Monday, August 16, 2010

Makin' Bacon

Before you label me as lame, lazy or lacking in posting material, and even though I'll admit to all three of those labels, please remember that there may be a few people out there who have not yet heard about the easiest way on earth to cook bacon.

And really, is there anything more beautiful than a plate full of bacon?

I always use center-cut bacon which is similar in fat and calories to turkey bacon. (You can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that little tidbit of information.) I preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil. A 12-ounce package of bacon is then placed in a single layer of bacon strips and baked for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels.

Then make yourself a big fat BLT. Because it's the right thing to do this time of year.

22 comments:

burntloafer said...

If you are fortunate enough to find a cooling rack that fits your baking sheet, try putting the bacon on that and starting from a cold oven.

Much less splatter, easy cleanup.

The Mom Chef said...

That lower-fat bacon brings me to my happy place, that's for sure. I still like the skillet though. Maybe because I'm using lower fat bacon? :)

stephchows said...

random food styling fact: get the thick tin foil and bend into into ripples, then place bacon on it so the bacon is ripping up and down. Give the bacon an awesome look for photos :D ok that's my random for the day ;)

Moogie said...

Hey... twin sister. This is the same way I do my bacon. No greasy mess on top of the stove.

Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen said...

Good tips from all of you! I feel much better now that I can buy center cut bacon and be a little healthier!
PS-I am on the other side of 50 too and life is good.

Barbara said...

Thanks for the tip about center-cut bacon! I don't care how its cooked; bacon is the best, and the best thing to do with it is make a BLT, but for me, never on toast. Soft fresh bread only, please, and I'll follow you anywhere.

Sue said...

I'm one of those few people...what an easy and unsplattering(is that a word?)way to cook bacon! Thanks! That BLT looks mighty good!
(I see in your first comment to bake on a cooling rack on the baking sheet, another great idea!)

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't tried it in the oven. So easy and no splatters all over the stove.

Pam said...

Oh, I know. Once I discovered this method, I never went back to greasy stove top frying.

Karen said...

I've only baked bacon once and that was when I was making caramelized bacon (bacon coated in brown sugar, then baked YUM!) Baking bacon is a great tip when using a whole package. For a couple slices I like to use the microwave.

June (jbug) said...

Love me some bacon! Great looking sandwich too Mags.

Nanan said...

I love love love bacon!!!!

Kat said...

I make myself BLT's quite often. I also like baking the bacon.

Debbie said...

Okay...I will. I will make one tonight. And I'll bake the bacon.

Mary said...

Haha, I just burst out loud reading your comment! :P You're hilarious!

That BLT looks perfect! My mom always made toasted tomato sandwiches but I prefer it with all the extra calories ;) YUM!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I think you may have written this post for me. Can you believe I have never baked bacon? I don't use bacon very often, but now I'm craving it.

Haden News said...

Your BLT looks soo good!!! I love to Bake Bacon too!!

Julie said...

Beautiful bacon! I've never made it this way. We've kind of banned bacon from the house but I may have to give this one a try. My husband will be thrilled.

Kat said...

Great tip. Will definitely try it in the oven as I love bacon. I could go for a BLT right now. Have a wonderful day.

Lynda said...

I've never tried baking bacon-and I could have done it yesterday as that's what I made too. A good ole BlT is hard to beat!

Angela said...

30 minutes in the oven? Can that be right?

Mags said...

Angela: That's how long I cook center cut bacon. I like it crispy. If you're using regular bacon or if it is thinner, you'll find it takes less time, 20-25 minutes.