long the leftovers last and will try different methods of reheating. Thanks! Great camping recipe too.