I'm not sure if there is a better aroma to wake up to than the smell of cooking bacon.
Well, maybe coffee and bacon!
What a classic breakfast food that takes me back to my childhood and the big country breakfasts we had. It reminds me of Christmas morning or when it's almost too chilly in the room to get out of bed, the frost decorates the windows, and you come into a candle lit kitchen to spy what Mama has cooking. It somehow tastes cozy.
Savory and crisp, it's the perfect side for pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, frittata, toast and eggs, fruit, or pretty much anything at all. Can you tell I like it just a little bit?!! :)
I don't eat it too often anymore, so when I do I want it perrrrfect! ...
Crispy with just a touch of chew.
Dry, not soggy.
Thin and crunchy, not sloppy- greasy.
Sometimes peppered.... YUM!!!
It can be difficult to cook bacon just right! Frying it shrinks it to a third the size (and who can justify eating 8 slices??). Also it tends to cook unevenly in a skillet. It's naturally fatty making it greasy and wet, if not careful. Not to mention it pops like firecrackers in a skillet!
Well thanks to my wonderful mom, the past several years we've found a genius great solution!
Oven frying the bacon!
No spattering of grease. No shrinking. Even cooking. No extra grease since it cooks on a rack for the fat to drip off. In addition, no babysitting the bacon! Let it cook itself in the oven while you cook everything else!
It's a life changing-- or at least breakfast changing--discovery and the only way we make it at home anymore.
Grab your first cup of coffee and get ready to make the best bacon ever!
Oven Fried Bacon
Bacon (Our favorite is Oscar Mayer Selects Smoked Uncured bacon.)
Fresh course ground black pepper
1 large sheet pan
Wire rack to fit inside sheet pan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Put the rack on the sheet pan. Lay bacon strips on the rack right beside each other.
Crack fresh black pepper right into the bacon strips evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes or until deep colored and crisp. (Give or take a couple minutes depending on your oven.)
Carefully take the pan out of the oven, because it will be full of hot grease on the bottom where the bacon has dropped. Using a fork or spatula, remove the bacon from rack onto layered paper towels and gently wrap to blot off excess grease.
Enjoy with your favorite breakfast, burger or BLT. Let me know what you think!