Friday, March 9, 2012

How to Make Bacon

This may seem a little silly. I mean, we’ve all made bacon before, right? But who loves the messy clean-up, spattering bacon grease, and definitely the house smelling like you just cooked up half a hog! I certainly do not like any of the above; but I love me some bacon. Especially when put atop toasted bread with the simplicity of a ripe tomato and leaf of lettuce. Bacon perfection.

Since we love us some bacon in our house, a few years ago I learned a tip somewhere. I’m sure it was probably from Martha or Ina…all great tips come from them, in my humble opinion. But this is how we’ve made bacon in the past few years and it makes the old production seem laughable.

It’s really easy. Last week we had club sandwiches for dinner. Might I say it was one of the best dinners we’ve had in awhile! But first in order to make a club we need to make some bacon.

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Step 1:
Prep your pan. I use a jelly roll pan, also known as a sheet pan with a rim. Line the pan with tin foil. I use a 9x13 pan (found easily at stores like HomeGoods) and regular tin foil. (preheat oven to 400 degrees)

Step 2:
Set a cooling rack (the one you use for cookies) atop the tin foil. This helps the grease drip off the bacon (leaner, less greasy bacon) and the tin foil allows for really easy clean up.

Step 3:
Place your bacon on the cooling rack. We personally love Nueske’s bacon (like most food items, it’s from WI and it’s the best:)) but whatever bacon you choose it will be great!

Step 4:
Place bacon in preheated oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes. The bacon may not look as done as it might when cooked on the stovetop but do not worry. Let it sit for a few minutes and it will crisp up completely. Best part about bacon in the oven: flat slices, fully cooked, no yucky fatty ends, and perfect for a sandwich!

So there you have it. Perfectly cooked bacon and clean up is a flash. Just remove the cooling rack and wash in the sink. Let the grease set on the tin foil, wrap up and throw away. Couldn’t be simpler!

Now for the sandwich:
Gather up the best ingredients you can afford and find. When we want to do something right we head to Byerly’s (the fancier grocery in town) and gather up the best ingredients. They have fabulous white bread, excellent sandwich meats, and great produce. Believe me, better ingredients are going to make a humble sandwich taste AMAZING!

You’ll need:

-Ham and Turkey (sliced from the deli)
-Good white or wheat bread (the hubs is not a fan of wheat for this meal)

1. Make bacon
2. Toast bread, assemble sandwhich

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