Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Best Way to Cook Bacon!

Bet you didn't know there was a best way to cook bacon, now did ya? Let me guess - you usually pull out a pan and cook bacon on the stove top, right? It's okay, that's a good way of doing it, but there is just a better way - the oven!

I don't know why bacon gets such a bad wrap, because in all honesty, it's not as bad for you as you think. A couple of slices is about 100 calories and that is way less than any sausage you may have with your breakfast. Maybe I am just biased because I am a bacon girl when it comes to breakfast, but to each their own.  Bacon makes everything better, right? Plus, bacon is everywhere these days - not only in savory applications, but sweet as well. There is just something about that salty meat that has everyone hooked! Next time you try to make bacon, whether it's for breakfast or for dinner (mmm, BLTs!) try it in the oven. Just promise me you'll try it once. If you don't like it, you can go back to the stove top way, but you won't want to. In the oven, you simply lay the slices on a foil lined pan, put it in the oven and forget about it. No turning it over a million times and no grease popping on you. That hurts. Especially when it gets in your eye. Just saying. 

Once the bacon is brown and just perfect, remove it from the oven and place the slices on a paper towel to absorb the left over grease. Once it's cooled and crispy, you can use it any way you like! Even better, clean up is a breeze. Just let the grease cool a bit and then throw the foil away. No needing to find a can to put it in and no worrying about what will happen if you pour it down the drain. I know someone out there has done that - don't ever pour grease down your sink. You will be sorry and will probably have to call a plumber. That makes for a bad day.

line the baking sheet and put bacon in an even layer

crispy bacon!

just ball up the foil and grease and no clean up!

drain bacon and enjoy!

Oven Bacon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Lay the bacon a baking sheet lined with foil, make sure to lay them in a single layer (not overlapping). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the bacon is really crispy. Dry on paper towels and serve.

Mmm, bacon, bacon, bacon! Remember that commercial? Beggin' strips! Don't ask me why that just came to mind.


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